Surprising talks, tweet-worthy debates, keynotes and unexpected discussions packed back-to-back to inspire regional and personal growth. 
More speakers, details and agenda to come. See photos from last year here.
 
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HIGHLIGHTS
Networking
Start new conversations in interactive lounges and engage in thought-provoking conversations between talks. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. so you can arrive early to fuel your mind.
Think Tank
Immerse yourself in big ideas, inspiring conversations, debates and keynotes designed to propel our region forward and inspire professional growth.
Drink Summit
Complete the day by rubbing elbows with speakers and fellow attendees to grow an action plan from the ideas discussed throughout the day. Over drinks and appetizers, of course.

 

SPEAKERS
Ben Hackenwerth
Executive Director, Innovation and Information
Get Schooled
Breakthrough thinking on how to design schools that kids want to attend.
Brett Miller 
Hear, Hear Productions, LLC
When Your Friends Are Your Political Enemies
Brett zigzagged the US in an RV and discovered how divisive politics can also be used to bring people together.
Bruce Nasby 
President of Global Advisory Associates 
Sounds of Change
Bruce explores how classic rock songs are leadership lessons with a beat.
Dr. Chance Wistrom
Republic School District
Get Schooled
Breakthrough thinking on how to design schools that kids want to attend.
Charlie Rosenbury
Owner, Self Interactive 
The Future You See Isn't Real
Charlie Rosenbury looks past the smartphone to predict how our lives will soon be a mix of Virtual and Augmented Reality. 
Cora Scott
Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement
FOMO in SOMO
What a millennial SWAT team says Springfield needs in order to avoid city envy.
Daniel Ernce
Chef, Wild Idea Generator
The Future of Dining Out in Springfield
A panel of young up and coming chefs stir the pot to reinvent the local restaurant scene.
Danny Gutierrez 
Director of Choirs at Reed Academy
Can We Sing Our Way to Excellence?
Gutierrez believes test scores improve when character improves and the proof is in the soaring voices of his Reed Academy choir. 
Don Harkey
Chief Innovation Officer, People Centric Consulting Group
The Culture Magnet
Culture is the driving force behind recruiting and retaining talent.
Evan Kirksey
Student at Southwest Baptist University
Taking the Dis Out of Disability
Born with cerebral palsy, Evan flips the expectations of disability upside down.
Francine Pratt
Prosper Springfield Director
Closing the Gap
Can we grow a smarter, better economy by dumbing down our job requirements?
Jeff Seifried 
President & Chief Executive Officer, Branson/Lakes Chamber of Commerce
Not Your Grandma's Branson
The new wave of entertainment and adventure options to 417-land's $11 billion tourist magnet.
Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith
Superintendent of Nixa School District 
Get Schooled
Breakthrough thinking on how to design schools that kids want to attend.
LaDonna Greiner 
Motivational Coach, LG Consulting & Training LLC
The Benefits of Gratitude
Each of us wants to be happy. LaDonna has 21 reasons why saying thank you will make you happy.
Larnelle Foster
Owner, Q Enoteca
Upon Reflection: Newmaginations
We might as well think big if we are going to think at all.
Lyle Foster
CEO, Big Momma's Coffee and Espresso Bar
Upon Reflection: Newmaginations
We might as well think big if we are going to think at all.
Mary Kromrey
Executive Director, Ozark Greenways
It Takes Two
Why a husband and wife team believe our region's next big thing is connecting our trails and streams.
Mike Kromrey
Executive Director, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks
It Takes Two
Why a husband and wife team believe our region's next big thing is connecting our trails and streams.
Shawn Askinoise 
Founder & CEO, Askinosie Chocolate
Don't Scale, Reverse Scale
 
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