Michelle Kinder, M.Ed., LPC
Executive Director, Momentous Institute
Michelle Kinder is the Executive Director of Momentous Institute in Dallas, TX. She has worked in the field of children’s mental health for 20 years. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and the University of Texas with a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Momentous Institute, owned and operated by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, is a large Dallas nonprofit with a 97 year history of building and repairing social emotional health with children and their families so they can achieve their full potential.
Michelle is a nationally recognized speaker on topics such as: the importance of social emotional health, what children need to succeed, toxic stress, mindful parenting, effective parent engagement, connecting with teens, the effect of trauma and violence on children, mindful leadership, emotional intelligence and the intersection of mental health and education. She has written articles which were published by Dallas Morning News, TIME and Mindful Magazine. Michelle was named the 2015 Non-Profit CEO of the Year by CNM Connect. In 2016, Momentous Institute was named one of the top 100 Best Workplaces for Women by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work. And, Momentous Institute was named one of the 50 Best Workplaces in Texas in 2017.
Michelle grew up in Guatemala and is fluent in Spanish. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, Patrick, and their two daughters, Maya and Sophia.