January 15, 2015

Forum Feature: Susan Page to Moderate Drug Czar Panel at CADCA Forum

We’re excited to announce that Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, will moderate a special panel discussion at CADCA’s 25th Annual National Leadership Forum, entitled, “Our Nation’s Drug Policy: Past, Present and Future,” featuring former “U.S. drug czars”.

As the Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today, Susan Page writes about the White House and national politics. She’s interviewed the past eight presidents (three after they left office) and covered the past nine presidential campaigns. She’s reported from five continents and dozens of countries, from Vietnam and New Zealand to Saudi Arabia and China. She twice has won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. The White House Correspondents Association has honored her with the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for Deadline Reporting on the Presidency and the Aldo Beckman Award for coverage of the presidency. She has served as president of the White House Correspondents Association and of the Gridiron Club, the oldest association of journalists in Washington, as well as chairman of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes. She currently serves on the U.S. Attorney General’s media advisory group.

The once-in-a-lifetime panel discussion will include five former directors of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP):

• Dr. William Bennett, 1st ONDCP Director under President George H.W. Bush
• Dr. Lee P. Brown, 3rd ONDCP Director under President Bill Clinton
• General Barry McCaffrey, 4th ONDCP Director under President Bill Clinton
• John P. Walters, 5th ONDCP Director under President George W. Bush
• Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, 6th ONDCP Director under President Barack Obama

Page will also lead a Q&A discussion with keynote speaker Michael Botticelli, the current acting director of ONDCP. Botticelli will provide a keynote address during the National Leadership Plenary on the morning of Feb. 3, which will be followed by the panel discussion.

“Never before have these leaders been on one stage together so we expect this to be a lively discussion about how our nation’s drug policy has evolved and where it’s headed,” said Gen. Arthur Dean, CADCA Chairman and CEO. “With longtime journalist Susan Page moderating the discussion, I know it will be a rich dialogue that will inspire coalitions and answer pressing concerns they may have about drug policy.”

The panel is one of several special events planned for the 2015 CADCA Forum, which marks the 25th anniversary of CADCA’s signature training event. There will also be a 25th Anniversary Celebration Dance and other events. Click here to learn more.

Held at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, just outside of Washington, D.C., the CADCA Forum is the nation’s premier and largest training conference for community drug prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers.
This 4-day training event aims to bring together nearly 3,000 participants representing community anti-drug coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, educations, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.

Register now!  Register now and save! The pre-registration deadline is January 16th – after that date rates increase by $50 per person.
Visit the Forum Website for details about presenters, training sessions and hotel accommodation!

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