The 2015 Big Event Story: Transforming the Community One Gift at a Time
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From Adversity to Success: Transformation Lessons in Leadership
Two young boys growing up in the same tough neighborhood in Baltimore share the same name. One becomes a Rhodes scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House fellow and social entrepreneur. The other is sentenced to life in prison for murder. Delving into the irony of how two people with similar circumstances could end up on such different journeys led Wes Moore to write his remarkable bestselling book. Their incredible story, and the questions it raises about struggle and triumph, personal choice and fate, makes this an event you won’t want to miss.
Wes Moore struggled emotionally and academically as a young boy but eventually graduated as a commissioned officer from a military college. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, where he also played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, studying International Relations at Oxford University.
After his studies, Wes, a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. Wes then served as a White House fellow to Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice. He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), The Johns Hopkins University, and founded an organization called STAND! that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system.
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As a followup to his memoir “The Other Wes Moore,” THE WORK is the story of how Wes discovered the meaning of his life and how he found that meaning in service. Wes weaves the episodes and moments of decision in his own life with those of a dozen other inspiring people who have bettered their communities in a variety of impressive ways.