Irshad Manji

Irshad Manji

Author and Professor

Last spring, Time produced a video that generated among the magazine’s highest number of hits ever. The video features Irshad Manji explaining why students should learn not to be offended so easily. Even People magazine picked it up. That’s when Manji decided to go big with her message – by creating an academy to teach it.

Today, she is founder of the Moral Courage Academy, equipping educators, executives, and entrepreneurs to do the right thing in the face of their fears – particularly in the fractious space of diversity and inclusion. A lecturer with the University of Oxford’s Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights, Manji teaches “honest diversity,” which holds that different viewpoints, not complexions, are the key metric of pluralism.

Her latest book, Don’t Label Me, is already being used by schools to educate a new generation about how to harvest common ground from our differences. Educators also draw from Manji’s award-winning Moral Courage Channel, voted “the most inspiring channel on YouTube.”

At least one other multi-media innovator is listening: Oprah Winfrey has given Irshad Manji the Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness, and conviction.”