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Marc Kielburger

Co-Founder WE Charity, WE Day and Me to WE, Socially-Responsible Business Leader, Best-Selling Author

Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Along with his brother Craig Kielburger, Marc co-founded WE Charity, which provides a holistic development model called WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Back at home in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools and WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers. Lastly, he is also the co-founder of ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of the charitable organization. His work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and the BBC.

Marc graduated from Harvard University with a degree in International Relations. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a law degree from Oxford University. He has also received 10 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Marc is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 8 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of Canada, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s Young Global Leaders. Marc was also recently inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for his humanitarian efforts and his work to empower youth to change the world. In 2015, along with his brother Craig, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector.

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Presentations

  • An Unconventional Education: What I Learned about Leadership from Nelson Mandela, Oprah and my Grandma

    LEADERSHIP
    For all Corporate/Non-Profit/Associations and College/University Business Audiences.

    Engaging and interactive, Marc shares actionable leadership lessons as he weaves the tale of his journey from Parliamentary Page to leader of a global enterprise.

    Marc Kielburger and his brother, Craig, learned to lead at the ages of seventeen and twelve when they founded a global movement against child slavery. Part of the vanguard of young entrepreneurs, they didn’t have formal training in how to build an organization. But they knew how to innovate and take risks, and they benefited from the mentorship and friendship of powerful, world-renowned leaders. The lessons Marc gleaned from these deep relationships, as well as his own experiences leading a global organization, are the basis for this speech.

    In this engaging, interactive keynote, Marc delivers actionable leadership lessons as he weaves the tale of his journey from Parliamentary Page to leader of a global enterprise. His savvy insights and advice are peppered with accounts of the extraordinary leaders who have coached and mentored him. But that’s not all. This speech takes audience interaction to a whole new level by letting the audience choose the stories they most want to hear. Whether it’s an anecdote involving President Clinton or Kid President, Ed Bradley or Richard Branson, Mohammad Ali or Magic Johnson, Mother Teresa or one of the many top CEOs who have shared their wisdom, attendees of every age will benefit from these entertaining insights.

     

  • ME to WE: How One Person Can Make a World of Difference

    INSPIRING
    For all audiences

    In two decades of humanitarian work, Marc has visited dozens of countries, meeting people from all walks of life. He has learned from some of the greatest spiritual, political and social leaders of our time, including Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela, and has shared simple meals with families struggling in the world’s slums and war zones. Along the way, he has discovered a simple but profound truth—that real fulfillment starts with having the courage to reach out and help others.

    It all begins when we make the shift from “me” to “we.” In this speech, Marc will help you discover the ME to WE philosophy, described in the New York Times bestseller, ME to WE: Finding Meaning in a Material World co-authored by his brother Craig Kielburger.

  • The World Needs Your Kid: How to Raise/Mentor Kids Who Care and Contribute

    MENTORSHIP/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
    For all those who help to shape children’s lives: parents, caregivers, educators, communities

    Today, more than ever, the world needs your kids. Through their work with Free The Children, an international charity driven by youth, Marc and Craig have empowered more than two million young leaders to take action to better their local and global communities. Based on their international bestseller, The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute, this speech will provide key insights on guiding children to be compassionate and engaged global citizens. Their research is based on over a thousand interviews with experts on mentorship and early childhood development, and will help you guide young people through rites of passage, address materialism and foster empathy.

  • Putting Our Families First Experience with Workshop

    EXPERIENCE FAMILY FIRST
    A 3-4 hour experience for parents and children ages 8+
    Ideal for Family Inclusive Events: Client Appreciation, Staff Appreciation, YPO Family Events, and more

    In this family day event for parents and youth, Marc Kielburger shares ground-breaking lessons on nurturing children to care about the world around them. Based on the Kielburgers’ international bestseller, The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute, this keynote & workshop experience will provide you with practical tips for raising socially responsible children, strengthening family bonds and changing the world—all at the same time.

