Summer Leadership Institute
2019 Keynote Speakers

First General Session: Adventurous Leadership

Leon Logothetis
Global adventurer, motivational speaker, and philanthropist


Leon used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. The inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries inspired this radical life change. His new passion: Finding ways for your inner rebel (that voice that tells you, you are worth so much more than you think) to come out and play. 

Leon has visited more than 90 countries and traveled to every continent. He is the host of the TV series Amazing Adventures of a Nobody on National Geographic International, which sees Leon cross America, the United Kingdom, and Europe on just five dollars, five pounds, and five euros a day, respectively. 

Leon is no stranger to adventure. He teamed up with First Book® and drove a car from London to Mongolia raising money to buy 10,000 books for underprivileged children in America. He also operated a vintage London taxi across America, giving free cab rides to the needy and working with Classwish to bring hope back to the schools of America.

He recently returned from filming his new TV show The Kindness Diaries, in which he circumnavigated the globe on his vintage yellow motorbike, Kindness One, giving life-changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans. All of this while relying on the kindness of strangers.

Second General Session: Strong Leadership

Wes Moore
Author, combat veteran, and social entrepreneur


Wes is an author and the CEO of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, a perennial New York Times bestseller, focuses on the fine line between success and failure in our communities and 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, and he remains on its board of directors. 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.


Third General Session: Servant Leadership

Natalie Stavas
Healer, educator, and community leader


On April 15, 2013, Dr. Stavas approached the finish line of her fifth Boston marathon. Just blocks away she heard explosions and ran toward them. Arriving at the scene, she went to work administering CPR, applying tourniquets, and triaging the wounded.

Following these actions, President Barack Obama, Katie Couric, and Anderson Cooper honored Natalie for her role as a first responder. Improper Bostonian magazine named Dr. Stavas one of “Boston’s Best," and The Boston Globe awarded her with “2013 Bostonian of the Year.” 

What led her to make that fateful decision to run into a terrorist attack? An expert on chaos, Natalie attacks every obstacle with the same attitude: “You run toward that which you fear, that which challenges you, that which is oppositional.” Running toward chaos makes chaos more manageable.

Currently a physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Stavas was trained and educated at Harvard University where she focuses on childhood trauma, decreasing youth violence, and researching how we can better protect and serve high-risk children. 

Dr. Stavas has written for the Huffington Post, the Center for Disease Control, Self Magazine, and Medical Bag. She has been featured in Runner's World, The New York Times, LA Times, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Time, and People Magazine.

To better serve the young people she seeks to protect, she is pursuing fellowship training in child protection pediatrics and obtaining a Masters in Health Science and Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Her upcoming book, Sole to Soul, talks about the transformative power that running has on high-risk youth.

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