Changing the Odds 2017

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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

Tomas Alvarez

Tomás Alvarez

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

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.

Michelle Gielan

Michelle Gielan

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 Klein

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.

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David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times. His prior assignment was leading a strategy group that helped Times leadership shape the future of the newsroom. In 2011, he received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, for columns on the financial crisis. He is the author of the best-selling e-book, Here's the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth.

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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.

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson

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. 

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Janne Willems

Through her international social art project, Seize Your Moments, Willems engages everyday strangers to draw a beautiful moment from the previous week — to discover what happiness looks like worldwide. Since 2010, the Netherlands-based traveler has collected nearly 8,000 beautiful moments in 28 countries. 

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. 

Conference Sponsors

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Sponsor Opportunities

If you are interested in being a sponsor of the 2017 Changing the Odds Conference, please contact Jessica Trudeau.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued after September 1, 2017.

Questions?

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Coming Up

2017-09-28 3:00 AM 2017-09-29 11:00 AM America/Chicago Changing the Odds 2017 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.  Momentous Institute bj@johnsonandsekin.com

Event Details

  • Audience: Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Parents and Community Members
  • Attendance Hours Provided: 12.00 Hours
  • Event Time:

    September 28-29, 2017 | Omni Dallas Hotel

  • Full Price: $500 for conference | $100 - $175 live stream