2017 Speakers

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry UCLA & Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute

Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative. Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. His psychotherapy practice includes children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Dr. Siegel has published extensively for the professional audience. He is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and the internationally acclaimed text, The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are (Guilford, 2012). This book introduces the field of interpersonal neurobiology, and has been utilized by a number of clinical and research organizations worldwide. Dr. Siegel serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over fifty textbooks. The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being (Norton, 2007) explores the nature of mindful awareness as a process that harnesses the social circuitry of the brain as it promotes mental, physical, and relational health. The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician’s Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration (Norton, 2010), explores the application of focusing techniques for the clinician’s own development, as well as their clients’ development of mindsight and neural integration. Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology: An Integrative Handbook of the Mind (Norton, 2012), explores how to apply the interpersonal neurobiology approach to developing a healthy mind, an integrated brain, and empathic relationships. Dr. Siegel’s book, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (Bantam, 2010), offers the general reader an in-depth exploration of the power of the mind to integrate the brain and promote well-being. His most recent book is Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human (Norton, 2016), which offers a deep exploration of our mental lives as they emerge from the body and our relations to each other and the world around us. Dr. Siegel’s publications for professionals and the public have been translated into over thirty languages.

Dr. Siegel’s unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts exciting has led him to be invited to address diverse local, national and international groups of mental health professionals, neuroscientists, corporate leaders, educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, mediators, judges, and clergy. He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and London’s Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He lives in Southern California with his family.

You may learn more about his work at www.drdansiegel.com

Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry & Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Research – Emory University

Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Ph.D. is a Professor in Psychiatry and Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Research at the Emory School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Emory Veterans Program and the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory and holds the Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr. Rothbaum specializes in research on the treatment of individuals with anxiety disorders, particularly focusing on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has authored over 200 scientific papers and chapters, has published 4 books on the treatment of PTSD and edited 3 others on anxiety, and received the Diplomate in Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is a past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), is currently on the Scientific Advisory Boards for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), National Center for PTSD (NC-PTSD), and McLean Hospital, and is a pioneer in the application of virtual reality to the treatment of psychological disorders.

She is a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) and American Psychological Association’s Division 56 (Division of Trauma Psychology) and was awarded with her collaborating team the 2010 “Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Trauma Psychology” for APA Division 56 and the Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Study on Assessment of Ongoing Efforts in the Treatment of PTSD. She is currently leading the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, part of the National Warrior Care Network.

You may contact her below:

Department of Psychiatry
Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology
Emory University School of Medicine
12 Executive Park, 3rd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 712-8866 phone; (404) 727-3700 FAX

David Whyte

Best Selling Author, Poet, & Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford

David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

The author of eight books of poetry and four books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.

His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership.

An Associate Fellow at Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many Europen, American and international companies. In spring 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Neumann College, Pennsylvania.

In organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organizational change, particularly through his unique perspectives on Conversational Leadership.


  • The Sea in You:Twenty Poems of Requited and Unrequited Love (Many Rivers Press 2015) Pilgrim (Many Rivers Press 2012)
  • River Flow: New & Selected Poems (Many Rivers Press 2006)
  • Everything is Waiting for You (Many Rivers Press 2003)
  • The House of Belonging (Many Rivers Press 1996)
  • Fire in the Earth (Many Rivers Press 1992)
  • Where Many Rivers Meet (Many Rivers Press 1990)
  • Songs for Coming Home (Many Rivers Press 1984)


  • Consolations:The Solace, Nourishmenet and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words (Many Rivers Press 2015)
  • The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self & Relationship (Riverhead 2009)
  • Crossing the Unknown Sea:Work as A Pilgrimage of Identity (Riverhead 2001)
  • The Heart Aroused: Poetry & the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America (Doubleday/Currency 1994)

In addition, David Whyte has authored a collection of audio lectures, a DVD and three albums of poetry and music. You may learn more about his work at www.davidwhyte.com.

Gabor Mate, M.D.

Best Selling Author & Expert in Addiction Treatment and Mind-Body Wellness

A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America and internationally.

