Topic: Children and Youth Health
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President and Founder, The Posse Foundation
Debbie is the president and founder of The Posse Foundation, a youth leadership development and college access organization that sends teams (Posses) of students from diverse backgrounds to selective colleges and universities.
Founder and CEO of Center for Youth Wellness
Dr. Burke Harris is Founder & CEO of Center for Youth Wellness as well as the founding physician & former Medical Director of CPMC Bayview Child Health Center. Harris’ healthcare practice focuses on a little-understood, yet very common factor in childhood that can profoundly impact adult-onset disease: trauma.
Magician Motivational & Keynote Speaker NFL Player
Jon shares his inspiring story from losing his parents at the age of 12, working through the foster system to making it to the NFL Pro Bowl. It's an amazing story of overcoming adversity, heart, and perseverance.
Best-Selling Author & Screenwriter
Antwone Fisher is an award-winning film and literary writer. Born in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother, Antwone became a ward of the state. He spent two years in a loving foster home, but was subsequently moved and suffered twelve years of abuse at his new foster family.
Educator and Founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation
Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an author, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, Erin transformed her students’ lives.
Brenda Jones Harden
Professor at University of Maryland College Park, Committee of the Board ZERO TO THREE Chair
Brenda Jones Harden, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Jones Harden is a Chair, Committee of the Board of ZERO TO THREE.
Co-Founder Free The Children, Me to We and We Day
Craig Kielburger is an internationally acclaimed speaker, humanitarian, social entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author. He is the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to shifting the world from ‘me’ to ‘we.’
Cultural theorist, author, filmmaker
In her fast-paced and entertaining presentations Jean Kilbourne illustrates that ads sell more than products. They sell values, images, and concepts of love and sexuality. Sometimes they sell addictions. Her topics include the image of women in advertising, the sexualization of children, and the marketing of alcohol and tobacco.
Maggie Kline, LMFT
School Psychologist & Therapist
Maggie Kline has been a marriage, family, and child therapist for almost 30 years, and is a retired school psychologist. Maggie is a senior faculty member for the SE Trauma Institute. She has co-authored two books (listed below) with Peter A. Levine.
Bradley Callow & Gordie Bufton
Substance abusive recovery, overcoming adversity, family relationships
Helping high-performing families to empower their children to face the evolving challenges of the digital age. With adolescent suicide rate four times higher than 1950, it's more critical than ever to empower resilient, responsible, empathetic, and grateful children that don't turn to self-destructive behaviors to cope with life.
Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP
Getting Grit - the Evidence Based Approach to Cultivating Passion, Perseverance and Purpose
Caroline Adams Miller is an internationally-known coach, author and speaker on the topic of grit, goal accomplishment and their connection with happiness. She is recognized as one of the world’s leaders on this research and how it can be applied to one’s life for maximum transformation and growth.
Mildred D Muhammad
Awarded Global Keynote Speaker, Consultant w/Office on Victims of Crime, Certified DV Advocate, Author
Mildred speaks on a national & international platform to discuss her life of terror, abuse and heartache, as the ex-wife of the DC Sniper, all while promoting Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention.
TV Show Host, Bestselling Author, Practicing Physician
The host of the EMMY Award Winning TV show Ask Dr. Nandi, Dr. Partha Nandi is a globally recognized physician, bestselling author, and dynamic keynote speaker. His approach blends traditional and unorthodox health principles from the East and West, delivering stunning results for both patients and organizations.
New York Times Best Selling Author of Three Little Words
NYT & International Bestselling author of her memoir Three Little Words (2008), currently being made into a major motion picture; ran for the Florida State Senate, featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Nancy Grace, ABC Primetime
Inspirational New York Times Bestselling Author & Award-Winning Musician
Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned country music singer/songwriter whose songs and story highlight his mission to bring awareness to kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless.
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