The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
Wednesday, February 19, 11:00–12:30 p.m.
NASP thanks Pearson for its sponsorship of the Keynote Address.
Two boys named Wes Moore were born in the same Baltimore 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. Wes Moore will give a firsthand account of a life’s journey empowered by the strength of his family and community network. He also will describe the role of educational opportunities in his journey and how school psychologists and other educators can become transformational leaders who help schools and communities foster the kinds of supports that lead to success.
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. 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. He resides in Baltimore.
Wes is the Chief Executive of The Robin Hood Foundation, one of the nation’s largest foundations with a sole focus on alleviating poverty. He also is founder of BridgeEdu, an organization that provides support to students as they try to navigate higher education. Previously, he worked on Wall Street with Citigroup in New York, as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in London, and was named one of the top young business leaders by Crain’s New York Business. Wes served as a White House Fellow and special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He also is a retired decorated combat veteran and officer who served a tour of duty in the elite 82nd Airborne division of the United States Army in Afghanistan.
“The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.” – Wes Moore