BRENÉ BROWN, PHD, LMSW
Research Professor, University of Houston School of Social Work
Subject Matter Expertise: Motivational speaker on topics including the power of vulnerability, daring leadership, and daring classrooms
Subject Matter Expertise: Lived experience with bipolar disorder, who with her sister, Glenn Close, has founded Bring Change to Mind, an organization dedicated to advance awareness about mental illness.
Author and journalist, formerly with Washington Post
Subject Matter Expertise: Advocate for strong mental health reform he is the authoer of: Crazy; A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness. Mr. Earley rallies against the troubled mental health system.
BARBARA FREDRICKSON, PHD
Subject Matter Expertise: Fredrickson is a social psychologist who conducts research in emotions and positive psychology. She is the author ofPostivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the Upward Spiral That Will Change Your Life.
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Actress and Author
Subject Matter Expertise: Actress and a prolific author regarding healthy lifestyle and a tireless mental health awareness and suicide prevention program advocate.
Award-winning journalist and best selling author
Subject Matter Expertise: Marya’s talks about mental illness jump in with a reading from her bestselling memoir Madness: A Bipolar Life, which sets the stage for her story of being nearly beaten by, but ultimately triumphing over, severe and persistent mental illness.
HON. PATRICK J. KENNEDY
Co-founder, One Mind | Former Congressman from Rhode Island
Subject Matter Expertise: Lived experience with mental illness speaks on topics such as: Eliminatingstigma, making mental health essential health, and research on treatment effectiveness
ELYN SAKS, JD
Professor of Law & Psychiatry, Univ of Southern California Law School
Subject Matter Expertise: Best-sellingauthor of The Center Cannot Hold, where she shares her journey of the horrors and demons of mental illness through the extraordinary perspective as both expert and sufferer.
MARTIN SELIGMAN, PHD
Subject Matter Expertise: Martin Seligman is known as the founder of the positive psychology movement. His most current book is: Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being.
DAN TOMASULO, PHD
Practicing Psychologist, University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center
Subject Matter Expertise: Speaker about the science and practice of positive psychology
Writer and speaker
Subject Matter Expertise: Contributing writer to New York Times Magazine, Paul Tough writes extensively about parenting, poverty, educationand politics. His most recent book isHow Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.
MELBA J.T. VASQUEZ, PHD
Private Practice Psychologist | Former President of the American Psychological Association
Subject Matter Expertise: Dr. Vasquez is interested in advancing equity and access to mental health care for underserved populations.