Kim Plewes

Senior Advisor. WE Activist. Advocate. Leader.


Kim Plewes has been a leading voice in the WE movement for nearly two decades. From the steps of Parliament to Kenyan hillsides shaded by acacia trees, she’s spent her remarkable career working alongside, learning from and mentoring incredible change-makers who are charting a path for the next generation. She passionately believes that all people—regardless of age, gender or circumstances—can make a difference in the world. Kim herself, a lifelong champion and advocate of women’s empowerment, is an inspiring example of this.  Read More

Today, Kim works closely alongside WE Co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger as a senior advisor to drive growth, engage families, oversee essential programming and empower youth and organizations to truly make doing good, doable. In 2015, she stepped into the role of International Campaign Co-Director of WE Charity.

She is a Presidential Scholar from American University in Washington, D.C., and completed her degree at Oxford University with a focus on international development in Africa. Her personal journey as an advocate began, much like Craig Kielburger’s, at the age of 12, when she first learned about the issues facing women and girls in developing countries. While still a child herself, Kim lobbied the Canadian government to tighten import laws, ensuring products made by children wouldn’t enter the Canadian market.

In high school, Kim continued make a difference through unique volunteer work. She spent a week in silence to raise awareness about the value of women’s voices and contributions, which so often go unheard. She organized the first now-annual WE Scare Hunger campaign for the entire Halton District School Board, collecting thousands of pounds of food donations. Kim has invested hundreds of hours listening to and learning from women and girls around the world—hearing their stories while standing in the shadows of towering garbage dumps in Jamaica, or on cool dirt floors in rural India.

At 18, Kim saw an opportunity to fully apply her passion, and began working full-time with WE (formerly Free The Children), then a budding youth-led organization. Since then, WE has grown to become a unique and world-respected platform at home and abroad, buoyed by Kim’s experience and insight every step of the way.

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Speech topics

Customizable to fit your needs, both of Kim’s powerful speeches will offer a fresh and inspiring perspective on her topics.

Women’s empowerment: Enriching the dialogue

In this moving speech, Kim shares the lessons she’s learned from the many important women in her life and the mentors she’s met across 60 countries. Her inspiring talk offers simple ways that youth, families and companies can create meaningful change, and leaves her audiences with actionable ideas to help enrich their personal conversations and discover their purpose. Read More

From the steps of Parliament to the center of bustling Haitian IDP camps, Kim Plewes has spent the last two decades helping women discover the power of their own voice.

Today, Kim acts as Senior Advisor to WE’s co-founders, where she is responsible for programs that lift up entire communities and engage over 3.8 million youth. Her personal journey, however, began when Kim was only 12 years old and first learned about the issues facing women in developing countries. Her growth as an activist coincided with personal tragedy, and she confidently shares her strategies for turning seemingly insurmountable obstacles into indispensable opportunities for growth.

An accomplished speaker, Kim brings a unique perspective on the international dialogue around women’s empowerment. She’s shared her incredible story with tens of thousands of people around the world, at events ranging from international conferences to WE Day.

WE movement: The power one person has to change the world

Whether you’re hoping to find personal meaning or a new way to give back, this talk will show all audiences that everyone has the power to make a difference. Kim shares the tools and motivation needed to leverage your gifts into an action plan with the potential to change the world. Read More

Kim Plewes’s story and the growth of the WE movement have been inexorably linked for nearly two decades. Much like Craig Kielburger, Kim was inspired to take action when she was only 12 years old, and she’s dedicated her life to service on a global scale ever since. From youth activist to international change-maker, Kim has grown alongside WE every step of the way, and in her latest talk she captures just how much power every individual has to make a difference.

Through this speech, Kim breaks down the process of creating a movement that tackles the world’s foremost challenges into six clear steps. She’s watched millions of youth come together with the common goal of achieving lasting change, and has a unique understanding of what it takes to inspire an entire generation. During her tenure with WE, Kim has led many of the organization’s most vital initiatives, including its largest-ever fundraising drive to celebrate the movement’s 20th year, and the establishment of its first U.S.-based regional office in California.