Participant Info

Image Description
Blonde, white woman sits on stone boulders outside and smiles at the sky. She is wearing blue jeans, a blue stripped shirt, and a white prosthetic arm on her left side. (I wont let me upload a PNG or JPEG file!)
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Nicole Kelly stepped into the roll of public figure after winning the 2013 title of Miss Iowa and going on to compete at the 2014 Miss America Pageant. She gained attention for being one of only a few competitors to have ever competed with a physical disability. After working for a year as Miss Iowa and traveling across the country to advocate for those living with a disability, Nicole transitioned into speaking professionally. Nicole is represented by Keppler Speaking Agency and has proudly spoken at hundreds of K-12 schools and given educational lectures at universities across the country. Nicole has spoken at corporations including Google, Microsoft, AllState, and Riot Games. In 2019 Nicole shared her story on the mainstage of NPR’s The Moth. Nicole is proud to be an advisory company member of National Disability Theatre, is co-host of the podcast, Disarming Disability, and served as the emcee at the Kennedy Center's celebration for the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is Nicole's mission to educate as many people as possible about those living with a physical disability. Nicole is a proud ambassador for and works full time for, CoApt, an advanced control solution designed to enhance the functionality of a powered myoelectric prosthesis for those with upper limb loss or limb difference. In 2017 Nicole completed her master’s degree in broadcast journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Disarming Disability website (listed above)!
Media, Pop Culture, Theatre, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability, Technology
Source, Personal Essays, Opinion Editorial, Reported Features, Investigative Journalism, Photojournalism, Enterprise Features, Essays, Criticism, Radio Appearances, Television Appearances, Podcast Appearances
Additional Credentials
Masters in Journalism, Miss America Contestant (Weirdly specific culture expertise), I work in prosthetics so can speak to advanced biomedical technology.