GLS 2018 at Willow Creek—Join the Live Event—9-10 August

Take a week out to rest, refresh and replenish

Gain fresh, actionable and inspiring leadership content from a world-class faculty live at Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago.

Please note: In light of recent events at Willow Creek, changes are being made to the GLS 2018 programme. Some of the originally advertised speakers are no longer taking part and new speakers are yet to be announced – please visit the speakers tab below for the latest information. Please visit our blog pages for latest updates about the situation at Willow Creek.


Two Days of World-Class Leadership Training
  • Get a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply
  • Learn from the diverse 2018 faculty
  • Leverage the Summit as a resource to transform yourself and your community
  • Join a community of like-minded Christians from 128 countries and 60 languages who attend the Summit around the world
Reasons to Attend

For more than 20 years, the Summit has proven to produce compelling outcomes* for attendees, including:

Teamwork 83%
83% of attendees demonstrate improved teamwork, job satisfaction and productivity

Effectiveness 61%
61% of attendees say their organisation is more effective because of clearer vision

Significance 87%
87% feel a greater sense of significance and satisfaction in their personal and professional lives

Better Leaders 81%
81% cite concrete ways their supervisor has become a better leader because of the Summit

*Independent research conducted by Excellence in Giving based on repeat Summit attendee data.

World-Class Faculty

The diverse Summit faculty delivers a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the 2018 Summit faculty.


Craig Groeschel


Co-Founder & Senior Pastor, Life.Church
Craig Groeschel is senior pastor of Life.Church, an innovative church meeting in multiple U.S. locations and globally online. Known for its missional approach utilising the latest technology, Life.Church is the creator of the YouVersion Bible App—downloaded in every country. Groeschel speaks frequently around the world and hosts the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. A New York Times best-selling author, his new book, Hope in the Dark, will pre-release at the Summit.

Angela Ahrendts


Senior Vice President of Retail, Apple
Angela Ahrendts is responsible for strategy, real estate & development and operations of Apple’s physical stores, online store and contact centres. Since joining Apple in 2014, she has integrated Apple’s physical and digital retail businesses to create a seamless experience for more than a billion visitors per year with the goal of educating, inspiring, entertaining and enriching communities. Prior to Apple, Ahrendts served as CEO of Burberry, leading the company through a period of outstanding global growth.

TD Jakes


Founder and Senior Pastor, The Potter’s House
T.D. Jakes is a visionary, provocative thinker and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organisation and 30,000-member church. Named “America’s Best Preacher” by TIME Magazine, Jakes’ reach and presence spans film, television, radio and books, including his most recent New York Times bestseller, Soar! Build Your Vision from the Ground Up, and his latest film, Faith Under Fire.


Simon Sinek


New York Times Best-selling Author; Optimist
Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Best known for popularising the concept “Start With Why,” his talk on this topic is the third most watched TED talk of all time. A New York Times best-selling author, Sinek’s next book, The Infinite Game, is due out October 2018.

Sheila Heen


Founder, Triad Consulting Group; Faculty, Harvard Law School
Sheila Heen has spent two decades at the Harvard Negotiation Project, specialising in our most difficult conversations—where disagreements are strong, emotions run high and relationships become strained. Her firm, Triad Consulting Group, works with executive teams to strengthen working relationships, work through tough conversations and make sound decisions together. Her most recent New York Times bestseller is Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well.

Erwin McManus


Author, Futurist, Filmmaker and Pastor
Erwin McManus is senior pastor of MOSAIC, a church in Los Angeles known for its innovation, creativity, diversity and social entrepreneurism. A thought-provoking communicator, McManus has spoken to more than a million people in 50 countries on leadership, creativity and culture. A recent cancer survivor, his latest book, The Last Arrow, is about leaving nothing undone and living with relentless ambition and no regrets.


Danny Meyer


Restaurateur; Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’
Danny Meyer is CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack. Highly acclaimed for some of New York’s most beloved restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern, and more, in 2015 he was named one of TIME Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People.’ Meyer’s New York Times bestselling book, Setting the Table, examines the power of hospitality, business and life.

David Livermore PhD


President, Cultural Intelligence Center; Best-selling Author
David Livermore is a social scientist in global leadership and cultural intelligence—the capability to relate effectively across culturally diverse situations which transcend ethnic, organisational, generational, gender and other contexts. As president and partner at the Cultural Intelligence Center, he has provided training and consulting in 100 countries. Livermore has authored several books, including Leading with Cultural Intelligence and Driven by Difference: How Global Companies Fuel Innovation through Diversity.

Nthabiseng Legoete


Founder & CEO, Quali Health; Social Entrepreneur
Dr. Nthabiseng Legoete is a medical practitioner who is passionate about improving access to primary healthcare. Motivated by her faith and own family story, her vision is to make quality primary healthcare affordable for all global citizens in emerging markets. Legoete founded Quali Health in Johannesburg, South Africa. Currently serving more than 600 patients a day at four facilities, in 2018 they are expected to grow to 30 facilities.



