Christian Moore's engaging style combines humor and research with a powerful personal journey.

WhyTry Founder Christian Moore is an internationally renowned author, speaker, and licensed clinical social worker. 

Celebrated Author

Christian is the author of The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action, a guide for increasing resilience in the face of any adversity. The book has received accolades by bestselling authors and renowned business leaders like Stephen M.R. Covey, Joseph Grenny, Liane Davey, and Dr. Joseph Luciani. 

Dynamic Keynote Speaker

Christian speaks at over 300 national events every year. Recent conferences include:

  • School Social Workers of America Association
  • International Conference for the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders
  • National Girl Bullying Conference
  • Title I Professional Conference
  • National Youth At-Risk Conference
  • International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma
  • National Alternative Education Conference
  • National Conference on Innovative Counseling Skills and Strategies
  • Advancing School Mental Health Conference
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Coming from a blended family of 12 children, Christian spent most of his childhood years on the streets. In a neighborhood just outside of Washington, D.C., he was exposed to a wide array of social problems, which opened his eyes to the many injustices that exist in our world today. 

By the time Christian had reached second grade, he had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, conduct disorder, and severe learning disabilities. Because of these setbacks, he often felt socially isolated in school.  He spent time both as bully and victim; and often acted out to avoid answering the questions of teachers. 

Due to his poor grades and learning disabilities, high school counselors informed Christian that college was not a viable option. Determined to prove the naysayers wrong, he fought his way to a Master’s degree in social work.

WhyTry Program Founder

Christian used his personal challenges, his degree, his career as a social worker, and his understanding of people from all walks of life to create the WhyTry Program, and more recently the Resilience Breakthrough for Youth Program. 

Christian’s programs use a multisensory approach to teach resilience to youth of every learning type. Over 2 million students have been taught with the WhyTry Program in over 20,000 schools, making it one of the fastest-growing programs of its kind. WhyTry is implemented in all 50 states and in countries throughout the world.

Social Justice Advocate

Christian’s personal mission is to ensure that all human beings are given the opportunity to thrive, regardless of social or economic status, race, background, or other personal obstacles. His engaging presentation provides people with the specific tools necessary to develop resilience in the face of life’s challenges. 




  • “A few years ago, I heard one of the most powerful keynotes I’ve ever heard in my life from a group called WhyTry. We not only have incorporated WhyTry in our national summits every year, but I would recommend that every conference across America have WhyTry as their keynote presentation.” -Darrell Scott, Founder, Rachel’s Challenge
  • "Christian's own irrepressible life story and practical tools for succeeding in the face of hardship are a powerful combination." -Kim Capps, CEO, InsideOut Development
  • "Our attendees serve diverse youth across varied conditions, and we can honestly say that your presentation was highly engaging and relevant across all conditions. Thank you for sharing your professional and personal experiences, knowledge, and strategies with us.” -Dr. Denise Weems-White and Dr. Dan Rea, National Youth At-Risk Conference Co-Chairs
  • "There is not a topic of greater urgency for the future than resilience. And there is not an author more qualified to teach it than Christian Moore." -Joseph Grenny, New York Times bestselling co-author of Crucial Conversations and Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change
  • "Christian's words resonate strongly with me, not just because of the raw, honest account he gives of the cruel realities he's faced in life but also because of the personal, engaging stories he shares of never giving in to the twin demons of despair and defeat." -Stephen M.R. Covey, Cofounder and Global Practice Leader, FranklinCovey's Global Speed of Trust Practice
  • "Meeting Christian was very inspirational and one of the best presentations I have ever been to in 19 years of education." -Gregg Witkin, Teacher, California

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