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2018 Changing Brains, Changing Lives, Symposium

October 24th 2018

The 4th annual Changing Brains, Changing Lives symposium will feature thought leaders in education and mental health exploring the topic of connection. How we connect with our brain, with others, and with our community. Join us as we empower our youth, our parents, our schools and businesses, and our community in strengthening our CONNECTIONS.

Strong Minds. Strong Connections. Strong Community.

2018 roster of best-selling authors and experts include:

Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD)

Dr. Willard is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness with young people.  He has been practicing meditation for nearly 20 years, and leading workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness with young people. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and three other books. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.

 Dr. Tina Payne Bryson (PhD)

Dr. Bryson is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of The Yes Brain, as well as two New York Times Best Sellers:  The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA.  She keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world.  The most important part of her bio, she says, is that she is a mom to her three boys. You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at, where you can subscribe to her blog and read her articles about children and parenting.

Michael Thompson

For over 20 years, Michael has been sharing his expertise in organizational leadership, child development and staff recruitment and retention though a unique lens developed through a wide-ranging career and the science-based framework of interpersonal neurobiology.  His insights are current and relevant to the emerging research that has shaped the evolving landscape of today’s communities and workplaces. Based in Austin, Texas and works as the US Director of Smaller Earth, an integrated global cultural exchange and travel company with 15 offices worldwide.

 Raj Sisodia

Raj Sisodia is FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College, and Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He is co-author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business and Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters. He was named one of “Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010” by Good Business International, and one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America for 2010 and 2011.


Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:00 PM
Wheeler Opera House

Explore the topic of CONNECTION w/ community leaders Dave Ressler, Chris Lane, Lady Fuller, Andy Godfrey, Rob Stein, Brook Allen along with thought leaders in Education & Mental Health

Dave Ressler

Dave has 35 years of healthcare experience with 25 of those years as a hospital administrator (11 at Aspen Valley Hospital). Dave was AVH’s CEO from 2004-2013, returning to the position in the fall of 2016. In 2013, Dave moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he was Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Tucson Medical Center, a 600-bed tertiary hospital. Then, prior to returning to AVH, he was the Executive Director of a newly-formed management company, the Community Care Alliance (CCA), that formed two Accountable Care Organizations serving seniors in 14 rural communities in western Colorado and Washington State. During his tenure with the CCA, Dave worked with dozens of rural hospitals in Colorado, California and Washington, gaining an abundance of knowledge about accountable care and a passion for being part of the healthcare industry’s transformation.

 Chris Lane

Chris Lane has 25 years of executive environmental management and corporate sustainability experience across varying sectors. Currently, Lane is CEO of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, a 48-year old nonprofit environmental organization that tackles regional environmental issues around ecological literacy, forest health, sustainable agriculture, land restoration and climate change. Prior to that Lane was vice president of sustainability for Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the country’s largest national park and resort management company where he pioneered the development of environmental management systems in our country’s national parks. Lane served as director of environmental affairs at Aspen Skiing Company. He has consulted with large corporations throughout his career. He has served as an elected official and on the Colorado Governor’s Pollution Prevention Board. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering and is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Environmental Systems Manager. He lives in Basalt with his wife and two kids.

Lady Fuller

Lady Fuller is a serial entrepreneur, and currently CEO of IGC (International Gifting Co.). Lady has been in the retail space for 15 years, and is the former owner of the national chain of The Blues Jean Bar stores. Lady served most recently as President of YPO Aspen from 2016-2018. She has appeared on CNBC’s The Profit,is a recipient of ICSC’s coveted “Hot Retailer” of the year award, has contributed to Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” blog and is currently writing a memoir entitled: Lady about the suicide of her mother, and its implications on her own life from childhood through adulthood. The book describes her lifelong journey for connection with others and herself. Lady has an MBA from University of San Francisco, is a graduate of the Hoffman Process, and has a passion for entrepreneurs, traveling to remote places in the world, and the environment. Lady lives in Woody Creek with her husband and two children.

Rob Stein

Rob Stein is superintendent of the Roaring Fork School District. He has worked on the front lines of education reform for over 30 years, as a teacher, administrator, university professor, and educational consultant. Stein led a high-profile turnaround effort at Manual High School and has served as head of school at Graland Country Day School and executive director at Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, all in Denver. He has taught courses in educational leadership and school reform at University of Colorado, Denver University, and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Stein has published, presented, and consulted locally and nationally on organizational development, school leadership, research-based practice and school change.

