Pen Name: None
Born: 1976 in Adi Wahla, Ethiopia
Asgedom grew up in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton.
Biographical and Professional Information
Mawi Asgedom was born Selamawi Haileab Asgedom. He is an author and a successful inspirational speaker for students, community groups, and businesses.
Mawi was a refugee of Ethiopian. For about two years of his childhood, he was separated from his father and 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. Since graduating from Harvard, Mawi has dedicated himself to uplifting teenagers. 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 is a very popular speaking guest at middle and high schools. 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.
Oprah Winfrey named her interview of Mr. Asgedom as one of her 20 Unforgettable Moments in October 2005.
He has developed a suite of online student courses to increase student efficacy and achievement.
He has created a professional development program for educators to put Growth Mindset into action to inspire student achievement called Powerful Educator.
- Of Beetles & Angles, A Boy`s Remarkable Journey From a Refugee Camp to Harvard, Megadee Press, 2001
- The Code, Megadee Press, 2002
- Win The Inner Battle, Mawi Publications, 2003
- Nothing Is Impossible, Mawi Publications, 2004
- The Success GPA: You are more than Your Grades and Test Scores, Mawi Books, 2011
- The Third Harmony, Mawi Books, 2011
- The 5 Powers of an Educator, Mawi Books, 2014
Titles at Your Library
The Code: The Five Secrets of Teen Success
Release Date: 2003-09-03
Win the Inner Battle, The Ultimate Teen Leadership Journal
Release Date: 2003
Nothing Is Impossible: Dozens Of Inspiring Stories, The Best Strategies For Teen Success
Release Date: 2005-04-30
The Success GPA: You are more than Your Grades and Test Scores
Release Date: 2011-10-26
The Third Harmony
Release Date: 2011-12-15
The 5 Powers of an Educator
Release Date: 2014-10-17
Body of Work
- Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 2006
Of Beetles and Angels
- 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact via:
US Postal Service:
PO Box 679
Elmhurst, IL 60126
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