Changing the Odds 2016


Live Stream Registration Open

Join us for the 2017 Changing the Odds. Our 6th annual conference, HOPE: The Ultimate Four-Letter Word, will explore the relationship between trauma and hope. 

Leaders in education and mental health from the comfort of your home or office. Due to overwhelming demand, we are offering our 5th annual Changing the Odds conference for live stream on October 6-7th.

Conference Agenda

Individuals may purchase a single stream of the two-day conference for $200. CEUs are offered to the registered individual only. Sharing the broadcast with groups of people is prohibited and risks copyright infringement. No refunds on live stream purchases.

Questions? View our live stream frequently asked questions

About the Event

The 5th annual Changing the Odds conference —“Compassion: Brain Changer” — is a unique and dynamic event exploring how essential social emotional health habits, like mindfulness, gratitude and kindness, rewire the brain to increase compassion. Our renowned speaker roster features some of the top thought leaders in education and mental health.

Hear from best-selling authors, research pioneers and “the happiest man in the world”:

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Brené Brown, Ph.D.

Researcher, storyteller and author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers — and — Brown has spent the past 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. She is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, founder and CEO for The Daring Way™ and COURAGEworks, and her 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 25 million viewers.

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Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.

Neuroscientist and co-author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain and named in 2006 by TIME magazine as one of the world’s “Most Influential People,” Davidson performed the brain scan revealing Matthieu Ricard (also a 2016 Changing the Odds presenter) as the world’s happiest man.

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Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.

New York Times best-selling author of Emotional Intelligence, widely recognized as a groundbreaking book that launched the concept of social emotional health, and co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

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Susan Kaiser Greenland

Author of The Mindful Child, which introduces the innovative “glitter ball” concept and explains how mindfulness programs can help kids develop skills to become more attentive, happier and more compassionate.

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Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D.

A leading researcher and former junior high school science teacher who studies the psychological and neurobiological bases of social emotion, self-awareness and culture, and recipient of numerous awards for her impact on education and society, including a Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences editorial board.


Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.

Founding faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and the psychologist and “emotions expert” who served as film consultant on the Pixar blockbuster Inside Out.

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Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

A research pioneer in self-compassion, associate professor at University of Texas at Austin, author of Self-Compassion, and the documentary subject of “The Horse Boy,” which chronicles her son’s journey with autism, horses and healing.

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Matthieu Ricard

Hailed as “the happiest man in the world” and “right-hand man” for the Dalai Lama, he is a monk, photographer and author of several books, includingHappiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill.

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Meena Srinivasan

A student of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the youngest educators to be awarded the prestigious National Board Certification, and author of Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom.

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Lizzie Velasquez

Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Lizzie Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman.” She rose to fame after her 2013 TED Talk, “How Do You Define Yourself?” about cyberbullying and details of her physical and emotional journey.

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Momentous Institute Staff

PLUS! Momentous Institute staff will share lessons learned in our applied work with kids and families related to the research of other speakers.


2015 conference attendees share their biggest takeaways and "A-HA" moments. 


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

CEU provided

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 (7 hours Thursday/ 5.5 hours Friday).

Momentous Institute has partnered with The National Register to provide 10 continuing education credits to psychologists attending this event (6 Thursday/4 Friday).*

Educators will receive a certificate of attendance for one day or two days.

*The National Register of Health Service Psychologists is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The National Register maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Location & Accommodations

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 call 1-800-THE-OMNI to book your room, and mention the Momentous Institute room block. The group rate is available until September 14, 2016.



Sponsor Opportunities

If you are interested in being a sponsor of the 2016 Changing the Odds Conference, please contact Jessica Trudeau.


Please contact Claudia Schramm at (214) 915-4761. 

Coming Up

2016-10-06 9:00 AM 2016-10-07 5:30 PM America/Chicago Changing the Odds 2016 The 5th anniversary of our Changing the Odds conference — “Compassion: Brain Changer” — will explore how essential social emotional health habits, like mindfulness, gratitude and kindness, rewire the brain to increase compassion. Omni Dallas Hotel Momentous Institute

Event Details

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

    9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 6,
    9:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Friday, October 7