About Mawi Learning

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As an Ethiopian refugee, Mawi Asgedom arrived in the U.S. facing poverty, language barriers, and cultural differences. Instead of giving up, he found strength in his struggles and successfully graduated from Harvard University with a scholarship, delivering the commencement speech to 30,000 Harvard graduates. In 2001, Mawi chronicled his family’s story in Of Beetles and Angels, his best-selling autobiography.

Over the next decade, Mawi spoke to over a million students and educators and wrote eight leadership books used in classrooms worldwide. Along the way, he was featured on Oprah, NPR, and in the Chicago Tribune and Essence magazine.

Mawi Learning codifies Mawi’s message of growth, resilience, and personal success in research-based blended and online courses for students and teachers. Mawi Learning’s courses inspire students and educators to capitalize on their potential by applying research-based strategies to instill powerful mindsets, encourage action, foster relationships, and build critical skills. These courses improve school culture, reinvigorate educators to teach, and motivate and empower students to succeed.

Interview Highlights


Essence Magazine

Harvard Magazine

Chicago Tribune


fear.less Magazine

Mawi's bestselling memoir, Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard, has been read as a one-book, one-community reading selection by hundreds of schools and communities including the cities of Philadelphia and Green Bay. His teen-success guides, The Code, Win the Inner Battle, and Nothing is Impossible, have also been used in thousands of classrooms. Citing the impact of his work, The Illinois Association of Teachers of English named Mawi the 2006 Illinois Author of the Year.