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:


Conference Keynotes

You have worked incredibly hard to organize your conference and deserve a professional speaker who will energize your attendees, create a positive tone, and provide powerful application points. As a seasoned keynoter of over 20 years, Mawi will exhilarate your audience with his trademarked blend of humor, storytelling, and penetrating insight. Great for: Administrator conferences, statewide conferences, national and international conferences.

Opening School Year

The beginning of the year gives you a rare opportunity to set a powerful tone for your staff and anchor positivity and collaboration into the DNA of your school culture. Since 1999, Mawi has delivered hundreds of opening day keynotes with consistent, outstanding results. Reserve your date now as the demand can be very high in August and September. Can also be delivered at Institute Days throughout the year.


Summer Administrators Training

The summer provides a unique opportunity for administrators to acquire new tools to enhance their leadership. Mawi will work with you to deliver powerful training to support your leaders so they can lead at higher levels and deliver greater impact. Great for: Summer Principal Training, Leadership Team Training, Teacher Leader Institutes.

One Book, One Community

Many communities such as Philadelphia, Green Bay, and smaller towns and individual schools as far away as Taiwan have done a One Book, One Community read with Mawi’s memoir or other books. Mawi’s presentation and Q & A will deepen the impact on your entire community. Often done as a collaboration between a library and school district, with special time for PD, a student presentation, and community session.


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