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Adam Braun      

New York Times & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, The Promise of a Pencil Founder, CEO of Climate ClubFounder & Chair of Pencils of Promise

Adam Braun is a NY Times bestselling author and leader in professional upskilling, future of work, and sustainability. He is the CEO of Climate Club, which works with leading companies to identify opportunities for success in the low carbon economy and the Founder of Pencils of Promise, the award-winning organization he started with just $25 that has built nearly 600 schools around the world.

He has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations, and dozens of industry associations, universities, and Fortune 500 companies. He has also been named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World, and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s original ten Global Shapers.

Through his work across the full spectrum of sustainability and education, technology and innovation, startups, and large enterprise, Braun has combined his passion for impact and people to build several industry-defining companies.

Braun graduated from Brown University and has been a frequent speaker delivering an inspiring message to audiences across the world. 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.

Speech Topics

Ordinary Person, Extraordinary Change: How to Affect the Masses

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 five 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 that big idea into action?
  • How do you engage those around you to build a movement?
  • How do you empower and inspire others?

The Alpha Effect: How Great Leaders Invest in Others

While most think of an alpha leader as the dominant figure in every room, true alpha males and females in nature are only successful because of the empathy they display towards others in their tribe and the investments they make in strengthening each member of their pack. In this talk, Braun unveils the surprising traits of a new type of enduring leadership that focuses on collective team success and the exact tactics to make it happen. By explaining the best practices of the world's greatest alpha leaders in creating workplace culture, he unveils the actions you can take today to build teams that reach their greatest potential together.

Sustainability for the New Economy: The Greatest Opportunity of our Time

The emergency of sustainability as a must-solve challenge for our society has led to deep investment from companies, individuals and governments. But how do we position ourselves and our companies to be successful in this new era? As the CEO & Founder of Climate Club, the #1 sustainability success platform for leading companies, Adam Braun walks audiences through the history of this rapidly growing challenge and the critical steps each of us as individuals and business leaders can take to be a part of the solution. This speech is not about doom and gloom, it’s an uplifting journey through the stories of innovation and growth that will leave audiences clear-eyed about the greatest opportunity to drive impact and business value of our time.

The For-Purpose Approach: Redefining Business for What’s Ahead

Using his unique “for-purpose” approach, Adam Braun meshed for-profit business acumen with non-profit idealism and created a model now followed by a mission driven generation. Braun shares his experience as a model for how to get “unstuck,” outlining the key steps that can actively transform even the smallest ideas into a big reality. In this engaging journey-filled presentation, Braun explains the chances he took early on in his entrepreneurial journey, placing his bets on what he foresaw as an upcoming significant rise in the “profitable purpose,” which also harnessed the power of Millennials entering the workforce, and how together they realized that the most valuable currency we each possess is our commitment to a shared mission.

The Future of Learning and the Evolving Workforce

As the Founder of Pencils of Promise and MissionU, Adam Braun has reshaped the landscape of education in profound and diverse ways. At Pencils of Promise he and his team have built ~600 schools worldwide. At MissionU, a 21st-century higher education company teaching hard and soft skills for the new economy, Braun provided a debt-free alternative to higher education and pioneered hybrid learning for workforce development.

Braun’s work is deeply rooted in innovation, purpose, and the transcendent power of quality learning and development. An early adopter of remote learning (he pioneered education through Zoom and Slack back in 2016) Braun also provides tactical insight into how to navigate a hybrid workforce. In his informative and compelling remarks, he draws on his diverse range of experiences to provide a unique and forward-looking perspective on learning at many levels. He reveals what he’s learned at the helm of innovative and internationally heralded education programs, how to inspire and impact the next generation of leaders, and how to build growth opportunities infused with passion, strategy and intention.


Adam Braun, 29, Founder and CEO, Pencils of Promise - In Photos ...
Pencils of Promise builds schools and trains teachers in the developing world with a focus on Ghana, Laos, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Founded in 2008 and ...

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