Real estate developer Theo C. Rodgers will speak at a Nov. 4 event for B.E.S.T. (Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust) about his educational and professional journey, his relationship with B.E.S.T ( and ways to support the educational success of academically talented African American boys and girls in Baltimore.

Rodgers and B.E.S.T. alumna Tuesday Barnes, The Bryn Mawr School (’09), will be the honored speakers to corporate and philanthropic leaders as well as over 60 B.E.S.T. students, grades 9-12, enrolled at area private schools.

B.E.S.T., in partnership with its 19 independent member schools, recruits and supports through the admissions process academically ambitious, African-American students with financial need from the Baltimore area. Once students are enrolled, B.E.S.T. positions them for success through academic preparation, character and leadership development and support programs.