Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Meet the Keynote Speakers

Mawi Asgedom mawi

Born Selamawi Haileab Asgedom, Mawi Asgedom is an author, public speaker, and a refugee of Ethiopian and Eritrean origin. Mawi was born in Ethiopia. For about two years of his childhood, he was separated from his father, when he had to flee to Sudan to avoid the war in Ethiopia. Mawi was seven years old when he and his family arrived in the U.S. in 1983, sponsored by World Relief. They had spent the previous three years in a refugee camp in Sudan. He grew up in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, Illinois. He graduated with top honors from Harvard University, receiving a degree in American history and giving the commencement address at his graduation in 1999. He is the bestselling author of Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy’s Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard and The Code: The 5 Secrets of Teen Success. He has spoken to over 500,000 students in more than thirty states. He has trained educators at The Harvard School of Education, The Midwest Principal’s Center and many teaching conferences. Mawi is also the founder of Mental Karate, an organization that helps youth take positive action and Mawi Learning, an organization that increases the academic and life opportunities of youth through character, social and emotional, and leadership training.

After Mawi’s presentation, participants will have the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy’s Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard.

Daniel Trust  trust

Born Daniel Ndamwizeye, Daniel Trust is a Rwandan Genocide survivor, philanthropist, and a youth motivational speaker based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He immigrated to the United States in 2005 as a refugee when he was 15 years old. Upon arriving in the U.S., Daniel quickly learned how to speak English and started attending Bassick High School in Bridgeport, CT where he graduated with high honors in 2008. In 2010, he obtained his American Citizenship. He graduated with a business management degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 2013. Daniel founded the Daniel Trust Foundation in 2009 when he was just a freshman in college. The organization was originally founded with a mission of supporting orphans around the world. In 2014, Daniel Trust relaunched the Daniel Trust Foundation with a focus on recognizing and rewarding students from all backgrounds, who promote and give back to social causes they are passionate about in their communities and teachers who go above and beyond to help their students succeed in school and in their personal lives.

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