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Marc Kielburger

Activist; Co-Founder of We Charity (Formerly Free The Children & Me to We)

Bio

Marc Kielburger is a New York Times bestselling author and social entrepreneur who co-founded the WE movement with the mission to make “doing good, doable”.

Over the past two decades, Marc, along with his co-founder and brother Craig Kielburger, has grown the WE movement to engage 4+ million people annually in service. The We Organization now includes the WE Charity, the ME to WE Social Enterprise, and WE Day. +

Over 250,000 people earn their ticket to WE Day celebrations through volunteerism. Marc and Craig’s pioneering social enterprise model, ME to WE, sustains the work of their charitable mission with socially-conscious products purchased by millions of consumers. Their work has resulted in a holistic development model lifting more than one million people out of poverty.

Marc’s newest book is WEconomy: You Can Find Your Meaning, Make a Living, and Change the World. Co-authored with Craig Kielburger and Holly Branson, the book is a blueprint to drive positive impact and change the world through the combined mission of purpose and profit.

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.

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 inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for his humanitarian efforts and his work to empower youth to change the world. --

Topics

Unconventional Leadership: Lessons l learned from Oprah, Nelson Mandela, Grandma, and More +

Inspiring for corporate, non-profit, association and university and college business audiences

In this highly interactive keynote that pushes the boundaries of traditional speeches with stunning videos, visuals and a choose-your-own-adventure delivery allowing audience members to pick the stories they want to hear, Marc shares actionable leadership lessons that anyone can relate to and employ in their work, education or personal life.

Over the course of Marc’s dynamic presentation, he will share powerful stories and lessons of leadership he and his brother Craig have learned from their mentors and some of the world’s greatest leaders, from Mother Teresa to Nelson Mandela. Relevant whether you are a company, association, community group, planning an educators conference or student leadership conference, participants will walk away with thought-provoking ideas and tips for creating personal and organizational change.

Weaving the journey of starting a charity in his parents’ living room with his brother Craig Kielburger, to becoming the leader of a global enterprise with over 1,000 employees spanning five continents, Marc will share intimate stories that helped shape the strategic decisions that were made along the way. Marc will provide insights and lessons from the extraordinary leaders who have coached and mentored him in some of the most important leadership lessons one can receive – from taking big risks, to accountability, emotional intelligence and being a shameless idealist. This multimedia-rich speech asks the audience to pick which stories they want Marc to tell, creating an engaging experience that will resonate for large or intimate audiences, tailor-made to be relevant for the audience, whether it’s the C-suite or junior employees, educators or business students.

This true choose-your-speech journey takes audience interaction to a new level. Featuring surprise gifts for participating audience members, this interactive experience lets the audience pick from over 100 well-known Nobel Laureates, heads of state, titans of industry and more to hear the stories they most want told.

Unlike any speech you’ve ever seen before, Unconventional Leadership mixes inspiration with strong educational value. This engaging and visually rich keynote experience delivers important lessons that everyone – from the C-Suite to the intern – from the educator to the student – needs to know.

As Marc weaves the tale of his journey to becoming leader of a global enterprise spanning five continents, employing over 1,000 people, his savvy insights and advice are peppered with accounts of the extraordinary leaders who have coached and mentored him. Whether it’s an anecdote involving President Clinton or Kid President, Sheryl Sandberg or Richard Branson, Mohammad Ali or Magic Johnson, Mother Teresa or one of the many top CEOs who have shared their wisdom, attendees will be entertained, inspired and come away with actions and advice they can apply to their own professional and personal lives. --

ME to WE: Making Doing Good, Doable +

An uplifting and inspirational speech that will give you the tools to start making a difference today. Inspiring for all audiences.

In this uplifting, inspirational, and deeply personal speech that will bring forth laughter and emotions from all audiences, Marc will share his moving story about how he and his brother Craig started a movement to change the world at the young ages of 12 and 17, after Craig brought a newspaper clipping to class about a young boy in Pakistan who was killed for speaking up about child labour.

Their group of twelve 12-year-olds led to Oprah Winfrey’s couch where she vouched to help build 100 schools, changing thousands of lives around the world. Over two decades later, Marc and Craig are the leaders of WE, an organization responsible for building thousands of schools and school houses around the world, helping millions of people lift themselves out of poverty.

In their two decades of humanitarian work, Craig and Marc Kielburger have visited dozens of countries, meeting people from all walks of life. They have learned from some of the greatest leaders of our time, including Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa, 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 anyone has the power to change the world, and that real fulfillment starts with having the courage to reach out and help others.

By sharing the ME to WE philosophy, described in their New York Times bestseller, ME to WE: Finding Meaning in a Material World, Marc will provide your audience with:

  • the inspiration for you to discover your own purpose and help you start your own journey to make a difference;
  • Provide tangible tips for anyone to make a difference – whether as a parent, student, front-line staff or CEO. --

The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Kids Who Care and Contribute +

Insights and tips on guiding young people to be engaged global citizens.

Ideal for social workers, coaches, families, educators, communities, parents, caregivers, ECE workers, and anyone who cares for children.

Raising kids in a complex, fast-paced social world can be challenging. In this speech based on their international bestseller, The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute, Marc will reflect on deep, personal stories about his parents – both educators – and provide key insights on guiding children to be compassionate and engaged global citizens.

