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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Xavier Amador

Dr. Xavier Amador is Co-Founder and CEO of the Henry Amador Center on  Anosognosia (nonprofit) and Founder of the LEAP Institute, which has trained tens of thousands of clinicians, family members, law enforcement, justice officials and legislators worldwide on the evidence-based LEAP┬« method. Dr. Amador is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist, forensic expert, and leader in his field. He is also a family caregiver of two close relatives with schizophrenia and another with bipolar disorder. 

From 1989 to 2002, Dr. Amador was on the medical school faculty at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 2002, he resigned a tenured faculty position at Columbia University and as Director of Psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute to honor his commitment to families that asked him to help educate mental health practitioners, family caregivers, and others about anosognosia and science-based practices proven to help persons with serious mental illness. He was also responding to his frustration as a clinical researcher who saw much needed knowledge stranded in professional journals rather than in the hands of clinicians, families, law enforcement, judges and legislators attempting to address the needs of persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

Keeping his promise, he served as Director, Center for Research Education and Practice at the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), where he founded NAMI’s Scientific Council, nationally launched Family to Family, Peer to Peer and In Our Own Voices, as well as NAMI’s national initiative on Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). After his tenure on staff, he resigned to serve on the Board of Directors.

In 2008, Dr. Amador founded the LEAP Institute and in 2017, co-founded the Henry Amador Center on Anosognosia, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing anosognosia education and evidence-based training on the LEAP (Listen–Empathize–Agree–Partner)┬« method, designed to create trusting relationships with people suffering from mental illness that can lead to treatment and recovery.

Dr. Amador is the author of 9 books, including the Best Seller, “I AM NOT SICK, I Don’t Need Help!” Written for both professional and lay readers, he shares research and practical advice on how to help engage persons with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in treatment. His books, authoritative clinical research, worldwide  speaking tours and extensive work in schizophrenia, bipolar and other disorders have been translated into 30 languages.

Additionally, he authored over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers and served as a section Co-Chair of the only peer-reviewed text revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM), the authoritative diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals world-wide.

Dr. Amador has worked on over 80 death penalty cases in the United States and his expertise has been called upon by government, industry and media, where he has appeared as a frequent expert for CNN, ABC News, NBC News, Fox News, CBS 60 Minutes, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and other national and international news outlets.

Dr. Amador is speaking, Monday, June 12 at 8:45 a.m.


Jason Redman

Retired Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman electrifies audiences with his high energy presentations on leadership, failure, redemption, catastrophic injury and his breathtaking journey to overcome all. Jason spent 10 years as an enlisted Navy SEAL and ten years as a SEAL Officer leading SEAL teams in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jason is an expert in helping individuals, companies, teams and organizations implement lasting change after experiencing failure, crisis and adversity from having lived through all these things at the highest level in his Navy SEAL career. From failure as a young leader and almost being kicked out of the SEAL Teams, to redemption and leading teams in intense combat operations in Iraq, to being shot 8 times including a round to the face, Jason has lived the OVERCOME MINDSET he teaches. He has done an incredible job of taking these lessons learned and making them relatable to teams, businesses and organizations around the world. As Jason says, "These are not SEAL lessons, these are human lessons!" Your team will walk away with a new perspective and understanding that there are no bad days, only good days and great days.

Mr. Redman is speaking, Tuesday, June 13 at 8:45 a.m.

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