Craig Kielburger | Co-Founder of the WE Movement, Advocate for Child Rights

Craig Kielburger

Co-Founder of the WE Movement, Advocate for Child Rights

Craig Kielburger

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.

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Me to We
How one person can make a world of difference

How do you find purpose in today’s world? How can you leave a legacy while balancing the challenges of modern life? A powerful experience for people of all ages, this speech introduces the powerful Me to We philosophy, developed by Craig and Marc Kielburger through more than a decade of humanitarian work and in their New York Times bestseller, Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World.

• Hear the remarkable tale of how Marc and Craig founded the non-profit organization Free The Children 15 years ago and the impact that has had on the brothers in developing the Me to We philosophy.
• Listen to the inspirational stories and impactful lessons from Marc and Craig’s many travels and encounters with quiet heroes like Mother Theresa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Pope, Elie Wiesel and many more.
• Discover how to create change and make tangible actions to improve the local and global community.
• Using the Me to We philosophy, learn how to make a difference, create your own unique path and leave a positive mark on the world.

The World Needs Your Kid
How to nurture children who care and contribute

Based on Marc and Craig’s new book, The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children who Care and Contribute, this experience will provide you with everything you need to know about raising socially-responsible kids, lending a hand and changing the world — all at the same time. Marc and/or Craig Kielburger share groundbreaking lessons—learned through working with more than one million youth involved with Free The Children—on nurturing kids to care about the world around them, and demonstrate how small, everyday actions can make the world a better place.

• Discover how to get the young person in your life involved with social activism and volunteerism, and give them an avenue for meaning and change.
• Learn how small, everyday actions can have a lasting influence on a child’s life—resulting in new friendships, improved grades and higher self-esteem.
• Get tips on helping young people help others, and ultimately help themselves become valuable contributors to a more caring and peaceful society and world.

Family Event

Give your audience the greatest gift: touch the lives of their families. Craig and Marc will share inspirational and touching stories from their travels and prove that no one is too young to make a world of difference; a message appropriate for all ages. This session is an opportunity for the whole family to have a meaningful experience together. Craig and Marc share lessons learned from spending time with Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and the countless children who have taught them the true meaning of compassion. Participants leave with ideas for new family traditions of service, volunteerism and daily acts that better our community.

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Engaging breakout sessions for parents and children
Highly interactive leadership programs for youth

Tips and takeaways for parents who want to engage their children in social issues

Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Social Change

In an age when social responsibility is more prevalent than ever, philanthropic opportunities seem to be around every corner. So how do we maximize social change—not only through our wallets, but through the work we do and the lives we lead? How do we capitalize on the new age of social entrepreneurship to create change that’s not only powerful, but sustainable?

• Marc and Craig match an entrepreneurial spirit with 15 years of experience working on the ground with charities and social agencies across the globe.
• Learn, from an insider’s perspective, about new and innovative models of philanthropy and how, for the first time in history, those models have the potential to solve some of the world’s most pressing social issues.
• Discover the benefits of intergenerational philanthropy partnerships and the innovative model and mower of social entrepreneurship.

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