Speaker Series: Leadership In Action

We are thrilled to bring in a star-studded lineup of luminaries for our Leadership In Action speaker series. In intimate conversations moderated by Global Citizen Year alumni, these speakers will share insight, expertise, and inspiration for making a meaningful impact in the world.

Please join us for one or more of these special sessions. Simply click the "Register To Attend" link below each speaker to sign up for their event. Please note, all times are listed in Pacific Time.

Missed a session? You can access recordings of past sessions here. Older recordings from Fall 2020 speakers can be found here.

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ABBY FALIK | Founder & CEO, Global Citizen Year

Abby Falik is an award-winning social entrepreneur. A recognized expert on social innovation and the changing landscape of education, Falik has been featured in Forbes, NPR, The Washington Post and The New York Times. In 2018 she was named one of Goldman Sachs' 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, and in 2016 Fast Company named her one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. For her achievements as a social entrepreneur, she has been recognized as an Ashoka Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur. She currently serves on the advisory boards of World Learning, Teach for All and the Harvard Business School. She received a B.A. in international relations and an M.A. in International Comparative Education from Stanford University. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School. Abby lives in Oakland with her husband, Joel Segre, and two young sons, Rio and Luca.

March 5th, 10am PT

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EDGARD GOUVEIA, JR. | Founder of Livelab & Ashoka Fellow

Edgard Gouveia Júnior never tires of putting people to play. As an Architect, Urbanist and Post Graduate in Cooperative Games, he dedicates his career to mobilize teenagers, youth and adults by designing and applying virtual games, scavenger hunts and collective actions that lead to small community revolutions. He is the CEO & Founder of Epic Journey, a company that promotes the regeneration of communities in organizations such as companies, schools and NGOs. He is also the co-founder of LiveLab that specifically acts with the youth leading regeneration in their own communities, highlighting Jornada X e Primavera X. Edgard is a Berkana and Ashoka Fellow, and a TRIP Transformers and Responsible Leader BMW Foundation. He is also Professor on Post-graduation Cooperative Games Pedagogy, Youth Initiative Program and MSLS in Sweden Knowmads in the Netherlands, C-Xin in Taiwan and Gaia Training in Brazil. He is partner of Projeto Cooperação and co-founder of Instituto Elos and Oasis Game where he remained until 2010, and Programs Warriors Without Weapons, where he participated until 2010. He has worked as a Lecturer in several TEDx and international consultants in Europe, North America and Asia where he applies social technologies such as Cooperative Games, World Cafe, Open Space, Circular Dances, Nonviolent Communication and X Journey. He is the creator of X Journey, an online scavenger hunt that challenges children and young people in real-world tasks to mobilize their communities in hands-on actions to regenerate social and environmental issues within their territories. It aims to engage 2 billion people playing together to restore balance in the Biosphere. He believes that through play, changing the world can be fast, free and fun and the result will be fantastic.

March 12th, 5:15am PT

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JOEY HUBBARD | Chief Training Officer, Thrive Global

Joey Hubbard is the Chief Training Officer at Thrive Global with over 30 years of coaching and facilitating motivational seminars to assist individuals and professional organizations in improving their lives, their careers and their businesses all over the world. From the general public, to professional athletes/sports teams, and large corporations, Joey is committed to helping people and workforces find direction and live better.

March 16th, 10am PT

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SELENA TOBACCOWALA | Chief Digital Officer, Openfit

Selina Tobaccowala is Chief Digital Officer of Openfit, the all-in-one digital streaming platform for integrated fitness, nutrition, and wellness, where she leads engineering, product, and design. Prior to joining Openfit, she was the co-founder and CEO of Gixo, an innovative live workout fitness start-up acquired by Openfit. Selina also served as the President & CTO at SurveyMonkey, leading the company to become the world’s dominant online survey platform, with 16 million surveys processed per day. Before SurveyMonkey, she was SVP of Product and Technology at Ticketmaster, where she oversaw European engineering and product operations. Selina started her career in her Stanford dorm room where she co-founded Evite, the online invitation service, along with Al Lieb (co-founder of Gixo). Selina currently serves on the board of directors at Redfin, a $1.8 billion dollar full-service technology-enabled real estate brokerage company. Selina graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in Computer Science and lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

March 26th, 9:15am PT

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ADAM GRANT | Organizational Psychologist, Wharton School of Business

Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist and TED speaker who helps people find meaning and motivation at work. Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for 7 straight years. As an organizational psychologist, he is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40. He is the author of 4 New York Times bestselling books that have sold millions of copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. His books have been named among the year’s best by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Bill and Melinda Gates, Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Kahneman, and Malala Yousafzai. His new book, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, launches in February 2021. Adam is the host of WorkLife, a chart-topping TED original podcast. His TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 20 million times. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience’s favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, Bridgewater, and the Gates Foundation. He writes on work and psychology for the New York Times, serves on the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon, and has been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has more than 3 million followers on social media and features new insights in his free monthly newsletter, GRANTED.

