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The Oaks
777 S Interstate 35 East
Red Oak, TX 75154
October 23 2020

About the 2020 Leaders Summit

The Oaks
October 23, 2020
9:30 am-3:30 pm

Leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit. In today’s uncertain and challenging times, leaders are needed more than ever. You can choose to become a leader and start making a difference no matter where you are.


You’re invited to our 3rd Annual Leader Summit on Friday, October 23, 2020 powered by the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and John Houston Family of Companies. In partnership with Chick-Fil-A stores of Ellis County and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, this year’s event will be held at Oaks Fellowship, conveniently located 20 minutes from downtown Dallas right off I-35.


Join Dr. John Maxwell, Michael Jr, Candace Payne, and leaders from around North Texas for this inspiring, encouraging, and transformational event!

Seating is limited to 75% capacity and CDC / State of TX guidelines will be in place.


Can’t attend in person? We’re excited to announce a live streaming option for this year’s conference! Just choose “live streaming” when purchasing tickets.

Meet the Speakers

Michael Jr.

Through stand-up comedy, Michael Jr. takes you on a comedic journey in a way you’ve never experienced before. Michael Jr. has spent his career making laughter common in uncommon places like homeless shelters and prisons while inspiring his fans through sketches, stand-up, short films, and appearances in feature films. No matter where you experience this man’s humor, on-stage, on-line, or one-on-one, you get the same Michael Jr. – at ease, conversational, a sly sense of mischief, with a grasp of real-life culture-current scenarios that create waves of comedy that inspires.

LoriAnn Lowery-Biggers 

Candace Payne

Candace Payne, also known as “Chewbacca Mom,” reached more than 200 million people when her surprise outburst of joy at the simplest pleasure of a Star Wars mask went viral. She went on to publish a memoir detailing her personal journey of discovering joy, called Laugh It Up, and a small group curriculum, Defiant Joy: What Happens When You’re Full of It.

Pastor Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson, Founder of The Father Initiative, transitioned from the role of Lead Pastor to the role of Global Pastor at Oaks Church in 2020 to dedicate his life to investing in other pastors. During his 30 plus years of ministry at Oaks Church, the church grew not only in its seating capacity but in its sending capacity, launching over 500 leaders into full-time, vocational ministry through the Oaks School of Leadership. He and his dad, Dr. Tom Wilson, also started an innovative public charter school system that currently educates over 5,000 K-12 students in the DFW area. 


Dr. John Maxwell

#1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker, John Maxwell has sold 30 million books. He has been called the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation—have trained millions of leaders from every nation. Visit for more information. 

Carolina Donis-Lockwood

Carolina Donis-Lockwood is an international conference speaker, attorney, and counseling psychologist with almost two decades of experience in cultural transformation through values. Carolina has been helping to lead Transformative Leadership in Guatemala, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Ellis County TX, and many more countries and communities. 

Peter is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 10 years of experience walking with people through transformation. He’s the co-founder of which provides counseling, coaching, and learning resources to improve mental health for everyone, everywhere. Peter delivers mental health seminars & workshops for non-profits, churches, businesses, and educational institutions.

Peter Pinon

Summit Agenda

9:30 AM - Welcome to Leader Summit 2020 | Candace Payne

9:40 AM - Lead Where You Are - Keynote | John Maxwell

10:30 AM - Leading through Disruption & TransitionLoriAnn Lowery-Biggers

10:45 AM - Michael Jr.  – 1st Session

11:20 AM - Breakout Session 1 (2 Options)

12:00 AM - Lunch (in the breakout session rooms) 


12:40 PM - Breakout Session 2 (2 Options)

1:30 PM - Michael Jr. - 2nd Session

2:00 PM - Leading Towards Unity in Divisive Times | Panel Discussion


Participants include Bishop Blake, Pastor Demetrius McClendon, Chief Wade Goolsby, and Sandy King. Facilitated by Kasey Chesier.

2:45 PM - Leading To Transformation | John Maxwell

Breakout Sessions

Leading to Expand Your Influence | Pastor Scott Wilson

Leading with the Essentials of a Complete Leader ​| LoriAnn Lowery-Biggers

Leading to Emotional Health - Tools to Manage Tough Emotions​ | Peter Pinion

Leading From Uncertainty to Hope - Becoming the best leader you can be in the new normal​ | Carolina Donis-Lockwood



Conference Pass

Includes: general admission, box lunch, two breakout sessions, panel Q&A, and gift bag.


Virtual Pass

Includes: virtual access to all main stage presentations, Q&A submissions, and live chat.

Group Rates & Discounts

For groups of 8 or more, use code GROUP10 at checkout to receive $10 off.

Nonprofit organizations use code NONPROFIT10 at checkout to receive $10 off.

Students use code STUDENT10 at checkout to receive $10 off.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Each ticket can only be scanned once. If you are purchasing tickets for other guests, please print or digitally assign the tickets accordingly to your group. The acceptance of multiple guests for one ticket will not be permitted.​

You can buy tickets for both the in-person event and the live stream at



All are welcome! Anyone looking to refine and grow their leadership skills and make a positive impact on their business, community, or organization is welcome to attend.  Students, entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders, executives, and more will benefit from our all-star lineup of leadership speakers.

Groups, nonprofits, and students are eligible for discounts of $10 off their tickets with code Group10, Student10, or Nonprofit10.

Who should attend this event?

Seating is limited to 75% capacity and CDC and State of TX guidelines will be in place.  In addition, our sponsor Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Waxahachie will be providing masks and hand sanitizer for each participant.

What will the COVID protocol be for the event?

There will be no charge for parking and plenty of space in the parking lot at The Oaks, located at 777 S I-35 E Red Oak, TX 75154.

Will there be a charge for parking and will parking be on site?

You can buy tickets at When making your purchase, be sure to select the Virtual Conference Pass. Once complete, you will receive an email containing instructions on how to participate in the conference live streaming event!

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