CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership

Keynote Presenters

CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership is assembling dynamic and engaging keynote presenters for the 2019 CQL Conference: Dare To Dream, which takes place October 22-24, 2019 in Baltimore, MD. These nationally-recognized presenters will challenge preconceived notions about critical issues in human services, through non-traditional approaches, and lay the groundwork for what will be discovered during breakout sessions.

Additional keynote presenters and panelists will be added to this page in the coming weeks and months. Please keep in mind that all presenters and presentations are subject to change.


Julie P. Gentile, M.D.

Julie P. Gentile, M.D.
Professor and Chair at Wright State University Department of Psychiatry

Julie P. Gentile, M.D. is a Professor and Chair at Wright State University Department of Psychiatry and the Project Director for Ohio’s Coordinating Center of Excellence in Mental Illness/Intellectual Disability and for Ohio’s Telepsychiatry Project for Intellectual Disability, serving over 1,400 patients with intellectual disability from 78 counties utilizing telemedicine. Dr. Gentile has evaluated over 4,000 patients with IDD since 2000.

She is the recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Menolascino Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Services for Individuals with Intellectual Disability. She has been awarded more than $7 million in grants to fund her projects and she edited a Guide To Intellectual Disability: A Quick Reference Guide in 2019 by Springer Publishing. 



VJ Smith

V.J. Smith
Professional Speaker

V.J. Smith is a professional speaker and published author. He graduated from South Dakota State University in 1978 and spent the decade of the 1980s working for the Allied Signal Aerospace Company in Kansas City. He returned to his alma mater in 1990, working for six years in the SDSU Athletic Department. He was appointed Executive Director of the SDSU Alumni Association in 1996. In January 2007, he left that position to pursue a career in professional speaking. Smith travels the country and makes over 100 speaking appearances a year.

In March 2014, Meeting and Conventions Magazine named V.J. as one of the favorite speakers of meeting planners throughout America. He is the author of the best-selling book, “The Richest Man In Town,” which details Smith’s relationship with a man who ran a cash register at a local Walmart. “That guy changed my life,” Smith says. Smith is a two-time finalist in Toastmasters' International's “World's Championship of Public Speaking.” He is also the author of “Can You Hear What I See” and “Jackrabbit Tales." He currently serves as a member of the South Dakota State Senate.



Joseph Macbeth, NADSP

Joseph Macbeth
Executive Director
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP)

Joseph Macbeth is the Executive Director of The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). He has worked in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for 35 years - beginning as a Direct Support Professional. Macbeth co-authored the 2017 Report to the President: America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis for the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID), he’s written a series of publications titled "Voices from the Frontlines," produced an award-winning Realistic Job Preview video titled "Working as a Direct Support Professional: We Get It Done," and has partnered with the State University of New York (SUNY) by assisting more than 500 direct support professionals advance their college education through the "Disability Studies Certificate".

He currently sits on the board of directors for CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership, The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLCPCP) and the College of Direct Support's National Advisory Board. In 2016, Macbeth was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as a Member of the Advisory Council for the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. He is also involved with AIEJI, an international organization based in Denmark that promotes the work of social educators. He lives in Albany, NY.



Conference Registration

The cost to attend the 2019 CQL Conference through early-bird registration is $399 per attendee. After 8/14/19 the registration rate will increase to $475, and then increase to $499 for 'late registration' between 10/2/19 - 10/15/19. You can Register Online using the conference registration platform, ConstantContact, where you will enter in registration information for yourself and potential guests. After completing the registration form, you will be directed to the secure PayPal platform, where you can place your payment either using a credit card, or a PayPal account.

*For travel-planning purposes, the conference will begin with registration at 8:00am EDT on October 22nd, 2019, and conclude around 11:30am EDT on October 24th, 2019.


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