about kwiri

Kwiri Yang is the Founder and CEO of Second Time Founders, Inc, a community of seasoned founders committed to improving the state of the world through conscious leadership. Kwiri bootstrapped her first company at the age of 16, reaching $3M in profit by the time she graduated from UCLA at age 19. Her companies have helped over 2,000 businesses. She built, scaled and sold 4 companies, including the latest one sold to Inc. 500's #1 fastest growing consumer electronics in the education technology space. She played a crucial role in S1 filing, series D fundraising and growth strategy that took the company to over $1B valuation with a 15,000% growth rate in 3 years, ultimately reaching 4.4 million users. The company was later acquired by Mattel. 

Kwiri was also appointed as the youngest Board Director of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Southern California's largest not-for-profit business federation, the Chamber represents the interests of more than 235,000 businesses in Los Angeles. She spearheaded and the merger and partnership with the LA Area Chamber of Commerce and founded NextLA. Kwiri represented the voice of the next generation at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, Women Leaders Forum and Education World Forum. Recognized as a 40 Under 40 Emerging Civic Leader. She is committed to building communities focused on conscious leadership, education empowerment, the future of work and supporting the next generation leaders. Kwiri is also an avid paraglider, salsa dancer, and a photographer. She grew up in Port Vila, Vanuatu until she moved to Los Angeles. She currently resides in Silicon Valley.





Education Technology

Technology for Impact

Gamification for Education

Scaling Ed-Tech 

Education Tech Trend

Technology Trend in EdTech

Future of Work

Reskilling and Upskilling

Education Reform 

Empathy vs. Machines

Social Emotional Learning

21st-Century Skills


Impact Entrepreneurship

Women in Tech


Benefit Corporation

Women Business

Minority Business

0 to Million

Mindset and Perspective

Power of Self-Acceptance 

Growth Mindset

Freedom of Self-Expression

Overcoming Bullying

The Journey of a Dreamer

Teenager Breadwinner

Overcoming Setbacks

past and Upcoming speaking engagements

  • Luminaries: Life Lessons from Leaders & Change-makers in the Time of COVID - Panelist, Palo Alto, CA

  • What Does it take to Transform Education? Speaker, World Education Forum, London, UK

  • Millennial in the workforce, trends in millennials joining startups after College, Panelist, San Francisco, CA 

  • Entrepreneurs - lightning talks, Speaker, Diversability Unplugged, San Francisco, CA

  • ConnectX Ask me about anything, Speaker, Silicon Valley Edition, San Francisco, CA

  • Future of Work, Silicon Valley Summit 4.0, Speaker, 4th Industrial Revolution: Transforming Work and Life, San Francisco, CA

  • Reskilling for an AI Future, Speaker, Curiosity Conference, San Francisco, CA

  • Global Impact, Leadership, and Innovation, Opening Keynote, Minerva Hackathon, GitHub HQ, San Francisco, CA 

  • Cultivating an Innovation Ecosystem for Education, Panelist, Silicon Valley at Brazil, Stanford, San Francisco, CA

  • Resilience & Personal Sustainability, Keynote Speaker, Leavy School of Business, Santa Clara, CA 

  • Forum of Immigrant Influencers of Silicon Valley, Keynote, San Francisco, CA

  • Insight from Davos, Shapertalk, Panelist, San Francisco, CA

  • The Year 2040 - What Future Are We Creating? Panelist, Impact Mentality Conference, San Francisco, CA

  • Social-Emotional Learning and Future of Work, Panelist, Salzburg, Austria

  • Reskilling- Upskilling, 21st-century skills, and education reform, Panelist, Conference Centre, Reykjavik, Iceland

  • Business-Model Fit: Sustainability & Scale, Lecturer, Northeastern University Silicon Valley, CA

  • Growth Mindset, Keynote Speaker, CAR Conference, Long Beach, CA

  • Work-Life Integration, Panelist, The Glass Series, Santa Clara, CA

  • Under the Radar: Cyberbullying, Speaker, World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Tianjin, China

  • Future of Work, Society and Human Mind, Panelist, Singularity University Global Summit, San Francisco, CA

  • Lightning Talk, World Economic Forum Global Shapers Shape North America, Sacramento, CA

  • Future labor force, Panelist, Women in Tech, San Francisco, CA

  • Growth Mindset in the workforce, Panelist, United Nations, New York, CA

  • FoundHer, Panelist, The Glass Series, Sunnyvale, CA 

  • Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Keynote Speaker, Santa Clara, CA

  • Let's Talk about: Mental Health, Speaker, World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland

  • Migration Dilemma, Panelist, World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland

  • Leadership and Gender Equality, Moderator, World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland

  • Future Leader’s Conference, Talk Concert, Featured Speaker, Seoul, Korea

  • Next Generation Women Entrepreneur’s Annual Summit, Keynote Speaker, San Diego, CA

  • UCLA Anderson EA Conference, Panelist, Los Angeles, CA

  • Youth Leadership America, Guest Speaker, Orange County, CA

  • Dreamers United, Annual Conference, Guest Speaker, San Diego, CA

  • Southern California Youth Women’s Leadership Conference, Guest Speaker, Orange County, CA

  • Women 2.0 Los Angeles, Social Entrepreneurship, Panelist, Santa Monica, CA

  • Youth Action Summit of California, Keynote, Ontario, CA

  • UCLA Business and Marketing Class, Social Entrepreneurship Guest Speaker, Los Angeles, CA

  • Underground Undergraduates Defy the Status Quo Conference, Keynote Speaker, Irvine, CA

  • Women Business Council, Entrepreneurship 101, Seminar Leader, Irvine, CA

  • Sustainable Business Council, Panelist, Santa Monica, CA

  • Youth Leadership Conference, Keynote Speaker, Long Beach, CA

  • Model United Nations, Guest Speaker, Los Angeles, CA

  • YLA, Entrepreneurship Night, Panelist, Orange County, CA

  • UCLA Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Featured Speaker, Los Angeles, CA

  • Riordan Leadership Institute, Fundraising, Guest Speaker, Los Angeles, CA

  • Dreamers Empowered Annual Summit, How can we contribute to the country that raised us? The workshop, Los Angeles, CA

  • BCorp vs. Benefit Corp, Speaker, Los Angeles, CA

  • UCLA Anderson Entrepreneurship Association, Benefit Corporation 101, Los Angeles, CA


Education Technology

Future Of


Emotional Intelligence

Conscious Leadership  



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