As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No:The Cost of Hidden Stress (published in the United States as When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection); and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder (published in the United States as Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What you Can Do About It), and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focusses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner. Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence; and the 2012 AccolAIDS award for Health Promotion and Harm Reduction, Positive Living Society of B.C.. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

You may learn more about his work at www.drgabormate.com.

Aureen Wagner, Ph.D.

Child Psychologist & Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UNC Chapel Hill

Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D., is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, author, and founder of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, North Carolina.

She is a clinical child psychologist, expert in childhood anxiety and an international speaker who is widely recognized for her unique Worry Hill approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for children and teens with anxiety and OCD.

Dr. Wagner is the author of several books and professional resource kits including:

  • Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children
  • Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children’s Book about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its Treatment
  • What to do when your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Strategies and Solutions, and Treatment of OCD in Children and Adolescents: A Professional’s Kit

For more information about Dr. Wagner and her work and resources, please visit www.anxietywellness.com.

Jeffrey Kottler, Ph.D.

Best Selling Author/Professor Emeritus Counseling at Cal State University–Fullerton

Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the most prominent authors in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, and education, having written over 90 books about a wide range of subjects. Some of his most highly regarded works include:

  • On Being a Therapist, Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy
  • The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us About Human Behavior
  • Bad Therapy, The Client Who Changed Me
  • Divine Madness, Change: What Leads to Personal Transformation
  • Stories We’ve Heard, Stories We’ve Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life
  • Relationships in Counseling and the Counselor’s Life, and Therapy Over 50.

Jeffrey has also written several best-selling books for the public including The Language of Tears, Beyond Blame, Private Moments, Secret, Selves, and The Last Victim: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers, that was made into a feature film (Dear Mr. Gacy).

Jeffrey has been a therapist and educator for forty years, having worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, nongovernmental organization (NGO), university, community college, private practice, and disaster relief settings. He has served as a Fulbright scholar and senior lecturer in Peru and Iceland, as well as worked as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. Jeffrey is Professor Emeritus of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton.

You may learn more about his work at www.jeffreykottler.com.

Lefford Fate, M.A.

Former Command Chief 20th Fighter & Deputy Director Human Services – Dept of Corrections

Lefford Fate served as Command Chief for the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC. He served as the lead advisor and mentor for 5,000 personnel in 19 squadrons and tenant units operating 85 F-16 planes worth $2.1B in the Air Force’s largest counter air wing. Prior to that post he served as the Command Chief for the 505th Command and Control Wing in Hulbert Field, Florida. He is a past recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal with 4 devices, the Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 device, the Air Force Achievement Medal/Meritorious Unit Award, the USAF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and 6 devices, the Air Force Recognition Ribbon/Numerous Campaign Medals for service in Southwest Asia and Global War on Terrorism, the SNCO of the Year, and the Mental Health SNCO of the Year (Europe).
At present, he serves as Deputy Director of Health Services for the SC Department of Corrections where he directs and manages the daily operations of the Office of Medical and Health Services for 22,000 inmates. These duties include medical, dental, mental health services, laboratory, pharmacy, and specialized intervention programs. Mr. Fate leads, trains and equips 650 medical professionals across all these disciplines. He is responsible for the efficient and cost effective daily operations of all divisions under this office, and he works directly with the Director, Deputy Directors, Wardens, General Counsel, Inspector General, Division Directors, other state agencies.

Mr. Fate oversees the development and delivery of health and social services to the state’s inmate population, with a focus on successful post-release reintegration. He serves as an advocate for inmates and their families, and has worked all across the state to establish partnerships to support a successful prison rehabilitation program.

Lefford L. Fate, MHR, CCHP



Lefford Fate, M.A.

Ross Greene, Ph.D.

Best Selling Author, Adjunct Associate Professor, & Founder of Lives in Balance

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the originator of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach – formerly known as Collaborative Problem Solving — as described in his influential books The Explosive Child (now in a completely updated fifth edition) and Lost at School (now in a revised second edition).

He has recently published his third book: Raising Human Beings.

Dr. Greene served on the teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is currently adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech.

He is also the Founding Director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance, which provides a vast array of free, web-based resources on his model and advocates on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers. Dr. Greene lectures widely throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and two kids. Learn more about Dr. Greene at www.livesinbalance.org.


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