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Soeren Palumbo

Special Olympics
Sr. Director, Global Youth Engagement
Soeren Palumbo leads global youth engagement programs for Special Olympics. In his role, he leads strategic growth and development of inclusion in schools and communities for young people with and without intellectual disabilities around the world through inclusive sport, leadership, and other opportunities. Soeren and his team support a global network of schools engaged with Special Olympics, including tens of thousands of elementary/secondary schools and hundreds of colleges/universities.
Soeren is also the co-founder of Spread the Word to End the Word, a global public engagement campaign to increase respect and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities by ending the hurtful use of the word “retard(ed)”. Founded in 2009, this grassroots campaign has held events at thousands of elementary/middle/high schools, college campuses, workplaces, and other communities and has received millions of pledges for respect, including 770,000+ on its website, R-word.org.

One of his three sisters, Olivia, has been diagnosed with an intellectual disability, as have many of his friends, peers, colleagues, and role models.

Soeren holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an MBA degree from the Wharton School. He is a licensed attorney and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his work with Special Olympics, Soeren worked in management consulting for the Boston Consulting Group.
Soeren currently lives in northern Virginia with his wife, Jenna, and is excited to be joining BBLC as a speaker for the third time!