Little package. Big hair. Big ideas.
With strong mid-west roots and a flair for adventure, Camille Yameen has been around the world and back again. She’s a professional speaker, passionate about empowering youth to find their inner spark and ignite their lives. She believes in the lasting impacts we have on one another through leadership, small acts of service and fostering true, meaningful friendships, all combined with the power of the #uglyselfie.
Hi! I’m Camille and I am so glad you are here.
If you want my long-story short, see above! But if you want to know what my deal is and why I want to be your friend, let’s chat.
I was born and raised in Liberty, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City and it’s a pretty wonderful place. My parents say that I’ve never met a stranger and I say that is pretty accurate. I was raised in a really amazing Arab-American blended family that valued loving each other, delicious food, giving back, and investing in the arts. I jumped from piano to clarinet to singing to competing in forensics (think speech, not CSI – common mistake, it’s okay). Speech gave me an outlet, a way to understand the world, and a platform of expression. It also happens to be where I fell in love with speaking.
I went on to compete in speech at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and became a nationally ranked speaker. I loved recognizing the power one voice can have and being part of something bigger than myself.
After I graduated, I secured a fancy-schmancy job and moved to the very glittery city of Las Vegas. I thought it was what I wanted. I was very wrong.
So I traded my office space for open countryside, high heels for flip flops and red carpets for dirt roads and I joined the Peace Corps. I moved to Madagascar and my life forever changed. I’ve got about a billion stories from my time there, I’ll tell you all about it when we hang out.
I’ve been back now for a bit and love sharing my story. I can’t stay anywhere very long (I’m a bit of a free bird that way,) which is why I dig connecting with students from all over the country and teaching how to be an effective leader, bring service into the day-to-day, the ways to ignite your life and how to build meaningful friendships. I’ve learned a lot in my 20-some-ish-odd years, and basically it all comes down to this: hey — in this magical, messy world, we’re all in it together.