Thursday, May 12 – Ian Hockley – Ian created Dylan’s Wings of Change Foundation, dedicated to his son’s memory with a mission to inspire empathy, courage & hope. Ian will speak with our students about the power of empathetic leadership and countering this epidemic of social isolation. His son was one of victim’s at Sandy Hook.
About Ian Hockley – When IBM relocated the Hockley family 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 eldest son Jake was born on the 4th of July. In many ways they were 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 his younger son Dylan would get a fantastic start there as they made their new life. This bright beginning came to a crashing end on December 14, 2012 when 6-year old Dylan was killed in the Sandy Hook mass shootings alongside 19 of his fellow students and six educators.
Ian created Dylan’s Wings of Change, dedicated to his son’s memory with a mission to inspire empathy, courage & hope. everywhere. Working with experts the foundation created Wingman, a universal program of experiential learning activities that foster deeper conversations, stronger bonds and more connected communities.
Ian appears in The Courageous Life Podcast Ep51: Empathy: An antidote for our time
Dylan’s Wings of Change on the web: https://dylanswingsofchange.org/