Craig and Marc Kielburger are experts in creating opportunities to engage young people in service learning. Through their charity’s WE Schools program, they annually engage over 25,000 educators and  15,000 schools around the world and give young people tangible ways to make a real difference locally and globally.

He will also share tips, stats and facts that he’s learned through extensive research, over a thousand interviews with experts on mentorship and early childhood development, and methods to engage kids in service learned from over 20 years of experience working with students engaged in WE Schools programming. These tips will have huge benefits that not only help them succeed academically, but become leaders and active change-makers with an understanding and empathy for the issues that face the world today. -- 

The WEconomy: How Your Company Can Profit from Purpose +

Thought-provoking and informative for all levels of your company as well as business students. Great for professional development sessions, company retreats to celebrate the company’s purpose and CSR efforts.

Purpose and profit are the greatest human motivators. WEconomy is the definitive roadmap for bringing the power of both forces together—achieving purpose with profit in your career, company, and changing the world.

We all inherently know that purpose is powerful, but in this speech, based on the revolutionary new book by Craig and Marc Kielburger and Holly Branson, WEconomy: You Can Find Meaning, Make a Living, and Change the World, Craig will share, how to unleash purpose within your career, company, and life goals. This speech will help you profit with purpose, whether you’re the one calling the shots or a junior employee looking to advance.

Custom building from your company’s unique mission, vision and values, Craig will celebrate with your team the inherent purpose of your company and the power you have to make a difference in the world. In this talk, he will outline strategies to:

  • Find a cause that drives your company and your career goals to new heights
  • Boost employee productivity and their love for the company and mission
  • Inspire brand fanatics to stay loyal to you, your company, and your cause
  • Add a halo to your product, grow your geographic reach, innovate for “the next big thing”, engage Boomers to Gen Z, and much more!

Your audience will walk away feeling inspired and empowered with a road map of tips that can be implemented in your office today—either simple steps or a comprehensive plan, tailored to your needs. This is your blueprint for living by your personal values, achieving career success, and changing the world.

Craig will share his story about how he and his brother Marc founded WE, an organization with a start-up mentality that grew from 12 kids in the suburbs to a $50 million a year charity that makes doing good, doable. WE has partnered with some of the biggest companies in the world, helping them tap into their purpose, including KPMG, Unilever, Microsoft and Virgin. Craig will share learnings from some of WE’s biggest supporters, from world-class business leaders like Sheryl Sandberg and Sir Richard Branson, to the methods of megastars he has encountered like Oprah Winfrey and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who make the world a better place through purposeful—and highly profitable—business strategies. These cross-sector relationships aren’t just good for the charity—WE partners are proven to gain increased brand recognition and intent to purchase. --

Making Caring Cool Again: Engaging and Inspiring Next Generation Philanthropists +

Thought-provoking and informative for intimate conversations or large audiences of philanthropic individuals, YPO families, and Giving Pledge families.

In the age where selfies and the “me” not “we” mentality is more prevalent than ever, how do parents raise caring and compassionate children and set them on a life path for success and start a family tradition of giving back?

WE is the answer. In this speech, leading social activist, New York Times bestselling author and co-founder of the WE movement, Craig Kielburger will share an insider’s perspective on empowering today’s youth and offer tips that will help families find their North Star in values that will engage kids in philanthropy for a lifetime.

With a life-time of first-hand experience working with young people, combined with a wealth of research and interviews with experts from the philanthropic and education worlds, and by learning from expert partners such as Foundation Source, Craig will help give families the tools to inspire families to find their cause, rally together and set up young people to become stewards of their family’s legacy and become the next generation of world change-makers today.

Inspiring the next generation to find their place and change the world. --

Marc Kielburger is represented by K&M Productions for speaking engagements. For more information, Marc Kielburger's speaking schedule, fees & booking Marc Kielburger, contact us. (Very SERIOUS booking-related inquiries only.)

Testimonials

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.

–Power Within Inc.

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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.

–Power Within Inc.

Marc is the best speaker we have ever had for the corporate community out of a host of motivational speakers and world leaders. His customized speeches empower corporate leaders to connect with their employees in critical ways: the result is higher morale, staff retention, higher profits and greater linkages with the community. This is an important message he has been able to successfully bring to YPO gatherings across the country and around the world.

–Presidents Action Network; CEO, RSI Inc.

Marc Kielburger recently spoke to our company and everyone raved about it for days. Those that couldn't attend the speech knew that they had missed something really special. He has such a gift for storytelling! Not only was his presentation emotional and informative, but also very entertaining. His engaging style had us all sitting quietly and listening intently for the whole time?something that rarely happens with our high-energy group. We also appreciated how Marc customized his presentation for our team. Many will take his points and work with our clients to ensure they are doing all they can to fulfill their corporate social responsibility.

–Rapp Collins

At a meeting for the Teachers Federation of Ontario I was surprised when they introduced a replacement for Craig Kielburger to be a guest presenter. It was his brother Marc. It took Marc only moments to have his audience of over 500 Educators enthralled with his words. His ability to transmit his enthusiasm for his beliefs with such passion touched me and my colleagues deeply.

–O.T. OSSTF District 10

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