2022 Annual Conference Speakers and Session Descriptions

A detailed conference agenda will be added to this page as the program develops. Keep an eye out for announcements from NCACC on session topics, dates, and times.

Friday Keynote: Beth Macy

Raising Lazarus: The Search for Solutions — and Hope — to Addiction, the No. 1 Destroyer of Families in Our Lifetime

Nearly a decade into the second wave of America’s opioid epidemic, pharmaceutical companies are finally being forced to answer for the crisis they created. The pending multi-district litigation against opioid makers, distributors, and retailers could result in tens of millions of dollars to help treat the disease of addiction and provide communities across America with resources to help those struggling with addiction. And yet there is no consensus on the best treatment available to help addicted people, nor an understanding of how to scale the programs that have proven successful.

In this talk, Macy examines what happens when political forces beyond the control of individuals come to define generations of Americans. This complex story of public health, big pharma, dark money, politics, race, and class will take the story of DOPESICK into the present day, showing that the increase in the number of overdose deaths during the COVID pandemic illustrates the tremendous need across America to change the conditions that make addiction so prevalent and which prevent those seeking treatment to begin new lives.

  • Learn about Beth Macy

    Beth Macy is the author of the critically acclaimed and New York Times-bestselling books, Factory Man, Truevine, and Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America (2018). Macy serves as an Executive Producer and writer on the acclaimed Hulu limited television series Dopesick, which is based on her book.

Saturday Keynote: Peter Cressy, Rear Admiral (retired)

The Transformational Leadership of George Washington

Citing specific examples of George Washington’s military and political career, this session will explore the on-going dynamics of strategic development and highlight the importance of Washington’s integration of leadership, strategy and management.

  • Learn about Dr. Cressy

    Dr. Peter Cressy has 35 years of CEO experience in both the public and private sectors including significant international experiences. A distinguished educator, a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and Trade Association CEO, Dr. Cressy has a lengthy history of leadership positions. His 28-year naval career included key appointments at the State Department, House of Representatives, the Pentagon, and several commanding officer positions. Dr. Cressy now serves as the Washington Presidential Library’s Director of Executive Leadership Programs.