The Changing the Odds conference is a unique and dynamic event that convenes top thought leaders in education and mental health. Our 6th annual conference, HOPE: The Ultimate Four-Letter Word, will explore the relationship between trauma and hope. Join us to learn innovative science, research and practices related to hope and the trauma of poverty, addiction, race, intergenerational patterns and more.
Meet the speakers
Celebrated as a CNN Hero for his trailblazing work using hip-hop therapy to help youth, Alvarez has inspired a global movement to reimagine mental health for at-promise kids. Trained as a social worker, his numerous awards include being named one of the country’s Top 20 Innovators by NBC Latino and being selected as a lifetime Ashoka fellow.
Christine Carter, Ph.D.
A sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Dr. Carter is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Work and Home. Combining scientific research and practical application, she shares how to cope with modern pressures and truly thrive.
A national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, Gielan is the best-selling author of Broadcasting Happiness. She is the founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and is partnered with Arianna Huffington to study how transformative stories fuel success.
Maggie Kline, M.S., LMFT, SEP
Maggie Kline has been a marriage, family and child therapist in private practice for over 30 years. Currently serving as an international instructor for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, she is the co-author of Trauma through a Child's Eyes—Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing with Dr. Peter Levine.
Nicholas D. Kristof
Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The New York Times, Kristof focuses his column on human rights, women’s rights, health and global affairs. He is the co-author of A Path Appears and Half the Sky about turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide.
Valerie Maholmes, Ph.D., CAS
Dr. Maholmes has devoted her career to supporting the health and well-being of children and families. From her early work as an educator to her current role supporting biomedical and behavioral sciences research, she calls attention to the short and long-term psychological and health consequences of experiencing adversity early in life.
Attorney, human rights activist and author of Just Mercy, Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. The New Yorker named his TED Talk on injustice one of five essential TED Talks. His numerous awards and accolades include the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, and being named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2015 and Fortune's 2016 World's Greatest Leaders.
Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D.
Dr. Yehuda is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mental Health Patient Care Center Director at the Bronx Veterans Affairs. Her studies on how trauma and resilience cross generations have included combat veterans, survivors of genocide, interpersonal violence and terrorism.
Location & Accommodation
The conference will be held at the Omni Dallas Hotel. A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate for conference attendees. Please click here to book your room in the Momentous Institute room block.
Live Stream Available
Can’t join us in person? Details coming soon on how you can live stream the conference. Stay tuned!
No refunds will be issued after September 1, 2017.