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APA's Annual Meeting covers the full breadth of psychiatric topics, with a focus on the most pressing issues facing your practice and patients.

With 300 sessions and courses, the Annual Meeting in New Orleans covers the full range of psychiatry and mental health.

Convocation of Distinguished Fellows

Soledad O'Brien

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As the host of the Sunday morning syndicated political show, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, Soledad has established herself as one of the most recognized names in broadcasting by telling the stories behind the most important issues, people and events of the day. A champion of diversity, she gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and Latino in America. While also appearing as host on PBS NewsHour and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel as a correspondent. A prominent philanthropist, Soledad is the founder of PowHERful, a foundation that mentors and funds college tuition and expenses for young women.

Together, Soledad and her husband, Brad Raymond, started PowHERful Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps bridge the gap of opportunities for young minority women from low-income families to attend college with financial assistance, mentoring and holistic support so they can earn a degree and be on a path to success and hopefully in return one day they too will pay it forward to other young women like them in their communities.

Opening Session

Anton Gunn

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Anton Gunn is a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama and a leading expert on Socially Conscious Leadership. He was the first African American in history elected to the South Carolina Legislature from his district early in his career.

Anton is a graduate of the University of South Carolina (USC) where he played SEC football for the Gamecocks. He also earned a master's degree in Social Work from USC and was a Resident Fellow at Harvard.

He is the bestselling author of The Audacity of Leadership and The Presidential Principles, and has been featured in TIME Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, INC Magazine, BBC, NPR, and on Good Morning America.

Anton was named one of the Ten Most Influential Minority Executives in Healthcare by Fierce Healthcare.

An international keynote speaker, management consultant, and the CEO of 937 Strategy Group, Anton has worked with renowned organizations like Mercedes-Benz Vans, KPMG, Rock Ventures, Sodexo, WellPath, Verizon Wireless, Aetna, T-Mobile, American Organization of Nurse Leaders, Emory Healthcare, Blue Shield of California, and The Boeing Company.

Anton is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation earned by the top echelon of professional speakers and held by fewer than 10% of the members belonging to the International Federation for Professional Speakers.

He has spent his life helping leaders build diverse, high-performing teams, and world-class workplace culture.

Monday Plenary Session

Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D.

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Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson is a triple board certified child & adolescent, adult and forensic psychiatrist. She is the Co-Editor of the text Social (In)Justice and Mental Health (by APA Publishing), an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Founder and Principal Consultant of Lorio Forensics, a multidisciplinary firm that consults in a wide variety of criminal, civil and family court cases.

Peter Q. Blair, Ph.D.

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Peter Q. Blair is on the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he co-directs the Project on Workforce. He serves as a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the principal investigator of the BE-Lab—a research group with partners from Harvard University, Clemson University, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His group’s research focuses on the link between the future of work and the future of education, labor market discrimination, occupational licensing, and residential segregation. Blair received his Ph.D. in applied economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his M.Sc. in theoretical physics from Harvard University, and his B.Sc. in physics and mathematics from Duke University. He is the youngest of his parents’ seven sons, and got his start understanding markets by selling fruit and vegetables in the Bahamas in the Nassau Straw Market with his brothers.

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