N. Neelley Hicks is the Founder and Executive Director of Harper Hill Global, an international organization dedicated to improving living conditions for people around the world. Previously, she was the Director of ICT4D Church Initiatives for United Methodist Communications and Vice President/Director of Interactive Media at Godwin Group Advertising.
Arise from Stigma, a communications program which began in East Democratic Republic of the Congo to combat stigma against women survivors of rape. The cornerstone, an animated video versioned in eight languages, has been broadcast on television in East Congo, and has served as a catalyst for discussion. Other resources are forthcoming in English, French, and Swahili, and will be available free for distribution.
Congo Women Arise, a communications program to raise $350,000 for a women’s center in East Democratic Republic of the Congo. Three short social-media videos produced in French, Swahili and English have created mutuality among global partners in Kentucky, Tennessee, California and East Congo.
Fighting Ebola with Viral Animation, an award-winning, global collaboration to dispel myths about the spread of Ebola and promoting prevention through animated videos distributed throughout the world and primarily to West African nations affected by the disease.
Ham Radio in the Philippines, building a ham (amateur) radio network among United Methodist clergy to serve as a non-commercial exchange of messages and emergency communication during typhoons, landslides and other catastrophes in which mobile networks have been destroyed or compromised.
Neelley has spoken at the United Nations in Geneva and in New York, during the InfoPoverty World Conference on communications and methodologies in reaching citizens around the world using the latest in technology advancements. She is a dynamic, engaging speaker who has also spoken to groups in a variety of settings from small, casual assemblies to large, formal conferences and on multiple continents.
She has a Masters in Divinity from Vanderbilt University and a BS in Business from Belhaven University. She is a deacon in the Tennessee Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, and has a secondary appointment at Glencliff United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.