    This interactive event begins with an inspirational keynote address for the whole family. Followed by simultaneous break-out sessions—one for parents, led by Marc Kielburger, and one for the youth, led by expert youth facilitators who help children identify their unique gifts and passions. The wrap-up session includes the youth sharing their action plans with parents for a family volunteer activity, with Marc wrapping the session up with a few more words.

  • The WEconomy: How Your Company Can Profit From Purpose

    MORE THAN EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT —from boomers craving a career legacy to millennials carving out their mark

    A social purpose can boost the fundamental building blocks of business, engage employees, differentiate products and reinvigorate a tired brand.

    In this inspiring and uplifting speech, you will discover how to celebrate the positive impact that your company and employees bring to the world – while boosting your bottom line.

    Marc Kielburger will share insights from his remarkable journey co-founding WE when he and his brother Craig Kielburger were teenagers – and growing the children’s charity to a $50-million-a-year global development organization.

    The charity’s youth empowerment event, WE Day, now fills dozens of stadiums annually, across the USA, Canada and the UK and is the largest registered charity on Facebook.

    Their social enterprise, ME to WE, is a lifestyle brand with product lines in 12,000 retail stores and employs 1,400 Mamas in Kenya. ME to WE has partnered with some of the world’s leading companies, including KPMG and Virgin Atlantic, to build robust corporate citizenship programs resulting in more engaged employees and clients and an improved brand reputation.

    Marc will share the business lessons they have learned from these corporate partners and their mentors, including Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey and even Nelson Mandela.

An Unconventional Education: What I Learned about Leadership from Nelson Mandela, Oprah and my Grandma

LEADERSHIP
For all Corporate/Non-Profit/Associations and College/University Business Audiences.

Engaging and interactive, Marc shares actionable leadership lessons as he weaves the tale of his journey from Parliamentary Page to leader of a global enterprise.

Marc Kielburger and his brother, Craig, learned to lead at the ages of seventeen and twelve when they founded a global movement against child slavery. Part of the vanguard of young entrepreneurs, they didn’t have formal training in how to build an organization. But they knew how to innovate and take risks, and they benefited from the mentorship and friendship of powerful, world-renowned leaders. The lessons Marc gleaned from these deep relationships, as well as his own experiences leading a global organization, are the basis for this speech.

In this engaging, interactive keynote, Marc delivers actionable leadership lessons as he weaves the tale of his journey from Parliamentary Page to leader of a global enterprise. His savvy insights and advice are peppered with accounts of the extraordinary leaders who have coached and mentored him. But that’s not all. This speech takes audience interaction to a whole new level by letting the audience choose the stories they most want to hear. Whether it’s an anecdote involving President Clinton or Kid President, Ed Bradley or Richard Branson, Mohammad Ali or Magic Johnson, Mother Teresa or one of the many top CEOs who have shared their wisdom, attendees of every age will benefit from these entertaining insights.

 

ME to WE: How One Person Can Make a World of Difference

INSPIRING
For all audiences

In two decades of humanitarian work, Marc has visited dozens of countries, meeting people from all walks of life. He has learned from some of the greatest spiritual, political and social leaders of our time, including Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela, and has shared simple meals with families struggling in the world’s slums and war zones. Along the way, he has discovered a simple but profound truth—that real fulfillment starts with having the courage to reach out and help others.

It all begins when we make the shift from “me” to “we.” In this speech, Marc will help you discover the ME to WE philosophy, described in the New York Times bestseller, ME to WE: Finding Meaning in a Material World co-authored by his brother Craig Kielburger.

The World Needs Your Kid: How to Raise/Mentor Kids Who Care and Contribute

MENTORSHIP/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
For all those who help to shape children’s lives: parents, caregivers, educators, communities

Today, more than ever, the world needs your kids. Through their work with Free The Children, an international charity driven by youth, Marc and Craig have empowered more than two million young leaders to take action to better their local and global communities. Based on their international bestseller, The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute, this speech will provide key insights on guiding children to be compassionate and engaged global citizens. Their research is based on over a thousand interviews with experts on mentorship and early childhood development, and will help you guide young people through rites of passage, address materialism and foster empathy.

