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David  Hogg

David Hogg

Co-Founder of March For Our Lives

Biography

Thrust into the world of activism by the largest school shooting in American history, Parkland survivor David Hogg has become one of the most compelling voices of his generation. His call to “get over politics and get something done” challenges Americans to stand up, speak out and work to elect morally just leaders, regardless of party affiliation. Passionate in his advocacy to end gun violence, David’s mission of increasing voter participation, civic engagement and activism embraces a range of issues. Read More >

On February 14, 2018, David’s life changed forever. As a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, he lost friends, classmates and teachers. A total of 17 people were killed when a lone teen gunman sprayed bullets from a high-powered military assault rifle. David’s eloquent responses to America’s largest school shooting immediately placed him in the national and international media spotlight. Committed to becoming an agent for change, he resolved that no other young person should have to experience the tragic impact of gun violence. He joined with friends from high school to co-found March For Our Lives, now one of the world’s largest youth-led movements. Five weeks after the shooting, March For Our Lives mobilized one of the biggest demonstrations in the nation’s history. Speaking before an estimated 800,000 protestors in Washington, D.C., David declared, “The sun shines on a new day—and it is ours!” Since then, David’s activism has taken him around the country, meeting with impacted families and diverse communities to deepen his knowledge of gun safety and the politics of ending gun violence. With his younger sister, Lauren, also a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he co-wrote #NeverAgain, a New York Times best-seller. David and Lauren also contributed to the best-selling book, Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement, a compilation of writing from the founders of March For Our Lives.

A prolific voice on social media with more than a million followers, David uses his platform to promote civic engagement, activism and voting. As a speaker, he informs, challenges and energizes, empowering his generation to resist apathy and become catalysts for positive social change. “People call us snowflakes,” he once tweeted. “What happens when snowflakes vote? That’s called an avalanche.” Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

March For Our Lives

How to fight the Gun Lobby

What We Must Do to End Gun Violence

Engage in the Change

Civic Engagement

The People Behind The Movement

I Believe in a Tolerant America

Speech Topics

Engage in the Change: Our Generation Must Own Democracy

The morning after the Parkland, Florida shooting, survivor David Hogg told CNN: “We’re children. You guys are the adults. Get over your politics and get something done.” Less than a month later, David, who had become one of most articulate voices of the March for Our Lives movement, had changed his perspective. His generation could not look to their elders to drive change. It was up to them to take charge. Addressing an estimated 800,000 protestors at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, David declared, “The sun shines on a new day—and it is ours!” In this passionate keynote, David inspires his generation to engage in the change: Register. Educate. Vote. Work on Congressional campaigns. Volunteer to register voters. Canvas. Phone bank. WIN. Citing a range of issues from ending gun violence, racism and inequality to protecting the environment, he says, “Everything that affects your life is on that ballot. Free college is on the ballot. The draft is on the ballot. Universal health care is on the ballot. Abortion is on the ballot. The Supreme Court is on the ballot. Your inaction today will affect your tomorrow.”

Putting the USA over the NRA: What We Must Do to End Gun Violence

Every day in America, 96 people die from guns. The effective range of an AR-15, the automatic weapon used to massacre 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is 1,600 feet (vs. 75 feet for a typical handgun). According to David Hogg, “If you’re shooting somebody from 1,600 feet away, you’re not defending yourself…you’re hunting.” Combining his emotional experiences as a survivor of gun violence with political lessons learned as one of the founders of the March for Our Lives movement, David outlines what citizens must do to ensure that we will no longer live in fear of gun violence. Noting that 77 per cent of 18 to 29 year olds say that this issue influences how they will vote, David calls on Americans to push out the politicians that send thoughts and prayers with each mass shooting. Instead, we must all come together—not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans—to elect representatives that stand for common sense gun laws.

Creating a Culture That Values Gen Z

Twenty years ago, the world became obsessed with understanding millennials. Today, Gen Z (born 1997-present) is entering the workforce with equal mystery and even more misconceptions. How do you create a culture that welcomes what will be one-fifth of the US labor force by 2025? Value them. Activist and PR Communicator of the Year David Hogg speaks truth to his elders about how to prepare for — and succeed — during the biggest generational shift to rock corporate America. "Young people coming into the workplace don’t want to be dismissed, they want to be heard," says Hogg. "Don’t dismiss what they have to say. Don’t think that they don’t know what they’re talking about." Urging leaders and managers to listen, learn and most of all, teach, Hogg outlines cultures and approaches that align with Gen Z’s values and vision. It’s knowledge that will help you to recruit and retain the best young candidates and create a thriving multi-generational culture. What’s more, says Hogg, by investing in the next generation of leaders, you’ll also shape the kind of future that we all want to have.