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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Past Speakers

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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.

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.

DSS Video Presentations

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

February 6, 2018: Livia Blackburne


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