Keynote Speaker

Ian Hockley - Executive Director, Dylan’s Wings of Change

When the Hockley family relocated from England to Connecticut in the winter of 2011, it was the realization of a family dream. Ian had visited the United States regularly since childhood, Nicole was from Rhode Island and Jake was born on the 4th of July; in many ways it was coming home.

They moved to the idyllic town of Sandy Hook, which Ian selected after touring the beautiful neighborhoods and meeting the staff at the elementary school, knowing Dylan especially would get a fantastic start as they made their new life. This bright beginning ran full force into the American nightmare on December 14th, 2012 when Dylan was shot and killed in his first-grade classroom alongside 19 of his fellow students and six educators in one of the worst mass shootings in recent U.S. history. 

Dylan’s Wings of Change is a foundation dedicated to the memory of Dylan Hockley. The mission of Dylan’s Wings of Change is to empower empathic and courageous children to create strong, inclusive communities. Working with dedicated experts, the foundation created Wingman, a youth leadership program that develops social and emotional skills through engaging experiential activities and inspires children to go above and beyond for others.

Ian Hockley, Dylan’s Wings of Change Executive Director, will be the keynote speaker at Workshop 2019. Ian will warmly share Dylan’s story, the 6-year old boy with autism who radiated pure love and described himself as “a beautiful butterfly” to his mother. Ian addresses the epidemic of social isolation and exclusion today and the need for social and emotional programming everywhere.

Ian’s address will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in the Exhibit Hall Theater.

Ian Hockley headshot