Some conferences are inspiring and I come away feeling very excited but not always sure what to do! GLS was very inspiring but I also have an action plan. Inspiring, intelligent and instructional.
The diverse Summit faculty delivers a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply. Below is a sneak peek at a few of the speakers at the live event at Willow Creek. The UK & Ireland videocast typically shows 9-11 of these sessions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Ph.D.
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.
DR. 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.
Best-selling Author; Co-Founder, Southwestern Consulting
Rory Vaden is the world’s leading expert on self-discipline and enhancing productivity. The co-founder of Southwestern Consulting, he helps clients in more than 35 countries grow their business and provide a better customer experience. A New York Times best-selling author, Vaden’s latest book, Procrastinate on Purpose, radically changes the way you think about time so you can overcome stalled productivity and reclaim time in your everyday life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Last Arrow—Erwin McManus
GLS 2016 Grander Vision Story—Dr Nthabiseng Legoete
The Art of Hospitality—Danny Meyer
It was a great experience and so encouraging to see a mix of religious and secular thinkers sharing their insight for the benefit of all involved.
Ben Evans, Bristol Diocese, GLS Chicago 2017
Each year the GLS offers new ways to think about how you lead in whatever situation you are in – whether it’s business or church. I found I was challenged this year by what sort of leader people may consider me to be and I really enjoyed how many excellent women speakers there were.
Beth Walford, Bishop’s Stortford Baptist Church, GLS Chicago 2017
“Last year I took five experienced strategic leaders from outside the church to the GLS in Gerrards Cross. These senior students of leadership described it as the best leaders conference they had attended. This year I am looking for others to discover the GLS as a treasury for leaders. Join me in this.”
Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon, GLS Chicago 2017
I thought this was an excellent conference. The input was as challenging as it was terrific. Every year the GLS offers something new and stimulating. After many years of visiting the Summit, it proved yet again to be an unmissable event.
Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol, GLS Chicago 2017
This Summit drew closer to the heart of Christian Leadership than any other.
Revd Gwyn Owen, Christ The Servant, Stockwood, GLS Chicago 2017
Attending the GLS each year has consistently developed me as a leader and been transformational in my work. The faculty at GLS 2017 was first class and I returned from Willow encouraged, inspired and full of practical ideas with which to improve my own performance and that of my team.
Simon J Lloyd, The Church in Wales, GLS Chicago 2017
Guest faculty members are invited to participate in The Global Leadership Summit based on proven leadership abilities in their field of expertise. Their beliefs may not necessarily reflect those of Willow Creek Association and Willow Creek Community Church, and their presence at the Summit does not imply blanket endorsement of their views or affiliations.
Above is a sneak peek at a few of the speakers for the live event at Willow Creek.
The UK & Ireland videocast typically shows 9-11 of these sessions.