Changing the Odds 2019

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Registration opens March 9

When children enter a classroom, what are they bringing with them that we don’t normally talk about? Our goal as professionals is to protect and nurture the well being of all children, but what are the underlying influences affecting our children that we aren’t talking enough about? The theme for Momentous Institute’s 2019 Changing the Odds Conference is Hidden Factors. Our lineup of internationally-recognized keynote speakers will dive into issues like inequity, foster care, trauma, addiction, and other Hidden Factors that often impact the lives of children we work with. Join us for Changing the Odds and leave challenged and inspired to bring these topics to light so all children have the opportunity to beat the odds!

Meet The Speakers

Austin Channing Brown

Austin Channing Brown is a leading voice on racial justice and the author of “I’m Still Here—Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness.” Since receiving her masters degree in Social Justice, Austin has worked with churches, universities and nonprofits across the country to advance the work of reconciliation. Through her expertise, we will explore the intersections of racial justice, faith and black womanhood.

Ashley Rhodes Courter

Ashley Rhodes Courter, the extraordinary author of international bestseller “Three Little Words,” will share her powerful story of growing up in multiple foster homes starting at the age of three until she was adopted at age 12, shedding light on the challenges children face in the foster care system. 

Maria Teresa Kumar

Maria Teresa Kumar is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that she created with actress Rosario Dawson that works to engage, educate and empower Latinos to be agents of change. Come hear her story as she illuminates for us Latinos’ innate leadership across all political ideologies.

Fredi Lajvardi

Fredi Lajvardi is a nationally recognized STEM educator who is excited to teach us about the need to embrace diversity and invest in people. He will walk us through his experience of leading a group of high school students facing insurmountable odds to a national championship in underwater robotics.

Lisa Ling

Lisa Ling is an award-winning journalist, author and television host will enlighten us to the Hidden Factors she has uncovered across many cultures through her gifts of investigation and storytelling.

Christo Pallas

Christo Pallas is a psychotherapist and board certified addiction psychiatrist whose experiences will take us behind the curtain of addiction, trauma and mood disorders.

Howard Stevenson

Howard Stevenson is a clinical psychologist, professor at the University of Pennsylvania and renowned author whose work on emotional and racial literacy in families and youth will offer insight into how we can confront encounters of racial trauma.

Jean Twenge

Jean Twenge is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and author who will walk us through her research, which takes a look at 11 million young people and their time spent with technology. Jean will show us how to better relate to younger generations.

Questions?

Who should attend this conference?

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

What is the cost of the conference?

The registration cost will begin at $500 through May 31 and will increase through the start of the conference. 

  • March 9 - May 31: $500
  • June 1 - August 31: $600
  • September 1 - October 24: $695

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 12.5 hours of CEU credits for the two-day conference.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring! Please reach our to Tania Loenneker, Associate Director of Development at tloenneker@momentousinstitute.org or 214-944-4758. 

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Coming Up

2019-10-24 7:00 AM 2019-10-25 4:00 PM America/Chicago Changing the Odds 2019 The theme for Momentous Institute’s 2019 Changing the Odds conference is Hidden Factors. Our lineup of internationally-recognized keynote speakers will dive into issues like inequity, foster care, trauma, addiction, and other Hidden Factors that often impact the lives of children we work with. Join us for Changing the Odds and leave challenged and inspired to bring these topics to light so all children have the opportunity to beat the odds! Omni Dallas Hotel Momentous Institute bj@johnsonandsekin.com

Event Details

  • Audience: Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Parents and Community Members
  • Event Time:

    October 24-25, 2019 | Omni Dallas Hotel | 9 am - 4 pm

  • Early Bird: $500 (March 9 - May 31)
  • Summmer Special: $600 (June 1 - August 31)
  • Full Price: $695 (Sept 1 - Conference start)