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Marc Kielburger

Social Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of the WE Organization

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:

Unconventional Leadership: Lessons l learned from Oprah, Nelson Mandela, Grandma, and more
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. 

ME to WE: Making Doing Good, Doable
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.

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 inspire you to discover your own purpose and help you start your own journey to make a difference. He provides 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
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

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 book, released March 2018, by Craig and Marc Kielburger and Holly Branson, WEconomy: You can find meaning, make a living, and change the world, Marc 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, Marc will celebrate with your team the inherent purpose of your company and the power you have to make a difference in the world.

Making Caring Cool Again: Engaging and Inspiring Next Generation Philanthropists
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 best-selling author and co-founder of the WE movement, Marc 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 lifetime 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, Marc 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.

Awards

2013
Canada’s Walk of Fame

2012
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 

  • Everyone at our company raved about Marc for days. Those that couldn’t attend the speech knew that they had missed something really special.Not only was his presentation emotional and informative, but also very entertaining. His engaging style had us all listening intently for the whole time - something that rarely happens with our high-energy group. We also appreciated how Marc customized his presentation. Many will take his points and work with our clients to ensure they are doing all they can to fulfill their corporate social responsibility

    - Group Account Director, Rapp Collins
  • "He was awesome and very inspiring. I think the group really enjoyed his energy and enthusiasm."
    - Manager, Events & Sponsorship, Vancouver Regional Construction Association
  • 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’s session was rated an incredible 3.9 out of 4. I don’t believe we’ve ever had a session rated that high before. To me that means that not only did you touch the audience with the principles and stories that you related, but that your energy and enthusiasm was inspirational to our participants.

    - Board Member, the Performance and Planning Exchange (PPX)
  • 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

Summary Profile

Social entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author and charismatic speaker, Marc Kielburger inspires millions to improve their communities and the world through their actions and everyday consumer choices.

 

Over the past two decades, he along with his co-founder and brother Craig Kielburger, have grown the WE movement to engage 4+ million people annually in service, including 250,000 who annually earn their ticket through volunteerism to attend WE Day celebrations filling stadiums.

 

Their 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 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 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.