Fierce Conversations Pre-Conference Institute

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

Ronna Detrick, Team Track

Ronna Detrick brings nearly 20 years of experience in training, facilitation, and staff development with organizations and individuals. Her work has focused on strengthening leadership, enhancing career and professional development, and compelling institutional change. 

Prior to joining Fierce, Ronna worked in recruiting and placement, training development and promotion, and executive leadership. Her industry expertise spans small businesses, start-up/online entrepreneurs, non-profits, academics, and the Federal government. While working in higher education, she engaged directly with the Board of Directors and C-Suite executives to collaborate on strategic planning, growth initiatives, culture change, and diversity awareness. She enjoyed 7 years working directly with the U.S. military, providing in-depth transitional consulting and professional development training to all branches of the service. Ronna had the privilege of living in South Korea where she had the opportunity to develop, utilize, and appreciate cross-cultural skills. She has built and sustained her own online business - inculcating social media, customer relationship management, blogging, e-courses and products for long-term coaching clients. In every situation, she has worked closely with leaders at all levels to enhance their professional engagement and organizational success while simultaneously strengthening their personal growth and influence. 

Ronna is a dynamic trainer and facilitator. She utilizes her subject matter expertise, humor, and heart to shape relevant, meaningful, and provocative learning experiences. She has spoken at multiple conference venues, guest spoken on various podcasts and online learning forums, and has given a TEDx Talk. 

Ronna is a prolific reader, writer, and lover of good conversation with friends, family, colleagues, even total strangers. She willingly admits to being a huge fan of the thesaurus and drinking too much coffee. She lives in the Seattle area, often wishes the rain would stop, and is always grateful when it does. 


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.