Keynote Session: Ordinary Person, Extraordinary Change: How to Affect the Masses

About This Keynote Session

Adam Braun captivates audiences with his story of being an ordinary person, creating extraordinary change — something he believes everyone can do. In this inspirational presentation, Braun shares the key phrases that will serve as guideposts when facing the most challenging moments in our careers and lives. This talk takes your audience on an unforgettable and inspiring journey— sure to leave them buzzing and eager to consider the following questions with a new lens: • How do you discover your next big idea? • How do you turn a passion into action? • How do you use education as a tool to change lives? • How do you empower and inspire others?

About Adam Braun

Adam BraunAdam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker and entrepreneur. He is the Founder & Executive Chairman of Pencils of Promise, the award-winning organization that has built more than 500 schools around the world. After leading PoP as CEO for 8 years he went on to become Co-Founder & CEO of MissionU, a higher education startup pioneering high-quality remote learning that was named one of FastCompany’s 50 Most Innovative Companies before being acquired by WeWork in May 2018, where Braun acted as COO of the company’s education arm WeGrow.

He has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the Worldand was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s original ten Global Shapers.

Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling abroad as a college student he met a young boy begging on the streets of India, who when asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, “a pencil.”

This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave Bain & Company several years later to start with just $25. Using his unique “for-purpose” approach, the organization has now raised more than $75M to address global education. Through his work across the full spectrum of education, Braun has combined his passion for mission-driven impact to support children and adults in the pursuit of unlocking their greatest potential.

Braun graduated from Brown University and has been a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges and Fortune 500 companies. He avidly engages with his social media following of over 900,000 people and has received the nation’s most prestigious award for public service, the Jefferson Award.

His book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and went on to become a #1 national bestseller.