An Army officer, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, best-selling author, youth advocate, and business leader, 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, 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, Wes penned his book in an effort to discover how small choices make big differences in life.
Wes presents the persuasive 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, he stresses the vitality of leadership in every community, from the smallest school up to the largest Fortune 500 corporation.
High school students are invited to a free convocation at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center on Friday, Jan. 24 to hear Wes speak about his inspiring story and the transformative power of education.
That evening, Wes will be the featured speaker at Ivy Tech Kokomo’s “Doing the Dream 2014” banquet honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The dinner will be open to Ivy Tech students, faculty, staff and the community. For more information:
Dr. Leo Studach
574-753-5101, ext. 2209