Ken Nwadike, Jr. – Speaker, Peace Activist, Filmmaker // Free Hugs Project

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Ken E. Nwadike, Jr., is a peace activist, motivational speaker, and video journalist known as the Free Hugs Guy online. Nwadike Jr is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which produces motivational videos to spread love, inspire change, and raise awareness of social issues. His ‘Free Hugs’ videos have reached hundreds of millions of views on Facebook and YouTube.

In 2014, Nwadike launched the Free Hugs Project to spread love in response to the bombing of the Boston Marathon. The Free Hugs Project gained popularity in 2016, as Nwadike made major news headlines for his peace-keeping efforts and de-escalating violence during protests, riots, and political rallies. Nwadike was featured in Google’s 2016 Year in Search video as a highlight of some of the year’s most defining moments. Nwadike has made many appearances on news programs and radio broadcasts worldwide, including CNN, USA Today, Good Morning Britain, and BBC News.  Ken has spoken at hundreds of Colleges and Universities and is a favorite at high-schools and corporations. Ken was the 2017 featured keynote speaker at NACA National convention, and was also chosen to speak at the 2018 National convention and several regional NACA events.

College

THE POWER OF POSITIVE HUMAN INTERACTION

In this fun, creative and interactive program Ken brings his “Free Hugs Project” to engage students in conversations of understanding, and compassion amidst the rising tide of hatred and racism.  Ken will interact with student leaders during small group discussions, to encourage them to spread love and kindness to transform the campus climate. His visit concludes with a keynote address that explores the power of positive human interaction.

Format: ​45-60 Minute Keynote w/ Optional Q&A

The audience will leave with:

Ken’s keynote address explores the power of positive human interaction and ways to bridge the racial divide by spreading love. The goal of this program is to create unity, civility, and build a more diverse and inclusive culture on your campus.

High School / Middle School / Elementary

DEVELOPING A LOVING SUPPORT TEAM

As a motivational speaker for students, Ken shares his personal story of overcoming homelessness and insecurities by getting involved in extracurricular activities in school. The support he received from coaches, teammates, and friends while playing sports and participating in student government activities, helped pave the way for Ken to start numerous businesses and a charitable organization that helps homeless teens.

Format: ​45-60 Minute Keynote w/ Optional Q&A

The audience will leave with:

This program teaches students to be more loving and supportive of one another to accomplish life-changing goals. It also motivates and encourages students to get involved in activities on campus to enhance personal growth and preparation for college.

Corporate / Small Business

RESTORING CIVILITY IN THE WORKPLACE

Creating safe and inclusive work environments begins with how civil we are towards our fellow men and women. As a business keynote speaker, Ken shares stories of de-escalating intense confrontations on the front-lines of riots and protests. He describes ways that peacekeeping principles can be used proactively in the workplace and community to prevent heightened situations from occurring.

Format: ​45-60 Minute Keynote w/ Optional Q&A

The audience will leave with:

The keynote inspires business leaders to be more supportive and respectful towards one another. Restoring civility in America improves the way we treat our families, coworkers, and people within our communities. Ken has received numerous awards from law enforcement agencies and community groups for his peacekeeping efforts during uprisings.

Workshops & Breakouts:

LEADERSHIP: BECOME THE LEADER THAT THEY ARE SEARCHING FOR

Format: ​30 Minute Keynote w/ Optional Q&A

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Inspiring leadership in the workplace, on campus, and within organizations.

The audience will leave with:

  • ​Inspiration and new ideas on how to identify needs
  • Courage to take on new challenges
  • Better problem solving skills

PERSEVERANCE: YOU DEFINE YOUR FINISH LINE

Format: ​30 Minute Keynote w/ Optional Q&A

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Motivating corporate / sales teams and athletes to break through the boundaries and limitations that they set for themselves
  • Teams struggling with forward momentum
  • Managers of underperforming sales teams
  • As a former homeless student athlete, Ken shares his story of using running to change his finish line.

CHARITABLE WORKS: SUPPORTING A CAUSE

Format: ​30 Minute Keynote w/ Optional Q&A

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Motivating groups to take action that create social and environmental change.

The audience will leave with:

  • ​Equipped and inspired to take action.
  • Ready to create a social good campaign or support a cause that resonates with your groups mission.

COMMUNITY: SOCIAL CHANGE THINK TANK

Format: ​1 Hour Workshop / Breakout Session

This program is perfect for:

  • Brainstorming ideas to improve your community and the world around you

The audience will leave with:

  • ​Actionable plans to develop charitable works that will benefit people in need.

TEAMBUILDING: A LOVING WORKPLACE WORKSHOP

Format: ​1 Hour Workshop / Breakout Session

This program is perfect for:

  • Improving kindness and trust in the workplace.

The audience will leave with:

  • ​A greater sense of joy, friendliness, and support from their  co-workers.

Additional Virtual and Asynchronous Options

Program Includes:

  • HD Video access to Ken’s keynote presentation titled, “The Power of Positive Human Interaction.”
  • HD Video access to the Free Hugs Project “Called to the Front Lines” feature length documentary.
  • A Live Keynote and Q&A Session with Ken and your group to discuss these topics in greater detail and provide suggestions on ways to create a more inclusive and supportive campus, community, and workplace.
  • Bonus curriculum supports Common Core CCSS.ELA-Literacy standards.
  • Keynote
  • Documentary
  • Assignments
  • Activities