New York Time Best-selling Author
As a result of Rory Vaden’s recent departure from Southwestern Consulting—the firm he co-founded—he is no longer able to speak at this year’s Summit because of contractual agreements with his previous business partners. He will be missed! However, we are excited to welcome Daniel Pink back to the Summit. Daniel is one of the best-selling nonfiction authors of the last decade. His most recent book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, has spent four months on The New York Times bestseller list.

Rasmus Ankersen


Best-selling Author; Entrepreneur
Rasmus Ankersen is an expert on performance development and a trusted advisor to businesses and athletes around the world. He is the chairman of FC Midtjylland in Denmark and a director of Brentford FC in England, two of the world’s most innovative football (soccer) clubs recognised for their use of big data to drive decision-making. Ankersen’s most recent book, Hunger in Paradise, details how organisations can remain successful by eliminating complacency.

Strive Masiyiwa


Founder & Chairman, Econet Group; Philanthropist
Strive Masiyiwa is chairman of Econet, a global telecommunications group with operations, investments and offices in more than 20 countries. A Zimbabwean businessman based in London, in 2014 and 2017 he was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” Considered one of Africa’s most generous humanitarians, Masiyiwa and his wife are members of the Giving Pledge and have supported the education of more than 250,000 African orphans in the last 20 years.


John C. Maxwell


Leadership Expert; Best-selling Author; Coach
John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times best-selling author, coach and speaker, was identified in recent years as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. His organisations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team and EQUIP—have trained more than six million leaders in every nation. His latest book is Developing the Leader Within You 2.0.

Carla Harris


Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley
One of the most influential women on Wall Street, Carla Harris was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America,” Fortune’s “Most Influential List” and Black Enterprise’s “Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business.” She is actively involved in her community and is a member of the board of overseers of Harvard University and of the board of directors of the Walmart Corporation. Harris is the author, Expect to Win and Strategise to Win.


Danielle Strickland


Pastor; Author; Justice Advocate
Danielle Strickland has led churches, started training schools and established justice departments around the world. She spent 22 years as an officer in The Salvation Army and is an Ambassador for Stop The Traffik. With a deep calling to empower people and to transform neighbourhoods and the world, she co-founded Infinitum (a way of life), Brave Global and Amplify Peace. Strickland is the author of several books, including her most recent, The Zombie Gospel.


GLS Blue Mountain

Once again the GLS managed to inspire, encourage and challenge. Wherever and whatever you’re leading there will be something for you, your team and your organisation that will help you become a better leader – don’t miss it!

Simon Kirby, Vicar, St Mary’s Cogges, GLS Chicago 2017
GLS Blue Mountain

“As always, the GLS 2016 delivered high quality content. Patrick Lencioni was on great form on team members, Erin Meyer was fascinating on cross-cultural communication while Chris McChesney and Alan Mullaly brought great practical wisdom from the business world. A great two days with plenty of food for thought!”

The Rev Canon David Richards, St Paul’s and St George’s Church, Edinburgh
GLS Blue Mountain

“The GLS offered me practical principles of leadership that powerfully combine simplicity and clarity with wisdom and insight.  What made it even more powerful is that the principles come from leaders who lead across the world and in a diverse range of settings and cultures.”

Ven John Kiddle, Archdeacon of Wandsworth


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The GLS at Willow Creek runs 9-10 August 2018.

Each year Willow Creek UK & Ireland has a limited seat allocation at the Global Leadership Summit at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. We recommend that you book well in advance to guarantee your seats.


Super Early Bird: £249

Fees for UK/Ireland delegates are based around the current US Main Auditorium rate.

A cancellation fee of £50 applies to each person should you need to cancel your booking.

How to Pay
  • Online by following the BOOK HERE link below and adding the product to your basket
  • BACS payment to Barclays Bank PLC – Account name: Willow Creek Association UK; Sort code: 20-78-58; A/C 70480185; quote ref ‘GLS Chicago [surname]’ on the payment

Please note:

While families are very important to us, Willow Creek Association conferences are adult training events, so children and infants, including nursing infants, are not permitted in any of the sessions. Childcare is not available and we cannot guarantee a separate room for parents to stay with their children.

For promotional purposes, videos and photographs are taken at all conferences. Your registration constitutes permission for the WCA to use your likeness in promotional materials.


ALL bookings for US events are undertaken by WCA UK & Ireland.

Conference info

For all the latest information, please visit


We recommend that you book your accommodation early. There are a number of hotels in the area to choose from.

Global Hospitality with a Willow family is available at an additional £20 per person and is available from Saturday 4 August to Sunday 12 August (8 nights). Due to the hundreds of international guests attending the Summit, Global Hospitality availability is limited and cannot be guaranteed, so it is important that you reserve a hotel room as a back-up. You need to BOOK EARLY if you wish to register for Global Hospitality – the deadline is 30 April however we recommend you book before this.  Please select:


You will need to hire a car as there is no public transport to or from the church. You may be able to book car hire when you book your flights.  Area Map for WCCC.


Please ensure that you have a valid electronic passport and a valid ESTA. This is the only requirement for UK & Irish delegates under the Visa Waiver Program. However, we recommend you check US Embassy  for up-to-date information.