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Leadership expert and youth guru, social entrepreneur Marc Kielburger is a New York Times bestselling author and co-founder (with his brother Craig) of Free The Children. This international charity and educational partnership aims to assist young people in achieving to their fullest potential.

Across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, Free The Children provides programs for more than 4000 youth groups and hundreds of thousands of young people. Expanding across the globe, it has programs in eight developing countries, where more than 650 schools and 55,000 pupils have benefited from new schools and classrooms.

The other string to Marc's bow is Me to We, of which he is co-founder and co-CEO. The company offers a range of socially conscious and environmentally friendly clothes and accessories as well as running international volunteer trips, leadership training programs and publishing books that support its ethos. Half of the company's net profit is donated to Free The Children and the other half is reinvested to expand the company offer.

Free The Children organizes We Day, its flagship domestic event involving 100,000 students in 3000 schools in person and 5.4 million through broadcasts. The event has over 2.3 million followers on Facebook, confirming its status as one of the world's largest charitable causes.

Marc has written nine books explaining his charitable philosophy, and has spoken with, and to, some of the world's most distinguished figures, including the Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and Desmond Tutu.

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    Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and renowned agent of change. He is co-founder of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.

    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-drive charity, the organization works in eight developing countries and built more than 650 schools and school rooms in developing regions, providing education to more than 55,000 children every day.

    Marc is also the co-founder and co-CEO of Me to We. An innovative social enterprise, Me to We provides people with better choices for a better world, including socially conscious and environmentally friendly clothes and accessories, as well as life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs and materials, and books that address issues of positive social change. In addition, half of Me to We’s net profit is donated to Free The Children, while the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission.

    Every year, Marc and Craig organize We Day, Free The Children’s signature domestic event that reaches 100,000 students from 3,000 schools in person and more than 5.4 million through televised broadcasts. We Day has more than 2.3 million followers on Facebook, making it one of the largest charitable causes in the world.

    Marc is author of nine books. He has shared the stage, and his voice, with Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, celebrities, rock bands, actors and pop icons, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Former President Bill Clinton, Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson and many more.


Marc Kielburger Speaker Videos Back to top

Keynote Speech


“When you get home tonight put your family calendar on the kitchen table and circle the day that you're going to go and volunteer!" urges Marc Kielburger with his trademark passion for encouraging not-for-profit work.


Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Marc Kielburger tells the story of the founding of Free The Children with his brother, sharing the inspirational progress they made from a small charity run by two young men who were outraged by child slavery into a global organization with outreach programs building schools across the globe.

Craig and Marc Kielburger are passionate about children growing up to become active and engaged citizens. The brothers, whose We Day empowerment event engages 100,000 students from 3000 schools, explain how they were given unique chances by their teacher parents, which have enabled them to succeed in their chosen path. Drawing on the work of leading experts in child raising, they provide practical guidelines that can help every parent guide their child to a successful and valuable adulthood.

As founders of Me to We, the brothers are living proof of the fact that ethical social enterprises need not be profitless. With business leaders increasingly keen to display their ethical and environmental credentials, Craig and Marc show how six simple rules can help to improve workplaces to create happier, more engaged and more productive workers.

    Me to We: How One Person Can Make a World of Difference
    Inspiring for all ages

    We all have the power to change the world. Craig and Marc Kielburger can show you how. Their personal stories have inspired millions of people.

    A powerful experience for people of all ages, this speech introduces 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, outrage over the death of a former child slave of the same age led him to travel to South Asia to see the shocking conditions that young laborers endure.

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

    Over the past 18 years, these brothers have built a small charity that began in their garage into an organization that engages millions of young people. When they met Oprah Winfrey she was so moved by their mission she committed to building 100 schools, and Free The Children partnered with Oprah’s Angel Network. During their journey, they have learned from the mentorship of people such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and so many others.

    Audiences 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.

