Ken Nwadike, Jr.

Peace Activist

Ken E. Nwadike, Jr. is an American documentary filmmaker, top motivational speaker, and peace activist popularly known as the Free Hugs Guy. Nwadike 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.

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

The Power of Positive Interaction

This program is perfect for: In this fun, creative and interactive program Ken brings his “Free Hugs Project” to engage participants in conversations of understanding, and compassion amidst the rising tide of hatred and racism. The ...

This program is perfect for:

  • In this fun, creative and interactive program Ken brings his “Free Hugs Project” to engage participants in conversations of understanding, and compassion amidst the rising tide of hatred and racism.

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.

Perfect presentation for:

  • Crime Prevention, Addiction, Adventurers, African American Topics, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, Athletics and Sports Personalities, Authors, Black History Month, Corporate Branding, Business, Change, Charity, Celebrity Speaker, Child Abuse and Endangerment, Communication, Community Policing, Civil Rights, Competition, Conservation, Consulting, Content Marketing, Crisis Management, Current Events, Customer Service, Discrimination, Diversity, Eating Disorders, Empowerment, Entertainment, Health & Nutrition, Fitness Training, Humanity, Human Rights, Homelessness, Humor, Image, Self-Esteem, Inclusion, Inclusivity, Information Overload, Meditation, Meeting Event Planning, Men’s Health, Mental Health, Philanthropy, Police, Poverty, Racism, Relationships, Riots, Safety Security, Self Confidence, Sexuality, Stress Relief, Teambuilding, Trust, Unconscious Bias, Unity, Welcome Message, Wellness

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Conflict Resolution: Restoring Civility in the Workplace and on Campus

Format: ​45-60 Minute Keynote w/ Optional Q&A This program is perfect for: Creating safe and inclusive communities. It all begins with how civil we are towards our fellow men and women. As a business keynote speaker, Ken shares ...

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

This program is perfect for:

  • Creating safe and inclusive communities. It all 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.

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.

Perfect presentation for:

  • Corporate Culture, Conflict Resolution, Avoiding Confrontations, Addressing Bullying, Education, Employees / Workforce, Elementary School Students​, Middle School Students, High School Students, College Students, Children, Coaching, Psychology, Attitude, Anger Management, Productivity, Workplace Respect, Human Resources, Etiquette, Body Language, Gender Issues, Race Issues, Problem Solving, Difficult People, Sexual Harassment, Juvenile Detention, Trauma and Terrorism, Law Enforcement, Violence, Life and Work Transitions, Military, Tough Times, Team Building, Special Events, Tolerance

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Leadership: Become the Leader that They are Searching For

Format: ​45-60 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...

Format: ​45-60 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

​Perfect presentation for:

  • Accountability, Social Good Campaigns, Activism, Adversity, Community Relations, Corporate Responsibility, Creativity, Emotional Intelligence, Entrepreneurism, Facilitator, Future Goals, Goal Setting, Becoming A Hero, Innovation, Inspiration, Life Balance, Leadership Lifestyle, Mental Strength, Mentoring, Mindfulness, Mindset, Motivation, Negotiation, Network Marketing, Networking, Patriotic Events, Peak Performance, Performance Improvement, Personal Development, Persuasion / Influencing, Presentation Skills, Religion and Christian Events, Success, Thought Leadership, Teamwork, Vision Purpose, Training Programs

This program is interactive and will leave your team fired up to set new leadership goals.

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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 boundries and limitations that they set for themselves Teams struggling with...

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

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Motivating corporate / sales teams and athletes to break through the boundries 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

The audience will leave with:

  • ​Tips to tune out self-doubt and lack of motivation
  • Inspiration to set ‘Bold Goals’ and aim to achieve them
  • The ability to tune out naysayers and negativity

Perfect presentation for:

  • Leadership training, Coaching leaders, Motivating Athletes, Teamwork/Teambuilding, Inspiration

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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...

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.

Perfect presentation for:

  • Nonprofit, Overcoming Hardship, Orientation, Parenting, Passion/Passionate, Patriotic, Party, Digital Marketing, Disability, Ethics / Integrity, Events, Family, Fitness, Fun, Holiday, Labor Relations, Internet Marketing and Promotions, Prison Reform, Protests, Restaurant and Retail Fundraiser Campaigns, Small Business, Social Media, Spirituality, Strategic Planning, Sustainability: Environment, Time Management, Self-Management, Using Technology for Charity / Good, Supporting Homless Youth and Young Children

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About Keynote Speaker Ken Nwadike, Jr.

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.

Testimonials

“Ken’s talks at our events were something to behold: he touched and moved people in a way I’ve rarely witnessed on that large scale. His affable, approachable and humorous demeanor made every person in the room feel that he was their friend, and partner. He inspired masses of people to take a deep look at how they can contribute to a society that emphasizes compassion over alienation, unity over division, and peace over conflict. He is a speaker who changes the game around notions of conflict resolution and peaceful protest, and I will always look to include him in my programming for future events: I owe that to future generations.”

KM

Programming Manager, Wanderlust

“I contacted Ken Nwadike, Jr. after seeing him on CNN. He was so inspiring and genuine in his message during that interview that I had to work out a way to bring him to our conference to speak to our customers. We had hoped Ken would leave them with some positive feelings and inspiration and he actually exceeded those expectations and had such a wonderful impact on all that were in attendance. There were laughs, tears, and lots of hugs! I would highly recommend Ken as a speaker at ANY event. His message is wide reaching and a perfect antidote to today’s climate. His smile is contagious as is his genuine pursuit to spread empathy, happiness, and love.”

SL

Central Access Director of Marketing, Central Access Corporation

“Ken came to us highly recommended and we were very excited to bring him to our campus. We are a small community college, but there was a lot of buzz before he came and many students who don’t normally come out for events came out for specifically to see him. He spoke in our cafeteria and within minutes was able to command the space and have everyone in the audience engaged and actively listening. He effortlessly connected with students and many of our students were inspired by his work. Afterwards I had many students come up to me saying that his talk was the best event we had all year. I would definitely bring him back as he is a talented speaker with a message that resonates with students and a pleasure to work with.”

RI

Retention & Activities Specialist, North Seattle College

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