The Hillel at Baruch College invites many speakers to come educate their students of the various social issues of today’s time and motivate them to take action as they prepare for their journey into the real world. This week, students at the Baruch Hillel were privileged to meet an amazing person named Orly Wahba.


Orly is the founder of Life Vest Inside, an organization whose mission is to equip people with the necessary tools they need to become a catalyst for positive change in the world. Spreading her ideas of self-value, love, and kindness allowed for students to open their eyes to see the worth of all humankind.

Life Vest Inside taught us that inspiration can only take us so far. Seeing a touching commercial, or hearing a motivational speech may make us cry, talk about it on our dinner table, or even sign up to volunteer. But if we want to see change, we must be that change.

Kindness isn’t something we schedule in our planner on Wednesdays from 6 – 8. Because it’s more than what we do, it’s who we are. It’s holding the elevator door open for someone, giving up our seat on the subway, or even saying “hello” to the janitor we normally pass by. Kindness is a universal language that transcends age, race, gender, and social class. It is embodied in everything that surrounds us if we just open our eyes to it. Once we become aware the various opportunities that surround us each day, we will begin to recognize our own potential to effect positive change.

Life Vest Inside has made me a believer in the idea that ‘kindness keeps the world afloat’. The world can be a scary place but it doesn’t mean we should forget to do the right thing.  It all starts and ends with one simple act of kindness.” – Aly Cohen (Student)

“The feedback received about Life Vest Inside was tremendous. It was unanimously agreed that it was the most captivating speaker we’ve ever had.”Elliot Dilamani (Events Coordinator – Baruch Hillel)

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Thank you Joey for such a beautiful write up. It was an honor and a pleasure to speak at Baruch College. I look forward to many more events to come! I would also like to thank Elliot and all those at Baruch’s Hillel House for making the event possible.


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