Keynote Speakers

Robert Friedman 

Bob Friedman is the Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Board for Prosperity Now, a 39-year old nonprofit dedicated to enlarging economic participation and prosperity for all. Bob helped create the U.S. microenterprise, saving and asset building practice, policy and markets, and the international enterprise development and child savings fields. His third book, A Few Thousand Dollars: Sparking Prosperity for Everyone, was released by the New Press on October 9, 2018. In it, he argues that everyone needs a nest egg of at least a few thousand dollars to believe in and have a real economic future – as an entrepreneur, educated worker, homeowner, saver and investor – and that we could make this possible for everyone without spending another dollar, just by investing our wealth building tax incentives in everybody rather than just the lucky wealthy few

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Wes Moore

Wes Moore is the CEO of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. He is a bestselling author, a combat veteran, and a social entrepreneur.

Wes’ first book, “The Other Wes Moore,” a perennial New York Times bestseller, captured the nation’s attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities and in ourselves. That story has been optioned by executive producer Oprah Winfrey and HBO to be made into a movie. He is also the author of the bestselling books “The Work,” “Discovering Wes Moore,” and “This Way Home.”

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. Wes then served as a captain and paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He later served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Before becoming CEO at Robin Hood, Wes was the founder and CEO at BridgeEdU, an innovative tech platform addressing the college completion and job placement crisis. BridgeEdU reinvents freshman year for underserved students. Wes remains chairman of the board of directors at BridgeEDU. He has also worked in finance as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in London and with Citigroup in New York.

Wes’ proudest accomplishments are his two children with his wife Dawn.