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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 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 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 masters degree in broadcast journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.