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Wes Moore

Best-Selling Author & Youth Advocate
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Biography

A best-selling author, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and Executive Producer and host of the PBS series Coming Back with Wes Moore on returning veterans, Wes Moore is an American success story and a born leader—but he wasn't always on the path to achievement. Raised in a single-parent household in Baltimore with his sisters, Moore was drawn toward trouble as a child, enough so that his mother eventually enrolled him in a Pennsylvania military school. This single, determined choice effectively changed the course of her son's life.

It is no surprise, then, that Moore addresses this very issue of choice in his compelling keynote talks as well as in his New York Times bestseller, The Other Wes Moore. In his book, he tells the fascinating story of another Wes Moore - a man who shared his name and much of his personal history. About the same age and raised in the same neighborhood by a single mother, this "other Wes Moore" arrived at a starkly different fate: he now serves a life sentence without parole on murder charges. Compelled by their similar upbringings, Moore penned his book in an effort to discover how small choices make big differences in life. A young adult version of the book, titled Discovering Wes Moore, was published in 2012, and movie rights to The Other Wes Moore have been optioned by Oprah Winfrey and HBO Films.

Now bringing his message to the podium, Wes Moore presents the compelling argument that it is support systems - dedicated networks of families, mentors, teachers, friends, colleagues - that have the most profound and lasting impact on one's life. Drawing on his experiences as a leader in the military, in business, and as a White House fellow - as well as his work in helping large corporations become more involved in their communities - Moore stresses the vitality of leadership in every community, from the smallest school up to the largest Fortune 500 corporation.

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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.

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