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about kwiri

Kwiri Yang is the Founder and CEO of LifeGyde, a platform that enables knowledge-sharing for enterprise employees to build a culture of continuous learning and growth. LifeGyde’s mission is to equip the next generation with the future skills to thrive and lead in an exponentially changing world.
 
Kwiri bootstrapped her first company at the age of 16, reaching $3M in profit by the time she graduated from UCLA at age 19. During this time, she hired and managed over 100 engineers and mechanics while managing a full college course load. Her companies have helped over 2,000 small and medium 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 has over 15+ years of experience in both the private and public sector. She is well versed in entrepreneurial principles, business strategy, and technology implementation. Heavily involved in representing the voice of the next generation, she was appointed as the delegate of 30 Under 30 group at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In addition, she 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. During her tenure, she spearheaded and the merger and partnership with the LA Area Chamber of Commerce and founded NextLA. This venture became the young professional division of the Chamber where she led various initiatives representing and creating platforms for the next generation. 
 
Recognized as a 40 Under 40 Emerging Civic Leader, she volunteers her time building communities focused on education empowerment, social impact, as well as supporting next-generation leaders, second-time founders, and female leaders. Kwiri is 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.

 

 
 

PUBLIC SPEAKING

TOPICS I SPEAK ON:

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

Entrepreneurship

Impact Entrepreneurship

Women in Tech

Fundraising

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

  • 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

Work 

Knowledge Sharing

Peer to Peer Learning 

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