    The World Needs Your Kid: How to Raise Kids Who Care and Contribute
    A must for parents & educators

    Through Craig and Marc Kielburger’s work with Free The Children — the world’s largest youth-driven charity — they have empowered 1.7 million extraordinary young people.

    Their We Day empowerment event is attended annually by 100,000 students from 3000 schools, who earn their entry through service. It is also one of the largest Facebook causes in the world, with 2.4 million followers.

    All these young people want to make a difference. They are looking for a place to begin.

    That’s where parents and educators come in.

    There is no greater privilege and no more important responsibility in life than to raise the next generation. It’s the job of parents and educators to shine the light and guide the way.

    In this inspiring speech, Craig and Marc draw stories from their own extraordinary upbringings and from the wisdom of their parents, who were teachers. Their parents let them take risks, fail, choose a different path, and find their own unique voices. Craig and Marc also draw 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.

    More than MBA = BMW: What For-Profit Companies can learn from High Performing Social Enterprises, and Non-Profits.
    Thought-provoking and informative for Business leaders and their teams

    Craig and Marc Kielburger, founders of Me to We, are pioneering social entrepreneurs who have shown that you can make good — and make money.

    Marc, with a law degree from Oxford University, and Craig, the youngest-ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program, are leading a revolution in business.

    They are the founders of Me to We, a social enterprise that measures the bottom line by the number of lives changed and the positive social and environmental impact it makes.

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

    A new generation of business leaders increasingly wants to make an impact beyond the bottom line.

    Craig and Marc will share their personal story, including six simple teachings while running the non-profit Free The Children that will help for-profits improve their work places and their bottom lines: Trust, Empathy, Community, Gratitude, Celebration and Legacy.



Marc Kielburger Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "Me to We boldly and brilliantly challenges us to step beyond the world of self and into the world of others. Craig and Marc Kielburger have powerfully and practically captured in these pages the journey we must take as individuals, families, and nations."
    Matthew Kelly, author of The Seven Levels of Intimacy

    "Marc Kielburger recently spoke to our company and everyone raved about it for days. Those that couldn′t attend the speech knew that they had missed something really special. 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. Many will take his points and work with our clients to ensure they are doing all they can to fulfill their corporate social responsibility."
    Lori Steine, Group Account Director, Rapp Collins

    "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."
    Jeff Dean, Fellow, Google




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    "Me to We boldly and brilliantly challenges us to step beyond the world of self and into the world of others. Craig and Marc Kielburger have powerfully and practically captured in these pages the journey we must take as individuals, families, and nations."
    Matthew Kelly, author of The Seven Levels of Intimacy

    "Marc Kielburger recently spoke to our company and everyone raved about it for days. Those that couldn′t attend the speech knew that they had missed something really special. 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. Many will take his points and work with our clients to ensure they are doing all they can to fulfill their corporate social responsibility."
    Lori Steine, Group Account Director, Rapp Collins

    "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."
    Jeff Dean, Fellow, Google


    The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute / Edition 2
    The Dalai Lama has observed that the greatest challenge facing our time is that we′re raising a generation of passive bystanders. If he is right, then the most vital work in this moment belongs to parents, grandparents, mentors and teachers. Inside this inspiring guide, you′ll find life lessons from remarkable individuals, committed parents, and compassionate children.

    Contributors include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mia Farrow, Jane Fonda, Robert Kennedy Jr., Jason Mraz, and Dr. Jane Goodall. Read revealing stories and insights from the not-so-typical childhoods of Craig and Marc Kielburger. The brothers, whose work now inspires more than a million youth every year, share groundbreaking lessons on teaching kids to care. Discover how small actions every day can make the world a better place. Find out how those same small actions can have a lasting influence on your child′s life. After all, it′s a proven fact that doing good for the world does a world of good for friendships, grades, and self-esteem.
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    Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World
    In this profound and practical book, Craig and Marc Kielburger outline their life-changing philosophy one that redefines success and happiness by turning the focus away from "me" toward "we" our communities, our nation, and the world.

