Craig Kielburger

Social Entrepreneur. Humanitarian. New York Times Best-Selling Author. Co-founder of the WE organization, which includes WE Charity, ME to WE Social Enterprise and WE Day. 


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.

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Keynote Speeches

Each of Craig’s speeches can be customized to meet your needs.

Unconventional Leadership: Lessons I 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 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.

Glimpse the unconventional lessons of leadership that allowed Craig and Marc to empower a generation of change-makers with an experience unlike anything audiences have seen before.

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 – 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

Inspiring for all audiences

In this uplifting, inspirational, and deeply personal speech that will bring forth laughter and emotions from all audiences, Craig will share his moving story about how he started a movement to change the world when he was just 12 years old and brought a newspaper clipping to class about a young boy in Pakistan who was killed for speaking up about child labour.

His group of twelve 12-year-olds led him to Oprah Winfrey’s couch where she vouched to help him build 100 schools, changing thousands of lives around the world, and careening Craig’s to new heights. Over two decades later, Craig is the leader of WE, an organization responsible for building thousands of schools and school houses around the world, helping millions of people lift themselves out of poverty.

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, Craig will provide your audience with,

  • The inspiration for you to discover your own purpose and help you start your own journey to make a difference;
  • Provide 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
Ideal for social workers, coaches, families, educators, communities, parents, caregivers, ECE workers, and anyone who cares for children.

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.

The WEconomy: How Your Company Can Profit from Purpose
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.

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.

Testimonials from WEconomy

Co-authored by Craig Kielburger, Marc Kielburger and Holly Branson – WEconomy: You can find meaning, make a living, and change the world

“The biggest growth market for companies today is to join in the cause of solving society’s ills. WEconomy is a fresh and innovative guide for galvanizing all of us to action.”
—Tom Wilson, chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and CEO of Allstate

“WEconomy shows us, in surprising and engaging stories, how a yearning to succeed in career can also be a calling to contribute to the betterment of society. This is a playbook for those of us who are obsessed with a purposeful life at home and at work.”
– Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

“As insightful as it is inspiring. A powerful reminder that business is there to serve – to be a giver not a taker – and that a purposeful business is a stronger business. That is the essence of the WEconomy.”
– Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever

Making Caring Cool Again: Engaging and Inspiring Next Generation Philanthropists
Thought-provoking and informative for intimate conversations or large audiences of philanthropic individuals, YPO families, and Giving Pledge families.

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.

WE Families: Create Your Family Action Plan Interactive Experience
Ideal for families and children 8 +, client and staff appreciation, YPO family events and more.

In this engaging event for parents and youth, families will come together for a bonding experience like no other and will walk away with a tangible action plan outlining the issues and causes they want to support as a family and how they will take action together on these issues.

The session begins with an interactive keynote by Craig Kielburger who will draw from his own inspiring story and reflect on the lessons he has he has learned from world-renowned heroes and leaders and share how these can be used to nurture children to care about the world around them.

After the keynote, participants will take what they’ve learned and turn it into action during simultaneous break-out sessions—one for parents, led by Craig Kielburger, based on the Kielburgers’ international bestseller, The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute, and one for youth, led by expert youth facilitators who help children identify their unique gifts and passions. In the wrap-up session moderated by Craig, youth share the action plans they create with parents for a volunteer activity they’d like to do as a family.

This action plan experience is a true gift for families in your company, community or group that starts with inspiration and ends with action. Each session is a unique opportunity for family bonding for your employees, clients and community members. Kids will have fun with our facilitators who will engage them in games and activities designed to help them discover their cause. The action plans created will be something that families can keep for years ahead and look back on with fondness and gratitude.


About Craig/Introduction Notes

Craig Kielburger is a NY Times bestselling author, syndicated columnist read by millions, and social entrepreneur who co-founded the WE movement with the mission to make ‘doing good, doable’. Over the past two decades, he along with his co-founder and brother Marc 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. Craig has published 12 books. Craig is the youngest ever graduate from Kellogg’s Executive MBA program. He has also received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights.
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