Molly Burke

Molly Burke

At just four-years‐old, Molly Burke’s world became a little bit darker: she was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare retinal disease causing loss of vision. Despite this, and the ensuing obstacles and hardships she faced, it wasn’t long before she began bringing light into the lives of others. Molly began public speaking at the age of five as an ambassador for The Foundation Fighting Blindness Canada. Since then, she has inspired thousands with her story.

Over the years, as Molly’s vision deteriorated, her confidence and optimism only strengthened; but not without struggle or adversity. As a student she was tormented by bullies, and suffered from depression and anxiety. It wasn’t until she found the strength to face her challenges, and the courage to reach out to others, that she came to see the light and find hope.

As a motivational speaker, Molly has travelled the world sharing her story with youth, families and corporate organizations. She has spoken on We Day stages across North America and the UK in front of audiences as large as 20,000. Molly has shared stages with some of entertainments biggest names; Demi Lovato, Macklemore, Martin Sheen and Magic Johnson, to name a few. She has worked with activist like Martin Luther King III, Archbishop Demond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai and the Kielburger brothers.

In 2009 Molly was awarded the Oakville YMCA Peace Award for outstanding contributions towards developing understanding in the community. She ran with the Paralympic torch for the winter games and won the title of Miss Teen Canada International 2010. Molly was also a correspondent on the Orange Carpet for the 2013 TeenNick Halo Awards in Los Angeles. In the Fall of 2015 Molly was a panelist at a roundtable discussion on entrepreneurship and youth leadership with Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. In January of 2016 Molly received the Oakville Rotary Club’s highest honour when she was given the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

Molly enjoys downhill skiing, horseback riding, crafting lyrics, and practicing yoga. She is certified in Reiki and is a passionate Guide Dog user and advocate. Alongside her successful career as a motivational speaker she models for mental health awareness clothing company Wear Your Label and co-hosts a weekly national television show, AMI This Week.

Molly openly shares her experiences of overcoming adversity and embracing diversity, connecting with her audiences at a very personal, emotional, and relatable level. She believes that we all have the strength within us to survive any challenge, and learn how to thrive from those struggles. Molly encourages others to let go of the past and look to the future with bright eyes and a positive outlook. Her goal is to educate, motivate and inspire others to find peace, happiness and achieve their goals, even in the darkest days.

Molly Burke Speech Titles & Descriptions

Light Up Your Life: Celebrating You, Helping Others & Finding Hope
(Ideal for students; young adults; educators; parents; mental health/healthcare)

Molly touches on her journey of embracing disability, living with mental illness and overcoming bullying. She discusses living on her own, being an activist, accepting help, and many of her other life experiences and lessons. Molly’s audiences walk away feeling empowered, with a renewed sense of self and direction. Molly strongly believes it is never too late to find the hope that lives within us all.

A Light In The Dark: Realizing Potential, Giving Back & Finding Hope

(Ideal for corporate; client appreciation; associations/non-profits; educators; parents; young adults; university & college students

Molly is sure to educate, motivate and inspire your audience. She shares her personal journey of losing her sight, and finding her vision. Molly touches on her experiences of living on her own, entering the workforce and the discrimination that she’s faced, and overcome.


  • "Molly Burke has shared her story with audiences small and large, always with big impact. She addressed annual We Day audiences totalling over 180,000 students and educators."Craig Kielburger (Co­Founder of Free the Children, Me to We & We Day)
  • "Molly is my inspiration, through all of the trouble she has experience she kept going not only perservering through life but getting the most out of it. When I feel most down I just remember what Molly signifies to me; that no matter what life throws at you you must keep going."Amanda Johnson (student)
  • "I have been speaking for years, and have had numerous speech coaches. None of them taught me more than what I learned just watching Molly speak. She touches that place that all speakers are trying to reach. I have nothing but profound respect for her."Taylor Conroy (Founder, Change Hero’s)
  • "Molly is an impactful and authentic speaker who makes us all realize that we are capable of much more than we thought possible. She is an inspiration to us all"Paul Polman (Unilever)

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