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Patrick  Kennedy
Patrick Kennedy

Former US Representative, Rhode Island

Patrick Kennedy was a Representative from Rhode Island to the US House of Representatives. He now works as a mental health advocate and speaks about mental health, healthcare and many other related issues.

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Lou  Gossett Jr.
Lou Gossett Jr.

Award-Winning Actor & Activist

Oscar-winner Lou Gossett has reached the heights of success for roles in Roots and Officer and a Gentleman.  As Founder of the Eracism Foundation, he is dedicated to fighting racism, ignorance, and social apathy.

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Tony  Hoffman
Tony Hoffman

Pro BMX Competitor & Recovering Addict

Elite pro BMX competitor Tony Hoffman is the founder and CEO of the Freewheel Project, a non-profit BMX racing organization devoted to educating youth on the importance of leading drug-free lives.

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Chris  Herren
Chris Herren

Former NBA Player / Addiction Recovery Advocate

A hometown basketball legend, Chris Herren realized his dream of playing for the Celtics only to lose it all to addiction. He shares his story in Basketball Junkie & the ESPN documentary Unguarded.

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Ryan  Leaf
Ryan Leaf

Former College & NFL Star QB

Widely known as a star college quarterback and #2 pick in the 1998 NFL draft, Ryan Leaf's career took unexpected turns. Today he is a staunch advocate for those struggling with mental health and addiction issues.

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Sean  Astin
Sean Astin

Actor & Filmmaker

Sean Astin is an actor and director known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Goonies and Rudy. Son of actress Patty Duke, he is an advocate for mental health awareness, civic engagement and more.

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Lonise  Bias
Lonise Bias

Social Services Advocate, Community Activist

A vibrant community activist, Lonise Bias has turned the losses of her two sons (including basketball star Len Bias) into a calling to help remedy the social ills of today.

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Kathy  Cronkite
Kathy Cronkite

Mental Health Advocate

After battling depression for years, Kathy Cronkite now fights the stigma attached to mental illness by educating people about depression and on how to get help.

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Jamie  Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis

Award-Winning Actress & Best-Selling Author

Speaker Jamie Lee Curtis has demonstrated her versatility as an actress with roles in such films as Halloween. She is also the author of eight children's books.

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Rob  Lowe
Rob Lowe

Actor & Activist

A prolific actor of stage and screen, Rob Lowe is known for his roles in St. Elmo's Fire, and Parks and Recreation. He is also a dedicated cancer activist and the author of Stories I Only Tell My Friends.

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Sheila  Hamilton
Sheila Hamilton

Five-Time Emmy Award-Winning Journalist

Sheila Hamilton is an award-winning journalist and the host of Portland’s #1 radio program, Kink.fm. Her book, All the Things We Never Knew is at the top of Amazon's new releases in mental health and suicide.

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Pat  O'Brien
Pat O'Brien

Broadcaster, Author & Mental Health Activist

O’Brien is known for his work as a sportscaster with CBS and NBC as well as anchor and host of Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight and the Insider. Now, more than 7 years sober, he counsels and helps others.

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Joe  Pantoliano
Joe Pantoliano

Actor, Producer, & Mental Health Activist

Award-winning actor Joe Pantoliano has made it his mission to put a face on the issue of mental health. He works to "stomp the stigma" associated with brain disease, and offers hope to those affected.

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Candy  Finnigan
Candy Finnigan

Interventionist on the A&E Series Intervention

“The Face of Recovery” on the award-winning A&E series Intervention, Candy Finnigan is a nationally recognized addiction specialist and interventionist who has been involved in the recovery business for 25 years.

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Ruth  Pointer
Ruth Pointer

Entertainer & Mental Health Advocate

Pointer’s voice turned out to be missing when the Pointer Sisters went from a trio to a quartet. Pointer’s memoir, Still So Excited!: My Life as a Pointer Sister is about her rock, recovery, and redemption.

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William Cope Moyers
William Cope Moyers

VP Public Affairs Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Moyers is the VP of public affairs and community relations at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. He has committed himself to helping people understand addiction and the promise and possibility of recovery.

