Changing the Odds 2020

Flourishing

How can we create healthy systems where children and adults flourish? Join Momentous Institute for our 9th annual Changing the Odds conference to learn how social emotional learning, racial healing and the arts contribute to strong schools and communities. Hear from thought leaders and researchers including Cheryl Strayed, John Batiste, Vanessa Rodriguez and Dena Simmons.

Meet the Speakers

Jon Batiste
Christina Bethell
Dr. Gail Christopher
Ingrid Fetell Lee
Vanessa Rodriguez
Dena Simmons
Cheryl Strayed
More speakers to come!
Jon Batiste is a renowned musician, educator and television personality who balances many roles, including bandleader with the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Artistic Director at Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Jon received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in piano from the Julliard School and will share the impact of music on our well-being.
Christina D. Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH is a professor at Johns Hopkins University where she promotes a new “Science of Thriving” to promote the social, emotional and relational roots of well-being. Dr. Bethell will show us how mindfulness and mind-body practices are key public health strategies in addressing trauma.
Dr. Gail Christopher, D.N. is known for her pioneering work as leader of the Healing Initiative and Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation efforts. She is the former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is ready to show us how health and diversity must be prioritized in the public sector.
Ingrid Fetell Lee is the author of “Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness” and founder of The Aesthetics of Joy. Ingrid will use her background in design to teach us about the influence of our surroundings on our emotions and well-being.
Dr. Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Early Childhood Health and Development within the NYU School of Medicine. She is passionate about the study of teachers and currently researches the social emotional development of educators and their students. Come hear Dr. Rodriguez speak on how humans develop their natural ability to teach.
Dena Simmons, Ed.D., is the Assistant Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and author of the forthcoming book, “White Rules for Black People.” Come ready to hear her share what it looks like to have emotionally intelligent and safe classrooms within the context of equity.
Cheryl Strayed is most notably the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling memoir “Wild,” which subsequently became an Oscar-nominated film adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Known for many other works that have been profiled in the New York Times, Vogue and elsewhere, Cheryl will walk us through her powerful story of flourishing.
Additional speakers will be announced soon.

Changing the Odds 2020

November 5-6, 2020

Omni Dallas Hotel
555 S. Lamar St. Dallas, TX 75202
8am - 4pm

Registration will open May 1. Early bird registration (May 1 - August 31): $450 per ticket Full price registration (September 1 - November 1): $600 per ticket

Jon Batiste
Christina Bethell
Dr. Gail Christopher
Ingrid Fetell Lee
Vanessa Rodriguez
Dena Simmons
Cheryl Strayed
More speakers to come!

Questions

Who should attend this conference?

Changing the Odds audience generally consists of educators, mental health professionals and those within the non-profit community.

What is the cost of the conference?

Registration will open May 1 with an initial price point. Early registration is recommended as the price will increase through the start of the conference. Early bird registration (May 1 - August 31): $450 per ticket Full price registration (September 1 - November 1): $600 per ticket

Are there CEUs for this event?

Momentous Institute is a licensed provider of CEUs in the state of Texas for LPC, LMFT, and LCSW. Participants will receive 13 hours of CEU credits for the two-day conference.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring! Please reach out to Robin Doeden, Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships at rdoeden@momentousinstitute.org or 214.915.4763.