~2017 ROSTER OF SPEAKERS~
 
Darrell Hammond

A Unique Presentation of His 30 year Battle Hiding Childhood Sorrow While Spreading Laughter

~Saturday Night Live Actor & Comedian
~Author; God, If You Are Not Up There, I Am F*cked

American actor, stand-up comedian and impressionist Darrell Hammond is well known for his 20-year career on Saturday Night Live where he entertained audiences with impressions of political and public figures such as Donald Trump and Bill Clinton. While his clever humor and apt impersonations are well-known to audiences, Hammond kept his 30-year battle with mental illness hidden from view... until now. With an unusual candor and honesty, Hammond delivers a story of perseverance and hope that touches the heart and mind. 

Gen. Mark & Carol Graham

Suicide Prevention Advocates

~2016 "Humans of New York" feature
~2014 Book Release: The Invisible Front by Yochi Dreazen
~2013 NATCON Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
~Humanitarian Service Medal
~People Magazine: "Heroes Among Us" article

The Grahams have dedicated their lives to sharing their story of losing two sons who were "fighting different battles". Major General Mark Graham (Ret.) and wife Carol first lost son Kevin to suicide and then son Jeffrey just months later killed by a bomb in Iraq. The Grahams are
advocates for all those suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and depression. The Invisible Front captures their story, received multiple 5 star reviews, and was selected as Best Book of the Month, October 2014
Kevin Berthia

Grateful Suicide Survivor, The Impact of Listening, Living with Depression

~March 2015 Ten Year Anniversary
~2015 TEDx Talk

Kevin Berthia is a grateful survivor and suicide prevention advocate. In 2005 at the age of 22, Kevin attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. After
jumping the railing, he stood on a 4 inch narrow cord about 220 feet in the air. For 96 minutes, with nothing to stop him from falling except a listening ear, Kevin spoke with a first responder who eventually talked him back over the railing. The photo of Kevin standing on the cord was front page of the San Francisco Chronicle, placed on the 75 most iconic photos of the 21st Century, and has since gone viral on social media.  Kevin speaks both individually and with the officer who saved his life: Sgt. Kevin Briggs (Ret.), The Guardian of The Golden Gate.

Amy N. Elmore

International Cover Model, Author, Suicide Survivor and Speaker

For over a decade, Amy N. Elmore lived a life of glamour, fame and financial freedom of an international celebrity. By the time she was seventeen, she had appeared on the covers of Seventeen, Elle and Cosmopolitan. It seemed like she had it all, but in her darkest moment she
experienced a psychotic break. This led to depression, a near-fatal suicide attempt and a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder. Amy has overcome her past to realize that her life's purpose is to help others to live freer, richer, more fulfilling lives.  She shares her years of struggle and how she reclaimed her life--and found recovery--by discovering her voice.  


Dan Ashley

ABC-7 News Anchor San Francisco, Investigative Reporter, Philanthropist, Asking the Big Questions; What Really Matters?


~Dupont Columbia Award & Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism
~Emmy Award Winner; Best Newscast and Individual Reporting

In his thirty years on television, Dan has reported on a wide- range of issues and events as. As a journalist, Dan has covered stories from the San Francisco Bay Area, the country and the world. He offers a unique perspective on the news events of the day through his on-air and newspaper commentary called "What Really Matters". "What Really Matters" explores topics that range from the serious to the light-hearted while looking for common threads that unite us and tap into common experiences and shared emotions and sensibilities. An active member of the community, Dan serves on the boards of directors of many worthy organizations including The Commonwealth Club of California, The Bay Area Red Cross, The California Symphony, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), The Contra Costa County Crisis Center, The First Tee, and Music in Schools Today.

Dr. Kevin P. Hill

Addictions Specialist, Unbiased Truth on Marijuana

~Author; Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth About the World's Most Popular Weed
 
Kevin P. Hill, M.D., M.H.S., is an addiction psychiatrist, Director of the Substance Abuse Consultation Service  in McLean Hospital's Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Hill has been asked to weigh in on marijuana policy issues such as medical marijuana and legalization of marijuana. He is committed to bridging the gap between the science and the public perception about marijuana. He routinely educates students from public (he is an official community partner to the Boston Public Schools) and private schools, parents, healthcare professionals, and organizations about marijuana science, policy, and treatment, as well as alcohol and opioids. 
Sgt. Kevin Briggs

"Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge", First Responder, Suicide Prevention Advocate

~2013 Jefferson Award Recipient
~Outstanding Officer Award
~2014 TED Talk (viral video/ 2.1M+ views)

Sgt. Briggs has saved countless lives, spending up to 7 hours talking to one potential jumper at the Golden Gate Bridge. More lives are lost at the GGB than any other landmark worldwide. Sgt. Briggs is committed to suicide prevention & de-stigmatizing mental health awareness among law enforcement and the general community. He is a sought-after public speaker worldwide; sharing a sobering, deeply personal talk of stories from those he's spoken - and listened - to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide.

