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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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(Inspiring for all ages)

We all have the power to change the world. And Craig and Marc—whose personal stories have inspired millions—can show you how. This powerful speech, perfect for people of all ages, details the remarkable story of how Craig and Marc founded Free The Children, which has grown into an international humanitarian organization active in eight developing countries.

When Craig was just 12, his outrage over the death of a former child slave of the same age led him on a trip through South Asia to see first-hand the shocking conditions that young laborers endure.

Craig’s older brother, Marc, turned his back on a career in politics or law. He chose instead to spend a year in Bangkok, teaching English and caring for AIDS patients in the city’s slums, before using his Oxford University law degree to empower young people around the world.

Over the past 18 years, the small charity Craig and Marc began in their home has grown into an organization that engages millions of young people worldwide. When the brothers met Oprah Winfrey, she was so moved by their mission she committed to building 100 schools overseas, beginning Free The Children’s partnership with Oprah’s Angel Network. During their journey with Free The Children, Craig and Marc have also had the privilege to learn from the mentorship of many people, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.

Craig and Marc will help you unlock our own passions and unique gifts to make a difference, and will guide you toward answering profound and urgent questions:

  • How do you find purpose in today’s world?
  • How can you leave a legacy while balancing the challenges of modern life?
  • How do you take the first steps to making lasting change?

You will also discover the Me to We philosophy, developed by Marc and Craig through more than a decade of humanitarian work and described in their New York Times bestseller Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World.

Audiences, too, will learn how to use the Me to We philosophy to create their own unique path that will leave a positive mark on the world.

(A must for parents & educators)

Through Craig and Marc Kielburger’s work with Free The Children — an international charity and educational partner— they have empowered 1.7 million extraordinary young people.

There are thousands of young people who want to make a difference—they’re just looking for a place to start. And that’s where parents and educators come in. There is no greater privilege and or more important responsibility in life than raising the next generation. It’s the job of parents and educators to shine the light and guide the way for youth.

In this inspiring speech, Craig and Marc take stories from their own upbringing and from the wisdom of their parents, who both worked as teachers. Their parents let them take risks, fail, choose a different path and find their own unique voices. This speech also draws on teachings from leading experts on compassion, empathy, mentoring, service learning citizenship and achievement.

Based on the national bestseller The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children who Care and Contribute, this address delves into everything you need to know about raising and mentoring kids to be active, engaged citizens.

  • Learn how to help your children realize their own special gifts and passions.
  • Explore the Three C’s for raising socially conscious kids: Compassion, Courage and Community.
  • Learn how small, everyday actions can have a lasting influence on a child’s life—resulting in new friendships, improved grades and higher self-esteem.
  • Learn how to introduce effective service-learning programs into schools.

The world needs your kids. Craig and Marc will help you be their guide, mentor and inspiration.

(Thought-provoking and informative for business leaders and their teams) 

Craig Kielburger, the youngest-ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program, and Marc Kielburger, who holds an Oxford university law degree, are leading a revolution in business.

They’re co-founders of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise that measures the bottom line by the number of lives changed and the positive social and environmental impacts it makes. The brothers are pioneering social entrepreneurs, and their work with Me to We has shown that you can make good—and make money.

Me to We partners with the world’s leading companies such as KPMG and Virgin Atlantic to build robust corporate citizenship programs that engage employees and clients. Me to We provides environmentally friendly and socially conscious products and experiences to hundreds of thousands of consumers every year, including international volunteer travel programs, a sweatshop-free clothing line, internationally-acclaimed jewelry and accessories that economically empower women in developing countries provide a publishing house and inspirational speakers.

A new generation of business leaders increasingly wants to make an impact beyond the bottom line. In this speech Craig and Marc will show:

  • How they built one of the largest social media followings in the world with 2.5 million Facebook followers—and how your company can leverage social media.
  • How to attract and retain some of the best talent in the marketplace, especially the millennial generation of employees who are looking for meaning and a paycheck.
  • How to differentiate your product to highlight and celebrate its social values and to reach the rapidly-growing socially-conscious market.

They will also share six simple teachings learned from running the non-profit Free The Children that will help any for-profits organization improve their workplace and their bottom line: Trust, Empathy, Community, Gratitude, Celebration and Legacy.

In an age when social responsibility is more prevalent than ever, philanthropic opportunities seem to be around every corner. So how do we maximize change—not only through our wallets, but through the work we do and the lives we lead? How do we capitalize on the new age of social entrepreneurship to create change that’s not only powerful, but sustainable?

Discover the benefits of intergenerational philanthropy partnerships and the innovative model and power of social entrepreneurship.

 

Testimonials

“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

Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and gifted orator. He is the co-founder of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. With his brother Craig Kielburger, he also co-founded Me to We, a pioneering social enterprise, as well as the youth empowerment event, We Day.

Free The Children delivers innovative programming to more than 4,000 youth groups and hundreds of thousands of young people in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. As the world’s largest youth-driven charity, the organization works in eight developing countries and has built more than 650 schools and school rooms, providing education to more than 55,000 children every day.
Every year, Marc and Craig organize We Day, Free The Children’s signature domestic event that engages 160,000 students from 4,000 schools in person and reaches more than 5.7 million viewers through
televised broadcasts.

We Day has more than 3.3 million followers on Facebook, making it one of the largest charitable causes in the world. Alongside his brother Craig, Marc is also the co-founder of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise that advances a new vision of philanthropy by providing socially conscious products and experiences that support the work of Free The Children. 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. Me to We’s offerings include life-changing international volunteer trips, sustainably made clothing and accessories, leadership training programs and materials, an inspirational speakers’ bureau, and books that address issues of positive change.

Marc has shared the stage, and his voice, with Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, celebrities, rock bands, actors and icons, including former president Bill Clinton, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson and many more. With Craig, Marc writes “Global Voices,” a weekly column about the pressing issues of our time, syndicated in the Vancouver Sun, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Calgary Herald, Winnipeg Free Press, The Huffington Post and Huffington Post Canada online. The Kielburgers also write a weekly advice column in The Globe and Mail called “Brain Storm.” Marc is a New York Times bestselling author who has written 11 books. His latest, The Power of We Day: Moving the World From Me to We, debuted in fall 2013.

Marc graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, completing a degree in international relations. He won a coveted Rhodes Scholarship and went on to complete a law degree at Oxford University. Marc has also received nine honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Marc is the recipient of many honours, including the Order of Canada, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of 250 Young Global Leaders. His work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, as well as in National Geographic, TIME, and The Economist. In the fall of 2013, Marc and his brother Craig were inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for their humanitarian efforts and their work to empower youth to change the world.

 

Recent News

Marc Profiled in Lifestyles Magazine

(Lifestyles Magazine, Spring 2013) —“We seek to empower people to make decisions so that they can be the best leaders of themselves” […]

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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

(Appeared in Waterloo Region Record October 12, 2012) —Everyone’s Birthday: A Kid’s Adventure in Thailand, by Marc Kielburger, illustrated by Marisa Antonello […]

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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

(Appeared in Canadian Family October 2012) — A must-read for your little activists! Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children and Me to We, has written […]

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Social entrepreneurship: combining business savvy with desire to change the world

(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

(Appeared in Dreamscapes Magazine Summer 2012) — In the Kielburger households, “social change” is more than a pat phrase or a distant […]

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