Craig and Marc Kielburger
Co-founder of the WE Organizations, which includes WE Charity, ME to WE Social Enterprise and WE Day/Social Entrepreneur/Humanitarian/Best-Selling Author
Since the age of 12, Craig has been inspiring people to make a difference and helping them connect with their purpose. His incredible life journey starts in his parents’ living room, and takes him to slums around the world, to Oprah’s couch, to building a global organization that has helped millions lift themselves out of poverty. A powerful, internationally acclaimed speaker, social entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author and author of 12 books, including his newest book WEconomy: You can find meaning, make a living, and change the world, Craig will inspire your group to take steps toward making a meaningful impact right now.
Co-founder of the WE Organizations, WE Charity, ME to WE Social Enterprise and WE Day / Socially-Responsible Business Leader/Best-selling Author/Rhodes Scholar
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.
- Change, Resiliency, and Doing More With Less Virtual Keynote
Craig Kielburger’s story is one of perseverance over WE’s 25-year history. Craig launched WE in 1995, at age 12, with a small group of classmates in his parents’ living room. In this talk, he will share inspiring lessons of resilience from the organization’s evolution. As this scrappy start-up became a global charity benefiting one million people around the world, Craig quickly discovered how to do more with less and to take change for granted.
He will share lessons about leadership during tough times as he shifted the organization’s mission after early missteps—attempts to free children from labor that were not sustainable. Through this, he discovered how to do a lot with very little, and he will share tangible tips in this talk.
Eventually, strategic partnerships with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson brought rigor, sustainability, and growth, and Craig will share insights from these leaders and others.
To diversify and stabilize funding, Craig co-founded ME to WE, one of the first registered social enterprises in Canada, a pioneer model that set precedents for the sector.
WE’s evolution continued as Craig and the team adapted domestic and global operations in the face of COVID-19. A massive shift of its core operations was executed over just a few weeks at the most turbulent time in recent memory, with WE Schools domestic programing moved to exclusively digital content and a focus on youth mental health at this time of heightened anxiety. Overseas, the charity’s hospitals are on the frontlines of the pandemic. This talk will also share lessons and tell stories from the field.
- 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, Craig shares actionable leadership lessons that anyone relate to and employ in their work, education or personal life.
Over the course of Craig’s dynamic presentation, he will share powerful stories and lessons of leadership he and his brother Marc Kielburger 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 tale of his journey from a 12 year old starting a charity in his parents’ living room, determined to make a difference, to become the leader of a global enterprise with over 1000 employees spanning 5 continents, Craig will share intimate stories that helped shape the strategic decisions that were made along the way. Craig 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 Craig 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.
Inspiring for corporate, non-profit, association and university and college business audiences
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 and the educator to the business student – needs to know.
As Craig weaves the tale of his journey to becoming leader of a global enterprise spanning 5 continents, employing over 1000 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
How Leaders Lead, Coaches Coach, Salespeople Sell, Teachers Teach and Influencers Influence. It is well-established that stories are more memorable and powerful than facts and statistics. Stories are the basis of leadership, coaching, influence, teaching, sales and team culture. From the beginning of time, stories are how we have passed on our values, made sense of the world and effected change. Today, it’s how we influence our customers, our teams and audiences.
- 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, Craig 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 15,000 schools engaged in WE Schools programming. These tips will have huge benefits that not only help them succeed academically, but become leaders and active global citizens with an understanding and empathy for the issues that face the world today.
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.
- 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 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.
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.
- 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, 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.
Thought-provoking and informative for intimate conversations or large audiences of philanthropic individuals, YPO families, and Giving Pledge families.