SPEAKER SERIES:
LEADERSHIP IN ACTION

The Academy speaker series puts today's most impactful leaders in conversation with Global Citizen Year students — the rising leaders of tomorrow. As these influential changemakers share their leadership journeys, students gain valuable insights on overcoming challenges, learning from mistakes, staying true to their values, and committing to continual growth.

Unlike traditional lectures or TEDtalks, these deeply human conversations are live, unscripted and student-led, featuring alumni moderators and questions from Academy students.

We're thrilled to share our ever-growing lineup of speakers for the Fall Semester -- check back regularly to see the latest additions!

Academy Speakers: Fall 2021

Angelia Trinidad
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Angelia Trinidad

Founder & CEO, Passion Planner
Chido Govera
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Chido Govera

Founder, The Future of Hope Foundation
Edel Rodriguez
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Edel Rodriguez

Artist
Jeremy Heimans
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Jeremy Heimans

Co-Founder & CEO, Purpose
Laurene Powell Jobs
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Laurene Powell Jobs

Founder & President, Emerson Collective
Simona Levi
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Simona Levi

Playwright, Activist, & Technopolitical Strategist

PAST ACADEMY SPEAKERS INCLUDE

DeRay Mckesson
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DeRay Mckesson

Civil Rights Activist, Educator, Podcaster, & Author
Jay Shetty
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Jay Shetty

Storyteller, Podcast Host, Former Monk
Melinda Gates
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Melinda Gates

Philanthropist, Author, & Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Shawn Mendes
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Shawn Mendes

Singer/Songwriter
View our full list of past speakers

Alumni Moderators

Aiman Marzio
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Aiman Marzio

Senegal ‘15 Minerva Schools at KGI ‘19
Alexander Taylor
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Alexander Taylor

Senegal ‘19 Morehouse College ‘23
Erica Gonzales
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Erica Gonzales

Brazil ‘16 Minerva Schools at KGI ‘21
Joan Hanawi
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Joan Hanawi

Ecuador ‘12 UCLA ‘16
Jordan Lee
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Jordan Lee

Ecuador ‘13 Yale ‘17
Lara Solis
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Lara Solis

India ‘20, Lake Forest College ‘24
Madeline Lisaius
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Madeline Lisaius

Ecuador ‘14, Stanford BS ‘18, MS ‘19
Manya Gupta
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Manya Gupta

Academy Fall ‘20, University of Pennsylvania ‘25
Maya Foster
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Maya Foster

Ecuador ‘19 Amherst College ‘23
Na’ilah Harris
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Na’ilah Harris

Brazil ‘15 The New School ‘20
Sahar Thomson
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Sahar Thomson

Ecuador ‘17, Quest University Canada ‘20
William Shain
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William Shain

Ecuador ‘19 Erasmus University College ‘22
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