Speaking at High Schools, Colleges, and Universities

Today's students need tools to become the next generation of leaders. Speaking from personal experience as a student entrepreneur and innovator, and drawing on the experiences of thousands of students whom she has taught about innovation and entrepreneurship, YII's Founding President, Anne Swift, offers inspiring stories and practical advice that students can apply immediately to fulfill their leadership potential.

As a student, Anne founded Young Inventors International, a global organization that has worked with over 2,000 student innovators and entrepreneurs. Anne started her first successful business at the age of 15, and has since then created a number of ventures in the high-technology field. Most recently, Anne co-founded a solar start-up.

Glamour Magazine named Anne one of the Top Ten College Women and a visionary who will change the world and her career has been featured as an example to students in Your Guide to College Success: Strategies for Achieving Your Goals 5/e, by Santrock and Halonen.

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Presentation Topics

30, 60, or 90 minutes

Making Change
From the start of her career, Anne has set out to have a positive impact on the world with her work. Anne can speak from her professional experiences in various settings, whether its founding a not-for-profit or a social venture, working for a corporate social responsibility department, or conducting studies for the World Bank. Anne seeks to inspire students and equip them with tools that they can use to choose and build careers that leave a positive impact on the world.
  • Exploring career options in the private, public, professional, and non-profit sectors
  • Envisioning your world and setting goals to get there
  • Mapping out next steps: building skills and connections
  • Finding and working with mentors and advisors
Nuts and Bolts of Entrepreneurship
Anne draws on her experience as a former student entrepreneur (from high school to college and beyond), as well as her work with thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators at Young Inventors International, to offer students tangible steps for determining if entrepreneurship is the correct career option and getting started in building their first venture.

For high schools, the above programs are presented in keynote or assembly format; for colleges and universities, the above programs are presented in keynote, conference, or workshop formats.

Benefits for students: Tools and resources that can be used immediately to build future careers as multidisciplinary leaders, increased confidence, improved communication and collaboration skills. Workbooks are available to complement each presentation.