New York Times Best-Selling Author, Social Entrepreneur & Motivational Leader
Acclaimed author Wes Moore energizes audiences with his remarkable personal story of overcoming adversity through education, embracing personal responsibility and emerging as an inspirational leader. His moving life journey from wayward inner city youth to decorated veteran, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow and business leader is the subject of the much-anticipated major motion picture, The Other Wes Moore from Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey. Based on his New York Times bestseller, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of how educational opportunities, strong parental influence, mentors and a community support network helped him transcend the fate of a man with the same name who lived just blocks away and took a tragically different path to prison. Sharing this and other powerful accounts of inspirational people, Wes Moore leaves audiences hanging on his every word until they rise to their feet in ovation. Read More >
Potential is Universal
Impact of Education
On a 'Post-Racist' America
Runways to Leadership
Fight for the Others
“The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.” –Wes Moore Read More >
Two Baltimore boys named Wes Moore were born in the same neighborhood less than a year apart. One grows up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran and White House Fellow. The other becomes a convicted murderer serving a life sentence. The Other Wes Moore is a story so compelling, it became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book and is now an upcoming major motion picture from Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey. In this unforgettable keynote, Wes Moore gives a firsthand account of a life’s journey empowered by the strength of his family, educational opportunities and community network. He also explores the power of personal responsibility and the role that it played in making positive choices. Read Less ^
What does it take to become a transformational leader? To Wes Moore, it’s about creating a clear and compelling vision, then inspiring and empowering everyone in an organization to own it. It’s having the discipline to always stay focused on the bigger picture, while constantly adapting and evolving. Most of all, it’s the ability to inspire others to achieve—elevating the morale, culture and performance of the entire organization. Read More >
In this highly motivational presentation, Wes Moore shares his personal story of overcoming adversity and how it shaped his approaches as a business, nonprofit and military leader. From leading combat paratroopers in Afghanistan to heading up the Robin Hood Foundation, Wes Moore’s insightful and universal lessons are invaluable to anyone who aspires to lead change through inspiration. Read Less ^
How can we find meaning in a volatile age? How can we discover our own path to purpose? Drawn from his New York Times bestseller The Work, Wes Moore chronicles his own quest for a meaningful life, sharing valuable lessons learned from the remarkable people that he met along the way. From the translator who helped him “find his fight” in Afghanistan to young students in Katrina-ravaged Mississippi who showed him the meaning of grit and resiliency, Wes Moore reveals that our truest work happens when we serve others. This moving presentation inspires audiences to find their own path, create a life that matters and play an active part in building a better world.
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?
"My grandfather used to say that education is like a skeleton key. If you can get that skeleton key, it can open any door." –Wes Moore Read More >
Education has opened many doors for Wes Moore and inspired him to found an organization devoted to creating educational access and opportunities for disadvantaged youth. In this powerful keynote, he speaks to the role that education and educators have played in changing his life. As an under-served 12-year old getting into trouble, Wes was put on a path away from gangs, drugs and crime. He became the top student in his high school class, graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins, earned a Rhodes Scholarship and became a decorated veteran, White House fellow, founder of the innovative education social enterprise, BridgeEdu and CEO of The Robin Hood Foundation. Emphasizing the great impact that educators, mentors, family and a supportive community have on empowering the next generation’s success, Wes Moore celebrates those who are making a difference and the lives that they change every day. Read Less ^
"People LOVED Wes! We LOVED Wes! He is just the most genuine, down to earth person I have ever met. In our post conference survey, many people indicated he was a primary reason they attended the conference. He received rave reviews!
His message was spot on, and I was very appreciative of how he tailored his speech to our audience. He “got” what our attendees are about, and really spoke to them.
Overall, we are incredibly happy with our decision to go with Wes. He definitely raised the bar for our event!"
"His timely keynote address provided a relevant and unique perspective on how inclusion is the first step to shrink the opportunity gap and enhance quality of life. With his involvement, we had one of the most memorable and successful conferences to date."
"He was simply outstanding at our Dreams to Success dinner Wednesday evening. He is a masterful speaker and story teller and kept the program moving quickly and smoothly. You could have heard a pin drop as he shared some of his own life story. I have never seen an audience so engaged."
"The event really went well and Wes was outstanding. He was able to relate his story to the work that we do at Goodwill and to the community of donors that support us. We received nothing but the highest praise for his speech. And, he received a standing ovation. Thank you for your assistance in this process."
"We had a wonderful campus visit with Wes Moore. He was a delight to have! Wes was very passionate about his platform of the Potential of Education for Transformational Impact. He was engaging and answered each question thoroughly during the lecture. Wes signed books until everyone had their books signed. He engaged with the fans—more than the usual casual conversations. I would highly recommend having him."
"I was in awe. Mr. Moore did a wonderful job. My husband and older daughter were in attendance and had nothing but positive comments regarding his lecture. I must confess, sometimes when I listen to a speaker I can catch myself mentally wandering off. But, I was hanging on to every word. He received a standing ovation; I know the students I spoke to were very engaged. I am so thankful for Mr. Moore's words and his presence."
"Mr. Moore was amazing. The feedback we received from adults and youth alike was the same, his message was on point and his delivery was perfect. Often the acoustics in City Hall aren't the best for speaking events, the audience side conversations often disrupt the speaker. Not the case last week, over 100 teenagers sat in complete silence, hanging on his every word."
"Thanks for all your help with our commencement and Wes Moore. He was a great speaker, and related so well with our graduates and the audience overall! I’ve heard so many great comments on his words of advice, his humor, and just what a great person he is...I’ve heard some are buying his book to read it too!"
"Wes Moore was wonderful. Last year, everyone asked how we would top the previous speaker and Wes definitely delivered. He was so thoughtful and genuine. Our guests loved him and his presentation."
"It was sensational! I attribute this substantially to the vision Wes shared with all of us and to his remarkable personal generosity, which he extended to everyone he met. I couldn't be more pleased, and thanks to you again for your good will and professionalism as we worked out the details of Wes's visit. We feel great about how it all worked out."