Speaker Series: Curiosity Conversations


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Join today’s most impactful changemakers for deeply human conversations centered around living a purpose-driven life.

Learn directly from experienced leaders who are addressing challenges across the globe. Unlike traditional lectures, each conversation is live, unscripted and student-led, featuring alumni moderators and questions from students.

Global Citizen Year is proud to offer these monthly speaker events to our community of students and alumni. Select events are also open to the public.

Upcoming Events

Paving the Way Through Laughter with Faiza Saleem

Comedienne, Actress & Founder, The Khawatoons

Friday, Feb 3rd at 9am PT

Open to public

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Join Faiza Saleem as she talks about her journey to becoming Pakistan’s first female social media entertainer and the first woman of her generation to pursue standup comedy in the country. Faiza has created and trained the subcontinent’s first all-female improv comedy troupe, The Khawatoons.

This inspiring and intimate fireside chat is exclusive to students and alumni, BUT we have limited spots available for changemakers like YOU to join. Register now to save your spot!

Moderated by Arman 'Karl' Singh (Academy Fall '21)


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Creating Tangible Change with Olivia Julianna

Activist, Director of Politics & Government Affairs, Gen-Z for Change

Friday, Mar 17th at 9am PT

Open to public

Join Olivia Julianna as she talks about her journey serving as the Director of Politics & Government Affairs at Gen-Z for Change, initiating the takedown of a whistleblower website that targeted those in the state of Texas who aided in abortion access, working with Democratic campaigns across the country, and raising $2.2 million for abortion funds.

This inspiring and intimate fireside chat is exclusive to students and alumni, BUT we have limited spots available for changemakers like YOU to join. Register now to save your spot!

Moderated by Sahar Thomson (Fellow, Ecuador ‘17)


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Redefining Mental Wellness with Ariela Safira

Founder & CEO, Real

Friday, May 12th at 9am PT

Open to public

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Join Ariela Safira as she reflects on her path to building a new therapy model rooted in health equity with "Real." Ariela biked across multiple countries to fundraise for suicide prevention and is the recipient of the 2019 American Psychiatric Association’s Innovation Award, recognized as Forbes 30 Under 30, and Inc’s Top 100 Female Founders. Join us as we learn a new way to understand ourselves and our mental wellness.

This inspiring and intimate fireside chat is exclusive to students and alumni, BUT we have limited spots available for changemakers like YOU to join. Register now to save your spot!

Moderated by Manya Gupta (Academy, Fall ‘20)


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Past Speakers

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Abby Falik

Founder, Global Citizen Year

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Adam Grant

Organizational Psychologist, Wharton School of Business

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Agapi Stassinopoulos

Author, motivational speaker & Thrive Global facilitator

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Alexandra Bernadotte

Founder & CEO, Beyond 12

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Amy Brooks

Chief Innovation Officer, National Basketball Association

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Andrew Youn

CEO, One Acre Fund

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Angelia Trinidad

Founder & CEO, Passion Planner

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Arianna Huffington

Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

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Ariela Safira

Founder & CEO, Real

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Ashanti Branch

Founder & Executive Director, Ever Forward

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Baratunde Thurston

Writer, Actor & Comedian

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Bill George

Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School

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Chido Govera

Founder, The Future of Hope Foundation

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Courtney Martin

Journalist

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Deepak Chopra

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DeRay Mckesson

Civil Rights Activist, Educator, Podcaster, & Author

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Dereca Blackmon

CEO, Inclusion Design Group

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Doug Hirsch

Co-founder & Co-CEO, GoodRx

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Dr. Akilah Cadet

Founder & CEO, Change Cadet

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Jennifer Aaker

General Atlantic Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Raj Panjabi

Last Mile Health & Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

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Eddie Ndopu

United Nations Secretary-General's Global Advocate for Sustainable Development

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Edel Rodriguez

Artist

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Edgard Gouveia Júnior

Founder of Livelab & Ashoka Fellow

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Erin Lewellen

CEO, Global Citizen Year

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Faiza Saleem

Comedienne, Actress & Founder, The Khawatoons

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Garvita Gulhati

Founder, Why Waste?