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Abiola  Abrams
Abiola Abrams

Author, Self Esteem Coach & Advice Columnist

A woman with a message, Abiola Abrams is an empowerment coach, advice columnist, motivator and author. She is passionate about body image issues, women’s issues, healthy relationships and personal development.

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Arthur  Agee
Arthur Agee

Subject of the Film Hoop Dream

Arthur G Agee Jr is featured in the award-winning, internationally acclaimed motion picture, Hoop Dreams. He tells audiences his story of resilience and the importance of community role models.

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Lance  Allred
Lance Allred

First Legally Deaf Player in NBA History

Hearing impaired since birth, former NBA player Lance Allred is a best-selling author and thought leader who compels those around him to seek ways to overcome setbacks and pursue dreams.

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Tom  Arnold
Tom Arnold

Comedian, Actor & Writer

One of Hollywood's most entertaining funnymen, Tom Arnold is a Golden Globe-winning writer and producer. Sober for 20 years, he shares his story of addiction and recovery.

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Jennifer  Ayers-Moore
Jennifer Ayers-Moore

Mental Health Advocate

Jennifer Ayers-Moore is sister to Nathaniel Ayers, the subject of The Soloist. She is an outspoken advocate for the artistically gifted mentally ill.

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Ed  Begley Jr.
Ed Begley Jr.

Actor & Environmental Activist

A recognizable actor with credits in such films as Pineapple Express and A Mighty Wind, Ed Begley Jr. is an environmentalist whose work has earned him a number of awards.

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Jim  Belushi
Jim Belushi

Actor & Musician

Actor Jim Belushi has been seen on Saturday Night Live, According to Jim and a number of feature films. He shares his humorous perspective on life and the male/female relationship. 

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Mohammed  Bilal
Mohammed Bilal

Poet, Musician & Social Educator

A former cast member of MTV's Real World, Mohammed Bilal is a diversity consultant, musician and poet who has delivered diversity presentations and workshops worldwide to the likes of Lucent, Progressive and Boston College.

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Kim  Campbell
Kim Campbell

Wife of Award-Winning Musician Glen Campbell

The wife of country artist Glen Campbell, Kim is a co-founder of the I’ll Be Me Alzheimer’s Fund. In 2011 when Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Kim stood by him through the tumultuous sea of adversity.

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Ray  Charles Jr.
Ray Charles Jr.

Son of Ray Charles & Seasoned Financial Advisor 

Entrepreneur, author, and son of the legendary entertainer Ray Charles, Raye Charles Robinson Jr. is a seasoned Financial Advisor with Fraser Financial Group / Mass Mutual in Beverly Hills California.

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Claudia  Christian
Claudia Christian

Actress & Spokesperson for the Sinclair Method

Claudia Christian has been in the entertainment industry as a performer for over 30 years. She is the most recognized advocate for the Sinclair Method and is an inspiring speaker on alcohol use disorder recovery.

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Derek  Clark
Derek Clark

"Cool Dad" & Foster Care Expert

Derek Clark, the viral "Rapping Dad" sensation, had a life of resilience and redemption. As a speaker, author and singer, Clark has spoken about his history of child abuse with a hopeful message to never give up.

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Judy  Collins
Judy Collins

Legendary Folk Singer & Activist

Following her son's suicide, iconic singer Judy Collins survived her grief through her passion for words and music. Today, she shares her moving experience with all audiences.

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Brenda  Combs
Brenda Combs

Inspirational Educator & Survivor

A decade ago, Brenda Combs was a homeless cocaine addict and criminal. Today, she's turned her life around and motivates others with her story of perseverance and rediscovery.

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Todd  Crandell
Todd Crandell

Founder & President of Racing for Recovery

Todd Crandell’s mission is to prevent all forms of substance abuse by promoting a lifestyle of fitness and health. An alternative to traditional recovery programs, he founded the nonprofit Racing for Recovery.

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Brian  Cuban
Brian Cuban

Mental Health/Recovery Advocate & Author

Brian Cuban is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness.  He speaks from personal experience and expertise on eating disorders, substance use disorders, and their underlying factors.

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Daniel E. Dawes J.D.
Daniel E. Dawes J.D.

