Mawi has inspired over 1,000 audiences in more than 40 states. Find out why Oprah Winfrey calls him “Amazing” and Harvard Magazine calls him “Magnetic.”

Since delivering the commencement speech to his graduating class at Harvard, Mawi has spoken to more than one million people. As a speaker, Mawi will uplift your audience, equip them with proven leadership and success principles, and energize them to achieve at new levels.

Mawi speaks primarily at conferences, at staff convocations, and to student audiences who have read one of his books as a one-book, one school reading initiative.

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Mawi Harvard commencement speech
Mawi interview on the Oprah Show

Watch excerpts of Mawi's keynote to 1,000+ educators at the 2012 International Quest Conference:

Popular Presentations

The Power of Educators

Educators have tremendous power to inspire youth of all backgrounds. In this keynote or workshop, Mawi will share how educators helped him in his own life journey and offer practical methods that any educator can use to inspire their own students.

Turbo Charge Academic and Leadership Skills

In this keynote or workshop, Mawi shares a powerful framework educators can use to inspire any student. Attendees will learn how to diagnose a student on the three dimensions of Voice, Mindset, and Skill and acquire specific techniques to increase student engagement.


Refugee Camp to Harvard

This inspiring keynotes has been given more than 1,000 times and can be adapted for student or adult audiences. Mawi will share his life story and inspire attendees in their own journeys as students or educators.

How to Inspire ELL Students

English Language Learners now compose more than 10% of all K-12 students in the United States. Mawi will leverage his own experience as an ELL student as well as his work with ELL students nationally to inspire your audience and provide practical strategies for success.


Mawi giving a lecture at a teachers' conference

Mawi's speech on the Power of Community


Conference Keynotes

  • TESOL International Conference (3,000 educators)
  • American School Counselors Association (ASCA) (3,000 School Counselors)
  • Harvard School of Education Principals Summit
  • Wisconsin Association of Superintendents
  • International Quest Conference; York, Canada
  • American Camp Association

Higher Ed

  • Albion College
  • Benedictine College
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • College of DuPage
  • Duke University
  • Florida International University
  • Miami University (Ohio)
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • University of Iowa


Mawi has spoken at 1,000 schools, including:

  • Taipei American School, Taiwan
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • KIPP Schools
  • The Latin School, Chicago
  • Lakeside School, Seattle, WA
  • Noble Charter School Network
  • St. Paul Public Schools
  • New Trier High School, Winnetka
  • Concept Schools

Student Impact Summaries

View student feedback from three of Mawi’s presentations:

Middle School


High School

Taipei American School


Chandler-Gilbert Community College