The Missouri Annual Conference is excited to present Fierce Conversations as the 2018 Annual Conference Pre-Conference Institute on Thursday, June 7. This one-day training will guide you through tackling your toughest and most challenging conversations. As our Church faces a number of difficult conversations in the coming years, please join us in better equipping ourselves with skills designed to enrich relationships and build community.

When: June 7, 2018
Where: University Plaza Hotel, Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $79 until March 13, $99 from March 13-May 15


There are only 100 spots available per track. You must register and pay to hold your spot.

Fierce workshop attendees learn to ignite productive dialog that interrogates reality, provokes learning, resolves tough challenges and enriches relationships. It’s the place to begin, the cornerstone of great leadership, healthy cultures, intelligent strategies, and whole-hearted execution. We'll be offering a Gen Track, centered on communicating with multigenerational groups, and a Team Track, centered on team utilization and difficult conversations, as our 2018 Annual Conference Pre-Institute.

In your workshop, you will use real-life situations to build and practice the conversations you need to have after the workshop--you will get real work done in real time, and you will enrich the relationships in your professional and personal lives through the process.


9-10:30 a.m. Registration

10:30 a.m. Session 1 in respective track, Gen or Team

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1- 5 p.m. Session 2 in respective track, Gen or Team

Fierce Conversations Tracks Offered

Team Track

The Team Track will offer a dual purpose. It will focus on how you are utilizing your teams, and it will also move into how to have difficult conversations effectively.

Are you tapping into the knowledge available within your team and across different departments within your organization? Are the people in your meetings actively contributing? Or are they texting under the table? Are you avoiding a difficult conversation? When using the Fierce Team methodologies, leaders can make the best possible decisions for the organization. It enables alignment, collaboration, and partnership, not only within your own team, but across the organization. Learning how to have a Fierce Confrontation will result in a healthy and satisfying outcome, with a deep understanding of the truth and mutual respect for one another.


Gen Track

The church is engaging several different generations every day. Are diversity differences a team strength or a point of contention? How do you create a culture of inclusion where every person has input without creating bottlenecks in effectiveness?

Fierce Generations is diversity training with a multigenerational lens. It provides a framework for uniting people and realizing the rewards of an inclusive culture by celebrating points of diversity among groups.

Meet the Facilitators

Molly Breazeale, Team Track

Molly Breazeale is the owner of AlignED, LLC. She brings 20+ years of adult learning and consulting experience to the field of leader development and org­ anization effectiveness.

She served for 10 years as the Director of Product Design and Delivery for Dale Carnegie Training. Molly developed curriculum for Dale Carnegie Training core products, like Leadership Training for Managers, in addition to fully customized training solutions for Fortune 500 clients.

More recently Molly was AVP, Learning and Development at Nationwide Insurance. As leader of the corporate learning and development team she designed and delivered executive, director/officer and management training aligned with the strategic direction of the organization. In 2009 she implemented On Your Side in Action, from the CEO kick-off to all 33,000 associates.

Molly attended an American Society of Training and Development Conference in 2005 and "discovered" Fierce Conversations. She quickly became certified and brought Fierce to Nationwide for all levels of leadership for its relevant, actionable format. Upon leaving the organization in 2010, she became a licensed authorized provider, to continue her partnership and passion for Fierce.

In addition to facilitation and learning design, Molly is a seasoned executive coach. One primary belief that is core to everything she does is the belief that "People support a world they help create."


Luis Gonzáles, Gen Track

Luis Gonzáles comes to Fierce with over 15 years of experience as an international corporate trainer, coach, and learning and development professional. His work has been focused on coaching and training business leaders and teams in India, Brazil, Mexico, and the US, and he is passionate about helping individuals, teams, and organizations increase productivity and collaboration via improved communication and understanding. 

At Fierce, Luis facilitates high caliber, live and online Fierce workshops and Train-the-Trainer events to corporate, educational, non-profit, and governmental organizations in the US and Canada. He supports the learning and certification of Fierce facilitators, provides support for new program development, and monitors training activities and program effectiveness. 

Before joining the Fierce team, Luis was a Learning and Development professional with an Indian IT outsourcing firm, directing all training initiatives in the US and LatAm regions. Luis also enjoyed two years working with Microsoft in Bangalore, India, where he coached and trained IT support engineers. Other international corporations for which Luis has coached executives and facilitated trainings include: Walmart, Anthem, McKesson, Blue Cross, Google Brazil, Amazon Brazil, Volkswagen do Brasil, PepsiCo S.A, Santander Bank, Nokia S.A, Deloitte Brazil, Software One Group Brazil, Embraer, Rockwell Collins. 

Luis has developed a keen ability to build and steward trust-based relationships across organizational and global cultures. He has lived and worked in India, Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela. He holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies with a concentration in Culture and Area studies, and a B.A. in International Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. 

On the personal side, Luis loves living the Southern California beach life. He enjoys surfing, gardening, live music shows, daily yoga practice, and beautiful sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.