Marc & Craig Kielburger

  • Co-Founders, Free The Children
  • Co-Founders, Me to We
  • Recipients of Three Nobel Peace Prize Nominations
  • Bestselling Authors

Marc and Craig Kielburger are co-founders of Free The Children, the world’s leading youth-driven charity, and Me to We, a social enterprise which encourages ethical living and social responsibility while also helping Free The Children achieve financial sustainability. The brothers are pioneers of pushing forward the boundaries of charity, philanthropy, social justice and creating change.

Craig and Marc’s accomplishments have also been celebrated in multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, 60 Minutes, Piers Morgan Live and The TODAY Show; and in People, Time and The Economist, among other media.

 
  

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Marc and Craig have individually and together spoken at many of our events, including multi-city speaking tours with former president Bill Clinton, Dr. Phil and Anthony Robbins. Most venue sizes are 4000+ people with audiences comprised of entrepreneurs, business managers, human resource professionals and senior sales associates. Their message is very powerful for a business audience and they bring a refreshing authenticity to any event. We only work with the very best speakers in the world and they are consistently ranked amongst our top-rated speakers.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Marc & Craig Kielburger
  • Investors Group
  • Rapp Collins
  • Google
  • Young Presidents' Organization, San Diego
  • Greater Louisville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Cornell University
  • Power Within Inc.
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The World Needs Your Kid: How to Raise Kids 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 Cra ...

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.

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 humani ...

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.

Philanthropy: 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 entrep ...

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.

Me to We: Inspiring Employees to find Meaning in a Material World

How can you find purpose in the workplace? How does a company inspire their employees to find meaning in the mundane? This speech will be an introduction to the powerful Me to We philosophy, developed by Craig and Marc Kielburger through more than a decade of humanitarian work, with a specific empha ...

How can you find purpose in the workplace? How does a company inspire their employees to find meaning in the mundane? This speech will be an introduction to the powerful Me to We philosophy, developed by Craig and Marc Kielburger through more than a decade of humanitarian work, with a specific emphasis on how to apply this philosophy within the corporate community. A unique experience, this speech is an opportunity to highlight the social work your company is already doing, thank your employees and customers for their contributions to the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives and celebrate your incredible achievements.

  • Help connect employees with your greater corporate mission and that of the world.
  • Learn how consistent corporate social responsibility and employee volunteering can boost team morale and teamwork and results in a happier, more productive and engaged workplace.
  • Uncover our “minga” philosophy of team bonding through service.
  • The speech is custom-tailored to highlight the social work your company is already doing and an opportunity to bring your employees and their families together in a unique setting.
  • A great opportunity to showcase your corporate social responsibility program.

Social Entrepreneurship: What For-Profit Companies can learn from High Performing Non-Profit Organizations

Most non-profit corporations have no product, operate on small budgets, offer no benefits and pay employees low salaries. How then are they attracting and retaining some of the best talent in the marketplace? We’ve all studied the already existing business models, so why are non-profit models, ...

Most non-profit corporations have no product, operate on small budgets, offer no benefits and pay employees low salaries. How then are they attracting and retaining some of the best talent in the marketplace? We’ve all studied the already existing business models, so why are non-profit models, regardless of their success, often overlooked? Craig and Marc Kielburger founded one of the most successful international non-profit organizations in recent history. They will share with you what your company can learn from the best practices in the non-profit field to help retain and inspire your staff, engage your customers and help your company become more profitable.

  • Discover why so many recent graduates and seasoned employees are moving into non-profits at the expense of the corporate sector.
  • Recognize what it is exactly that for-profits can learn from non-profits in terms of resource allocation, staff retention, strengthening morale and building a motivated workforce.
  • Learn how to recruit, inspire and retain engaged employees who wish to leave a mark on the world.
  • Get tips on creating an engaging, empathetic and trusting work environment.
  • Discuss ethical halo branding as a form of product differentiation and building trust with consumers.

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Biography

Over two decades, Craig and Marc have visited dozens of countries, meeting people from all walks of life. They have been fortunate to learn from some of the greatest spiritual, political and social leaders of our time, including the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa. They have shared simple meals with children struggling in the slums of Calcutta, Brazil and Thailand, and have shared the stage with heads of state at United Nations conferences. They’ve also had the chance to speak with thousands of students, parents and educators who hold a common commitment to global change.

Throughout their travels, Craig and Marc have witnessed not only the extremes of humanity’s wealth and poverty, privilege and exploitation, but also the power that every person has to create lasting change. As thought leaders of a revolutionary new movement in community building, they, along with a dedicated team of enthusiastic young people, have worked to inspire tens of thousands of people to reach out to help others, in their own neighborhoods and around the globe. This is the philosophy that continues to drive the organizations founded by Craig and Marc, Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner, and Me to We, an innovative social enterprise that transforms consumers into worldchangers, one action and experience at a time.

Both brothers are also New York Times bestselling authors, with more than a dozen books between them. Marc is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of Canada, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of 250 Young Global Leaders. Craig has received the Roosevelt Freedom Medal, The World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, and is one of the youngest recipients of The Order of Canada.

Craig and Marc’s accomplishments have also been celebrated in multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, 60 Minutes, Piers Morgan Live and The TODAY Show; and in People, TIME and The Economist, among other media.

Marc’s Bio Synopsis

Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author and gifted orator. Along with his brother Craig, Marc 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 service-learning 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-driven charity, the organization works in eight developing countries and has built more than 650 schools and school rooms, 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 advances the vision of philanthropy and provides people with better choices for a better world, including socially conscious, environmentally friendly and sweatshop-free clothing and accessories, life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs and materials, a speakers’ bureau and books that address issues of positive 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 international event attended by 160,000 students from 4,000 schools. We Day also reaches more than 5.7 million viewers through televised broadcasts and has more than 3.3 million followers on Facebook, making it one of the largest charitable causes in the world.

Marc is author of 11 books. He has shared the stage, and his voice, with Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, celebrities, rock bands, actors and icons, including former president Bill Clinton, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson, among many more.

Craig’s Bio Synopsis

Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and syndicated columnist.

He co-founded Free The Children in 1995 when he was 12-years-old. Today, more than 1.7 million young people are involved in its programs. In North America and the United Kingdom, the organization provides comprehensive service-learning programs, including its We Day celebrations attended annually by more than 160,000 students from 4,000 participating schools. We Day also reaches more than 5.7 million viewers through televised broadcasts and has more than 3.3 million followers on Facebook, making it one of the largest charitable causes in the world. Internationally, the organization works in eight developing countries providing a holistic and sustainable development model, including education, health care, food security, clean water, and alternative income programs. Its programs have brought clean water, health care and sanitation to over one million people.

Alongside his brother Marc, Craig is also the co-founder of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise that seeks to support the work of Free The Children by providing socially conscious products and experiences.

Craig is the author of 12 books. He holds 15 honorary doctorates and degrees, and has received The Order of Canada, The Roosevelt Freedom Medal, the World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child and the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Dedication

Craig’s work has been featured with multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 Minutes, as well in as National Geographic, TIME, and The Economist

Fall 2013, Craig and his brother Marc were inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for their humanitarian efforts and their work to empower youth to change the world.