Howard Center Annual Conference 2022

We hope you’ll join us on April 7 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for our

Virtual 2022 Annual Conference!


2022 Conference Details:

Confronting Stigma. Improving Access. Continuing Advocacy. Advancing Policy. Giving Voice. Please join us online for a day of inspiration, learning, and rich conversation at Vision, Visionaries and Voices, our fifth annual spring conference on April 7, 2022 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Our speakers will provide unique perspectives for a broad audience, including educators, healthcare providers, representatives of local and state government, legal and law enforcement professionals, and community members. We expect attendees from throughout Vermont, New York, New England, and Canada.

Featured Speakers:

Anita Hill

The youngest of 13 children from a farm in rural Oklahoma, Anita Hill received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980. She began her career in private practice in Washington, D.C. Before becoming a law professor, she worked at the U. S. Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, Hill became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law, where she taught contracts and commercial law. She has made presentations to hundreds of business, professional, academic and civic organizations in the United States and abroad.

Hill’s new book, Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence, is a new manifesto about the origins and course of gender violence in our society; a combination of memoir, personal accounts, law, and social analysis, and a powerful call to arms from one of our most prominent and poised survivors.

Byron Katie

In 1986, at the bottom of a ten-year spiral into depression and self-loathing, Byron Katie woke up one morning in a state of joy. She realized that when she believed her stressful thoughts, she suffered, but that when she questioned them, she didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Her simple yet powerful process of self-inquiry, which she calls The Work, consists of four questions and the turnaround, which is a way of experiencing the opposite of what you believe. Katie has been bringing The Work to millions of people for more than thirty years. Her public events, weekend workshops, intensives, and nine-day School for The Work have brought freedom to people all over the world.

Her books include the bestselling Loving What IsI Need Your Love—Is That True?A Thousand Names for Joy, and A Mind at Home with Itself. For more information, visit

Ethan Nadelmann

Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts and “the real drug czar,” Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad. He founded and directed first The Lindesmith Center and then the Drug Policy Alliance from 1994 to 2017, during which time he and his colleagues were at the forefront of dozens of successful campaigns to legalize marijuana and advance other alternatives to the war on drugs.  Ethan currently hosts the leading podcast on all things drugs: PSYCHOACTIVE.

Tara Westover

Tara Westover is an American author. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. An older brother taught her to read, and after that her education was erratic and haphazard, with most of her days spent working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother. She was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. After that first encounter with education she pursued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She received an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009 and in 2014 was awarded a PhD in history. In 2018, she published her memoir, Educated, which explores her struggle to reconcile her desire for education and autonomy with her desire to be loyal to her family. Educated was an instant commercial and critical success, debuting at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remaining on the list for more than two years.

If you are interested in supporting this annual event, please download our sponsorship packet for more information. To view last year’s program guide, you may click here.

Thank you to our 2022 Annual Conference sponsors!


Howard Center is a funded agency of United Way of Northwest Vermont. 


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Availability

CEU certificates will be available by request following the conference. CEU applications are currently pending and will be posted here once approval has been received. We anticipate offering four to five CEUs.

Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations, please contact Denise Vignoe at 802-488-6912 or as soon as possible, or by March 15, 2022.

Cancellation Policy

Through March 15, cancellations are refundable, less a $25 administrative fee. After March 15, refunds will not be provided, but attendee substitutions will be accommodated.

If the event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, we will post the cancellation on our website at and registrations will be non-refundable.

Photos from Previous Conferences

Photos above are from the 2018 Opiates: Scientific, Political, and Social Perspectives conference 

Previous Conferences

2021 Conference

Perspective on Connection, Compassion, and Belonging
March 30, 2021

Howard Center offered various perspectives on connection, compassion, and belonging, including themes of confronting stigma, improving access, continuing advocacy, advancing policy, and giving voice.

Speakers shared their perspectives and stories–inspiring attendees to consider how connection, compassion, and belonging impact overall health and well-being and how we create new pathways to improve care and treatment, influence policy, and improve access to quality care that is inclusive and available for all. Conference speakers included Dr. Laurie Santos, V (formerly Eve Ensler), and Rev. angel Kyodo williams.

2019 Conference

Overcoming Adversity: Bold Perspectives on Mental Health and Addiction
June 3, 2019

The conference reflected on current and future trends in mental health and addiction treatment, including themes of confronting stigma, improving access, continuing advocacy, advancing policy, and giving voice. Speakers shared their perspectives and personal stories–inspiring attendees to think boldly about current approaches to treatment and challenging them to create new pathways to overcome adversity, influence policy, and improve access to quality care that is inclusive and available for all.

2018 Conference

Opiates: Scientific, Political, and Social Perspectives
May 22, 2018

Opiate use impacts individuals, families, workplaces, and communities everywhere. Presenters discussed various aspects of the current opiate crisis, including the effects of opioid use on the brain, current research and evidence-based treatment options, obstacles to treatment, and practical solutions for reducing opioid-related deaths. Conference speakers included Drs. John Brooklyn, Sally Satel, Stefan Kertesz, and Carl Hart.



2017 Conference

A Day with Gabor Maté
January 25, 2017

Renowned speaker and author Dr. Gabor Maté addressed a range of topics, from addiction to mind-body wellness. The 2017 conference included a full day of presentations and discussion with the well-known author, including The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction” and “When The Body Says No: Mind/Body Unity and the Stress-Disease Connection.