Brooke Allen

Dr. Brooke Allen received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2006. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Colorado Denver in 2010, specializing in diagnosing and treating disorders of the nervous system including diseases and injury of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. She has special interests in multiple sclerosis and headaches.

Dr. Allen is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the field of Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society. She is also active in her local medical society and a member of the Colorado Medical Society.

In addition to her outpatient practice in Basalt, Colorado, Dr. Allen has privileges at Aspen Valley Hospital in Aspen, Colorado, and Grand River Hospital in Rifle, Colorado, where she serves as a consultant to other physicians and health care providers.

Andy Godfrey

Andy is an eternal optimist who chooses to start each day with curiosity, rather than cynicism. He has 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, and is currently a Wealth Advisor with First Western Trust in Aspen.

Andy is a 44 year resident of Aspen CO since surviving a plane crash that claimed the lives of his parents, and older brother and sister. For the last five years he has been transforming this experience into a documentary, 3DAYS2NIGHTS, which recently premiered at Aspen Filmfest and was named runner-up for best film.

Andy has been married to his college sweetheart, Diane Godfrey, for the past 27 years, and is the proud father of four wonderful children; Andrew Jr, Caroline, Henry, and Ethan.


Educators, mental health professionals, corporations, parents, and community members.

CEU Provider

Continuing Education Hours provided by the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR). CeDAR is a NAADAC Approved Education Provider #693

Participants will receive 5.1 NAADAC Continuing Education Hours for the day event. and 3.2 NAADAC Continuing Education Hours for the community event. Educators will receive a certificate of attendance for the conference.

Location & Accommodation

The Intensive Workshop will will be from 8:30am to 2:30pm at the Gant Aspen including lunch, workshop sessions, and a panel discussion. 

The Evening community event will be hosted at the Wheeler Opera House from 5-7:20pm with 4: 20 minute talks and an organized panel discussion including speakers and community leaders.

Hotel accommodations are recommended at the Gant Hotel. Discounted rooms are available before September or until filled. Please inform them you are a symposium attendee.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the 2018 Changing Brains, Changing Lives Symposium, please review 2018 Symposium Sponsor Packet or contact Christina King.

PLATINUM- $10,000+
GOLD – $5,000+
SILVER – $2,500+
BRONZE- $1,000+


Intensive Workshop Tickets:

This event is SOLD OUT.

Community Event  Tickets:

Row 2&3: $2000 sponsored seat. Row 4&6: $1000 sponsored seat. Student tickets (must show ID) $15. General Admission: $40

All tickets can be purchased through the Wheeler Opera House.

CLICK HERE to complete a SCHOLARSHIP REQUEST for evening event only. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance.  


Please contact Christina King at (970) 718-2842‬.


 Kathy Hegberg & the Betty Schuss Fund


Louis Swiss

  • Lawrence Altman, CBD Trading & ASF donor.

    I realized younger in life that it was important to help other people any way I could. I have been involved in many causes that I thought were important, but mental health as dominated my interest. My own mental health struggles led me to a wonderful doctor and through him I started the Aspen Mental Health Fund which lead me to an amazing young woman Christina King. Christina brought the Aspen Strong Foundation idea to me. I was so impressed with her incredible energy and determination to make a difference in the world of mental health that it had become my passion as well. I believe we help many people who desperately need it. We are determined to rid people of the stigma of getting help for mental health issues. I am proud to be involved with Aspen Strong!

  • Ericka Anderson, MA LPC, Trauma Specialized Psychotherapist in Roaring Fork Valley & ASF Provider

    Because of Aspen Strong there is a place to turn to when someone needs help. I am deeply appreciative of their commitment to mental health in our valley.

  • Amanda Friend, Valley Settlement Project (2015 Symposium)

    I am so grateful to the Aspen Strong Foundation for bringing such amazing information and experts to our valley. I walked away from this symposium with a toolbox of strategies for immediate implementation that I use with my students, my children, and myself. I am a better parent, better teacher, and better self after this amazing experience.

  • Christopher May, Forum Phi founding partner and ASF event sponsor

    We felt that mental illness is under-addressed by society and Aspen Strong fills this gap locally. Your mind is an organ like any other and deserves treatment and resources. One single point of contact and coordination is especially helpful for the most in need, the young and the poor.

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