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Keynotes Lineup for ADDA’s Adult ADHD Conference Announced!

ADDA is thrilled to announce the keynote speaker lineup for the 2013 Adult ADHD Conference! It doesn’t get any better than this!


Friday, July 19, 2013, Sari Solden opens the Conference with our first keynote address. 


Sari Solden, MS LMFT

Sari Solden, MS LMFT, a psychotherapist in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has worked with adults with AD/HD and their partners for 25 years. Sari is the author of Women with Attention Deficit Disorder and Journeys Through ADDulthood. She is a prominent speaker at both national and international AD/HD conferences, serves on the professional advisory board of ADDA, has served on the program conference committee for national CHADD and is a past recipient of ADDA's award for outstanding service by a helping professional. Her areas of specialization include inattentive AD/HD, women's issues, as well as the long term counseling issues for adults not diagnosed until adulthood. Sari currently hosts and presents on, her online community for adults with AD/HD.


"Sari Solden has confirmed as a keynote speaker! Every morning Conference attendees gather to listen to a keynote speaker… it’s a great way to start the day! And when that speaker is Sari Solden, well… I still remember her keynote address where she described her ‘sheep shame.’ She told how she and her family had moved from the city out to a farm, and how she worried that their sheep just didn’t measure up. She felt her sheep were dirtier somehow, their wool more matted, than her neighbors.’

"Of course, she wasn’t speaking about sheep, but revealing how adults with ADHD live with shame, constantly comparing themselves to others and coming up short. Her presentation was touching and, obviously, memorable (and since I have a notoriously fickle memory, that’s saying something!) and I look forward to an even more enjoyable experience this summer in Detroit.”  -- Duane Gordon, ADDA Editor --


Saturday, July 20, 2013, Rick Green starts the day with his keynote address.


Rick Green

Rick Green is an award winning producer, director, writer and comedic performer who has made hundreds of innovative television, radio and stage shows including: History Bites, The Red Green Show, Prisoners of Gravity and The Frantics. Like many adults with ADD, Rick first suspected he might have it when one of his children was being diagnosed. Rick realized he scored higher on the tests than his child. This appealed to his competitive streak.

For a long time, Rick managed his ADD in a, well, ADD kind of way—sporadically, when it reached a crisis. God bless television deadlines. He also unknowingly demonstrated most of the symptoms of ADHD through his disarmingly destructive character "Bill” on The Red Green Show.

The more roles Rick took on—producer, director, actor, writer, teacher, father– the more he took on his ADD. And the more surprised he was at the amount of stigma, misinformation and vitriolic opinion masquerading as fact. Knowing the power that understanding makes in addressing ADHD, Rick created the one-hour documentary ADD and Loving It?!, which has appeared on television throughout Canada and the United States. He has since followed his first documentary with the follow-up ADD and Mastering It.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation honored Rick with their 2009 Celebrity Transforming Lives Award for producing ADD & Loving It?! and his nomination said, "… this will, in one hour, transform how this country views this disorder.”

Rick has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from the University of Waterloo, where he’s been honored as one of their Top 50 Graduates Of The First 50 Years. While it may seem odd for a comedian to be doing something quasi-educational, Rick actually has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics, which he barely earned in his three years at the University of Waterloo. (That didn’t stop the University from naming Rick one of their Top 50 Graduates Of The First 50 Years!) Rick’s first job was teaching at the Ontario Science Centre where he ran demonstrations, wrote and produced science-themed plays, developed exhibits and set his hand on fire with a 40 foot long, 1000 Watt Laser. (Ever see a flame come out of your thumb?) Luckily, he stopped doing science demonstrations.

He is the founder of Totally ADD, an educational membership site supporting adults with ADHD, and now works primarily to spread his message for adults with ADHD.

As Rick says, "Everything I used to know about ADD was wrong. Getting a proper diagnosis and treatment was transformational; like losing 400 pounds, only from the mind rather than the body. I was more productive with far less wear and tear on my soul. Everyone deserves to have this feeling of being in charge of their lives, rather than being a confused victim of mysterious whims. It’s possible.”


Sunday, July 21, 2013, Dr. Hallowell offers us his keynote address as the Grand Finale of the 14th Annual Adult ADHD Conference.

Dr. Edward M. Hallowell

Edward Hallowell, M.D., Ed.D. (Honorary), is a child and adult psychiatrist, NY Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD. He was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 2004, graduated from Harvard College and Tulane School of Medicine, and is the founder of The Hallowell Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, MA and New York City. These Centers offer comprehensive mental health diagnostic and treatment services to patients and their families.

Dr. Hallowell is best known for the ground-breaking books he co-authored with Dr. John Ratey, Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction, which have sold millions of copies. With decades of experience working with people who have ADHD, Dr. Hallowell has long argued that ADHD is too often misunderstood, mistreated, and mislabeled as a "disability” and that the gifts of this condition are easily lost amid negative comments.


He is also a revered authority on lifelong personal betterment and fulfillment. He has authored eighteen books on various psychological topics including the power of the human connection, the childhood roots of happiness, methods of forgiving others, dealing with worry, and managing excessive busyness.


Dr. Hallowell is a highly recognized public figure, appearing on numerous national television programs including Oprah, Dr. Oz, 20/20 Dr. Phil, 60 Minutes, CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The View.  He has been interviewed for The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, the Los Angeles Times, and many other leading publications.


Corporate audiences actively seek his counsel on how to better optimize their employees' performance and business strengths. Dr. Hallowell's passionate on-site presentations are tailored to provide creative and reproducible Competitive Edge strategies based on industry research, his own experience helping people maximize their potential for more then 25 years, and the brain science detailed in his book SHINE - Special Help Integrating Neurological Experience.


Teachers and chiropractors can also apply his strength-based approach to ADHD by utilizing his professional development programs. Teacher are trained to recognize and address the needs of students with ADHD, and the chiropractor certification program offers an effective, natural approach to addressing ADHD.


Dr. Hallowell lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sue, a social worker, and their three children. His greatest love is doing whatever they want to do and spending one summer month at the aptly-named Lake Doolittle, where they connect and slow down.


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