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Ne d Hallowell

Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell - Child & Adult Psychiatrist; Founder of the Hallowell Centers; Learning Differences Expert

Edward (Ned) Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist as well as the founder of the Hallowell Centers with offices in Sudbury, MA, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle. These centers specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of learning differences, especially ADHD and dyslexia, using a strength-based approach.

A graduate of Harvard College, Tulane Medical School, and a Harvard residency and fellowship in adult and child psychiatry, Dr. Hallowell served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School for 20 years until he retired from academia to devote his full professional time to seeing patients, writing books, and giving lectures and seminars.

A specialist in learning differences, Dr. Hallowell's 1994 ground-breaking New York Times best-seller on ADD called Driven to Distraction brought attention deficit disorder to the general public. He went on to write 19 more books on various psychological topics including several more books on ADD; the transformative force of connection in human life; how to deal with worry; how to forgive; how to raise children so that they will become the adults we hope they will become; how to run organizations so that each employee achieves at his or her peak; and his latest book on how to achieve focus in the modern, highly charged and distracted workplace.

In aggregate, Dr. Hallowell's books have sold over 2 million copies. He has appeared on every major TV show including Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, The View, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, 60 Minutes and CNN.

Dr. Hallowell hosts a weekly podcast called "Distraction" with a focus on exploring how we are driven to distraction and offers coping strategies to turn modern problems into new-found strengths. His team also produces a monthly newsletter, for which he writes a regular column, with a subscription of over 40,000 followers.

Dr. Hallowell's major contribution to the field of learning is his strength-based approach. Having both ADHD and dyslexia himself, and having thrived with those conditions throughout his life, he sees them not as disorders but rather as traits that can confer enormous benefit. If those traits are managed well, they turbo-charge success. But if they are managed poorly or not recognized at all, they can lead to disaster. The stakes are high. For this reason, Dr. Hallowell is rather messianic in getting the message out to recognize and capitalize on these traits, which he calls "The American Edge."

The cornerstone of all of Dr. Hallowell’s work is the power of the human connection. He prescribes “human moments” over “electronic moments,” and touts the power of what he calls “the other Vitamin C, Vitamin Connect.” In his talks and books he shows that no force in all of human existence powers more growth, health, and productivity than the power of connection.

Be it treating ADHD in his clinics, writing about the wide range of topics he addresses in his books, or speaking from the many stages on which he's appeared, Dr. Hallowell always comes across as genuine, humorous, transparent, and passionate about his calling.


Yong Zhao

Dr. Yong Zhao - Expert on Globalization & Education

Yong Zhao currently serves as a Foundations Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas and was previously the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World, Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech & Learn Magazine. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education. His latest book World Class Learners has won several awards including the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2013), Association of Education Publishers’ (AEP) Judges’ Award and Distinguished Achievement Award in Education Leadership (2013).

Until December 2010, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He received his A.M. in Education in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.


Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn - Safe Havens International Executive Director

Safe Havens International Executive Director, Michael Dorn’s work has taken him to Mexico, Canada, Central America, Europe, South Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Selected as the top school safety expert by Jane’s after an international search, Michael has authored and co-authored 26 books on school safety. Michael has keynoted hundreds of state, national and international conferences from Virginia to Vietnam.

During his 25-year public safety career, Michael served as:

  • Police Officer, Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant for the Mercer University Police Department
  • Chief of Police for the Bibb County, Georgia Public School System
  • School Safety Specialist for the Office of the Governor – Georgia Emergency Management Agency (top expert for the nation’s largest state government pre – K-20 school safety center)
  • State Antiterrorism Planner and Lead Program Manager for the Georgia Office of Homeland Security Terrorism Division
  • Senior Analyst for Public Safety and Emergency Management – Jane’s

In addition to authoring and co-authoring 26 books, Michael has also authored hundreds of articles as well as columns for School Planning and Management, Campus Safety, Today’s School, School Transportation News and College Planning and Management magazines.

Michael has worked on more than 50 Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) and Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant projects funded through the United States Department of Education. He has worked on more than a hundred major school safety initiatives through state and federal departments of education, homeland security, law enforcement, public health and emergency management including the development project for the United States Department of Education’s Practical Information on Crisis Planning – A Guide for Schools and Communities.

Sought out as a neutral, accurate and qualified expert by reputable media organizations, Michael has been featured on 20/20, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, ABC World News Tonight and has been interviewed by the BBC, New York Times, Time Magazine, Tokyo Broadcasting and hundreds of other media organizations from more than a dozen countries.


Rick Shaw

Rick Shaw - Founder, CEO and CDO of Awareity Inc.

Rick Shaw is the Founder, CEO and CDO of Awareity Inc. – a developer of innovative, web-based and award-winning prevention platform for students, employees and communities. He has more than 20 years of experience performing numerous types of assessments (threat, compliance, physical, information security, social media and others), with a focus on prevention processes across multiple industries and types of threats. Rick's experiences – combined with extensive research using post-event reports, lawsuits and surveys – has helped expose the most dangerous disconnects and potential liabilities facing schools (including new threats related to social media).

In addition to working with organizational leaders, Rick has been called upon to speak at numerous conferences in the United States, Canada, South Korea and Japan for his expertise in safety (student, employee, third-party, community, etc.) and prevention. He utilizes evidence-based data from hundreds of post-event reports and extensive research to expose each point where proper preventive tactics were possible in most incidents and tragedies.

Rick's passion is student and child safety, and he leads an extensive research effort at Awareity to help educational leaders understand the need for comprehensive and proven prevention solutions to improve student safety and to prevent escalating consequences related to sexual abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, campus violence, suicide, human trafficking, homegrown terrorism and alcohol/drug abuse.