Carla Cuglietta

Carla Cuglietta

Born in Canada, and making waves around the world, meet Carla Cuglietta; one of the country’s most dynamic female leaders.

Carla Cuglietta is a Canadian born educator, consultant, humanitarian and keynote speaker. Over the last 20 years she has been involved in global projects in Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, China, Laos, India, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Carla is the Executive Director and Co-founder of YoungLeaders.World, an international non-profit organization whose aim is to help young people understand that leadership is a mindset, not a status. To date, YL.W has trained over 11,000 youth worldwide in the area of personal growth and collective good. She has spoken to thousands more through her keynote speaking tours.

Carla has been awarded the Canadian Prime Minister’s Certificate of Achievement, the University of Alberta Alumni of Distinction for her work in engaging youth in Canada. In addition, she has been awarded the YWCA Woman of Distinction and the Lions Club International Humanitarian Award for her leadership and humanitarian work around the world.

    When Carla isn’t travelling the world, she calls Edmonton, Alberta home.

Carla Cuglietta Speech Titles & Descriptions

For Students:

*Student Council workshop available; aimed at developing leadership skills in your student leadership teams

Leadership is a Mindset, Not a Status

Leadership is a mindset, not a status. That’s why being who you are – exactly where you are – is the perfect time and place to start being a leader.

Over the last 20 years, Carla has traveled the world to personally learn from some extraordinary leaders. Through stories, she has learned from ordinary people who have developed a leadership mindset and as a result, have created incredible change for themselves and their communities. Carla will share powerful, inspirational experiences from around the globe that demonstrate how the mindset of leadership empowers, unifies and uplifts. Leave with a clear understanding of what leadership is and how to start to develop a leadership mindset in your own life.

Future Ready Leaders:Preparing for a Changing World

Within her role as Executive Director of YoungLeaders.World, Carla Cuglietta just completed a year of dedicated exploration across 12 countries to better understand how to prepare our youth for a fast-changing world. So, what was the crucial takeaway? That teaching students how to develop a leadership mindset becomes an essential tool for the future. And thankfully, that this way of thinking is accessible by all.

This session is both inspiring and powerful. It offers an impactful message for all students to help them build the confidence and capabilities needed to further prepare for next steps into life, education and work.

Students can expect to leave this talk with motivation and actionable steps needed to become future ready leaders.

For Educators/Organizations:

Engaging Youth

What if the single biggest factor shaping the future success of our young people is whether or not we can engage them? In fact, studies are pointing to findings just like that.

Engagement creates a fork in the road, and the challenge is many are taking the wrong turn. Carla will share research that will demonstrate how and why youth in our schools, communities and workplaces have changed in the last 8 years and as a result, so must our approach to engaging them.

Join Carla as she offers research, practical tools and thinking she has gathered through working with thousands of young people to help uplift engagement within our youth. Come with your questions. Leave motivated.

Preparing Youth for an Unknown Future

For many students, the future feels scary.

The world is changing fast; anxiety levels are skyrocketing, engagement levels are dropping, and we don’t know what type of jobs there will be when our students graduate. What the future will look like is uncertain, but it does not need to feel bleak. Carla has spent the past year in 12 different countries, learning about engagement, career preparedness, and researching steps people are taking to create a great life in the face of so many challenges.

Carla will share her findings and explain why we must shift to balance our focus between academics and character building with our youth. Leave with valuable research and curated advice from around the world to prepare your students for a future that holds so many changes and unknowns.

The Power of Education

Education changes the world. It always has.

Carla’s unique involvement in grassroots educational movements in Sierra Leone, Uganda, and India has changed communities and improved the lives of families for generations to come. And the lesson is not a world away; it’s right within you. Education lifts people up, and there are no boundaries to your classroom. Leave inspired with a new understanding for the power of education, and how to use this power to impact your life and your community.


  • "This talk was very inspiring! It made me feel like I can accomplish those goals just like I saw in the presentation!"Markus - Student, Dan Knott Junior High School, Edmonton, AB
  • "Carla Cuglietta is an outstanding speaker. She not only captivates a room she brings it to life! Her personal stories and experiences are unique, allowing her to be able to motivate and inspire diverse groups of people."Shana Fairbank - Teacher, St.Francis Xavier High School, Edmonton, AB
  • "Carla is an engaging speaker who does not speak from the heart but rather from her DNA. Her passion for what she does is part of every fiber in her body. It's not the facts but rather the stories that Carla is able to share that make her a great speaker. Carla connects with the people she works with and then shares that connection with those around her. Carla truly walks the talk."Patti Liogier - Assistant Principal, Archbishop Joseph MacNeil School, Edmonton, AB
  • "Carla was amazing, organized, engaged, prepared and knowledgable. She was very accommodating of our needs and delivered. I left appreciating the importance of engaging youth and I was motivated to do more."Pauline Clark - Social Planner, The City of Airdrie, Airdrie, AB

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