The perfect combination of passion, knowledge, poise, authenticity, warmth, and humor, Michelle Kinder holds her audiences in the palm of her hand. Each time I hear her speak, I feel moved, challenged, and spellbound. She’s masterful, relatable, and relevant. I always look forward to hearing her!
Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, co-author of The Whole- Brain Child, No Drama Discipline, & The Yes Brain
As a speaker and a person, Michelle is a rare combination of head and heart, practical know-how and soulfulness, quiet dignity and charming pizzazz. She is an expert in child development and business development, and managing large complicated organizations. She can connect with any audience, and she is funny, inspiring, and relentlessly useful. I could listen to her all day long.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness
Michelle’s commitment to conscious leadership is personal and significant and she has parlayed it into impressive results that have impacted thousands. Her ability to support leaders and organizations in the journey toward socially conscious leadership cannot be underestimated.
Dr. Shafali Tsabary, Clinical Psychologist, International Speaker and author of The Awakened Family and The Conscious Parent
There is no shortage of intriguing speakers addressing leadership. As a CEO I can share that my leadership circle benefits from hearing frequently from many esteemed thought leaders yet Michelle Kinder is the one and only speaker invited for a repeat event. Michelle’s messages move audiences to become change makers.
G. Andrews Smith, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, L&B Realty
Michelle Kinder is an inspirational leader and powerful speaker with a unique ability to simplify and convey complex concepts to a diverse group of audiences and skill levels. Her conviction and passion for people and service is contagious. She is intellectual yet relatable, and delivers with grace, wit and compassion, compelling and challenging messages that provoke change.
Shavonne Lewis, Senior Outreach & Brand Manager, Peckham Inc., Lansing, Michigan
Michelle Kinder is a one-in-more-than-a-million kind of leader. She is the real deal – smart, humble & strategic. Her positive, can-do spirit is refreshing, and helps build connected relationships within and across diverse communities. Michelle is fully committed to helping the people and the organizations she touches work on, and live, their missions to the fullest.
Cathi Coridan, author of The Can Do Workplace: A Strengths- Based Model for Nonprofits Alexandria, VA
I’ve worked with few people more knowledgeable, engaged, and engaging as Michelle Kinder. Her understanding of the needs of children, families, and communities is peerless. She uses her knowledge and expertise to move people and organizations to do good. She has an impeccable track record as an inspirational speaker, a provocateur for social change, and a highly skilled organizational leader!
David J. Chard, Ph.D., Dean ad interim and Professor, BU Wheelock College of Education and Human Development
Michelle Kinder is a visionary, compassionate and knowledgeable leader. She knows how to build strong organizations and is focused on how our children can maximize their God given talents.
Tom Luce, Founder of Texas 2036, National Math and Science Initiative, and Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.
I worked with Michelle Kinder when I gave a keynote for the Momentous Institute, a huge conference with a thousand different moving parts. The conference was one of the best I've ever attended; Michelle was calm, organized and collected, and her employees were obviously dedicated to her. Most importantly, she was hardworking for all the right reasons: she loves working with teachers, cares about the welfare of children, and truly enjoys learning from the experts she hires to speak. I'd work with Michelle again any time, any place. All she has to do is ask.
Jessica Lahey, teacher, mom, NY Times columnist and author of NY Times bestseller, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
Michelle Kinder is one of the leading minds on social change and tapping the hidden power in our own back yards. For years she led the world renown Momentous Institute and its pioneering lab school. This school serves at risk communities and works at the intersection of early childhood trauma, integrating brain health with learning and fostering family and community health. She is an articulate expert and powerful change leader. She has had a profound influence on our work and my community of leaders.
Rex Miller, Consultant and Author of The Healthy Workplace Nudge, Humanizing the Education Machine, and Change Your Space, Change Your Culture
As chair of the selection committee that recommended Michelle to be Executive Director of the Momentous Institute, I had very high expectations of her. She has exceeded my expectations. She is a real servant leader with motivated followers. She has broad and deep knowledge of social emotional health, toxic stress, family therapy, and primary education. She is an inspiring public speaker, an accomplished author, and very helpful in fundraising. She understands the financial dynamics of an organization and can make difficult financial decisions if needed. Michelle has positively impacted the lives of thousands of kids and their families as Executive Director of the Momentous Institute and I am very confident she will continue to do so in the next phase of her professional journey.
