Keynote Speaker

Wes Moore

New York Times Best-Selling
Author & Youth Advocate

John Quinones

BSH General Session
Friday, February 24, 2017
8:00 to 9:00 am

Acclaimed author Wes Moore is a veteran, Rhodes Scholar and the founder of BridgeEDU. His most recent book, The Work, is a collection of, "…incredibly valuable lessons about what it means to create lives that matter."  The book, which debuted at No. 15 on the New York Times Best Seller List, was received as a model for how we can weave valuable lessons together from supremely different people in order to forge individual paths to triumph.

Moore's first book, The Other Wes Moore, is a story of mentorship and support networks who refused to let him fall into crime and drugs. It tells the tale of two kids with the same name living in the same decaying city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar and White House Fellow after serving in the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army. The other is currently serving a life sentence for the killing of a police officer during an armed robbery. Burning with curiosity as to why he and the other Wes were so radically different, Moore investigated the man with the same name. The result was an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller which captured the nation's attention on what draws the line between success and failure in our communities.

Moore doesn't just profess his dedication to social justice — he creates real positive change to better lives. Most recently, Moore is the founder and CEO of BridgeEdU, an innovative college platform that addresses the college completion and job placement crisis. BridgeEdU reinvents the freshman year in a way that engages students in real-world internships and service-learning opportunities in addition to core academic classes.

Wes Moore has been featured by USA Today, Time Magazine, People Magazine, Meet the Press, The Colbert Report, MSNBC and NPR, among many other media outlets. He is also the host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the executive producer and host of PBS's Coming Back with Wes Moore, which focuses on the re-integration of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their return home.

Moore captivates audiences with his infectious zest for life. He has the rare ability to enthrall, inspire and engage.

Audiences leave with new outlooks on the transformative power of education, professional and personal leadership, and how to rise above adversity's many turbulent waters.


Books by Wes Moore

The Work: My Search
for a Life That Matters



The Other Wes Moore:
One Name, Two Fates


Discovering Wes Moore


Forcefully Advancing