About the Conference

Methamphetamine abuse is one of the most insidious drug epidemics in the United States, especially in rural areas. Made with common household products like bleach, acid, and cold medications, Meth is one of the most addictive street drugs in America and a recipe for hallucinations, insomnia, violence, and death.

Beginning with the startling HBO documentary Crank: Made in America through the thought-provoking panel discussions to Tom Siebel’s challenge to actually put what they learned to work finding ways to help curb methamphetamine addiction, the agenda of the 2005 Siebel Scholars Annual Conference gave the attendees a solid understanding of the complexities and impacts of the Meth problem in America.

Emmy Award-winner Sam Donaldson did an amazing job moderating the Saturday panel discussions. Panelists included Eames Yates, producer and director of "Crank: Made in America," the HBO documentary that examines methamphetamine use in rural America; A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D, principal developer of the Addiction Severity Index and the Treatment Services Review, measurement instruments that characterize the multiple dimensions of problems confronting substance abusing patients; and Carren Clem, who, following a suicide attempt, spent 17 months in treatment for her addiction to methamphetamines and now serves as a mentor, speaker, and family support resource for parents struggling with children involved in addictive and at-risk behaviors.

The morning panel featured a discussion framing the issues around Meth and why this drug is so much deadlier than other illegal substances. The afternoon panel featured vigorous debates about prevention, treatment, and how to solve the problem from White House and documentary panelists.

The Siebel Scholars contributed to both panel sessions with thought-provoking questions and suggestions and heard about innovative initiatives like the Meth Project in an effort to find a way to dramatically reduce Meth use in the United States.

The evening continued with a surprise visit to one of Chicago’s oldest blues clubs, Buddy Guy’s Legends where Scholars were treated to a rousing performance by Buddy Guy and some dancing from Sam Donaldson.


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    Carren Clem

    Teens in Crisis mentor for parents of children with addictive and at-risk behaviors

    In 2001, Carren Clem was enrolled for 17 months at the Caribbean Center for Change in Tranquility Bay, Jamaica, for her addiction to methamphetamines. Her parents placed her in this program following a suicide attempt. Today she is a volunteer for a nonprofit organization called Teens in Crisis as a mentor, speaker, and family support resource for parents struggling with children involved in addictive and at-risk behaviors. During the past two years she has made more than 40 appearances speaking in public schools and to parents in town hall meetings concerning the dangers of drug addiction. Ms. Clem attended Flathead Valley Community College from August 2002 to June 2004, earning a full-year academic scholarship for the year 2004. Ms. Clem is currently a junior at Montana State University in Bozeman, where she studies hospitality. She has worked for a year in various roles at Yellowstone National Park.

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    Sam Donaldson

    40-year ABC News veteran

    Sam Donaldson, a 37-year ABC News veteran, served two appointments as chief White House correspondent for ABC News from January 1998 to August 1999 and from 1977 through 1989, covering Presidents Carter, Reagan, and Clinton. Mr. Donaldson also co-anchored, with Diane Sawyer, PrimeTime Live from August 1989, until it merged with 20/20 in 1999. He co-anchored the ABC News Sunday morning broadcast, This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts, from December 1996 to September 2002. From October 2001 to May 2004, he hosted The Sam Donaldson Show—Live In America, a daily news/talk radio program broadcast on ABC News Radio affiliates across the country. Currently, Mr. Donaldson is appearing on ABC News Now, the ABC News digital network. His daily half-hour show Politics Live is an unscripted dialogue with numerous guests and commentators discussing the top political news stories of the day. In 1998, he received the Broadcaster of the Year award from the National Press Foundation. Mr. Donaldson has won many other awards, among them four Emmy Awards and three George Foster Peabody Awards.

    Born in El Paso, Texas, Mr. Donaldson received his bachelor’s degree from Texas Western College and did graduate work at the University of Southern California. His 1987 autobiography, Hold On, Mr. President, was an international best-seller.

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    Michael Leavitt

    Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Michael O. Leavitt was sworn in as the 20th secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on January 26, 2005. As secretary, he leads national efforts to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services to those in need. He manages the largest civilian department in the federal government, with more than 66,000 employees and a budget that accounts for almost one out of every four federal dollars. Prior to his current service, Mr. Leavitt served as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and governor of Utah. The people of Utah elected Mr. Leavitt governor three times. Prior to leaving the statehouse to work in the Bush Administration, he was the nation's longest-serving governor. He was chosen by the nation's governors to represent the states in Congress on welfare reform, Medicaid, and children's health insurance. In Mr. Leavitt's previous public service he has always pursued three goals: to leave things better than he found them, to plant seeds for the next generation, and to give it his all. Born February 11, 1951, in Cedar City, Utah, Mr. Leavitt graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics and business from Southern Utah University.

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    Barry McCaffrey

    Former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

    General Barry R. McCaffrey is the Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies at the United States Military Academy. He is also President of his own consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. He serves as a national security and terrorism analyst for NBC News and also writes a regularly scheduled commentary on national security issues for Armed Forces Journal. General McCaffrey was the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Clinton and served as a member of the President's Cabinet and the National Security Council for drug-related issues. He continues to remain engaged in national security issues.

