Co-Founder, Free the Children
Co-Founder, Co-CEO of Me to We
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 Free The Children, 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. 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 with eight published 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.
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 insights 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.
In their two decades of humanitarian work, Craig and Marc have visited dozens of countries, meeting people from all walks of life. They have learned from some of the greatest spiritual, political and social leaders of our time, including Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela, and have shared simple meals with families struggling in the world’s slums and war zones. Along the way, they have 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, Craig and/or Marc will help you discover the Me to We philosophy, described in their New York Times bestseller, Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World.
Today, more than ever, the world needs your kids. Through their work with Free The Children, an international charity driven by youth, Craig and Marc 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.
For a new generation of business leaders and social entrepreneurs, making an impact means more than the bottom line. As a co-founder of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise, Marc will share insight on how to infuse your company with a sense of purpose, elevate your brand, differentiate your products and inspire your employees.
In this speech, you’ll discover how to celebrate the positive impact that your company and employees bring to the world. Me to We has partnered with leading companies such as KPMG and Virgin Atlantic to build robust corporate citizenship programs, resulting in more engaged employees and clients and an improved brand reputation.