Marc Kielburger Profile

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.

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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.

The WEconomy: How Your Company Can Profit from Purpose

Based on the revolutionary book by Craig and Marc Kielburger and Holly Branson, WEconomy: You can find meaning, make a living, and change the world.

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 book, released March 2018, by Craig and Marc Kielburger and Holly Branson, WEconomy: You can find meaning, make a living, and change the world, Marc 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, Marc 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.

Marc will share his story about how he and his brother Craig 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. Marc 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.

Unconventional Leadership: Lessons l learned from Oprah, Nelson Mandela, Grandma, and more

Inspiring for corporate, non-profit, association and university and college business audiences.

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, Marc shares actionable leadership lessons that anyone can relate to and employ in their work, education or personal life.

Over the course of Marc’s dynamic presentation, he will share powerful stories and lessons of leadership he and his brother Craig 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 journey of starting a charity in his parents’ living room with his brother Craig Kielburger, to becoming the leader of a global enterprise with over 1,000 employees spanning five continents, Marc will share intimate stories that helped shape the strategic decisions that were made along the way. Marc 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 Marc 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, educators or business students.

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 – from the educator to the student – needs to know.

As Marc weaves the tale of his journey to becoming leader of a global enterprise spanning five continents, employing over 1,000 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

An uplifting and inspirational speech that will give you the tools to start making a difference today. Inspiring for all audiences.

In this uplifting, inspirational, and deeply personal speech that will bring forth laughter and emotions from all audiences, Marc will share his moving story about how he and his brother Craig started a movement to change the world at the young ages of 12 and 17, after Craig brought a newspaper clipping to class about a young boy in Pakistan who was killed for speaking up about child labour.

Their group of twelve 12-year-olds led to Oprah Winfrey’s couch where she vouched to help build 100 schools, changing thousands of lives around the world. Over two decades later, Marc and Craig are the leaders 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, Marc 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

Insights and tips on guiding young people to be engaged global citizens. 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, Marc 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 students engaged in WE Schools programming. These tips will have huge benefits that not only help them succeed academically, but become leaders and active change-makers with an understanding and empathy for the issues that face the world today.

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, Marc 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 lifetime 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, Marc 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.

Inspiring the next generation to find their place and change the world.

What People are Saying about Seeing Marc Speak

Rating Entries

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

“Marc’s session was rated an incredible 3.9 out of 4. I don’t believe we’ve ever had a session rated that high before. To me that means that not only did you touch the audience with the principles and stories that you related, but that your energy and enthusiasm was inspirational to our participants.”

Murray Kronick, CMC, FCMC, Board Member, the Performance and Planning Exchange (PPX)

“Marc’s charismatic speaking style captured the attention of the audience and left them wanting more. Through his interaction with the audience, allowing them to become part of the presentation, you could see the thoughts and ideas start to form on how they too can make a difference.”

International Supervisor, YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo

“At a meeting for the Teachers Federation of Ontario I was surprised when they introduced a replacement for Craig Kielburger to be a guest presenter. It was his brother Marc. It took Marc only moments to have his audience of over 500 Educators enthralled with his words. His ability to transmit his enthusiasm for his beliefs with such passion touched me and my colleagues deeply.”

Secretary Treasurer O.T. OSSTF District 10

“Everyone at our company raved about Marc for days. Those that couldn’t attend the speech knew that they had missed something really special.Not only was his presentation emotional and informative, but also very entertaining. His engaging style had us all listening intently for the whole time – something that rarely happens with our high-energy group. We also appreciated how Marc customized his presentation. Many will take his points and work with our clients to ensure they are doing all they can to fulfill their corporate social responsibility.”

Group Account Director, Rapp Collins

“I’m going to look at things differently because of his speech.”

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Books by Marc Kielburger:

WEconomy: You Can Find Meaning, Make A Living, and Change the World

Your guide to ‘Business with Benefits’… for All!

Purpose and profit are powerful human motivators. Combined, this power can change the world.

WEconomy is your guidebook to the greatest evolution in business since the assembly line. Discover the secret to achieving purpose with profit in your career and company, all while driving positive impact.

Do you crave more meaning in your job? This book is your roadmap. Are you seeking to inspire employees? CEOs are discovering that purpose is the key to increasing productivity and retaining top performers. If you’re in sales, unleash the power of purpose to inspire customers to be passionate brand ambassadors. If you are an aspiring social entrepreneur, learn how to massively scale your mission.

Get paid to change the world — who wouldn’t want to be the person doing that?

Uncover the methods of megastars like Oprah Winfrey, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Sir Richard Branson, who make the world a better place through purposeful—and highly successful—business strategies. The stellar authorial team share in candid detail, the setbacks and achievements they experienced building successful enterprises and charities—with purpose.

With the tips inside this book, you, your business, or your charity can:

– Find a cause that drives you and your career goals to new heights
– Create a job that you love and be celebrated by your peers, boss, and industry
– 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!
– This is your blueprint for living by your personal values, achieving career success, and changing the world.

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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