Since graduating from Harvard, where he gave the commencement address, Mawi has spoken to more than one million people and delivered keynotes at conferences across the country. Mawi will uplift your audience, equip them with proven leadership and success principles, and energize them to achieve at new levels.

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

Popular Keynotes

The Incredible 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.

The Profoundly Inspired and Motivated Student

Since 1999, Mawi has studied the best science and techniques on how to motivate and inspire students. In this stirring keynote, Mawi will share his findings and best practices and give every attendee proven, field-tested strategies they can use immediately to engage students and transform learning.

How to Inspire English Learners

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.

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.


Conference Keynotes

  • New Teacher Center’s National Symposium on Teacher Induction
  • TESOL International Conference (3,000 educators)
  • Illinois Association of School Boards 2016 Conference
  • 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

Summaries of Mawi’s Impact