Attorney & Health Policy Expert

Attorney Daniel E. Dawes J.D. is a nationally recognized leader in the health equity movement and has led numerous efforts to address health policy issues impacting vulnerable and underserved populations.

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Nelson  Dellis
Nelson Dellis

4x USA Memory Champion & Leading Memory Expert

Nelson Dellis is a 4x USA Memory Champion and one of the leading memory experts in the world. He travels around the world as a competitive Memory Athlete, Memory Consultant and highly sought-after Keynote Speaker.

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Laurie  Dhue
Laurie Dhue

News Anchor & Alcohol Recovery Advocate

News anchor and speaker Laurie Dhue shares her experience with alcoholism to inspire audiences to overcome substance abuse.

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Richard  Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss

Academy Award-Winning Actor & Activist

Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss has taught at Oxford, studied a  range of subjects from history to politics and is a driving force in the movement to create a knowledgeable and engaged citizenry in America.

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David  Feherty
David Feherty

Golf Commentator for CBS Sports

David Feherty enjoyed a career as a professional golfer with 10 victories and over $3 million in prize money. Now Feherty is a golf commentator for CBS Sports and a columnist for GOLF Magazine and Golfonline.com.

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Katrina S.  Firlik
Katrina S. Firlik

Neurosurgeon / Entrepreneur / Author

Dr. Katrina Firlik made history as the first woman admitted to the neurosurgery residency program at the University of Pittsburgh. She co-founded HealthPrize Technologies to tackle passivity with prescriptions.

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Claire and Mia  Fontaine
Claire and Mia Fontaine

Co-Authors of Come Back

When honors student Mia Fontaine ran away and descended into society’s underbelly, her mother Claire took desperate measures to bring her back. In Come Back, Mia and Claire reveal their story of healing and love.

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Jackie  Fox
Jackie Fox

Writer, Attorney, Speaker & Survivor

Jackie Fox is a writer, speaker and Harvard-educated attorney whose piece on sexual assault has appeared in the Huffington Post among others. Fox is best known as the bass player for the rock band, The Runaways.

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Brett  Francis
Brett Francis

Leading Mental Health Advocate

Brett Francis is a professional speaker and mental health advocate, with a TV and radio show. Her radio show, Not Broken® Radio has 1.8M+ listeners/downloads per month.

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James  Garbarino
James Garbarino

Psychologist & Expert on Violence & Children

An expert on youth violence and bullying, Dr. James Garbarino has served as consultant or advisor to a wide range of organizations and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

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Stedman  Graham
Stedman Graham

Expert in Leadership Development

As CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a consulting company specializing in corporate and educational markets, Stedman Graham is an expert in leadership. He wrote You Can Make It Happen: A Nine Step Plan for Success.

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David  Granirer
David Granirer

Counselor & Stand-Up Comic

David Granirer is a counselor, stand-up comic and a pioneer in using humor to increase wellness, reduce stress, and cope with change. He also taught stand-up comedy to recovering drug addicts & cancer patient.

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Ross  Greene
Ross Greene

Psychologist & Author

Ross Greene is the creator of the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach, author of the acclaimed book The Explosive Child, and an advocate for compassionate treatment of behaviorally challenging kids.

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Josh  Hamilton
Josh Hamilton

Baseball Player / Recovering Substance Abuser

Texas Rangers' outfielder, Josh Hamilton quickly rose from a high school all-star to MLB’s first draft pick. Following a battle with drug addiction, he returned to the game to be named an American League All-Star.

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Donna  Hicks
Donna Hicks

Author & Creator of the “Dignity Model”

Dr. Donna Hicks, author of Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict, is widely recognized for her approach to transforming conflict by shedding light on our universal desire to be treated with dignity.

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Kayce Freed Jennings
Kayce Freed Jennings

Co-Founder and VP, The Documentary Group

Kayce Freed Jennings is co-founder and executive VP of The Documentary Group, an independent production company that produced the 2008 Academy Award nominee, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience.

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Robin  Karr-Morse
Robin Karr-Morse

Author & Therapist

Co-author of Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence, Robin Karr-Morse helps provide parents with developmental knowledge for raising emotionally competent children from conception to adolescence.