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Jay Shetty

Storyteller, Podcast Host, Former Monk

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Jennifer Kaberi

Founder, Mtoto News

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Jennifer Morgan

Executive Director, Greenpeace International

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Jeremy Heimans

Co-Founder & CEO, Purpose

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Jerome Foster II

Executive Director & Founder, OneMillionOfUs

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Jéssica Silva Rios

Partner & Leader of the Impact Management & Measurement Strategy at Vox Capital

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Joey Hubbard

Chief Training Officer, Thrive Global

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Jonas Vannar

Indigenous Sami Reindeer Herder & Activist

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Julie Lythcott-Haims

Author, former Stanford dean

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Lauren "Lolo" Spencer

Disability lifestyle influencer, Actress, Founder & CEO, Live Solo

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Laurene Powell Jobs

Founder & President, Emerson Collective

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Mandana Dayani

Creator & Cofounder, I am a voter.

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Matt Dalio

Founder, Endless

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Maxine Williams

Chief Diversity Officer, Facebook

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Melinda Gates

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

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Michael Brun

Haitian DJ & Record Producer

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Miguel Mckelvey

Co-Founder, WeWork

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Niketu Iralu

Social Worker restoring community relationships in India and Myanmar

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Olivia Julianna

Activist, Director of Politics & Government Affairs, Gen-Z for Change

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Oriol Pamies

Spanish Entrepreneur & LGBTQ+ Activist

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Paul Ninson

Photographer & Filmmaker

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Premal Shah

Co-founder Kiva.org

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Priti Krishtel

Co-Executive Director, I-MAK

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Rainn Wilson

Actor, Writer, Producer and Philanthropist

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Rufus Gifford

U.S. Ambassador (fmr)

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Selena Sermeno

Psychologist, Educator and Facilitator

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Selina Tobaccowala

Chief Digital Officer, Openfit

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Seth Godin

Author, Teacher, akimbo.com

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Shawn Mendes

Singer/Songwriter

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Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

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Simona Levi

Playwright, Activist, & Technopolitical Strategist

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Sonal Shah

Founding President, The Asian American Foundation

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Sophia Bush

Actress & Activist

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Sundar Pichai

CEO, Google and Alphabet

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Toni Townes-Whitley

President, US Regulated Industries

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Valarie Kaur

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Varshini Prakash

Executive Director and Co-founder of Sunrise Movement

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Wendy Kopp

CEO & Co-founder, Teach For All

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Wes Moore

CEO, Robin Hood

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Yinuo Li

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Yolanda Coentro

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Ziad Ahmed

21-year-old entrepreneur, student, and speaker


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Alumni Moderators

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Adya Sinha

Academy, Fall '21

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Aiman Marzio

Fellow, Senegal ‘15

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Alejandro Flores Monge

Fellow, India '17

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Alexander Taylor

Fellow, Senegal '19

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Angela Busheska

Academy, Fall '20

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Arman 'Karl' Singh

Academy Fall '21

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Emiliana Reinoso Gutierrez

Fellow, India '19 & Academy Spring '21

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Erica Gonzales

Fellow, Brazil ‘16

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J.I. Cruz

Fellow, Senegal '15

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Jazzie Jelks

Academy, Fall '22

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Joan Hanawi

Fellow, Ecuador ‘12

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Jordan Lee

Fellow, Ecuador ‘13

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Lara Solis

Fellow, India ‘20

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Lauren Starre Guido

Fellow, Ecuador '14

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Leandra Pedretti

Fellow, Ecuador '18

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Madeline Lisaius

Fellow, Ecuador ‘14

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Manya Gupta

Academy, Fall ‘20

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Marvellous John

Fellow, Senegal’17

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Maya Foster

Fellow, Ecuador ‘19

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Munya Munyati

Fellow, Ecuador '16

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Rara Dzikrina Istifadah

Academy Fall '20

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Sahar Thomson

Fellow, Ecuador ‘17

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William Shain

Fellow, Ecuador ‘19


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