Wes’ first book, The Other Wes Moore, a perennial New York Times bestseller, captured the nation’s attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities and in ourselves. That story has been optioned by executive producer Oprah Winfrey and HBO to be made into a movie. He is also the author of the bestselling books The Work, Discovering Wes Moore, and This Way Home.
Wes’ latest book, Five Days, explores the uprisings in Baltimore in 2015 after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody through a kaleidoscope of perspectives and examines critical questions about the deeper causes of violence and poverty.
Wes grew up in Baltimore and the Bronx, where he was raised by a single mom. Despite childhood challenges, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He earned an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Wes then served as a captain and paratrooper with the u.s. Army’s 82nd airborne, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He later served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Before becoming CEO at Robin Hood, Wes was the founder and CEO at BridgeEdu, an innovative tech platform based in Baltimore addressing the college completion and job placement crisis by reinventing freshman year for underserved students.
BridgeEdu was acquired by Edquity, a Brooklyn-based student financial success and emergency aid firm, in June 2019.
Wes has also worked in finance as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in London and with Citigroup in New York.
Wes has served on numerous nonprofit and social-impact boards and is a lifetime member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
The joy of Wes’ life are his two children and his wife Dawn.
- The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters
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.
- Transformational Leadership: Evolve, Adapt, Inspire
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.
- 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?