Jennifer Storm

Victims' Rights, Addiction & Recovery, Civil Rights Advocate

~2014 TEDx Talk
~2012 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award
~3 time Author Blackout Girl, Leave the Light On and Picking Up the Pieces

The Victim Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Jennifer presents one woman's recovery from addiction, trauma and adversity. She identifies the key components of what can help a person turn their life around. As a child and teen survivor of sexual assault as well as a woman in recovery from addiction, Jennifer Storm can speak firsthand  about the complexities of biological and emotional responses of trauma, understanding sexual identity, the effects of substance abuse and recovery, and victim's rights. Her 2014 TEDxTalk poignantly hit all of these issues.

Dr. Charles Hoge

Colonel US Army (Ret.), PTSD, Veteran Affairs,
War-related Mental Health Issues, Trauma

~Author; Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior
~2014 TEDx Talk
~Halfway Home documentary film interviewee

Dr. Charles Hoge is a nationally-known expert on PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) & other physiological reactions to war, as well as treatment strategies for war-related conditions. He is the author of a self-help book for combat veterans and families titled, Once a Warrior-Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home, including PTSD, mTBI, and Combat Stress.
Dr. Edith Egar

Auschwitz Survivor, Freedom through Forgiveness

~2014 TEDx Talk

Dr. Eger is a sought-after clinical psychologist & lecturer, helping individuals discard their limitations, discover their powers of self-renewal, & achieve things they previous thought unattainable. Using her past as a powerful analogy, she inspires people to tap their full potential & shape their very best destinies. It's a message of healing & personal growth, a message of freedom from self-imposed limitations, and a message that helps people build character and deal effectively with life's events.
Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren

Mental Health Court, Treatment over Jail, Human Rights Activist

~2015 Advocacy Leadership Award (National Council for Behavioral Health)
~2013 NATCON Justice Leadership Award
~2000 Humanitarian of The Year Award

Judge Lerner-Wren and Broward's Mental Health Court is America's First Specialized Court dedicated to the safe diversion and decriminalization of persons with Mental Illness. This innovative court was established as a "specialized diversion court" to address the complexities of mentally ill offenders arrested on non-violent misdemeanor offenses and to improve the administration of justice for those with serious mental and psychiatric disorders.  Judge Lerner-Wren is the recipient of countless awards and speaks nationally and internationally on The Mental Health Court, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Recovery, The Mentally Ill in the Criminal Justice System, Trauma Informed Problem Solving Justice and Creating Cultural Change.
Nancy L. Cohen

A Best-Selling Author, Historian, and Leading National Expert on Women and American Politics.

Interviews Include:
~Susan Collins, Republican Senator from Maine.
~Jennifer Granholm, Democratic former governor of Michigan.
~Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood.
~Stephanie Schriock, the President of Emily's List, a pro-choice political action committee.

Nancy speaks frequently about women's leadership at conferences, literary festivals and universities across the nation. Currently Nancy is an appointee on the Los Angeles County Commission for Women, where she chairs the policy and legislation committee. Cohen introduces us to the inspiring women who have brought us to this threshold, and to a dynamic group of young leaders who are redefining how we think about leadership, feminism, and roles in achieving gender equality. Breakthrough takes on our cultural assumptions to show that barriers that once blocked a woman's ascent to the presidency have fallen, even more than we realize.

In her fourth book, Cohen, a frequent writer and commentator on women's political leadership, draws on some 125 interviews with elected officials and strategists of both parties to survey the history of women's experience in politics, chart the changing political climate, and assess the current prospects of a female candidate for the country's highest office.
 
"Intellectually, Nancy L. Cohen convincingly makes the case for why it is essential that our democracy include women at the table, not just for representation's sake, but for the better outcomes that come from involving all perspectives. Emotionally, Breakthrough reignites the passion and optimism of those who have been fighting for this for so long, too long, and simultaneously inspires those who are new to this fight." - Sandra Fluke, Social Justice Attorney. 

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