    Weaving together lessons, stories, and inspirational contributions from people all of walks of life, Me to We shows readers how to grow and develop by being socially conscious and responsible, engaging in daily acts of kindness, building meaningful relationships through community.

    Both a manifesto and a manual, Me to We offers ways to get involved such as:

    • Reading the newspaper as a family to build empathy among children
    • Enjoying a different type of summer vacation one based on service to others
    • Building your legacy one smile at a time
    • Celebrating heroes with young people
    • Inspiring your workplace to care about the community
    • How to change your life and the world in ten minutes a day

    Me to We offers nothing less than a plan for a new way of living and celebrates the purest, most basic impluse of humanity reaching out to others.
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    Free The Children: A Young Man Fights Against Child Labor and Proves that Children Can Change the World
    Craig Kielburger is an activist prodigy who, at 12, was talking to national leaders, lecturing in public forums, and following the burning passion that would not allow him to overlook cruel injustices thrust upon children around the world. Inspired by a newspaper article about a young boy′s murder at the hands of his boss in Pakistan, Kielburger set forth on an international crusade against child sweatshops, virtual slave labor, and the abhorrent working conditions to which many children worldwide are subjected. An inspiring book about the power young people can wield to change the world, Free the Children is a must-read from a remarkable young man.
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    Me to We: How One Person Can Make a World of Difference
    Inspiring for all ages

    We all have the power to change the world. Craig and Marc Kielburger can show you how. Their personal stories have inspired millions of people.

    A powerful experience for people of all ages, this speech introduces 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, outrage over the death of a former child slave of the same age led him to travel to South Asia to see the shocking conditions that young laborers endure.

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

    Over the past 18 years, these brothers have built a small charity that began in their garage into an organization that engages millions of young people. When they met Oprah Winfrey she was so moved by their mission she committed to building 100 schools, and Free The Children partnered with Oprah’s Angel Network. During their journey, they have learned from the mentorship of people such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and so many others.

    Audiences 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.

    The World Needs Your Kid: How to Raise Kids Who Care and Contribute
    A must for parents & educators

    Through Craig and Marc Kielburger’s work with Free The Children — the world’s largest youth-driven charity — they have empowered 1.7 million extraordinary young people.

    Their We Day empowerment event is attended annually by 100,000 students from 3000 schools, who earn their entry through service. It is also one of the largest Facebook causes in the world, with 2.4 million followers.

    All these young people want to make a difference. They are looking for a place to begin.

    That’s where parents and educators come in.

    There is no greater privilege and no more important responsibility in life than to raise the next generation. It’s the job of parents and educators to shine the light and guide the way.

    In this inspiring speech, Craig and Marc draw stories from their own extraordinary upbringings and from the wisdom of their parents, who were teachers. Their parents let them take risks, fail, choose a different path, and find their own unique voices. Craig and Marc also draw 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.

    More than MBA = BMW: What For-Profit Companies can learn from High Performing Social Enterprises, and Non-Profits.
    Thought-provoking and informative for Business leaders and their teams

    Craig and Marc Kielburger, founders of Me to We, are pioneering social entrepreneurs who have shown that you can make good — and make money.

    Marc, with a law degree from Oxford University, and Craig, the youngest-ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program, are leading a revolution in business.

    They are the founders of Me to We, a social enterprise that measures the bottom line by the number of lives changed and the positive social and environmental impact it makes.

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

    A new generation of business leaders increasingly wants to make an impact beyond the bottom line.

    Craig and Marc will share their personal story, including six simple teachings while running the non-profit Free The Children that will help for-profits improve their work places and their bottom lines: Trust, Empathy, Community, Gratitude, Celebration and Legacy.



Keynote Speech


“When you get home tonight put your family calendar on the kitchen table and circle the day that you're going to go and volunteer!" urges Marc Kielburger with his trademark passion for encouraging not-for-profit work.