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Nicole Hockley

Nicole Hockley

Keynote Speaker: Co-Founder & CEO of Sandy Hook Promise, Gun Control Advocate & Mother of Dylan Hockley

Nicole Hockley Biography

Nicole Hockley chose to transform unspeakable grief and anguish into action after her youngest son, Dylan, was murdered in his first-grade classroom during the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

As the co-founder and CEO of the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, Hockley works every day to protect children from gun and school violence.

Sandy Hook Promise Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering youth and adults to prevent violence in schools, homes, and communities. Under Hockley’s leadership, the research-driven Know The Signs violence prevention programs were created and are now available to schools at no cost. More than 21 million have participated in these life-saving programs in 24,000+ schools and youth organizations nationwide. As a result, countless acts of violence have been averted – including at least 16 planned school attacks – saving precious lives and helping youth get much-needed mental health support.

Hockley is a leading voice on school safety and gun violence prevention, rising above the political divide over gun control, focusing instead on helping young people get the help they need. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and commenter, sharing expertise on recognizing the warning signs of someone who may be in crisis or at risk of harming themselves or others and how to safely intervene. She has presented several TEDx Talks, her opinion editorials have been published by Newsweek, CNN, USA Today, and InStyle, and her commentary has been featured in CNN, MSNBC, Newsy, ABC, CBS, and NBC news coverage, among countless other media outlets.

Driven by Hockley’s extensive background in strategic marketing and communications for companies in the U.S. and U.K., Sandy Hook Promise has become a thought leader on school safety and at the forefront of the gun violence prevention movement. The award-winning and provocative PSA campaigns she helped co-create with BBDO New York have amassed hundreds of millions of views worldwide, including “Evan,” which generated two billion impressions and 10 coveted Cannes Lions Awards, “Back-to-School Essentials,” which earned a prestigious Emmy Award for Best Commercial of 2019.

Hockley received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Fairfield University in 2022 and was recognized in 2016 by People magazine as one of 25 Women Changing the World. But her favorite recognition is for being the best Mom she can be to her surviving son, Jake.

Hockley’s solemn “promise” to honor her son and the other 25 lives taken on December 14, 2012, with action has never wavered. She continues to spread awareness that violence is preventable and that we each have a role – and responsibility – to “know the signs” and get help.

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Nicole Hockley Videos

Interview with Nicole Hockley, Sandy Hook Promise
Nicole Hockley & Jesse Weber Discuss Sandy Hook Promise Foundation
Nicole Hockley, Mark Barden react to discussion with President Trump

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What topics does Nicole Hockley speak about?

Nicole Hockley is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Non-Profit & Association, Social Activism, Inspirational, Motivational, Overcoming Adversity, Mental Health, Women in Business, Female Leadership, Leadership, Health and Personal Growth.

Where does Nicole Hockley travel from?

Nicole Hockley generally travels from Newtown, CT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Nicole Hockley is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Non-Profit & Association, Social Activism and Inspirational. The estimated speaking fee range to book Nicole Hockley for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Nicole Hockley generally travels from Newtown, CT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jenn Lim, Maya Enista Smith and Dr. 1Drea Pennington Wasio. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Nicole Hockley for an upcoming event.

Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 19/02/2024.

Nicole Hockley Videos

Interview with Nicole Hockley, Sandy Hook Promise
Nicole Hockley & Jesse Weber Discuss Sandy Hook Promise Foundation
Nicole Hockley, Mark Barden react to discussion with President Trump
Sandy Hook Mom Calls For Legislation After Florida High School Shooting
Sandy Hook PSA on Preventing Gun Violence

Nicole Hockley Reviews

  • Thank you for the enjoyable experience!!
    Region 9 Education Service Center - Oct 27 2022

  • National Council of Jewish Women - Oct 26 2018

  • Thanks to all of you who helped make our event last Monday so successful! We had record attendance and continue hearing positive feedback from attendees. Of the 114 evaluations that were returned (from among 232 who attended), 112 of them rated Nicole and her message as EXCELLENT. Several respondents added their own adjectives including fantastic, inspiring, awesome, very moving, motivating, so informative, etc. We couldn't have asked for a more cooperative and willing partner than Nicole. She was everything we hoped for in a keynote speaker - and more. Thank you for sharing her with us!
    Grandparents Against Gun Violence - Oct 16 2017

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