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Speakers

Check out the biggest thinkers, innovators, gurus and thought leaders at NatCon17.

“There were a staggering number of speakers and I appreciated the variety.”

–NatCon16 attendee

Photo of Pete Earley
Prolific Storyteller
Pete Earley is a storyteller who has penned 17 books including four New York Times bestsellers, including The Hot House and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize [...] Read More

Photo of Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., was nominated by President Barack Obama in November 2013 and confirmed on December 15, 2014 as the [...] Read More

Photo of Maia Szalavitz
Award-winning Journalist
Maia Szalavitz is an award-winning author and journalist who covers addiction and neuroscience. Her latest book, the New York Times bestseller, [...] Read More

Photo of John Kern, MD
Merrillville, Ind.
Expertise: Primary Care, Integration, Collaborative Care, IMPACT, Physical Health in SMI Populations Dr. John Kern is chief medical officer and [...] Read More

Photo of Tom Insel, MD
Top Neurologist
Dr. Tom Insel is a neuroscientist and psychiatrist who joined Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google Life Sciences) in December, 2015. Prior to Verily, [...] Read More

Photo of Lori Raney, MD
Denver, Col.
Expertise: Integration/Reverse Integration, Psychiatric Leadership, Tribal and Correctional Mental Health, Telepsychiatry Dr. Lori Raney is a [...] Read More

Photo of Anna Deavere Smith
Acclaimed Actress
Anna Deavere Smith is perhaps best known to television audiences as Nancy McNally on The West Wing and Gloria Akalitus on Nurse Jackie. In addition to [...] Read More

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Positive Psychology Researcher and Speaker
Shawn Achor is the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over [...] Read More

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Social Change Marketing Expert
Robin Koval is the CEO and President of Truth Initiative, the national public health organization dedicated to achieving a culture where all youth and [...] Read More

Photo of Sidney Hankerson, MD
Health Equity Advocate
Dr. Sidney Hankerson is an adult psychiatrist who works at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric [...] Read More

Photo of Glenda Wrenn, MD
Integration Champion
Dr. Wrenn is an associate professor, psychiatrist, and health policy/mental health services researcher at Morehouse School of Medicine where she [...] Read More

Photo of Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential Historian
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed [...] Read More

Photo of Linda Rosenberg, MSW
President & CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health
Healthcare architect advancing quality care for people with mental and substance use disorders Linda Rosenberg is a national expert in the financing [...] Read More

Photo of Judy Collins
Legendary Musician
Judy began her impressive music career at 13 as a piano prodigy dazzling audiences performing Mozart’s “Concerto for Two Pianos,” but the hard [...] Read More

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Federal Health Care Leader
Deputy Administrator for Innovation & Quality, CMS Chief Medical Officer
Patrick Conway is the deputy administrator for Innovation and Quality & CMS chief medical officer. He leads the Center for Clinical Standards and [...] Read More

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Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, SAMHSA
Kimberly A. Johnson began her tenure as director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, in February 2016. Previously, Johnson was the deputy director [...] Read More

Photo of David Satcher
Former Surgeon General
Dr. David Satcher was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1998 as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, serving simultaneously as Surgeon [...] Read More

Photo of Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D.
Health Care Innovator
Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS)
Arthur C. Evans Jr, Ph.D. is the Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Services (DBHIDS), a $1 [...] Read More

Photo of Dan Pallotta
Human Potentialist
Dan invented the multiday charitable event industry. He created the Breast Cancer 3-Day walks and the multi-day AIDS Rides, which raised in excess of [...] Read More

Photo of Patrick Kennedy
Staunch Advocate
Congressman Patrick Kennedy served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and is predominantly known as the author and lead sponsor of the [...] Read More

Photo of Uwe E. Reinhardt
Prominent Health Care Economist
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on health care economics, Reinhardt is the James Madison Professor of Political Economy and [...] Read More

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Acting Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, SAMHSA
As Principal Deputy Administrator, Ms. Enomoto provides executive direction and policy leadership for an agency with more than 600 employees and a [...] Read More

Photo of Harold S. Koplewicz
Prominent Child Psychiatrist and Innovator
Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, is one of the nation’s leading child and adolescent psychiatrists. He is widely recognized as an innovator in the field, a [...] Read More
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