Wes Moore-Part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Event:               Wes Moore

Part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

When:               Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Where:              The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

                        2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Tickets:            Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com


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

Speakers Series on Nov. 14


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 Timesbestseller The Work: My Search for a Life that Mattersand is a contributor to the Huffington Post, The Times,and NBC News. He hosted Beyond Beliefon the Oprah Winfrey Network, American Graduate Dayon 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 Timesbestseller, the planned motion picture The Other Wes Mooretells 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 TheEconClub.com. Tickets pricing and ordering information can be found at www.TheEconClub.com/single-ticket-pricing,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.



About The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.


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