Marc Kielburger
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Marc is one of the world’s leading figures in corporate social responsibility, social activism and youth empowerment. A Harvard and Oxford graduate, Rhodes Scholar, columnist and international bestselling author, Marc is the co-founder of Free The Children and Me to We.

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Student Leadership

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Inspiring for all audiences

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.

Tangible takeaways:

  • Learn how to create your legacy while meeting the demands of a busy life.
  • Achieve a deeper sense of gratitude for life’s simple pleasures and moments.
  • Find inspiration in the teachings of the world’s heroes and take your first step to making lasting change.
  • Equip yourself with practical tools for living the Me to We philosophy through daily choices and actions.
  • Take steps toward a greater sense of purpose and fulfilment in the workplace, in your relationships and in your family.

For all those who help to shape children’s lives: parents, caregivers, educators, communities

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.

Tangible takeaways:

  • Learn how to help children realize their own unique gifts and discover the causes they care about.
  • Explore the Three C’s for raising socially conscious kids: Compassion, Courage and Community.
  • Discover how everyday actions can have a lasting influence on a child—resulting in new friendships, improved grades and higher self-esteem.
  • Learn how to introduce service-based learning programs into schools.

Thought-provoking and informative for business leaders

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.

Tangible takeaways:

  • Highlight your brand’s social impact through storytelling, and celebrate this impact with your employees and customers.
  • Discover how to attract and retain the best talent and inspire employees by infusing your workplace with purpose.
  • Learn how the Kielburgers built one of the largest social media followings in the world and how to connect people to amplify your message.
  • Gain insight on communicating with the millennial generation of employees and consumers who seek to make an impact through their work and purchases.

A 3-4 hour workshop for parents and youth age 8+

In this workshop for parents and youth, Craig and/or Marc Kielburger share ground-breaking lessons on nurturing children to care about the world around them.

Based on the Kielburgers’ international bestseller, The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute, this workshop experience will provide you with practical tips for raising socially responsible children, strengthening family bonds and changing the world—all at the same time.

The workshop experience:

  1. Begins with an inspirational keynote address for the whole family.
  2. Two simultaneous break-out sessions—one for parents, led by Craig or Marc Kielburger, and one for children, led by expert youth facilitators who help children identify their unique gifts and passions.
  3. Wrap-up session where children and parents share action plans for a family volunteer activity.
An Unconventional Education: How I Learned about Leadership from Oprah, Nelson Mandela and My Grandma

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 lessons as he weaves the tale of his journey from Parliamentary Page 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.

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“Craig and Marc were able to inspire young and old alike through their powerful stories, cutting-edge ideas and practical tips to help create personal and organizational change. They are the best and most passionate speakers I have ever heard.”

“Marc Kielburger recently spoke to our company and everyone raved about it for days. . . 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.”

Full Biography

Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author and charismatic speaker, inspiring millions to improve their communities and the world through daily actions and socially conscious life choices.

Marc, along with his brother Craig, are co-founders of the world’s leading platform for social change: Free The Children, an international charity, Me to We, an innovative social enterprise, and We Day, a signature youth empowerment event.

While working as a Page in the House of Commons, Marc was invited on a trip to Thailand to volunteer with AIDS patients in the slums of Bangkok. Mobilized by the suffering he witnessed, Marc extended his two-week stay and didn’t return home for a year! Motivated to make a difference, Marc completed his post-secondary education in the U.S. and UK and made a choice that changed his life—he moved back home to help his brother found Free The Children.

Founded in 1995, Free The Children has grown into a global network of more than two million young people committed to leading social change. Through its holistic and sustainable development model, Free The Children has built more than 650 schools and school rooms in developing regions, providing education to more than 55,000 children every day. Its health and clean water initiatives have empowered more than one million beneficiaries.

Through Me to We, Marc and Craig are advancing a new vision of philanthropy that connects business to a social purpose. Every year, Me to We reaches thousands of socially conscious consumers. It provides full-time employment to over 1,000 women artisans in Kenya, and has created a global market for their work through partnerships with leading retailers, including Nordstrom, Virgin and PacSun. Half of Me to We’s annual net profit is donated to Free The Children, while the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission.

Through We Day, a series of inspirational stadium-sized events, Craig and Marc connect with 200,000 students from 5,000 schools every year. These students earn their entry to the celebration through service programs. Past speakers and performers include Prince Harry, Richard Branson, and Jennifer Hudson. With more than 5 million followers on Facebook, We Day has become one of the largest charitable causes in the world.

Craig and Marc have authored 12 books, including the New York Times bestseller Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World. Their weekly columns are syndicated in over 30 newspapers across North America. Marc is the recipient of many honours, including the Order of Canada and Canada’s Most Admired CEO award, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of 250 Young Global Leaders. He was also inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for his humanitarian and youth empowerment efforts. His work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, as well as in National Geographic, TIME, and The Economist.

Marc graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in international relations. He won a coveted Rhodes Scholarship and completed a law degree at Oxford University. He has also received 10 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights.


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Canadian Family October 2012 - Marc's children's book "Everyone's Birthday: A kids adventure in Thailand"

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Canadian Family October 2012 - Marc's children's book "Everyone's Birthday: A kids adventure in Thailand"

Books for Children: Everyone’s Birthday by Marc Kielburger

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(Appeared in Career Options Magazine October 2012) — Is there a problem in society that you’d like to see eliminated? Do you have […]

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SEE Change Magazine March 2012 - Marc in Kenya

Celebrity Travel Corner: Marc Kielburger

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