Ed Kressy is probably the only person ever to have once been arrested by the FBI, then gone on to receive a community service award from the director of the FBI!
Ed threw away many opportunities: Career with Fortune Magazine's aBest Company in America to Work For, a home ownership in San Francisco, many loving relationships. He spent years in psychosis and destitution, months in jail, nights in homeless shelters. Yet today Ed achieved a lifelong dream by publishing a book, My Addiction & Recovery: Just Because You' re Done with Drugs, Doesn't Mean Drugs Are Done with You (Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press) as well as articles in The Washington Post. He appeared on stage for The Moth and delivered talks for MIT, Cisco, Google, and Linkedln.
Ed volunteers inside maximum-security prisons and jails, helping incarcerated persons develop skills for employment, entrepreneurism, and self-advocacy. He volunteers for law enforcement, helping them better serve communities affected by incarceration and addiction.
Alex and Ed discuss mental health, overcoming adversity and more.