Leadership In Action Speaker Series

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.

Academy Speakers: Spring 2021

Abby Falik
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Abby Falik

Founder & CEO, Global Citizen Year
Adam Grant
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Adam Grant

Organizational Psychologist, Wharton School of Business
Doug Hirsch
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Doug Hirsch

Co-founder & Co-CEO, GoodRx
Edgard Gouveia Júnior
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Edgard Gouveia Júnior

Founder of Livelab & Ashoka Fellow
Jennifer Kaberi
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Jennifer Kaberi

Founder, Mtoto News
Joey Hubbard
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Joey Hubbard

Chief Training Officer, Thrive Global
Matt Dalio
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Matt Dalio

Founder, Endless
Miguel Mckelvey
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Miguel Mckelvey

Co-Founder, WeWork
Selina Tobaccowala
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Selina Tobaccowala

Chief Digital Officer, Openfit
Sheryl Sandberg
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Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
Sundar Pichai
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Sundar Pichai

CEO, Google and Alphabet
Wes Moore
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Wes Moore

CEO, Robin Hood

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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