CEO of Robin Hood, Army Combat Veteran, and Best-selling Author Wes Moore to speak as part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan

October 17, 2018




The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series, hosted by The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Michigan, welcomes Wes Moore on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. This acclaimed author and social entrepreneur will share his life journey from wayward inner-city youth to decorated veteran, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, and business leader during his presentation The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates – a story that is the subject of the much-anticipated major motion picture The Other Wes Moore from Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey.


Moore is chief executive of Robin Hood, one of the nation’s largest foundations with a sole focus on alleviating poverty. In addition to his work with Robin Hood, Moore is founder of BridgeEdu, an organization that provides support to students as they navigate higher education. Previously, he worked on Wall Street and served as a White House Fellow and special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


Moore 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. His decade of military service inspired him to become a passionate voice for veterans, executive producing and hosting Coming Back with Wes Moore, a PBS miniseries about the challenges facing returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets.


Moore has authored four books including the New York Times bestseller The Work: My Search for a Life that Matters and is a contributor to the Huffington Post, The Times, and NBC News. He hosted Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network, American Graduate Day on PBS, and executive produced the 2016 critically-acclaimed PBS series All the Difference, chronicling two African-American teens from Chicago’s South Side pursuing their dream of graduating from college.


Based on his New York Times bestseller, the planned motion picture The Other Wes Moore tells the story of how educational opportunities, strong parental influence, mentors, and a community support network helped him transcend the fate of a man with the same name who lived just blocks away and took a tragically different path to prison.


The presentation is open to the public with advance ticket purchase. Grand Upton Hall doors open at 5:30 pm, Mainstage doors open at 6 pm, and the presentation begins at 7 pm. Details about each ticket option are available at Tickets pricing and ordering information can be found at, by calling 269-927-8700, option 1, or by visiting The Mendel Center Box Office in person. The box office, located in the Grand Upton Hall Lobby, is open weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm.


Moore’s visit to The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series is presented in conjunction with Benton Harbor Promise and First Tee of Benton Harbor.



About The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Established in 1943, the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan has brought more than 430 world leaders, policy makers, experts, and other newsmakers to the region. Its goal is to provide unique opportunities for personal and community growth. By presenting national and international speakers from a wide range of fields and expertise, this non-partisan series is dedicated to the discussion of social, economic, and public policy questions important in today’s complex society.


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