Changing the Odds 2015


About the Event - Registration for the 2015 conference is closed

Mark your calendar for the 4th annual Changing the Odds conference, a unique and dynamic event that convenes the nation’s top thought leaders in education and mental health, all united by a commitment to help kids achieve their full potential. This year’s theme, “Chaos to Connection,” stresses the importance of safe relationships — the foundation of strong social emotional health — and how the attuned, connected parent-child relationship is where it all begins. Join us to explore innovative solutions that help kids build and repair social emotional health creating a long-term path for success.

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The 2015 roster of best-selling authors and experts includes:


Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.

The most-watched and discussed speaker in the history of the prestigious TED Conference, Sir Ken Robinson pushes people to rethink outdated assumptions about intelligence and creativity—and to unleash the real potential of people and organizations.


Daniel H. Pink

Author of Drive and A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers will Rule the Future, Daniel Pink’s forward-thinking ideas are reshaping how people approach innovation, motivation and talent. His TED talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED talks of all time.


Glennon Doyle Melton

Founder of the popular blog and author of The New York Times bestselling memoir, Carry On, Warrior, Melton shares her wit, candor and poignant observations on marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction, recovery, and serving the marginalized. Through her personal essays, sold-out speaking engagements and open honesty, she encourages us all to step out from behind masks of perfection and start connecting with one another by showing up as our real, messy and beautiful selves.


Louis J. Cozolino, Ph.D.

Cozolino is a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and author of The Neuroscience of Human Relationships and Attachment Based Teaching. His work centers on the social brain and the link between neuroscience and education.


David Isay

Author, documentarian, and founder of StoryCorps, a national project to instruct and inspire people to record each other's' stories in sound, Isay is the recipient of four Peabody Awards and a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship.


Kevin Carroll

Author, speaker and agent for social change, Carroll inspires people to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize their human potential. His childhood experiences on the playground led him to a pursuit of play, which landed him at Nike as a creative change agent, helping develop a deeper understanding of athletic product performance as well as interpersonal communication and team dynamics.


Jessica Lahey

Lahey is an educator and author who writes about parenting and education for The New York Times andThe Atlantic. Her latest book is called The Gift of Failure.


Michael Sorrell

President of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Sorrell is credited with reviving the university through entrepreneurship and innovation. He has received national attention for transforming the school’s football field into a farm to combat the area’s “food desert.”

momentous staff

Momentous Institute Staff

Jessica Trudeau, Rhonda Vincent Ph.D., Matt Leahy Ph.D., and Karen Dumas, LPC-S, RPT-S will present "Flash Focus on Trauma." This TED Talk-style presentation will focus on understanding and working with trauma.



Educators, mental health professionals, corporations, parents, and community members

CEU provided

As a licensed provider of CEUs in the state of Texas for LPC, LMFT, and LCSW, participants will receive 12.5 hours of CEU credits for the two-day conference, or 7 hours for Thursday and 5.5 hours for Friday. Educators will receive a certificate of attendance for one day or two days.


A block of rooms has been reserved for Changing the Odds attendees at the Hilton Anatole from September 30- October 2, 2015. The special rate will be available through September, 10, 2015. Please click here to make your reservation or call (214) 761-7518 and reference the Changing the Odds conference.

Sponsor Opportunities

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Coming Up

2015-10-01 9:00 AM 2015-10-02 5:30 PM America/Chicago Changing the Odds 2015 Changing the Odds 2015: Chaos to Connection Featuring Sir Ken Robinson, Dan Pink, Jessica Lahey, Glennon Doyle Melton, Dave Isay, Lou Cozolino, Kevin Carroll, Micheal Sorrell, and Momentous Institute Staff. Hilton Anatole Momentous Institute

Event Details

  • Audience: Educators, mental health professionals, corporations, parents, and community members