Mawi Asgedom


Mawi Asgedom has inspired more than a million people with his uplifting speeches and written eight bestselling books that are read in thousands of classrooms around the world. A former refugee from Ethiopia, Mawi is the founder of Mawi Learning, a social emotional learning training organization that was recently acquired by ACT.

As a child, Mawi fled civil war in Ethiopia and survived a Sudanese refugee camp for three years. After being resettled in the U.S., Mawi overcame poverty, language barriers and personal tragedy to graduate from Harvard University, where he gave the Commencement address to an audience of 30,000.

Oprah Winfrey called her interview with Mawi one of her “Top 20 Moments,” and ESSENCE Magazine selected him as one of the “40 Most Inspiring African-Americans.”

Mawi earned a B.A. in history from Harvard and an MBA in marketing from Northwestern University.