Ian Hockley is the founder of Dylan’s Wings of Change – a foundation on a mission to inspire empathy, courage and hope. This was created in Ian’s younger son’s, Dylan, memory. Working alongside a panel of experts, the foundation formed an organisation called Wingman – a programme of experiential learning activities that foster deeper conversations, stronger teams and more connected communities.
Ian moved from England to Connecticut in the winter of 2011 when IBM relocated him and his family. It was Ian’s dream as he had visited the United States regularly since childhood and his wife Nicole is from Rhode Island. Even more so, their eldest son Jake was born on the 4th of July so in many ways it was “coming home”. Ian and his family moved to the idyllic town of Sandy Hook which Ian selected after touring various neighbourhoods 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. Ian and his family’s “American dream” soon turned into the American nightmare on December 14th 2012 when his younger son Dylan was shot and killed in his first-grade classroom alongside 19 of his fellow students and six educators. It was one of the worst mass shootings in recent U.S. history.
Through sharing his story, Ian provides hope and courage for people overcoming adversity. Ian strongly believes in the power of empathetic leadership in order to drive change – both in our personal and professional lives.