Orly Wahba is an educator, speaker, entrepreneur, author and community activist passionate about inspiring and motivating people to be the best that they can be. Since her teenage years, Orly has worked extensively with tweens and teens as well as local charities in her community providing a helping hand for those who need it most.
Orly began her career in Kindness as a Middle School educator at the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn, NY, teaching the children to embrace unity, build their self-esteem, and use the power they have to influence the world for good. Orly is well known for incorporating and integrating ideas of kindness, love and respect in the hearts and minds of her students both in and out of the classroom setting. She is often quoted as saying, “Kindness, don’t just do it…LIVE IT!”
Yearning to make a larger impact with her philanthropic work and after having been inspired by a small sign on a plane labeled “Life Vest Inside” Orly founded (2011) Life Vest Inside, a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire, empower and educate people of all backgrounds to lead a life of kindness. Life Vest Inside encourages people to embrace the incredible power of giving and recognizes that in times of hardship, kindness, like a life vest, keeps the world afloat.
LVI shot to national attention when Orly’s short film Kindness Boomerang went viral, receiving more than 100 million views and coverage in media outlets such as The TODAY Show, NBC, CBS, ADWEEK, International Business Times and more. In 2013 Orly was invited to speak at TED about the Power of Kindness.
The magic that Orly spreads is undeniable. Through Life Vest Inside, kind happenings are becoming more frequent. There is a spectacular energy about Orly and if you are lucky enough to encounter the spunky, (usually) orange-clad brunette herself, she will most likely be making a chalk walk of inspiration in Times Square or giving out her famed Acts of Kindness Cards on the subway. And as Orly’s kindness mob grows by the thousands, more people are experiencing the addictiveness in the giving of kindness.
Recently, Orly was appointed as the CEO of Kindness USA. In her role as CEO, Orly has a well thought out, proven approach to “produce new units of kindness” in our society that goes well beyond inspiring people. Orly will leverage her unique expertise in applied Research & Development and innovation specifically focused on kindness, and her uncanny ability to plan, execute and transform those dreams into reality.
In fact, Orly’s organization, Life Vest Inside, has developed an effective process that: Inspires – through film and social media; Engages – in a deep, active and long-lasting manner through technology, training and worldwide events; Educates – in the classroom, the workplace, at home, and throughout the community; and Unites – training individuals from +120 countries to lead with kindness and to develop their own initiatives based on the Life Vest Inside methodology.
Orly received her BA in Film Production and English from Brooklyn College, and her MA in Jewish History from Touro College. Orly is the CEO of Kindness USA, serves on the Board of The Pay it Forward Foundation as well as the Brooklyn College Foundation.