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.

WAB distinguished speaker series DSS

Upcoming Events

Distinguished Speaker Series: Anton Nel
Blu Theatre

Past Speakers

Did you miss an event? View past presentations here.

Zach Bonner

Zach Bonner started a non-profit foundation at age 7 to help end homelessness. Red Wagon has since made a difference in the lives of thousands of children.

Zhang Lin

800-meter freestyle swimming champion Zhang Lin shared the rousing story of his journey from underdog to Olympic silver medalist.

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.

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.


March 12, 2019: Zhang Lin


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