Scarlett Lewis was a featured speaker at the New York Times DealBook Summit 2022 alongside many of our world leaders, CEOs of businesses and emerging leaders.
Lewis shared her story of confronting the dangers of misinformation as she fought (and won) to honor the legacy of her son, Jesse — and the lives of all the children from Sandy Hook. It takes courage to face the truth of what is happening with our kids, and to take action to solve it. The Choose Love Movement has pursued a proactive preventative approach to reduce and prevent suffering that leads to the growing societal issues.
She also spoke of Jesse’s courage to save nine classmates before being killed and the message he left behind on the kitchen chalkboard ‘Nurturing Healing Love’ and how his words inspired her to create a movement to choose love. Her non-profit Choose Love Movement character social emotional development programs now reach more than 3 million children worldwide.
Lewis shared the stage with world leaders and influencers including President Volodymyr Zelensky, former Vice President and author Mike Pence, CEO and actor Ben Affleck, CNN’s Van Jones, Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amalgamated Bank’s Priscilla Sims Brown and more.
“The most powerful speaker at the Dealbook this morning was Scarlett Lewis, whose 6 year old son Jesse was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 after which she set up the Choose Love Movement. It’s bewildering to me how the USA has been unable to curb gun violence.” — Daniel Mulhall, Former Irish Ambassador to US, UK, Germany.
Scarlett Lewis founded the nonprofit Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement after her son was murdered during the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in December 2012. After his death, Lewis became part of the solution to the issues that we’re seeing in our society — and that also caused the tragedy. She created the Choose Love Movement and became an advocate for social and emotional learning (SEL) and character development that teaches children how to manage their emotions, feel connected and have healthy relationships. Speaking across the U.S. and internationally to diverse audiences, Lewis urges everyone to become part of the solution.