Putting Our Families First Experience with Workshop

EXPERIENCE FAMILY FIRST
A 3-4 hour experience for parents and children ages 8+
Ideal for Family Inclusive Events: Client Appreciation, Staff Appreciation, YPO Family Events, and more

In this family day event for parents and youth, Marc Kielburger shares ground-breaking lessons on nurturing children to care about the world around them. Based on the Kielburgers’ international bestseller, The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute, this keynote & workshop experience will provide you with practical tips for raising socially responsible children, strengthening family bonds and changing the world—all at the same time.

This interactive event begins with an inspirational keynote address for the whole family. Followed by simultaneous break-out sessions—one for parents, led by Marc Kielburger, and one for the youth, led by expert youth facilitators who help children identify their unique gifts and passions. The wrap-up session includes the youth sharing their action plans with parents for a family volunteer activity, with Marc wrapping the session up with a few more words.

The WEconomy: How Your Company Can Profit From Purpose

MORE THAN EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT —from boomers craving a career legacy to millennials carving out their mark

A social purpose can boost the fundamental building blocks of business, engage employees, differentiate products and reinvigorate a tired brand.

In this inspiring and uplifting speech, you will discover how to celebrate the positive impact that your company and employees bring to the world – while boosting your bottom line.

Marc Kielburger will share insights from his remarkable journey co-founding WE when he and his brother Craig Kielburger were teenagers – and growing the children’s charity to a $50-million-a-year global development organization.

The charity’s youth empowerment event, WE Day, now fills dozens of stadiums annually, across the USA, Canada and the UK and is the largest registered charity on Facebook.

Their social enterprise, ME to WE, is a lifestyle brand with product lines in 12,000 retail stores and employs 1,400 Mamas in Kenya. ME to WE has partnered with some of the world’s leading companies, including KPMG and Virgin Atlantic, to build robust corporate citizenship programs resulting in more engaged employees and clients and an improved brand reputation.

Marc will share the business lessons they have learned from these corporate partners and their mentors, including Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey and even Nelson Mandela.

Testimonials

  • Marc and Craig Kielburger have taught me a lot about leadership.

    Marc Kielburger Sir Richard Branson, Founder at Virgin Group
  • Marc was the MOST fabulous speaker I have ever heard. He made our entire conference and I have been personally inspired. Any person involved in any capacity in education should hear him speak. Thank-you doesn't even come close

    Marc Kielburger Ontario Catholic School Business Officials Association
  • Marc and Craig have individually and together spoken at many of our events, including multi-city speaking tours with former president Bill Clinton, Dr. Phil and Anthony Robbins. Most venue sizes are 4000+ people with audiences comprised of entrepreneurs, business managers, human resource professionals and senior sales associates. Their message is very powerful for a business audience and they bring a refreshing authenticity to any event. We only work with the very best speakers in the world and they are consistently ranked amongst our top-rated speakers.

    Marc Kielburger Power Within Inc
  • Marc and Craig are the embodiment of leadership.

    Marc Kielburger Graham Moysey, Head of International at AOL
  • Marc was wonderful! Everyone was very taken with him and his message and many students went home and started a facebook group for fans of Marc Kielburger. Some exciting spin offs from his visit are that we are now a registered school for next WE Day, there is a new group in the school dedicated to taking action about deforestation, and another group is now volunteering to check and pack medical supplies that are going over to Africa. What a response!

    Marc Kielburger Vincent Massey Collegiate
  • Marc and Craig Kielburger have been a great inspiration to me.

    Marc Kielburger Martin Sheen, Emmy winning actor

Books

  • Me to We
  • Living Me to We
  • The World Needs Your Kid

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