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ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Expo


Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Matt Vogl
Mental Health Specialist (Workplace Safety, Stress and PTSD) and Comedian

Matt Vogl is an internationally recognized leader and an in-demand speaker in the mental health field. He has worked nearly 30 years to address our nation’s mental health crises, prevent suicide and combat stigma. Vogl was a founder of the University of Colorado Depression Center. He also founded the National Mental Health Innovation Center. Vogl is currently Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of VXVY Mental Health, Inc.

David W. Brezina Memorial Session Speaker

Liz Murray
Author, Breaking Night: My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
Founder, The Arthur Project

The child of drug-addicted parents who routinely ate from dumpsters and sought refuge at all-night subway stations to survive, Liz Murray was homeless at age 15 — and fending for her life. Determined not to be defined by her circumstances, she earned her high school diploma in just two years and won a scholarship to Harvard University. Murray is the subject of Lifetime Television’s Emmy-nominated original film, Homeless to Harvard. Today, as Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Arthur Project, she advocates for underserved youth and works to end generational poverty through relationship-based learning.

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