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President's Lecture Series: Bestselling Author, Social Entrepreneur to Speak at ODU

The phrase social entrepreneurship has gained cultural currency recently, as organizations of all kinds have begun to recognize the value of taking an entrepreneurial approach to their creation, management and growth. Enactus, a club at Old Dominion University, is dedicated to fostering social entrepreneurship on campus and beyond.

This month's President's Lecture Series speaker Wes Moore has taken a social entrepreneurial approach to helping young people redirect their lives, and supporting the parents, teachers, mentors and volunteers who care for, and work with, our nation's youth.

Moore, an Army combat veteran and national bestselling author, will speak Tuesday Nov. 4 at Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Convocation Center at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP for the event, please visit: www.odu.edu/univevents (Event Code: LWM14).

Moore graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. While a student at Johns Hopkins he founded STAND!, which works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system and still exists today. Moore completed a degree in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Upon graduation, he served as a captain in the United States Army, completing a tour to Afghanistan as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.

His first book, The Other Wes Moore, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, conveying the importance of individual decisions as well as community support. Moore is also the host of "Beyond Belief" on the Oprah Winfrey Network and Executive Producer and host of "Coming Back with Wes Moore" on PBS.

Moore is the Founder and CEO of BridgeEdU, an innovative college completion platform that addresses the college completion and career placement crisis by reinventing the freshman year in a way that engages students in real-world internships and service learning opportunities. He has been featured by USA Today, People Magazine, "Meet the Press," "The Colbert Report", "The View," MSNBC, and NPR, among many others.

Next Tuesday's address will be followed by a book signing hosted by the ODU Bookstore. Follow Wes Moore on Twitter @wesmoore1 and FACEBOOK.

The ODU President's Lecture Series speeches are free and open to the public, and have previously included addresses by scientists, writers, educators, historians and Pulitzer Prize winners.

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