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Michael Bonner

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

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 and follow him on all social media platforms at @michaelbonner_.

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Be Better (Teacher Breakout Session)

Right now, our society is going through the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We can't afford to place our students in an unfortunate position by using outdated teaching methods. In this breakout session, Mr.Bonner will provide tips to help increase the social-emotional environment for students, vital literacy research that will foster a love for reading, and technology applications that will assist students in becoming producers rather than consumers.

Be Better (Administration Breakout Session)

Having quality teachers within your school building can drastically improve the school culture and student outcomes. Unfortunately, some teachers hold onto ideologies that harm student self-efficacy. In Michael Bonner’s last seven years of teaching, he has had 16 different administrators. Through those experiences, he dissects their methods and beliefs and offers tools and insights that will help leaders create a better environment for students and teachers.

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. 

Reconstructing Education through Effective Collaboration (Breakout Session)

Daily teachers are faced with hundreds of decisions that impact the lives of many children. In this breakout session, teachers will be able to have a constructive dialogue about pressing issues that are affecting educators. Michael Bonner will create an interactive discussion with educators with 6 categories that are circulating through education.

Through this discussion, teachers will:

• Discuss how the complexity of implicit bias and how cultural competency can ultimately influence their pedagogy.

• Discuss current academic fads and determine if they contribute to improving student outcomes.

• Create solutions to take back to their classrooms that will put students in a position to achieve success.

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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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