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Wes Moore

CEO, BridgeEDU
United States

"Moving from Baltimore to the Bronx or to a military school never changed my way of thinking. What did change me was when I found myself surrounded by people. Starting with my mom and my grandparents, but eventually leading to this amazing string of teachers who helped me understand that the world is bigger than what's directly in front of me. Those teachers and leaders helped me realize that there was never going to be a single accident of birth: not being Black, not being poor, not being from Baltimore, or not being fatherless that was ever going to define me. None of that was ever going to limit me. I have teachers to thank for that."

Bio

Wes Moore is a decorated Army combat veteran, youth advocate and CEO of BridgeEDU, a national initiative focusing on addressing the college completion and career placement crisis by reinventing the Freshman Year of college. He is also the author two instant New York Times bestselling books, The Other Wes Moore, and The Work.

Wes graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College and in 1998 received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University.  He completed an MLitt from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004.  Upon graduation, Wes served as a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, serving in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division.

He is also the host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and Executive Producer and host of “Coming Back with Wes Moore” which follows veterans as they reintegrate back into society.  Wes is also the executive producer for the PBS documentary, “All the Difference”, which follows two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago on their journey to achieve their dream of graduating from college.

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