Jack Lowe, Jr., Former board chair of Momentous Institute, former president of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, former president of the Board of Trustees of the Dallas ISD, and former CEO and board chair of TDIndustries
Looking for some ‘expert testimony’ on leadership, innovation, collaboration and pursuing excellence? Then dive into the amazing work of my good friend and colleague, Michelle Kinder. Time spent with Michelle, whether face-to-face, in a crowd listening to one of her lectures, or reading her website, will be time well spent. Any leader looking for renewal, personal growth and a practical, effective experience of driving toward best practices, must experience Michelle’s work. If you are committed to growth as a leader, check out the revolutionary work of Michelle Kinder!
Larry James, CEO, CitySquare, Dallas, TX, Author of House Rules: Insights for Innovative Leaders
Michelle Kinder is not only a thought leader but an extraordinary convener of people and ideas. I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle and the Momentous Institute and it was always a pleasure and privilege. She held herself and Momentous to the highest of professional standards and always created programs deeply respectful and knowledgeable of what educators need. I will always look for opportunities to work with Michelle again because I am fully confident in her experience, expertise, and dedication to bringing best practices forward.
Rosalind Wiseman, educator, founder of Cultures of Dignity and author of NYT Bestseller Queen Bees & Wannabes
Michelle’s leadership of the Momentous Institute was nothing short of visionary. Building on an institutional legacy of almost 100 years of work in mental health, she led the Momentous Institute and it’s school, which is certainly one of the top five elementary schools I’ve ever visited.
Michael Morath, Texas Commissioner of Education
I have known outstanding business, educational, civic and political leaders for over 40 years and I would put Michelle Kinder at the very top. Michelle listens, is a true servant leader, always is prepared and is an inspirational speaker and leader. Furthermore, she is creative and talented, and is a tireless worker who is not hesitant to confront a troubling issue but never is confrontational. Michelle will truly make an immediate and positive difference in any organization.
Tom Dunning, Dallas Business and Civic Leader
Michelle is an inspirational leader and master communicator. We were honored to have her as a keynote speaker at our biennial distributor convention, which is typically attended by over 2000 valued stakeholders. Her message was spot on- clear, thought provoking and inspirational.
Scott Miller, President and CEO, Interstate Batteries
With a sharp intellect and mighty heart, Michelle Kinder is a force of nature. Over the past decade, Michelle has improved the lives of underserved children and families in Dallas through her work with the Momentous Institute. Discerning and full of energy, Michelle embodies a leadership style that’s effective, upbeat, and a pleasure to be around. I look forward to cheering her on from the sidelines as she moves into this next phase of her career.
Susan Kaiser Greenland, Mindfulness and Meditation teacher and author of The Mindful Child and Mindful Games
Michelle has been diligently working on her Sweet Spot as a leader for years. She uses ease and strength in ways that serve her and the teams she leads and knows how to help other leaders do the same.
Christine Carter, Ph.D., Sociologist, Happiness Expert, Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and author of The Sweet Spot and Raising Happiness.
Here are five things we love about Michelle:
(1) She doesn't just embody but radiates empathy and respect.
(2) She is the kind of leader that other leaders want to have in their rooms. She brings her full self to the table, keeps an eye on who might be being left behind, and finds an authentic way to bring them back in. Without being asked.
(3) She understands but doesn't support hierarchy.
(4) She's funny! Which allows her to disarm opponents and find common ground in tough conversations.
(5) She celebrates others.
Katie Orenstein & Chelsea Carmona, for The OpEd Project
Cultivating spaces of belonging, mattering and affirmation is Michelle Kinder’s superpower. She brings joy to social emotional learning in a time when some many of us are keenly aware of the daily stressors that cause us to isolate, disconnect and behave in ways that perpetuate systemic oppression. Through utilizing her unique skills set of self-awareness, community advocacy and education Michelle encourages us all to lead organizations in ways that center collective healing, happiness and health. Or as Lilla Watson so eloquently stated, “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” Likewise, Michelle teaches us that it is through the work of mindfulness and healthy human connection that we are able to reach our highest potential and impact the world.
Bianca Anderson, Director of DFW Center for Racial Justice