Chris Sinclair is the Founder and President of The Anthem Group – the parent organization of all Anthem related properties. Included in the marquee companies are Anthem Marketing and Production, Anthem Strategy, Anthem Innovation and The Anthem International Music Festival.
Since founding Anthem with his entire personal savings of $500 while still a teenager, Chris has become an inspiring, accomplished and recognized business leader throughout a host of industries. He has developed the companies into nationally and internationally recognized entities, growing Anthem exponentially from its humble beginnings as a boutique Boston-based events agency to a multi-industry enterprise with activity in over 70 markets across five continents. Chris’ and The Anthem Group’s innovation and success are showcased in numerous local, national and international publications and media outlets.
Chris has obtained an array of academic degrees, certificates and honors. He has studied at La Salle University, Ohio University, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts’ Center for Collaborative Leadership, the FBI Citizens Academy and The University of Notre Dame. Despite his numerous achievements, Chris attributes Anthem’s success to three critical characteristics that can never be learned: ingenuity, determination and leadership.
Anthem’s diverse portfolio provides Chris a significant platform to fuel his passion for philanthropy. Internally, Anthem spearheads its own philanthropic and civic initiatives that serve both Anthem’s local communities and the global community. Externally, The Anthem Group institutionally supports and helps provide entrepreneurial solutions to over 100 different charitable causes and organizations.
Further, Chris has actively or previously served as chair, board or committee member for 20+ additional NGO, philanthropic, academic and/or community-based organizations. A few current examples include: UMass Sports Leadership (bachelors) Degree Advisory Board, Dana Faber UnMask Cancer Campaign Steering Committee, Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business Board, Boston’s Somali Community and Cultural Association Advisor, and Chair of Hoop Dreams, a fundraiser co-hosted by LA Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers and Boston Celtics’ coach, Brad Stevens.
He devotes his personal time and resources to engage with underprivileged youth and adults. By focusing on furthering education, athletic and extracurricular opportunities, social growth and development, Chris’ leadership skills have left an imprint on those he has connected with.
Chris takes pride in mentoring and teaching entrepreneurial skills to students, aspiring entrepreneurs and emerging businesses. He has participated in various colleges’ job shadow programs, as well as orchestrates Anthem’s own career initiative. Through both Anthem’s and Notre Dame’s entrepreneurship programs, Chris also continues to provide advice, mentoring and networking assistance to countless students looking to develop new ventures. Chris is a popular guest lecturer and speaker at various colleges, conferences and professional panels, primarily focusing on business strategy, corporate social responsibility, philanthropy and of course, entrepreneurship.
Using his contagious entrepreneurial spirit, Chris continues to leverage Anthem’s wide reach to spearhead new opportunities to enable disadvantaged individuals’ access to learn new tools, education and life skills. He encourages any student, child, or adult to reach their fullest potential in life – regardless of their goals.
In South Bend, Indiana, Chris developed an entrepreneurship curriculum to empower underprivileged youth and create professional and entrepreneurial opportunities for local high school students. While living abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, Chris helped overhaul a state-funded entrepreneurship program that provided training to underserved township residents. Additionally, Chris conducted research regarding local housing concerns on the Western Cape to be submitted to the South African Parliament. Chris considers his ability to help and empower the less fortunate as one of his proudest accomplishments.
Recently, Chris has added two new companies to The Anthem Group collection. Anthem Innovation, which focuses on providing a variety of resources to assist, mentor and empower entrepreneurs to create large and scalable ventures. The second addition, Anthem Incubator concentrates on providing strategic and organizational guidance to spur entrepreneurial growth and kick-start small and micro ventures.
Chris continues to focus on creating large-scale properties that also directly dial into communities, making it a priority to leverage Anthem’s resources, scope and influence to support worthwhile initiatives whenever possible. Under Chris’ direction, Anthem has established an internal three-tier jobs program that provides opportunity and development to inner-city youth, individuals in recovery and adults transitioning from homelessness back into the workforce. The Anthem team also works closely with multiple CBOs to coordinate youth outings that offer education and opportunity to at risk pre-teen and teenagers. The primary objective is to introduce the youth to new experiences, people, places and expose them to the world outside of their immediate and daily surroundings.
Chris has been honored with several dozen awards and accolades for his various achievements, as well as his social initiatives. Most recently, he has received five prestigious national awards that highlight his efforts in philanthropy, public service and striving to create a positive social impact. Chris was bestowed with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, the 2018 OM Foundation Award at the National Sports Forum, the Ask More of Business Award from The University of Notre Dame, the Center for Collaborative Leadership’s Leading the Way Award, and he was also the recipient of the FBI Director’s Leadership Award for his efforts in combatting violence, crime, terrorism and drug use through prevention education. Chris is among the youngest individuals to receive these esteemed honors.
As a loyal Notre Dame alumnus, Chris attributes much of his success and growth to his University. He never misses Fighting Irish football and supports his local Notre Dame alumni club. In his spare time, Chris enjoys both traditional sports and extreme activities such as rappelling, bungee jumping and mountain climbing. He is also passionate about the arts, music, animal welfare, health/fitness and education, which inspire many of Anthem’s programs and initiatives.
A sample list of organizations that Chris is involved with outside of Anthem:
- Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters
- BostonApp Lab (Art in Public Places)
- Center for Collaborative Leadership
- Cradles to Crayons
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
- Easter Seals
- Emerging Leaders Program
- FBI Citizens Academy
- Friends of Boston Homeless
- Notre Dame Business Council
- Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business
- Project D.E.E.P.
- Reinvent Stockton Foundation
- Somali Community and Cultural Association
- Startup Boston
- The Jimmy Fund
- The Musary
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
- Dual major in Strategic Marketing and Organizational Behavior
- GPA: 4.0 within major field of study
- Background in Psychology
- Conducted a two-year longitudinal study on improving inner city experiences for college students and the dynamic between the student body and permanent residents
- NIH certification in the execution of human research studies
- First conducted human research and surveying at 19 years old
- Master of Business Administration
- Concentration in Consulting and Entrepreneurship
- Emphasis on corporate social responsibility
- Master of Sports Administration
- Graduated Summa Cum Laude from top ranked Sports Business program
- Graduate level non-degree studies in Public Policy
- Graduate level certificate in Leadership
- Cohort member of invite-only Emerging Leaders Program