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The Rapides Foundation Symposium


Please join us for The Rapides Foundation's fourth annual Symposium on Wednesday, September 6, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the Alexandria Riverfront Center. The focus of the 2017 Symposium is "Transforming Communities" and will feature Wes Moore, acclaimed author, decorated Army combat veteran, youth advocate, and CEO of Robin Hood Foundation. 

The Rapides Foundation Symposium focuses on a topic of importance to Central Louisiana and is presented each September as a way of celebrating the anniversary of the Foundation's creation in September 1994. The Symposium is free to the public, however registration is needed. There are three convenient ways to register: click the registration button in this article; email us at; or call 1-800-994-3394.

*Note: if you register through the button above, you will receive an email asking you to verify that you are human and not a computer - please be sure to click the verification link in the email to complete your registration.

The 2017 Symposium will focus on the transformative power of education and leadership, and its impact on improving our community. Moore energizes audiences with his remarkable personal story of overcoming adversity through education, embracing personal responsibility, and emerging as an inspirational leader. Through unforgettable storytelling, Moore inspires his audiences to see solutions instead of problems, overcome challenges, reach higher, lift up others, and find the power and purpose to achieve any goal. 

His moving life journey from wayward inner city youth to decorated veteran, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, and business leader is the subject of an upcoming motion picture from Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey based on Moore's New York Times best-seller, The Other Wes Moore. The book 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.

Moore is the Chief Executive Officer of Robin Hood Foundation, one of the nation's largest foundations with a sole focus on alleviating poverty. He is also the founder of BridgeEDU, an organization that provides support to students as they navigate to higher education. He is a decorated combat veteran and officer who served in the elite 82nd Airborne division of the Unites States Army. His military service inspired him to become a passionate voice for veterans, serving as executive producer and host of Coming Back with Wes Moore, a PBS miniseries about the challenges facing returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets. 

Moore is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and the Johns Hopkins University. He was selected as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a MLitt in International Relations and Affairs at Oxford University. He is the author of four books and a contributor to media ranging from The Huffington Post to NBC News.

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