On February 27, 2019, at the second annual TEDxMoreauCatholicHS event, twenty-one seniors from Moreau Catholic High School will share "ideas worth spreading" in the theme of "Rise Up." This year, our keynote speaker is Derek Rhodes from the Obama Foundation.Learn More »
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Determined to use his experiences as a platform to lift up others, Derek has made access, equality, and opportunity pillars of both his professional and personal life. Derek joined the Obama Foundation in September 2018 where he leads strategy and operations for the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.
In this role, Derek sets the team’s strategic priorities, drives major projects and initiatives forward, and ensures alignment with the Foundation’s overall objectives. Derek graduated from Duke University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies and a minor in Political Science. While at Duke, Derek was an active contributor to campus life, particularly in his roles as Vice President of the Duke Student Government from 2012-2014 and the Co-Head Team Manager for the Duke Men's Basketball team under Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski from 2011-2015.
Derek’s tireless work in the community earned him internship positions at the United States Department of Justice’s Public Affairs Office in 2013 and the prestigious White House Internship Program in the summer of 2014 under President Barack Obama.
He is the author of Jimmy for the City, a children’s book that encourages young readers to pursue careers in public service, particularly at the local level.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMoreauCatholicHS, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.Learn More »