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Randy  Kearse
Randy Kearse

TV Host, Author & Youth Motivational Speaker

In August of 2005, Randy Kearse stepped out of prison after 15 years. His path from honor student to dropout to federal inmate to talk show host, best-selling author and motivational speaker is extraordinary.

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David  Kessler
David Kessler

Past Commissioner, US Food & Drug Administration

Former Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, David A. Kessler has had an accomplished career in medicine and government. He now serves as the Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of CA.

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Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch
Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch

US Army Lieutenant Colonel / Education Advocate

Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field in the US Army. She is recognized for her work on teen pregnancy, gang violence and parenting education.

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Jean  Kilbourne
Jean Kilbourne

Pioneering Advertising Researcher & Filmmaker

Recognized for her work on the image of women in advertising and for her studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising, Jean Kilbourne is renowned for her ability to present provocative topics in a way that unites.

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Wally  Lamb
Wally Lamb

Best-Selling Novelist / Educator

Earning two spots in Oprah’s Book Club, Wally Lamb wrote The Hour I First Believed, a docudrama of the Columbine massacre, and She’s Come Undone. His writing crosses genres and enthralls readers of all types.

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Janet  Lapp
Janet Lapp

Psychologist, Author & Motivator

Janet Lapp is the author of the acclaimed books Plant Your Feet Firmly in Mid-Air and Dancing with Tigers. She created and hosts the highly rated CBS series Keeping Well.

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Christopher Kennedy Lawford
Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Actor, Motivator & Author

A recovering drug addict and someone currently battling depression, Christopher Kennedy Lawford campaigns tirelessly on behalf of the mental health and recovery community in both the public and private sectors.

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Michael Patrick MacDonald
Michael Patrick MacDonald

Best-Selling Author & Community Activist

Author of the New York Times best-seller All Souls, Michael Patrick MacDonald shares his remarkable story of survival and redemption while examining the relationship between poverty and class he witnessed growing up in South Boston.

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Imani  McGee-Stafford
Imani McGee-Stafford

WBNA Player, Poet & Mental Health Advocate

Imani McGee-Stafford is an WNBA player, abuse survivor, mental health advocate, and poet. She is currently a center for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream. 

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Tim  Montgomery
Tim Montgomery

Former Olympian & Motivator

A former Olympian and world record holder in the 100-meter sprint, Montgomery was stripped of his 2002 records after being found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs.

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Eli  Newberger
Eli Newberger

Pediatrician / Author

A pediatrician & author of influential works on child abuse, Dr. Newberger teaches at Harvard Medical School and founded the Child Protection Team & the Family Development Program at Children's Hospital in Boston.

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Gloria  Norris
Gloria Norris

Author of KooKooLand

Gloria Norris’s heartbreaking and hilarious memoir, KooKooLand, was named a best book of the year by NPR. Some of the issues Gloria has spoken passionately about include domestic violence and mental health issues.

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Dave  Pelzer
Dave Pelzer

Author, Child Rights & Mental Health Advocate

As a child, Pelzer's resilience enabled him to overcome extreme life-threatening obstacles. As an adult, his inspirational work has encouraged millions to remain steadfast to their personal convictions.

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Lori  Petty
Lori Petty

Actress, Film Director & Screenwriter

Lori was most recently seen in the role of "Lolly" in the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black and had a major presence in the most recent season after appearing in the previous two seasons.

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Scott  Poland
Scott Poland

Recognized Expert on School Crisis

Dr. Poland is an expert in school suicide prevention. He was president of the National Association of School Psychologists, and the former Prevention Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology.

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William  Pollack
William Pollack

Psychologist & Consultant

Author of Real Boys, Dr. Pollack brings innovative insight to both workplace and family relationships. He is an expert in motivating professionals by understanding the hidden psychology behind outward behavior.

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Lynn  Price
Lynn Price

Social Entrepreneur & Change Maker

Lynn Price is an author and social entrepreneur. As an Ashoka Fellow, she is one of only a several hundred in the US recognized as a global social entrepreneur who tackles society’s greatest challenges.

