Craig Kielburger

Co-Founder of the WE Movement, which includes WE Charity, ME to WE Social Enterprise and WE Day. 

Humanitarian. Activist. Best-Selling Author.


Craig Kielburger is an internationally acclaimed speaker, social entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author. Since the age of 12, he has been leading by example showing anyone can make a world of difference. Over the course of Craig’s dynamic presentation, your group will be inspired by powerful stories, thought-provoking ideas and tips for creating your own personal and organizational change.

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Keynote Speeches

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An Unconventional Education:
What I Learned about Leadership from Nelson Mandela, Oprah and my Grandma

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—and the extraordinary leaders who have coached and mentored him along the way.

Glimpse the unconventional education that allowed Craig to empower a generation of young change-makers.

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 on 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.
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 WE Charity, 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.
The WEconomy: How Your Company Can Profit from Purpose
You will discover how a social purpose can boost your business. Craig will share inspiring stories from co-founding WE when he was a teenager – and growing the movement into a global non-profit serving millions; and ME to WE – a social enterprise with innovative product in 12,000 stores, which employs 1,400 mothers in Kenya. He will also share his learnings from mentors such as Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, and Nelson Mandela. Their work has been featured with multiple appearances on 60 Minutes, the Oprah Winfrey show, and in the New York Times and the Economist.
ME to WE: Engaging the Next Generation of Change-makers
In the age where selfies and the “me” not “we” mentality is more prevalent than ever, how do we get kids to think it’s cool to care? Fill a stadium with 20,000 youth who have earned their way to the “Super Bowl of service” and an event that is known as “the coolest classroom in the world,” where the hottest celebrities, most inspiring speakers and of course, young people, tell their stories. Leading social activists, New York Times best-selling authors and co-founders of WE Charity and ME to WE, Craig and Marc Kielburger have a lifetime of experience working to inspire and empower youth across the globe. Annually over 200,000 students earn their free entry through service to WE Day. Craig or Marc will share an insider’s perspective on empowering today’s youth, becoming the largest charity on Facebook, how the ripple effect of positive content on social media really works and how we can use our time and resources to make the greatest impact both locally and globally. Discover more about the next generation of world change-makers.
Putting Our Families First Experience
A 3-4 hour workshop for parents and children ages 8+
In this family day event for parents and youth, Craig Kielburger shares 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. This interactive event begins with an inspirational keynote address for the whole family. Followed by simultaneous break-out sessions—one for parents, led by Craig or Marc Kielburger, and one for the youth, led by expert youth facilitators who help children identify their unique gifts and passions. The wrap-up session includes the youth sharing their action plans with parents for a family volunteer activity, with Craig wrapping the session up with a few more words.


About Craig

Craig 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 Marc Kielburger, Craig co-founded WE Charity, 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 and WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers. Lastly, he is the co-founder of ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of his charitable organization. His work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and the BBC. Craig is the youngest ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has also received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Craig is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 12 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. Craig has received The Order of Canada, the Nelson Mandela Freedom Medal and the World Children’s Prize. He was recently voted by Canadians as one of Canada’s top most trusted influencers in a Readers Digest poll, and along with his brother Marc, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector in 2015. LEARN MORE ABOUT CRAIG

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