Michael Bonner | Disruptive Innovator, Entrepreneur, Ellen Degeneres Favorite Teacher, Atlanta's 40 under 40

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Michael Bonner

Disruptive Innovator, Entrepreneur, Ellen Degeneres Favorite Teacher, Atlanta's 40 under 40

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Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner is a renowned leader, innovator, and performance booster, who is a trailblazer in leadership development and organizational culture. He is a dynamic keynote speaker as seen on The Ellen Show, NBC Nightly News, and Time for Kids and a recent recipient of Atlanta's 40 under 40 awards . He is the CEO of Bonnerville, a business that promotes the value of self-care and a highly respected team member at the famed Ron Clark Academy. 

He empowers leaders to build genuine relationships and establish a positive organizational culture, vision and team development. His seminars challenge listeners to reflect, strategize, and execute in order to increase their efficiency in the workplace and personal areas. He empowers listeners to build genuine relationships with their teams and colleagues because "You cannot demand a withdrawal from someone you have never invested in." 

Michael Bonner's transformative approach leaves C-suite and nonprofit leaders, educators, and administrators confident and prepared to become world-changing citizens who garner significant impact.

To learn more about Michael Bonner, visit michael-bonner.com and follow him on all social media platforms at @michaelbonner_.

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The Perfect Time to Quit!

This speech is designed to be engaging and inspiring, encouraging professionals and leaders to embrace change and let go of old, outdated practices that are holding them back. By framing quitting in a positive light and encouraging the audience to take action, Michael Bonner aims to inspire professionals and leaders to make positive changes that will improve their performance and the culture of their organization. He will lay out the importance of taking advantage of innovation during certain seasons by leveraging teamwork, creative ideas, and social capital. The speech will be filled with personal anecdotes, humor, and practical tips and strategies that the audience can apply immediately in their own work.


The Audacity to Believe

Thriving in the New Age of Leadership


Facing technological disruptions and rising turnover, both educators and corporate professionals need more than survival skills. “The Audacity to Believe” empowers leaders to become change makers. Michael Bonner shares how to cultivate a “believer’s” mindset, fostering teamwork, creativity, and social capital. He unveils 5 key traits of effective leaders: belief in potential, learning for success, tailored approaches, resilience through failure, and embracing feedback. This speech will leave you energized and ready to inspire your team or students, unlocking the audacious potential within your organization or classroom.

The Audacity to Believe
Thriving in Education's New Age

Facing tech disruptions and rising turnover, educators need more than just survival skills. "The Audacity to Believe" empowers teachers to become changemakers, igniting inspiration and practical strategies. Michael Bonner, a renowned educator, shows you how to cultivate a "believer's" mindset within your classroom, sparking positive ripples throughout your school, county, and district.

Based on research, Mr. Bonner unveils 5 key traits of effective teacher leaders:

  • Unwavering belief in student potential: You'll discover how to foster a "can-do" attitude, ensuring every student sees themselves as capable learners.
  • Learning as the key to success: Learn how to connect academic achievement with real-world success, motivating students to invest in their education.
  • Tailored instruction for individual needs: Equip yourself with strategies to provide customized learning experiences that empower each student to excel.
  • Building resilience through failure: Explore healthy approaches to failure, turning setbacks into opportunities for growth.
  • Embrace feedback for continuous improvement: Discover the power of constructive criticism for honing your craft and staying at the forefront of education.

Prepare to leave this speech feeling energized and ready to inspire the next generation! Join Michael Bonner and unlock the audacious potential within you and your students.

By Design

By design is a keynote designed by the client and speaker to empower the individuals the conference or district is serving. This customized keynote will be designed to fit the needs of the audience by combining the expertise of Michael with the leaders of the organization. Through effective collaboration, a dynamic speech will be created to have attendees leave the keynote with a renewed sense of confidence and the tools necessary to be more efficient. 

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Get Up Or Give Upby Michael Bonner

Get Up Or Give Up

by Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner knew he wanted to be a teacher after his favorite college professor, Dr. Poulson, inspired him. The professor’s passion and love for teaching prompted Michael to change his major and his life’s direction. But nothing prepared Michael for the reality of a Title One school.      

Teaching is fun until a 7-year-old is assaulting you or you’re dodging furniture being thrown at you. When you mix the craziness of a classroom with a marriage that was about to implode, anyone might want to quit. Smiling on the outside while feeling dead on the inside took this dedicated teacher to the breaking point. Michael knew he must change what was inside him, in his approach to life, or nothing would change anywhere else. 

So Michael took matters into his own hands to make four key paradigm shifts that helped him create a world of successful learning for his students and love within both the classroom and beyond. The result has been a transformation that’s taken Michael far beyond the classroom as he inspires thousands across the country.  

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Why Michael Bonner Day Exists

Olivia Kuban In the small town of Hertford, North Carolina, February 10 is Michael Bonner Day. The man in which the day honors is Michael Bonner, a Hertford native and a...
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Hidden figures

Social media has grown into something I believe none of us initially imagined. The ability to connect with individuals across the world and take a peep into what they are doing...
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Michael Bonner New Book Release Get Up or Give Up!

  Michael Bonner knew he wanted to be a teacher after his favorite college professor, Dr. Poulson, inspired him. The professor’s passion and love for teaching prompted...
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