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Deborah  Prothrow-Stith
Deborah Prothrow-Stith

Youth Violence Expert / Physician

Dr. Prothrow-Stith is a nationally recognized public health leader. As a physician working in inner-city Boston, she broke new ground with her efforts to have youth violence defined as a public health problem.

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Kyle  Pruett
Kyle Pruett

Authority on Child Development

Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development with a special interest in fatherhood and its effects on children. Considered a parenting visionary, he takes parents deep into the hearts and minds of children.

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Rain  Pryor
Rain Pryor

Actress, Comedian, Daughter of Richard Pryor

Rain Pryor is a dynamic speaker, spokesperson, award-winning actress, singer, writer, comedian, and a producer. Every one of her talents reflects her eclectic mix of Judaism and her African American roots.

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Jeanne  Ricks
Jeanne Ricks

Stress Sciences Expert & Nutritional Consultant

Often referred to as “The People’s Wellness Expert,” Jeanne Ricks has taken her crusade from the streets to the auditorium with a mission to demystify all the myriad information about wellness.

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David  Satcher
David Satcher

16th US Surgeon General

A former US Surgeon General who created the first government-released report on obesity, speaker David Satcher works to eliminate racial disparities in healthcare.

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David & Nic  Sheff
David & Nic Sheff

Authors & Substance Abuse Advocates

In a voice that is raw and honest, Nic Sheff tells the story of his relapse into and recovery from drug addiction. His father, journalist David Sheff, tells of his struggle to help his son overcome meth addiction.

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Tim  Shriver
Tim Shriver

Chairman, Special Olympics

Tim Shriver is a social leader, an educator, author, film producer, and entrepreneur. He is the Chairman of Special Olympics, and in that capacity he serves with over 4.4 million Special Olympics athletes.

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Joshua  Sparrow
Joshua Sparrow

Child & Family Psychiatrist

Co-writer of the syndicated column "Families Today" and co-author of Touchpoints: Three to Six, speaker Joshua Sparrow focuses on child development and family dynamics.

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Devon  Still
Devon Still

NFL Defensive End & Childhood Cancer Advocate

Devon Still is a professional athlete, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and advocate for childhood cancer awareness.

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Maia  Szalavitz
Maia Szalavitz

Author, Journalist & Mental Health Advocate

Szalavitz is an author and journalist who covers addiction and neuroscience. Her latest book, Unbroken Brain uses her own story of recovery from heroin and cocaine addiction to explore how to reframe addiction.

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Michael  Thompson
Michael Thompson

Child & Family Psychologist

Speaker Michael Thompson has worked in over 200 schools nationwide. He co-wrote the bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys.

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Maria  Trozzi
Maria Trozzi

Child & Family Resilience Expert

The director of the Good Grief Program, Boston University professor and speaker Maria Trozzi is an expert in normal developmental stresses and family coping.

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Janine  Turner
Janine Turner

Award Winning Actress & Inspirational Speaker

Best known for her role as "Maggie O'Connell" in the Emmy Award-winning CBS series Northern Exposure, Janine Turner is an acclaimed actress, civic engagement advocate and conservative commentator. 

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Mike  Veny
Mike Veny

High Energy Drum Circle Facilitator

Mike Veny is one of America’s leading mental health speakers and a high energy drum circle facilitator. He delivers educational, engaging, and entertaining presentations throughout the world.

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Damon  West
Damon West

Only NCAA Athlete Ever to Receive Life Sentence

The only athlete in the history of the NCAA to receive a life sentence and parole out of prison with enough life left to tell the story, Damon West has made the most of his second chance.

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Dr. Gloria  Wilder
Dr. Gloria Wilder

CEO, Core Health & VP, Centene Corporation

Speaker Gloria Wilder is the founder of Core Health, which helps health providers in underserved communities improve their quality of service.

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Lee  Woodruff
Lee Woodruff

Author & Journalist

After ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff was wounded in Iraq, he and his wife, speaker Lee Woodruff, penned the best-selling In an Instant to help others cope with crisis.

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Koren  Zailckas
Koren Zailckas

Substance Abuse Advocate

Speaker Koren Zailckas authored Smashed, a riveting account of her alcohol abuse as a teen. She probes the national culture of addiction and recovery in her keynotes.

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