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    Mike McGrath

    Attorney General of Montana

    Mike McGrath was elected Montana’s 19th attorney general in November 2000 and was unopposed for his second term in 2004. In his dual role as the state’s chief law enforcement officer and legal official, Mr. McGrath oversees a staff of more than 700, including attorneys, forensic scientists, investigators, Montana Highway Patrol officers, motor vehicle professionals, gambling control specialists, information technology professionals, and support staff members. Prior to his election, Mr. McGrath served five terms as Lewis and Clark county attorney. In his 18 years as a prosecutor, Mr. McGrath focused on family violence issues, including domestic abuse and sexual assault of children. A Butte native, Mr. McGrath earned a degree in business administration from the University of Montana in 1970 and graduated from Gonzaga University Law School in 1975. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He has been actively involved on the boards of Big Brothers, Big Sisters; the Montana Council for Families; the Montana chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse; the Montana Legal Services Association; and the Helena Youth Basketball Association.

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    Thomas McLellan

    Professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania

    Dr. Thomas McLellan is a professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and co-founder and executive director of the Treatment Research Institute, a not-for-profit research and development institute in Philadelphia. Dr. McLellan is nationally and internationally recognized for his more than 30 years of research into treatment outcomes for substance abuse patients. He was principal developer of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and the Treatment Services Review (TSR), measurement instruments that characterize the multiple dimensions of problems confronting substance abusing patients and the types and duration of treatment services offered in response. He has published more than 400 articles and chapters on addiction research and serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. He has served as an advisor to many government and nonprofit scientific organizations, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Research, and Evaluation; the National Practice Laboratory of the American Psychiatric Association; the Swiss National Science Foundation; the World Health Organization; and the Greek government.

    Dr. McLellan received his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. He received postgraduate training in psychology at Oxford University in England.

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    David Murray

    Special assistant to the director of the ONDCP

    Dr. David Murray earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and subsequently taught at Connecticut College, Brown University, and Brandeis University before coming to Washington, where he served as an adjunct professor in the graduate school of public policy at Georgetown University. He has been executive director of the Statistical Assessment Service (a science, media, and public policy think tank), served on the U.S. Census Monitoring Board, and is co-author of (most recently) the Penguin Press book,It Ain’t Necessarily So: How Media Remake the Scientific Picture of Reality. He currently serves as special assistant to the director, ONDCP.

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    Bryan Samuels

    Director of the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services

    Bryan Samuels is director of the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services. Since his April 2003 appointment by Governor Rod R. Blagojevich to lead the nation’s oldest cabinet-level state child welfare agency, Mr. Samuels has instituted a series of reforms to better serve a changing foster care population, locate missing wards, and equip child welfare professionals to manage real-world challenges. Mr. Samuels began his Illinois public career in 1990 as an assistant with the Human Services Department under then Governor James Thompson, where he served as liaison between the governor and the state’s human service agencies. In addition to his academic and public service record, Mr. Samuels also brings personal insights to the state’s top child welfare office. While he was never a state ward, Mr. Samuels did experience a lifestyle similar to many children served in group homes and institutions. Those experiences helped shape his commitment to serve children who live in foster care and reinforced his belief that dedicated people and well-developed services can make a dramatic impact on young lives. Mr. Samuels earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.

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    Richard Sanders

    Special agent in charge of the Chicago field division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

    Richard Sanders is the special agent in charge of the Chicago field division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In this position, Mr. Sanders provides direction and supervision for all DEA operations that are conducted throughout the states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. He is responsible for ensuring that the established DEA and Chicago field division program goals and objectives are effectively implemented and responsive to the needs of counterpart state and local law enforcement agencies, other federal law enforcement officials, and the citizens of those states.

    Mr. Sanders began his law enforcement career with the Jefferson County police department in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1971. He began his federal drug law enforcement career in 1983. He has a bachelor of science degree in police administration and a master of science degree in justice administration from the University of Louisville.

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    Thomas Siebel

    Chairman of the board of Siebel Systems; cofounder of the Thomas & Stacey Siebel Foundation

    Thomas Siebel is the chairman of First Virtual Group, a diversified holding company with interests in commercial real estate, agribusiness, global investment management, and philanthropy.

    Mr. Siebel was the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Siebel Systems, one of the world's leading software companies, which merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006. Founded in 1993, Siebel Systems rapidly became a global leader in application software with more than 8,000 employees in 32 countries, over 4,500 corporate customers, and annual revenue in excess of $2 billion.

    Before founding Siebel Systems, Mr. Siebel served as chief executive officer of Gain Technology, a multimedia software company that merged with Sybase in December 1992. From 1984 through 1990, he was an executive at Oracle Corp., where he held a number of senior management positions.

    Mr. Siebel serves on the board of advisors for the Stanford University College of Engineering, the University of Illinois College of Engineering, and the University of California at Berkeley College of Engineering. He is a director of the University of Illinois Foundation, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Mr. Siebel is the founder and chairman of the Meth Project Foundation and chairman of the Siebel Foundation.

