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

Look for more exciting and inspiring Distinguished Speaker Events at WAB in 2019.


Past Speakers

Did you miss an event? View past presentations here.


Bea Johnson

Bea Johnson inspired us with secrets to a waste-free lifestyle that is stylish, budget-friendly, and within your reach.

Chris Crutcher

Award-winning author Chris Crutcher shared his secrets to turning his real-life experiences into stories ranging from the ghastly to the glorious.

We Carry Kevan

Kevan was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a disease that limited his mobility. Stories of Kevan and his friends' travels went viral online, gaining millions of views and support from around the world. They have used their Internet fame to help redefine accessibility.

Iain Milne

Iain Milne, a giant in Scottish rugby, inspired us with his story. His legendary career taught him confidence, perseverance, and determination.

Huang Hong Xiang

Huang Hong Xiang is a journalist and animal rights activist. We learned about the impact he has had on developing China-Africa relations, and how young people in China can take action to make a difference.

Livia Blackburne

Livia Blackburne is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She inspired with her journey from MIT neuroscientist to an acclaimed fantasy writer.


DSS Video Presentations

View our latest Distinguished Speaker Series presentations here.

WAB has successfully hosted dozens of DSS events - look for more coming in our 2018-19 school year.

October 23, 2018: Chris Crutcher

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