Women’s Speaker Series: How Adversity Impacts a Child’s Brain Development and Well-Being

Speakers Series

Date and Time:November 1st - 4:00pm-6:30pm


The Willows
6729 Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46220


The early years are some of the most crucial for a child’s development. One of the most important areas of development is one of the most overlooked: a child’s social and emotional skills. Dr. Lori Desautels is on a mission to ensure every child has a chance to thrive in all areas of development.

Hear Dr. Desautels discuss her journey as one of the foremost experts in the field of educational neuroscience and what has driven her to become a doctor, researcher and educator. Learn more about her ground-breaking research that focuses on how brain development is affected by adversity and trauma, the ways our stress response system functions and how parents and educators can improve the resiliency and well-being of all children and adolescents.

Following Dr. Desautels’ presentation, learn how United Way is making an impact on the emotional health of children ages 3 to 5 through the use of self-expression kits. These kits help children recognize and express their emotions in a healthy way while encouraging their individual personalities to blossom. Together, we will build kits that will be provided to children at various early childhood education providers in Central Indiana.

Networking, hors d'oeuvres and cash bar begin at 4:00 p.m. Program begins at 4:45 p.m.




Dr. Lori DesautelsDr. Lori Desautels has been an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Butler University since 2016. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at Marian University for eight years, where she founded the Educational Neuroscience Symposium.


Dr. Desautels’ passion is engaging her students through neuroscience as it applies to education by integrating Mind Brain Teaching, learning principles and strategies into her coursework at Butler. The Applied Educational Neuroscience Certificate, created by Lori in 2016, is specifically designed to meet the needs of educators, counselors and administrators who work beside children and adolescents who have, and are, experiencing adversity and trauma. Lori has conducted workshops throughout the United States and Dubai on Mind Brain Teaching and Learning and has met with over 30 school districts across the world, equating to more than 20,000 educators.


You can find Dr. Desautels’ work, presentation videos and latest research on her website www.revelationsineducation.com. Her first book, “How May I Serve You, Revelations in Education” was published in March of 2012. Her second book, co-authored with educator Mr. Michael McKnight, entitled “Unwritten, The Story of a Living System” had been shared and used as a foundation to create curriculum across the country.