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Marc Kielburger

Socially-Responsible Business Leader & Co-Founder of the WE Movement

Marc Kielburger is an internationally acclaimed speaker, social entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author. Since the age of 17, he has been leading by example showing anyone can make a world of difference. Through Marc’s moving and passionate speeches—customized to reflect your group’s needs—gain insights and tangible takeaways for creating your own personal and organizational change.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Marc is available to deliver the following presentations individually or as a duo alongside his brother Craig:

Me to We: How One Person Can Make a World of Difference
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.

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

What For-Profit Companies Can Learn from High Performing Non-Profits
For a new generation of business leaders and social entrepreneurs, making an impact means more than the bottom line. As the founders of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise, Craig and/or 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.

An Unconventional Education: How I Learned about Leadership from Oprah, Nelson Mandela and My Grandma
Craig Kielburger and his brother Marc learned to lead at the ages of twelve and seventeen 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 Craig 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, Craig delivers actionable leadership lessons as he weaves the tale of his journey from middle school kid 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.

Awards

2013
Canada’s Walk of Fame

2012
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 

  • Marc Kielburger is an exceptional speaker for an educational audience. He is able to connect with young people and educators through his stories, experiences and powerful calls to action. I have hosted him at numerous large gatherings for both teachers and students and he has managed to change the lives of many who have listened to his message. I highly recommend him as a speaker for any event.

    - Staff Development, Toronto Catholic District Schoolboard
  • 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.

    - Ontario Catholic School Business Officials Association
  • Craig and Marc Kielburger have taught me a lot about leadership.

    - Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group
  • 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. What a response!

    - Vincent Massey Collegiate
  • Your stories and activities were moving, motivating and thought provoking. If participants follow through on even half of their plans for further actions, you will truly have created positive ripples here in Vancouver. I’m sure the students will remember your words for some time to come.

    - Vancouver School Board

Summary Profile

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 & 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.