Changing the Odds 2021

Flourishing

We are excited to join together online for our 9th annual Changing the Odds conference on October 28-29, 2021.The conference theme — Flourishing — will continue as planned with thought leaders and attendees exploring how social emotional learning, racial healing and the arts contribute to strong schools and communities. Originally slated speakers will remain in the lineup, including Cheryl Strayed, Jon Batiste and Dena Simmons. Momentous Institute looks forward to joining you all who are committed to changing the odds for all children.

Meet the Speakers

Jon Batiste
Christina Bethell
Dr. Gail Christopher
Ingrid Fetell Lee
Chris Moreland
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.
Chris is the Chief Diversity Officer and Managing Partner of Diversity Crew. Previously, Chris served as the Chief Diversity Officer of Vizient, a major healthcare organization. At Vizient, Chris created the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, chaired a committee of healthcare Chief Diversity Officers, was called upon to keynote as an equity and inclusion expert, and advised the CEO on all corporate diversity and inclusion matters.
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 2021

October 28-29, 2021

Location: This year's conference will be held over a virtual platform.

9am - 2pm

Registration is now open at $90 through October 27, 2021.

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Jon Batiste
Christina Bethell
Dr. Gail Christopher
Ingrid Fetell Lee
Chris Moreland
Cheryl Strayed
More speakers to come!

Questions

What are the details of the rescheduled conference?

The Changing the Odds conference will be held October 28-29, 2021 over a virtual platform. Originally slated speakers will be featured, including Cheryl Strayed, Jon Batiste and Dena Simmons.

Who should attend this conference?

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

Are there CEUs for this event?

Details on CEUs will be provided soon.

Do you offer other training opportunities?

Momentous Institute is passionate about sharing best practices with partners across the country. Training opportunities are consistently being added, so please visit momentousinstitute.org/events for more information.

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.

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