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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

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

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

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, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary [...] Read More

Dr. John Kern is chief medical officer and project director for a Cohort 2 SAMHSA Primary Care Behavioral Health Care Initiative Grant at Regional Mental [...] Read More

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, Dr. Insel [...] Read More

Dr. Lori Raney is a psychiatrist and principal with Health Management Associates in Denver and an authority on the collaborative care model and bidirectional integration [...] Read More

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

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 [...] Read More

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 young [...] Read More

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 Institute. His [...] Read More

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

Presidential Historian
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, [...] Read More

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 and delivery of mental [...] Read More

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 luck tales [...] Read More

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 Quality [...] Read More

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 for operations of [...] Read More

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 General [...] Read More

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 billion healthcare agency. [...] Read More

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 half [...] Read More

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 Mental [...] Read More

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 Professor of Economics [...] Read More

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 fiscal year budget [...] Read More

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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