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

Abby Falik
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Abby Falik

Founder & CEO, Global Citizen Year
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
Jonas Vannar
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Jonas Vannar

Indigenous Sami Reindeer Herder & Activist
Laurene Powell Jobs
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Laurene Powell Jobs

Founder & President, Emerson Collective
Rufus Gifford
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Rufus Gifford

U.S. Ambassador (fmr)
Simona Levi
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Simona Levi

Playwright, Activist, & Technopolitical Strategist
Sonal Shah
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Sonal Shah

Founding President, The Asian American Foundation

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

Angela Busheska
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Angela Busheska

Academy Fall '20
Emiliana Reinoso Gutierrez
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Emiliana Reinoso Gutierrez

India '19 and Academy Spring '21
J.I. Cruz
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J.I. Cruz

Senegal '15
Joan Hanawi
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Joan Hanawi

Ecuador ‘12 UCLA ‘16
Lara Solis
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Lara Solis

India ‘20, Lake Forest College ‘24
Lauren Starre Guido
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Lauren Starre Guido

Ecuador '14
Leandra Pedretti
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Leandra Pedretti

Ecuador '18
Marvellous John
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Marvellous John

Senegal’17
Rara Dzikrina Istifadah
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Rara Dzikrina Istifadah

Academy Fall '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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