Keynote Speakers

The ACA, SE 2013 Fall Conference Keynote Speakers Include:

Peg SmithPeg Smith

With nearly three decades of experience as a change agent in youth development and transformation, Peg L. Smith is the chief executive officer of the American Camp Association® (ACA). ACA is the champion of better tomorrows — providing resources, research, and support for developmentally appropriate camp experiences. Peg has provided years of leadership, vision, and inspiration to camps and the American Camp Association and we look forward to hosting her in the Southeast!

 

 

Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than five hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Dr. Thompson’s newest book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow, was released by Ballantine Books in May 2012. A dedicated speaker and traveler, Dr. Thompson has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report and has been a guest on NPR’s "Morning Edition" with Susan Stamberg, "Talk of the Nation" with Ray Suarez and the Diane Rhem Show. He wrote, narrated and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary entitled "Raising Cain" that was broadcast nationally in 2006.

Dr. Thompson is a past member of the board of the American Camp Association and is on the Advisory Board of Parent Magazine. Dr. Thompson lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. He is married to Dr. Theresa McNally, a psychotherapist, is the father of Joanna, 27, and Will, 21 and a recent grandfather of Aubrey, born in February, 2012.