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Wes Moore          

Founder & CEO of BridgeEdu and Bestselling Author of "The Other Wes Moore"

Wes Moore is a best-selling author, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and Executive Producer and host of a mini-series for PBS on returning veterans, called Coming Back with Wes Moore. He is also founder and CEO of BridgeEdu, an innovative education platform that reinvents the freshman year of college for students who have struggled in academic environments. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Born in 1978, Wes and his sisters were raised by their widowed mother. Despite early academic and behavioral struggles, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, where he also played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. There he also founded an organization called STAND! that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system. Wes then became a Rhodes Scholar, studying International Relations at Oxford University.

After his studies, Wes served as a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army during a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. He then served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Speech Topics

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

New York Times best-selling author and youth advocate Wes Moore knows that being a leader, both in your personal life and in the business world, comes down to one thing: personal responsibility. Drawing on his experiences as a leader in the public and private sectors and in the military, Moore explains that embracing your own personal responsibility – and holding yourself accountable for your choices – is a quality that makes great "transformational leaders": leaders who create a vision, then inspire and empower those around them to execute that vision.

Responsible Corporate Citizenship & the Real-Life Ramifications

In this presentation, Wes Moore focuses on social innovation and corporate citizenship. How do we define a well rounded leader in this era? What should be his/her ethics, management goals, community responsibilities, and family focus? Most importantly, what are the benefits to be realized with this new kind of leadership?

Transformational Leadership: Evolve, Adapt, Inspire

To Wes Moore, leadership is not about assigning tasks or delegating – it is about inspiring those around you to achieve a greater good, while empowering them to take charge of the tasks at hand. Oftentimes, leaders get too caught up in the details while failing to see the bigger picture: that what makes a good leader is the ability to adapt and evolve, while cultivating employees to become successful and accountable without micromanaging them. In this presentation, Moore shares his personal story – how he overcame adversity and went on to become a highly successful leader in the public sector, private sector, and military – relating it to leadership audiences from all walks of life.

The Transformative Power of Education

Keynote speaker Wes Moore is committed to being a positive influence and helping kids find the support they need to enact change. Pointing out that a high school student drops out every nine seconds, he says that public servants – the teachers, mentors, and volunteers who work with our youth – are as imperative to our national standing and survival as are our armed forces. "Public service does not have to be an occupation," he says, "but it must be a way of life."

The Work: The Quest For Our Work That Matters

How do we find a sense of purpose and completion in our lives? For some it is very intentional, for some, by accident. Purpose can be found within the private, public, government, military and nonprofit sectors. But universally, people living with a sense of purpose have one thing in common: they live their lives for others. Wes Moore explores the quest for purpose through nine lives, and identifies how individuals can find a sense of completion in unique and unforgettable ways. By looking at the unsung heroes who live among us, we can better understand how each of us has the power to change the world.


Wes Moore, Army Veteran And Author, Says Service Is 'The Greatest ...

Wes Moore, author of 'The Other Wes Moore,' talked to The Huffington Post at the National Service Summit about service, family and the many factors that end ...

Writer Wes Moore brings lesson in humanity to UMKC students ...

Speaking last week at talk sponsored by the university's Division of Diversity and Inclusion, the author of “The Other Wes Moore” inspired about 400 students at ...

Wes Moore to appear on Oprah's 'SuperSoul Sunday' this weekend ...

Wes Moore, author and founder of BridgeEdU, a program that helps transition high school into college, will meet with Winfrey on her show "SuperSoul Sunday"  ...

Wes Moore to host monthly show on WYPR starting this week ...

Baltimore native and best-selling author Wes Moore will host a new hour-long monthly program called “Future City” on Baltimore's NPR news station WYPR 88.1 ...

'All the Difference' tells new story of young black men in college ...

Wes Moore tries to write a new narrative with "All the Difference," a PBS documentary premiering Monday night.

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