Meet our Keynotes

Meet our Keynote Speakers!

Michael T. Holmes,is Principal Consultant of INSIGHTS4U Consulting, a boutique firm which specializes in career management, workforce readiness advising/preparation, and Diversity and Inclusion strategies and training, such as Implicit/Unconscious Bias.
Prior to relaunching his consulting practice Mr. Holmes served as President and CEO of the YMCA of Yonkers, Inc. Prior to this role he served as Chief Operating Officer for INROADS Incorporated.
Michael has held previous roles in college admissions and financial aid, as well as talent acquisition, talent development and Diversity and Inclusion with companies such as Citigroup, Pitney Bowes and Terex. He honed his consulting acumen during his tenure with Right Management in New York City.
Throughout his adult life Mr. Holmes has successfully mentored, coached and provided timely college, career and personal advice to thousands of young people in communities throughout the US. Humbly, Michael is pleased that his mentees as his mentees have reached their career goals, they too have made the time to be of service to others. Some of his civic/volunteer work includes Board of Director/Board Advisory roles with non-profits such as Yonkers Coalition for Youth, Community Planning Council of Yonkers, Yonkers Community Action Program, LYFE Coalition of Yonkers, Danbury NAACP, Young Life and Danbury Pathways Mentoring Programs. He has also conducted numerous workshops and been a motivational speaker for Junior Achievement, A Better Chance, Urban League, Junior League, The Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Hord Foundation and SayYes Danbury. He is also a certified HS basketball official and was previously a certified football official.
In September 2016, Michael was among eleven community leaders, who were honored by President Barack Obama as Champions of Change for College Opportunity. Mr. Holmes and the other honorees were recognized for their life long advocacy for equitable access to higher education for underserved and underrepresented youth.
Mr. Holmes, a man of deep faith in God and belief in giving back is originally from Brooklyn, NY. Married to Cynthia L. Holmes, they have two adult children, Malcolm Jabari and Jasmine Imani Holmes. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a minor in Philosophy from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Michael T. Holmes will present a keynote address on Unconscious Bias on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Richard Catalano, Jr., Ph.D. is the Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence and the co-founder of the Social Development Research Group, which is affiliated with the University of Washington, School of Social Work. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, and his masters and PhD in sociology from the University of Washington. He is past-president of the Society for Prevention Research, and a steering committee member of the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health. He was the prevention chapter editor of the Surgeon General’s Report “Facing Addiction: Alcohol, Drugs and Health”. For over 35 years, he has led research and program development to promote positive youth development and prevent problem behaviors. His work has focused on discovering risk and protective factors for behavioral health problems, designing and evaluating programs to address these factors, and using this knowledge to understand and improve prevention service systems in states and communities.

Dr. Catalano will present a keynote address on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
Dr. Catalano will provide an overview of the Surgeon General’s report on Facing Addiction in America: Alcohol, Drugs and Health with an emphasis on the key findings of the Prevention Chapter of the report. This landmark report summarizes the science and practice of approaches to drug misuse and addiction, one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. Its aim is to galvanize the public, policymakers, and health care systems to make the most of these new opportunities so that the individual and public health consequences associated with alcohol and drug misuse can be addressed effectively.
Dr. Catalano was the editor of the prevention chapter of the report supported by a strong scientific team that included Mark Greenberg, Ralph Hingson, Abigail Fagan, Felipe Castro, and Kevin Haggerty with valuable feedback from many prevention scientists, federal agencies and technical reviewers.
The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health documents that in under 40 years, the science of substance abuse prevention has come from nothing works, to demonstrating the effectiveness of prevention. This change was supported by the discovery of predictors of substance misuse, potential targets for preventive intervention, and investments in rigorous research on the effects of both prevention programs and policies to change these predictors. The prevention chapter also describes well-supported scientific evidence which demonstrates that communities are an important organizing force for bringing effective prevention programs and policies to scale, to make a difference in preventing early initiation, substance misuse and addiction community-wide.

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