Social Services- Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders
Abuse & Homelessness Survivor, Author of CinderGirl
Empowering others with her inspiring life story, Christina Meredith survived sexual, mental and emotional abuse, incest, trauma, aging out of foster care, poverty and homelessness to forge a life committed to helping others.
Author, Recovering Addict & Son of Michael Douglas
Born into Hollywood royalty as the son of Michael and grandson of Kirk, Cameron is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Long Way Home, an unflinching account of his dangerous descent into years of drug abuse and his eventual rise to recovery.
Clinical Psychologist & Executive Coach
A clinical psychologist, executive coach and international lecturer on stress, mindfulness and behavior change, Dr. Damon Bayles is committed to helping people cut through the noise and distress in their lives to develop clarity and confidence.
First Lady of North Dakota
Kathryn Burgum became First Lady in 2016 when her husband Governor Doug Burgum was sworn in as the 33rd Governor of North Dakota. Kathryn's priority is developing initiatives to eliminate the stigma of the chronic disease of addiction in North Dakota.
Survivor of the Parkland Florida Shooting
On February 14, 2018 a gunman wielding an AR-15 entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and fired on students, faculty, and staff. Samantha Fuentes was amongst the injured, and while fortunate to be alive, her body and life changed forever.
HIV/Infectious Diseases Specialist
Dr. Celine Gounder is a practicing HIV/infectious diseases specialist and internist, epidemiologist (aka disease detective), journalist, filmmaker and storyteller. Dr. Gounder is the host and producer of "In Sickness and in Health," a podcast.
Best-Selling True Crime Author & Journalist
Jones is a best-selling true crime author and journalist who uses her reporter’s hunch to investigate high-profile crimes and murder cases. Through her eyes, Jones sheds light on the dark motives and emotional truths lurking behind the headlines.
Speaker on Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
Susan Levine has been in the financial services industry for most of her career. That all changed when she suffered a suicide attempt in NYC, which left her a double amputee, having lost her right arm above the elbow and her left leg above the knee.
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.
Former Top NFL Draftee & Star, Addiction & Recovery Advocate
Tony Mandarich was featured on Sports Illustrated in 1989 as "The Incredible Bulk, the best offensive line NFL draft Prospect ever". Four years later, he was again featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated as "The NFL's Incredible Bust."
Inspirational Speaker & Best-Selling Author
Formerly homeless, Liz Murray transformed her life of despair into an inspiring journey of determination, hope and hard-won success. Lifetime produced a movie about Murray’s life story entitled Homeless to Harvard, which was nominated for three Emmys.
CEO of Raymond Insurance & Author
Benjamin Raymond has refined the art of recreating a life filled with purpose in spite of one’s past circumstances. As a former captain of a basketball team from University of Minnesota, Benjamin learned the importance of hard work and leadership.
Internal Medicine Physician & Forbes Contributor
Dr. Lipi Roy is an internal medicine physician board certified in addiction medicine. As the former Chief of Addiction Medicine for NYC jails, Dr. Roy oversaw substance use treatment and recovery services at the nation’s 2nd-largest jail complex.
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