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: Livia Blackburne
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Founders' Theatre


Past Speakers

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David Begbie
David Begbie has dedicated his life to improving the lives of others, offering a voice to the voiceless. He shared how you can make a big difference in the world by addressing even the simplest of needs.
Film Screening - Most Likely to Succeed

WAB is inquiring into how schools worldwide are grappling with the challenges of creating a 21st century education that meets the needs of today's students. As part of this investigation, WAB held a special one-time screening of Most Likely to Succeed.

Kevin Westgarth

Kevin Westgarth is a former professional NHL ice hockey forward who helped win the Stanley Cup for the Los Angeles Kings. Now 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.


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.

November 13, 2017: David Begbie

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