    He is a frequent industry spokesman and the author of three books: Taking Care of eBusiness and Cyber Rules, published by Doubleday, and Virtual Selling, published by The Free Press.

    In 2002, the Business Executives for National Security presented Mr. Siebel with the David Packard Award for his achievements as a technology entrepreneur and his contributions to national security. In 2000 and 2001, he was recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the Top 25 Managers in the World.

    In 1999, 2000, and 2001, Fortune magazine recognized Siebel Systems as the fastest, third fastest, and second fastest growing company in the United States, respectively. Call Center Magazine inducted him to its Hall of Fame in 2000 in recognition for contributions to the business and technology of customer service.

    Mr. Siebel is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History, an M.B.A., a Master of Science in Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Engineering (Hon.).

    The Siebel Foundation, founded in 1996, is active in the support of education, health, drug prevention, wildlife habitat preservation, conservation, and support for the homeless. The Siebel Foundation created the Siebel Scholars Foundation, the Dearborn Scholars Fund in Montana, and the Meth Project Foundation. The Siebel Scholars Foundation endows scholarship funds at eight leaning universities for graduate students in computer science and business who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and leadership.

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    Alex Stalcup

    Medical director of the New Leaf Treatment Center in Lafayette, California

    Dr. S. Alex Stalcup is a graduate of Whittier College and a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics, certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and certified as a medical review officer by ASAM and the Medical Review Officers Certifying Council (MROCC). In 1990, after three years at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic in San Francisco, Dr. Stalcup opened a private practice in addiction medicine. Since 1996, he has served as the medical director of the New Leaf Treatment Center in Lafayette, California. Dr. Stalcup also serves as a lecturer and consultant for drug treatment and chemical dependency issues to both public and private agencies in California and nationally. He has also published numerous studies on the topic of methamphetamine. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Stalcup served as co-project director for a CSAT grant covering a randomized trial of two treatments for methamphetamine users.

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    Eames Yates

    Emmy-award-winning director of Crank: Made in America

    Emmy Award-winning director Eames Yates has produced, directed, and reported six one-hour documentary films for HBO’s America Undercover series since 1996. His latest documentary film, Crank: Made in America, examines methamphetamine abuse in rural America and aired on HBO this past spring.Crank: Made in America has won the International Medical Media Award and the Entertainment Industry’s Prism Award. Currently Mr. Yates is working on his latest film, Aging in America, for HBO. Mr. Yates began his career working for the NBC Nightly News in Washington, D.C. in 1977 as a copy boy, providing desk assistance, and as David Brinkley’s production assistant. While at NBC, he also worked for Meet the Press as a researcher. Other notable works include the Emmy-nominated documentary series for The Discovery Network entitled SPYTEK, narrated by Roger Moore, and award-winning documentaries for ABC News Closeup. Mr. Yates currently lives in New York City and runs his own production company. He serves on the National Board and East Coast Council of the Directors Guild of America. He is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.


Friday, October 28

  • 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

    Reception Adler Planetarium, Galileo Café

    University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

  • 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Dinner Keynote The Honorable Michael Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services

    University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

  • 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Dinner Keynote The Honorable Michael Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services

    University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

  • 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


    University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

  • 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

    HBO Documentary Crank: Made in America Hosted by Director Eames Yates Sky Theater

    University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Saturday, October 29

  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am


    University of Chicago Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am

    Welcome Address Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Room Thomas M. Siebel

    University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Meth in America—Part 1: Why Is This Drug So Deadly? A distinguished panel discusses what makes this drug different from other illegal substances. What is its impact on community? On family and child welfare? On law enforcement? On the environment and the economy? PANELISTS: • Dr. Thomas McLellan, Executive Director of the Treatment Research Institute • Bryan Samuels, Director of the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services • Dr. David Murray, Special Assistant to the Director, ONDCP • General Barry McCaffrey, Former Director ONDCP • Eames Yates, Documentary Filmmaker Moderator: Mr. Sam Donaldson, Emmy Award winner and currently on ABC News Now, the ABC News digital network

    University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


    University of Chicago Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club

  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Meth in America—Part II: How Do We Fight the Growing Meth Problem? A panel of experts takes an inside look at the different approaches that are being used to combat this drug. Does prevention work? Is incarceration the answer? What about supply reduction? Are specific meth treatment approaches required? PANELISTS: • Dr. Alex Stalcup, Executive Director of the New Leaf Treatment Center, and Addiction Specialist • Dr. David Murray, Special Assistant to the Director, ONDCP • Mike McGrath, Attorney General for Montana • Carren Clem, Student and Family Support Resource • Rick Sanders, Special Agent in Charge, DEA–Chicago

    University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Montana Meth Project Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman, Montana Meth Project

    University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

  • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Reception and Evening Event

    Buddy Guy’s Legends Downtown Chicago

Sunday, October 30

  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am

    Closing Breakfast and Meth Assignment Thomas M. Siebel Siebel Scholars Class of 2006

    Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile