Author, Rhodes Scholar & Aspiring Professor
By all rights, Caylin Louis Moore should be dead, in prison, or a gang member. Instead, he’s a Rhodes Scholar, author, speaker, and role model for every kid deprived of hope in downtrodden communities. In his book, A Dream Too Big: The Story of an Improbable Journey from Compton to Oxford, and as an inspirational keynote speaker, Caylin shares the story of his exodus from one of the most impoverished, gang-infested communities in the United States to the golden, dreaming spires of Oxford, England. Read More >
Changing Your Mindset to Be the Best You Can
A Dream Too Big
Against All Odds
In this inspiring keynote, drawn from his acclaimed book A Dream Too Big: The Story of an Improbable Journey from Compton to Oxford, Caylin Moore shares his against-all-odds journey from the cruel poverty of gang-ridden Los Angeles to becoming a Rhodes Scholar attending Oxford University. Caylin’s story is one that normally would have led him to gangs and prison: a father, convicted of murder; a mother, the victim of sexual assault; a hungry child, kept awake at night by the sounds of gunfire and the scratching of rats and roaches. Instead, by embracing his mother’s steely faith in God and education, he escaped Compton to excel at football and academics. Called "an inspiring tale that should be mandatory reading for every student, parent, and anyone else interested in the success of those who will shape and define our future," Caylin’s story proves that there is no such thing as a dream too big.
"There are no words!!!! I want you to know I don’t give compliments lightly. Let’s see if I can say this briefly: In the 20 years I have been at FSU and 4+ keynote addresses annually, this is the one keynote message I will carry forth as much in my heart as in my mind. I’m not embarrassed to say I think the experience was 'life altering' for our students and attendees. So relatable and down to earth. Our students rallied around him and I’ve received nothing but the highest compliments for FSU from his speech. I expressed my reaction directly to Mr. Moore following the ceremony and hope he knows how seriously I meant those words. I received as much personally as any student, faculty or staff attending."