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Wes Moore to Speak at Innovations Conference in Philadelphia

Wes Moore, youth advocate, Army combat veteran, promising business leader, and national bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, joins an extraordinary line up of keynote speakers at the Innovations Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 4-7, 2012. Wes overcame a troubled childhood and early discipline problems to graduate Phi Theta Kappa as a com­mis­sioned offi­cer from Val­ley Forge Mil­i­tary Col­lege in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity with a bachelor’s degree in Inter­na­tional Rela­tions in 2001. He then completed a MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004.

Wes is recognized as an authority on the rise and ramifications of radical Islamism in the Western Hemisphere. He served as a para­trooper and Cap­tain in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and spear­headed the Amer­i­can strate­gic sup­port plan for the Afghan Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Pro­gram. A White House Fel­low from 2006–2007, Wes served as a Spe­cial Assis­tant to Sec­re­tary of State Con­doleezza Rice. Fol­low­ing his time at the White House, Wes was an invest­ment pro­fes­sional in New York at Cit­i­group, focus­ing on global tech­nol­ogy and alter­na­tive invest­ments.

Wes is pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing U.S. vet­er­ans and exam­in­ing the roles edu­ca­tion, men­tor­ing, and pub­lic ser­vice play in the lives of Amer­i­can youth. He is committed to helping young people to redirect their lives and to supporting the parents, teachers, mentors, and volunteers who care for and work with them. Point­ing out that a high school stu­dent drops out every nine sec­onds, Wes says that pub­lic servants—the teach­ers, men­tors, and vol­un­teers who work with young people—are as imper­a­tive to national stand­ing and sur­vival as are the armed forces. “Pub­lic ser­vice does not have to be an occu­pa­tion,” he says, “but it must be a way of life.”

Wes serves on Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America’s Board of Directors, Johns Hopkins University’s Board of Trustees, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (Baltimore’s Advisory Board), and is a Clinton Global Initiative Lead program Fellow. While a student at Johns Hopkins he founded STAND!, an organization that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system. Wes was a featured speaker at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and the first 9/11 National Day of Ser­vice and Remembrance. He has been featured by The New York TimesThe Washington Post, USA Today, The Baltimore Sun, People Magazine, Essence, “Oprah,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Meet the Press,” “Charlie Rose,” “Tavis Smiley,” “The View,” and NPR among others.

The League's Innovations Conference is March 4-7, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The deadline to receive the early registration discount is January 28, and the deadline for reserving a room at the conference hotel, the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, at the special conference rate is February 10. For hotel and travel information, click here.

Join community college educators from across the continent at the Innovations 2012 Conference to hear his inspirational story and meet the man behind the book.

Posted by The League for Innovation in the Community College on 01/12/2012 at 3:09 PM | Categories: Conferences -