Distinguished Speaker Series

The Western Academy of Beijing is connecting our students with exceptional people who inspire. These distinguished speakers are invited to WAB from all over the world, and through their experiences and stories, challenge our newest generation to make a difference.

All Distinguished Speaker Series are free of charge and open not only to WAB students, parents and staff, but also to the community. RSVP to reserve your seat now.


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Upcoming Events

Distinguished Speaker Series: Most Likely to Succeed
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Founders' Theatre


Past Speakers

Did you miss an event? View past presentations here.


Kevin Westgarth

Kevin Westgarth is a former professional NHL ice hockey forward who helped win the Stanley Cup for the Los Angeles Kings. Now as an NHL executive, Westgarth is bringing the game he loves to China.

Ross OC Jennings

Ross OC Jennings, "The First Piper", is a motivational speaker and musician on a mission to be the first to play his bagpipes in every country on Earth. Jennings gave us a special performance as he continues his world tour.

Lijia Zhang

Lijia Zhang is a rocket factory worker turned freelance journalist, social commentator and author of the newly released novel 'Lotus'. She shared her first novel with us, a story inspired by the secret life of her grandmother.

Ruben Payan

We experienced mountain climber and fitness expert Ruben Payan's extraordinary journey summiting 8 of the world's most challenging peaks in honor of humanity, culminating with a K2 expedition in 2016.

Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen

World-renowned explorers and educators Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen lead the Access Water team. They shared how they turned their hope into action to raise awareness, incite advocacy and inspire future leaders to provide access to clean water.

Liu Guoliang

Liu Guoliang is an Olympic champion and coach of the Chinese men's table tennis team. Liu was the first Chinese player and second player worldwide to win a Grand Slam, having won the World Championships, World Cup and Olympic Games men's singles.



DSS Video Presentations

View our latest Distinguished Speaker Series presentations here.

WAB has successfully hosted a number of DSS events - look for more coming in our 2017-18 school year.

September 19, 2017: Kevin Westgarth

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