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!
The diverse Summit faculty delivers a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply. The live event at Willow Creek will feature all 13 speakers listed below. 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.
Actor, Director, Producer; Multiple Academy Award Winner
Denzel Washington is an actor, director and producer who searches for challenges through his numerous and varied film and stage roles. The son of a minister, he was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. He directed as well as starred in the films: Antwone Fisher, The Great Debaters and Fences. For his work in his latest critically-acclaimed film, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor.
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.
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 & CEO, futurethink; Best-selling Author
Lisa Bodell is a recognised global leader on innovation foresight and change management. As CEO of futurethink, she works with Fortune 500 companies providing radical thinking and on-the-spot business solutions. A best-selling author, Bodell’s latest book, Why Simple Wins, unpacks tools and takeaways on how organisations and individuals can eradicate complexity and allow simplicity to be their new operating system.
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.
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.
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 Magaazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People.’ Meyer’s New York Times bestselling book, Setting the Table, examines the power of hospitality, business and life.
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.
Founder & Senior Pastor, Christian Cultural Center
A.R. Bernard enjoyed a successful career in finance before founding the Christian Cultural Center—now New York’s largest church with 40,000 members and a vision that is transforming its community. He is a visionary who illuminates the minds and hearts of everyone he engages with biblical insights applicable to daily life. A counsel to top figures in business and politics, Bernard was named by New York magazine as one of the most influential people in religion.
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.
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.
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.
Stages of Leadership—Bill Hybels
The Last Arrow—Erwin McManus
GLS 2016 Grander Vision Story—Dr Nthabiseng Legoete
The Art of Hospitality—Danny Meyer
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
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.
Steve Campbell, Senior Pastor, C3 Cambridge, GLS Chicago 2017
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
“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
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.
The live event at Willow Creek will feature all 13 speakers listed above.
The UK & Ireland videocast typically shows 9-11 of these sessions.