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Keeping Our Children Safe

Keynote Speaker Nicole Hockley, mother of 6-year-old Dylan Hockley who was killed at Sandy Hook and Co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise will join us in our 4th Annual Community Forum. She has been named one of ‘25 Women Changing the World’ recognized by PEOPLE Magazine and will speak on keeping our children safe and preventing gun violence without just talking about the gun.

Forum Agenda

Lunch is included.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sponsors ONLY Breakfast with Nicole Hockley
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8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Open Registration & Check In
9:30 a.m. Forum Begins – Opening Remarks
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker | Nicole Hockley
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Panel Presentations |

  • School Safety – John Douglass, Director of Safety and Security, Shawnee
    Mission School District
  • Preventing Youth Suicide – Shayla Sullivant, MD, Child and Adolescent
    Psychiatrist, Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Accidental Shootings – Sgt. Martin Cobbinah, Homicide Squad, Kansas City
    Missouri Police Department
Q&A moderated by Nick Haines, Executive Producer at KCPT
noon – 1:30 p.m. Working Lunch | Develop Action Plans
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wrap Up & Forum Closing Remarks

Keynote Speaker Nicole Hockley

Nicole HockleySandy Hook Promise Logo

After the tragic death of her son Dylan, who was one of 20 first-graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Nicole Hockley has dedicated herself to working for change so that other families might be spared the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence. That commitment led her to Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), where she leads and manages the organization with Mark Barden, father of Daniel, another first-grader killed at Sandy Hook on December 12, 2012.

Nicole oversees the strategic direction and communication of SHP.  She is an eloquent writer and speaker who has become a national voice and advocate for the need to turn Newtown’s tragedy into transformation.  She is focused on enabling social change, bringing people together in honest dialogue and searching for innovative solutions in the areas of mental health and wellness as well as gun safety.

For her work since Sandy Hook and the founding of Sandy Hook Promise, Nicole has been recognized by PEOPLE Magazine as one of ’25 Women Changing the World.’


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