General Sessions

happy AACD general session attendees

Do you want to be motivated and inspired?

In addition to hands-on learning and workshops, the AACD is providing its annual scientific session attendees with several general sessions with a variety of noted speakers to give you an outside perspective on achieving your goals and reaching success.

The sessions will be held Wednesday afternoon from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Thursday morning from 8 am to 9 am, and Friday morning from 8 am to 9 am.

You won't want to miss these!

Thursday: Dr. Brene Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor and writer at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past 12 years studying vulnerability, courage, and authenticity.

Brené writes, “Vulnerability is the source of our most profound feelings and experiences. It’s at the core of shame, fear, and our struggle for worthiness, but it is also the birthplace of authenticity, courage, joy, love, belonging, inspiration, and creativity.

"Vulnerability is also our wisest teacher. When we understand how and why we feel vulnerable, we gain clarity about what is truly important to us. When we have the language and courage to embrace the vulnerability of both our greatest struggles and our most joyful moments, we create deeper purpose and meaning in our lives.

"If we want to change the way we live, love, parent, teach, lead organizations, and build communities, we have to start with a conversation about vulnerability - this is where our story begins."
Brené's 2010 TED talk on vulnerability is one of the most viewed TED talks on She gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference where she talked about shame, courage, and innovation.
Brené is the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power, The Gifts of Imperfection, and Wholehearted: Spiritual Adventures in Falling Apart, Growing Up, and Finding Joy.
She is also the author of Connections, a psychoeducational shame resilience curriculum that is being facilitated across the nation by mental health and addiction professionals. Her current research focuses on “Daring Greatly” in families, schools, and organizations.

Keep checking back for updates on Friday's General Session speaker!