Sam Vaghar, Executive Director
Sam Vaghar is a social entrepreneur committed to helping young people own their voice and power for social impact. With a decade of impact leading Millennium Campus Network (MCN), Sam has built a student movement for the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 13 nations. He is a 2008 graduate of Brandeis University and received an Honorary Doctorate from Becker College in 2018. Sam has given talks at over 100 institutions worldwide, including at Harvard University, MIT, the White House, the United Nations, the Vatican, and on speaking tours across four nations for the U.S. Department of State. In addition, Sam serves on multiple Boards, including serving as an Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women.
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At nineteen, Sam Vaghar was a sophomore at Brandeis University searching for purpose. His life changed when he read two books on extreme poverty and set out on a journey, connecting his peers to change the world.
Today, Sam heads the non-profit he co-founded in college dorm rooms, Millennium Campus Network (MCN). MCN is building a generation of ethical, collaborative leaders. In partnership with the United Nations Academic Impact, MCN has co-launched the Millennium Fellowship. The network provides training, connections, and recognition to undergraduates advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals on university campuses in 13 nations. To date, MCN has helped over 6,000 young leaders have deeper social impact, with 75% of alumni now working in social impact careers in the public and private sectors. Along the way, Sam has learned by trial and error how to get out of his comfort zone, build an organization from scratch, and cultivate relationships with people who are marginalized and world leaders alike.
If you are looking to energize your community, consider Sam Vaghar for your next event. Sam’s personal story has inspired tens of thousands of leaders at convenings from college campuses to the United Nations and White House.
In a customized talk, Sam will share practical advice to inspire community members, including on:
Getting out of your comfort zone: Learn how the courage of reaching out led a shy student to become a social entrepreneur, meeting with President Obama in the White House, traveling to four countries with the State Department, and building a student movement for the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 13 nations.
Launching a venture: Sam can walk you through the early days at MCN – how with limited resources a small team built the network in their dorm rooms – and have to date convened and trained over 6,000 young leaders for social impact careers.
Building strong relationships: If you’ve ever wondered how to network and cultivate a new relationship – whether it is with a colleague or a world leader – Sam can walk you through a three-step process to break down barriers and build human connection.
Sam has given talks at Commencements, conferences, and small workshops – with groups as small as 7 and as large as 7,000! He can also engage in 1:1/small group meetings with attendees who are looking for additional support on everything from planning an event to building a social impact career.
Commencement Address at Lynn University (2013)
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