Andy Stoll

Andy Stoll


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  • Traveled solo around the world for 4 years through 40 countries
  • Has spoken at TEDx, SXSW and more than 50 colleges and universities
  • A perfect message for orientations and leadership conferences

After college, social entrepreneur Andy Stoll set off on what would become a 4-year, 40-country trip around the world, to better understand how people live. He lived in a Buddhist Temple in Korea; worked in a dress factory in Bangkok; farmed in a mud hut village in Africa; lived the life of a cowboy in Australia; and played a 19th Century British soldier in a Bollywood movie. Andy delivers insightful and entertaining talks that artfully weave together themes of leadership, social entrepreneurship, travel and global perspective to help young people find answers to their most pressing (and often haunting) questions: “What do I want to do when I grow up?” “How can I find my place in the world?” “Can I change the world?” Andy’s message to students is clear: “The distance between who you are and what you want to become is closer than you think.”

How (and Why) To Travel Around The World
(Themes: How to Find Your Calling and Career, Personal Leadership and Travel)
This presentation is a 60-minute, high-energy, inspirational presentation that motivates audiences to explore the world with their eyes wide open. Audiences will leave the presentation inspired and equipped with eight specific strategies that will help them turn their biggest dreams into a reality, whether that dream is to travel around the world or something a little closer to home. Andy's presentation is much more than just a travel slideshow--it’s an insightful, inspiring, entertaining and often hilarious look at what it takes to find our place in the world and to live the life we have always imagined. Audience Q&A’s for this presentation commonly last hours.

How To Change The World: Social Entrepreneurship
(Themes: Social Entrepreneurship & Changing The World)
In this talk, Andy takes students around the world exploring the newly emerging field of social entrepreneurship—using business and entrepreneurial skills to solve social problems. Drawing lessons from his 15 year career as a social entrepreneur, and exploring everything from the invention of the microloan to a tour of today’s hottest ‘do good’ companies, students will leave with a clear understanding of social entrepreneurship; how to get into such a career; and what fundamental questions they must first answer before they set out to “change the world.”

Live The Life You’ve Always Imagined: The Startup of You
(Themes: Entrepreneurship, Startups & Making Ideas Happen)
Drawing on his global perspective from traveling through more than 40 countries during the Great Recession, Andy explores the newly emerging, hyper-connected, post-recession world that has brought entrepreneurship and creativity to the forefront of the minds of career seeking students. There has never better time in history to turn the ideas in your head, into a reality: whether that’s an app, a book, a widget, a poem, a movie, a medical innovation or a world changing idea.

Traveling Without A Map: Leadership Lessons From A Trip Around The World
(Themes: Leadership In The 21st Century)
Leaders need a growing list of essential skills. As our world undergoes massive shifts, it feels like everything is in chaos. The only thing that seems constant these days is change, and change requires our leaders to navigate in a liquid environment, with no single clear path forward. There’s no map for how to lead in a world that seems to shift daily. Drawing from four years of solo travel around the world, Andy will share insightful stories and strategies for leaders gleaned from traveling when there is no map, strategies that will help equip students for today’s ever changing world and help them thrive as 21st century leaders.

Location: Kansas City, Missouri

    Andy Stoll is a social entrepreneur and media producer. Growing up he traveled throughout the US, but never had the opportunity to leave the country. Set on solving that problem, and with the desire to better understand how the world works, Andy decided shortly after college graduation that he would attempt a trip around the world. After three years of planning and saving money, in a normal 9-to-5 job, Andy set off on what would become a 4-year, 40-country, solo trip around the world. He is here today to share his story, along with some specific strategies on how you can travel, make the most of your experience in school and live the life you have always imagined. Please welcome Andy Stoll!