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Orly Wahba

Founder/CEO of Life Vest Inside Director of Kindness Boomerang

Orly Wahba is an educator, entrepreneur, and community activist passionate about inspiring and motivating people to be the best that they can be. For over the past ten 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. She has worked in conjunction with a vast array of organizations such as Chai Lifeline, Sephardic Bikur Holim, Kids Kicking Cancer and is also an executive member of the World Kindness Movement.

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 same sign on a plane labeled “Life Vest Inside” Orly founded (2011) Life Vest Inside, a non-profit organization with a mission to encourage people to embrace the incredible power of giving and recognize that in times of hardship, kindness, like a life vest, keeps the world afloat.

LVI shot to national attention when Orly’s film Kindness Boomerang went viral, receiving more than 20 million views and coverage in media outlets such as Ad Week, IBTimes, and CBS News.

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.

Orly received her BA in Film Production and English from Brooklyn College, and her MA in Jewish History from Touro College. Orly is an executive member of the World Kindness Movement.


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT ORLY

“As an educator, leader and public speaker Orly has sensitized men, women and children to redirect the focus of their lives and embrace a mindset of perpetual kindness. I count myself as someone whose life was changed by her efforts.” – Ricky Cohen, Chairman and CEO, Conway Capital LLC

“Orly is entertaining, inspiring, a mentor and master teacher for any group. There are few people who carry the passion and vision that belies her young age. Her electricity can excite and motivate in ways that few people can!” – Rabbi Goldberg, Founder and Director, Kids Kicking Cancer

“Perhaps the most amazing impact of this wonderful program is the effect it has on young people. In our day and age, when it would be so easy for young people to lose any hope for a better world, Life Vest is that breath of fresh air and optimism that is so sorely needed…” – Charles Anteby, Director of Development, Sephardic Bikur Holim

“When you leave an Orly talk–you feel better about yourself. You leave believing that you can make a difference in the world.” – Rabbi David Hertzberg, Yeshivah of Flatbush, Middle Division Principal

Orly Wahba at TED 2013