We were privileged to have Charlie Appelstein as our opening day speaker this year. Charlie was engaging, funny, and spoke passionately from research and many years of experience working with troubled youth. No Such Thing as a Bad Kid was the title of his presentation, as is the title of his book (revised edition to be out soon). If you ever get a chance to hear Charlie, do it. Those of us working with challenged kids need to be refreshed and recharged now and again, and Charlie was up for the task. I appreciate his candour, creativity, and connection (both with the audience and with the kids with whom he has worked). His approach is relentlessly positive without diminishing the reality of the problems kids face.