EDUCATIONAL   conference

Join us for two days of incredible keynotes, engaging breakout sessions, and excellent networking opportunities at the 2021 GOCSD Innovation Summit! If you are a teacher or administrator in the Southwest Missouri region, this conference is for you. This year, get excited for educational development, leadership enhancement, vendor fairs, and so much more.

AUGUST 5 - 6



Author of The Energy Bus and The Power of a Positive Team
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Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 18 books including multiple best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First, The Power of Positive Leadership and The Power of a Positive Team. His latest book is The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, BB&T Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, West Point Academy and more.

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Mr. Bonner was previously an inspiring teacher at North Carolina's South Greenville Elementary, where the majority of students have strenuous familial dynamics and some are homeless. The school is 100% FRL (free and reduced lunch) and is located in a marginalized neighborhood in Eastern North Carolina. In early 2017, Bonner was honored by Ellen DeGeneres in recognition of his positive and innovative educational approaches for children coping adverse childhood experiences. Ellen presented Bonner and his school with technical equipment to assist in the creation of music videos serving as aids to education. Additionally, Wal-Mart presented the school with $25,000, and the Ellen Show created a Go Fund Me site for South Greenville, which has raised over $88,000 for the Title I school. Since June 2017, Michael has conducted over 100 keynotes and breakout sessions to educators all across the world.

With only six years in K-12 education, Mr. Bonner is consistently seen as a visionary leader who strives to create a positive mindset among all of his students. He understands that his students come to class each day with diverse backgrounds, strengths, needs, and challenges, and seeks to identify strategies to ensure the growth of their social, emotional, academic, and psychological needs. Because of his approach to education, students leave feeling a little more hopeful, challenged, inspired, and forever a part of Bonnerville!


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200 Sycamore Street
Branson, MO 65616

The Branson Convention Center is a state-of-the-art conference facility located in the heart of the Branson Landing retail district. From its unique architecture to world-class dining options, Branson Convention Center is sure to make your conference experience truly one of a kind.


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APRIL 2021




Registration and Breakfast
Keynote Speaker
Michael Bonner
Keynote Speaker
Jon Gordon
Celebration Party
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