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Speaking Event Request

To better engage educators and ensure best practices when implementing the Choose Love Enrichment Program (CLEP) and our extension programs, founder Scarlett Lewis, our director of education, and our Choose Love Ambassadors have traveled to numerous schools offering professional development.

Scarlett has been the keynote speaker for multiple conference including Music City SEL Conference in Nashville, National Forum on Character presented by, and the Nebraska Mental Health Conference. She has also led workshops at multiple national conferences including SXSW EDU, ASCD Empower, Safe and Sound Schools, etc. 

If your school or organization is interested in having Scarlett, our director of education, or one of our ambassadors present and offer professional development or if you would like to have a Choose Love speaker at your conference, please review and fill out the offer form below in its entirety and email the form to Director of Operations, Alexis Koukos at

Please review and download the following Speaker Offer Form:

Interview Request

Scarlett has been a guest on many national television shows, interviewed by numerous national and regional news outlets, and featured in magazines throughout the world explaining the importance of social and emotional learning  in schools and communities. She has been featured on the Today Show, BBC, Fox News, The New York Times, Boston Globe, and NPR to name a few. Scarlett also offers advice on multiple podcasts and webinars. 

If you would like to interview Scarlett, please send us an email: 

“If we can Teach our Children that they have the Power to Choose a Loving thought over an angry thought, We can Create a more Powerful World.” – Scarlett

About Scarlett

Scarlett Lewis, Founder & Chief Movement Officer
Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™

Scarlett Lewis founded the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™ after her son was murdered during the Sandy Hook tragedy in December 2012. Shortly after his death, Scarlett decided to be part of the solution to the issues that we’re seeing in our society—and that also caused the tragedy. She created the Movement and became an advocate for social and emotional learning (SEL) that teaches children how to manage their emotions, feel connected, and have healthy relationships.

Scarlett works to promote the Choose Love Enrichment Program™, a no cost, comprehensive, evidence-based SEL program that empowers educators and their students to choose love for themselves and others. While we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can choose how we respond. This program teaches children how to handle adversity, have courageous conversations, and to respond with love.

Scarlett has been instrumental in changing legislation to incorporate SEL into schools. The Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act was introduced by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal and, in December 2015, Congress approved Every Student Succeeds Act. Scarlett graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Communications in 1990. She has worked in the finance industry as a bond trader, investment banker and real estate. Scarlett is an artist and avid horsewoman; she lives in Connecticut with her son, JT.

“Love is the Most Powerful Force in the Universe, A Want and Need that Connects Every Human being on the Planet.” – Scarlett

Previous Speaking Engagements & Interviews:

“Courage is being Kind & Gentle, Doing the Right Thing when No One is Looking, and Thoughtfully Responding to a Reactive Situation.” – Scarlett

Speaker Offer Form

Speaker Form

“I Decided to be Part of the Solution to the Issues that we’re seeing in our Society – and the Issues that Caused the Tragedy. I Became an Advocate for Social & Emotional learning that teaches children how to Manage their Emotions, feel Connected, and have Healthy Relationships.” – Scarlett

Audience Feedback


“Thank you so much for coming to our church to share your passion/mission with us. I expected it to be powerful, informative, and poignant — and it was all those things — but you have a gift of making a presentation to a church full of people feel like you’re having a one-on-one conversation with each one of us over a cup of coffee. That is why we all left the church that evening feeling like you were our personal friend, and that is why we hold your words in our hearts like a dear friend’s advice.

– Mary Lagman, November 20th, 2018


“I wanted to let you know what my 16 year old daughter had to say after your speech. She told me you were so smart. Then she said, “ I was so excited when she hugged me.” I was thinking oh my gosh I’m being hugged by the lady that is going to go down in history for completely changing the face of education and probably the World!” I think your speech made a big impact. Thank you for all you do to help every child in our world!

– Janelle Harp, November 13th, 2018


“I had the amazing opportunity to hear Ms. Lewis speak at my sister’s graduation from Quinnipiac’s School of Nursing. I found her message to be powerful and inspiring. Her speech also led me to learn more about the Choose Love program and how we could include it in our programming at the Boys & Girls Club in Milford. I just wanted to send a quick thank you for providing this program and reminding us all the importance of Choosing Love!

 – Megan Altomare, October 10th, 2018


“I want to thank you again so much for your time with our teachers at our Bright Horizons Professional Development Day. I can’t say enough how inspired our teachers our to bring the message of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love movement back to the classroom and incorporate social emotional learning into their every day routine.”

– Kristen Serra, February 19th, 2018


“Scarlett Lewis served as the opening keynote to the Nebraska School Mental Health Conference. She did an incredible job sharing her message of “Choosing Love,” and delivering a message on social emotional learning that resonated with our audience that consisted of a school board members, private providers, school staff, counselors, psychologists, administration, advocates, and a variety of other individuals who are passionate about school mental health. The strength Scarlett shows in being able to turn her personal tragedy into a way to help others is humbling and powerful. The warmth and personal style she brings to her message makes it an even stronger one, and she paved the way for an incredible conference. We are so grateful for all she does, and are moved by her efforts. We can’t wait to have her back again!”

– Julia Hebenstreit / J.D. / Executive Director / The Kim Foundation, June 2019


“Both the keynote as well as your session were incredibly powerful. Your message of courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion in action provides each of us hope to stem the tide of violence that exists. I truly believe that Social Emotional Learning is as important, if not more important, than any content subject that we teach in our schools.”

– Jeff Rodman, New England League of Middle Schools Executive Director, March 2020