An original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 hit movie, Freedom Writers, Manny Scott has energized almost two million leaders, educators, volunteers, and students worldwide with his authentic, inspiring messages of hope. On the road up to 300 days per year for the last two decades, Manny Scott is on a mission.
By age 16, Manny’s story was almost over: His father was incarcerated, he missed 60-90 days of school annually from 4th to 9th grade, he dropped out of school at age 14, he lived in 26 places by age 16, and his best friend was brutally murdered. Sensing that the end of his life was near, Manny sat down on a park bench, and considered how he would make others feel the depth of despair and anger roiling in his soul.
Then, several individuals entered his life and helped him turn the page. He returned to school and ended up in the back of Erin Gruwell’s English class—a group now known worldwide as the Freedom Writers, portrayed in the 2007 hit MTV movie. She and several others helped Manny go from Fs and Ds to As and Bs. They helped him become the ﬁrst person in his family to graduate from high school and go to college. Through very hard work, and with the help of others, Manny is now living the life of his dreams.
In 2007, he founded Ink International, Inc, an education consulting ﬁrm that has empowered nearly two million people to improve the quality of not only their own lives, but also the lives of those around them.
Dr. Michael Moore has devoted most of his life to improving the lives of others. Presently, his driving passion is to broaden access to high-quality, affordable and workforce-relevant educational opportunities for adult learners. His experience in building, launching and managing innovative online degree programs has provided opportunities for students to realize their academic dreams. As a first-generation college student, he appreciates the transformative power of a college education and strives to provide that opportunity to others. Dr. Moore is currently responsible for leading the University of Arkansas System eVersity, a 100 percent-online institution that he designed and launched in 2015. With a focus on innovative teaching strategies that provide learner-centered support, eVersity works to eliminate barriers to success from application to graduation.
Dr. Moore, vice president for academic affairs for the University of Arkansas System, also serves as the chief academic/operating officer for eVersity. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washburn University and a master’s and doctorate in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.