April 6th, 8:15am PT

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DOUG HIRSCH | Co-founder & CEO, GoodRx

Doug Hirsch is a Silicon Valley veteran who has spent over 25 years building technology that helps everyday consumers. Doug was an early employee at Yahoo!, where he conceived and managed the earliest online communities including GeoCities and Yahoo! Groups. He then served as the general manager of Yahoo! Entertainment, before moving on to becoming Vice President of Product at Facebook. Today, Doug focuses on providing Americans with a more affordable and convenient way to get the healthcare they need as the co-founder and co-CEO of GoodRx. In the last decade, GoodRx has helped millions of Americans save more than $25 billion on prescriptions and healthcare. GoodRx has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as a Best Place to Work, named to Fortune's Change the World list, and twice selected as a CNBC Disruptor 50 company. Prior to GoodRx’s founding, Doug founded and served as Chief Executive Officer at DailyStrength, Inc., a social network focused on health and wellness. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University.

April 9th, 1:15pm PT

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JENNIFER KABERI | Founder, Mtoto News

Jennifer is a child development specialist and an international development work professional with a passion for children. Her vision is to transform Africa’s story through empowering children to speak for themselves, data driven solutions, and technology that is Afrocentric. She believes this will result in a positive outcome in Africa that touches not only socioeconomic development but also humanity. Jennifer has spent over 10 years working in the child development sector on an array of community, district, national and international projects. In 2017, Jennifer founded Mtoto News, an online platform to improve the lives of children through technology. Mtoto News uses the power of media and data to provide a platform for children to participate in developing solutions to the challenges that face them. Jennifer holds a B.A. from the University of Nairobi and an M.A. in Child Development from Daystar University.

April 13th, 7:15am PT

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SUNDAR PICHAI | CEO, Google and Alphabet

Sundar is the CEO of Google and Alphabet and serves on Alphabet’s Board of Directors. He joined Google in 2004 and helped lead the development of Google Toolbar and then Google Chrome, which grew to become the world’s most popular internet browser. In 2014 he was appointed to lead product and engineering for all of Google’s products and platforms - including popular products such as Search, Maps, Play, Android, Chrome, Gmail and Google Apps (now GSuite). Sundar became Google’s CEO in August 2015. He joined the Board of Directors of Alphabet, Google's parent company, in July 2017. Under his leadership as CEO, Google has been focused on developing products and services, powered by the latest advances in AI, that offer help in moments big and small. It has invested in new opportunities such as Google Cloud and YouTube and has continued to be a leader in advanced technologies, including machine learning and quantum computing. In December 2019, in addition to his role as CEO of Google, Sundar became the CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Sundar grew up in Chennai, India and studied engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology where he was awarded an Institute Silver Medal. He holds a master's degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was named a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.

April 16th, 11:15am PT

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MATT DALIO | Founder, Endless

Matt’s passion is building technology that will cultivate a generation of creators. He founded Endless, a collection of companies and initiatives focused on unlocking the untapped potential in youth, with three main focus areas. The first focuses on democratizing device accessibility by offering credit through pay-as-you-go technology. The second addresses accessibility of internet connectivity by harnessing the storage to use bandwidth more efficiently. The third initiative focuses on enabling youth to learn to code by building video games that can be hacked. With the focus aimed at inspiring delight in kids globally, Endless hopes to empower the world's youth to shape their technology, rather than be shaped by it. Matt discovered his passion for building organizations of consequence when he founded the China Care Foundation at the age of 16 to offer orphaned children a brighter future. For his work, Matt was honored as one of Oprah Winfrey’s “People Changing the Lives of Children Around the World”, as one of Teen People’s “20 Teens Who Will Change the World,” and the youngest recipient of the Fulbright Award. All of this was set in motion by living with a family in China at age 11. That year in China changed his life, setting him on the course that led him here today. Matt is a graduate of Harvard College (’06) and Stanford Business School (’12).

April 20th, 9:15am PT

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WES MOORE | CEO, Robin Hood

Wes Moore is the Chief Executive Officer of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. He is a bestselling author, a combat veteran, and a social entrepreneur. Wes’ first book, “The Other Wes Moore,” a perennial New York Times bestseller, captured the nation’s attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities and in ourselves. That story has been optioned by executive producer Oprah Winfrey and HBO to be made into a movie. He is also the author of the bestselling books “The Work,” “Discovering Wes Moore,” “This Way Home” and the recently released, “Five Days.” Wes grew up in Baltimore and the Bronx, where he was raised by a single mom. Despite childhood challenges, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He earned an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Wes then served as a captain and paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He later served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Before becoming CEO at Robin Hood, Wes was the founder and CEO at BridgeEdU, an education platform based in Baltimore addressing the college completion and job placement crisis by reinventing freshman year for underserved students. BridgeEdU was acquired by Edquity, a Brooklyn-based student financial success and emergency aid firm, in June 2019. Wes has also worked in finance as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in London and with Citigroup in New York. Wes lives in Baltimore with his wife and two children.

April 23rd, 8:15am PT

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MIGUEL MCKELVEY | Co-Founder, WeWork

Miguel McKelvey is the co-founder of WeWork and is currently working on several new projects. He is continually learning more about himself and recently scored a Quick Start 9 and a Follow Thru 2 on the Kolbe A Index, meaning he's great at engaging in visionary possibilities and future-oriented challenges, but struggles to push through to execution.

May 27th, 9:15am PT

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SHERYL SANDBERG | Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm's business operations. She also serves on Facebook’s board of directors. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank. Sheryl received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School. Sheryl is the co-author of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy with Wharton professor and bestselling author Adam Grant. She is also the author of the bestsellers Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates. She is the founder of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to build a more equal and resilient world through two key initiatives, LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org. Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, Women for Women International, ONE, and SurveyMonkey. Sheryl lives in Menlo Park with her fiancé and their five children.

May 4th, 11:15am PT

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