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Malaak Compton        

Activist & Philanthropist

A graceful and inspirational force, Malaak Compton lives by her favorite Marian Wright Edelman quote: "Service is the rent we pay for living." As a former judge on Oprahs Big Give and a successful public relations executive who has lent her talents to cause-related marketing for organizations such as UNICEF, she is a powerful combination of celebrity and service.

Focusing on issues that are close to her heart, including youth, women's empowerment and education, Compton created The Angelrock Project as a way to encourage volunteerism. An e-village, the foundation promotes social responsibility and encourages people to live a life of service.

Believing in the power of transforming todays children into tomorrows global leaders, she also created Journey for Change, an initiative that has made headlines, taking at-risk youth from Brooklyn to South Africa and empowering them through global service.

In 1999, she created Styleworks, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that gives makeovers to women leaving public assistance and entering the workforce. She links clients in city job training programs with local beauty salons, where makeup artists and hairdressers donate their services to women who don't often get pampered

Committed to raising awareness about child abuse, Compton chairs Champions for Children, gathering prominent figures from the entertainment, sports, philanthropic, nonprofit, and business arenas to promote the prevention of child abuse. As an advocate for children and education, she stresses that parents, teachers, and mentors all need to feel empowered to do things differently and step up to support children in all aspects.

The author of "If It Takes a Village, Build One," Compton shares an inspirational message for everyone who ever wanted to make a difference in life.

Speech Topics

Successfully Blending a Family & a Professional Life

Raising Giving Children in a Global World

Finding Balance in Life

Renewing the Inner Spirit

Malaak Compton-Rock flew inner city youths from Brooklyn, NY, to South Africa, where one in five people has AIDS or HIV and many homes in its shanty towns are headed by orphaned children. She hopes that by showing these youths the rampant poverty in South Africa, this experience will empower them to give back to their community while encouraging them to value their lives in the US where things such as free education are taken for granted.

If It Takes a Village, Build One: How I Found Meaning Through a Life of Service

In this motivational keynote speech, Malaak Compton-Rock offers audiences insightful and practical advice on getting yourself and others involved in charities. Far from being sanctimonious, Compton-Rock provides audiences with a how-to guide on everything from finding the right volunteer opportunity or integrating a life of service into our youth, to researching charities and how to start a nonprofit. Drawing on her own experience as a the founder of a nonprofit, her work with inner-city youth and service during the aftermath of Katrina, Compton-Rock reminds us all that giving back is ultimately easier and infinitely more fulfilling than we thought it could be. Warm, honest, and accessible, If It Takes a Village, Build One is a presentation that will empower, motivate and energize your audience to leave a lasting and positive impact in their community.

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