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.
Founder & Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church
Bill Hybels is senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, a church of more than 25,000 people across eight Chicago-area congregations. He founded The Global Leadership Summit with a commitment to develop and mentor leaders worldwide, now impacting 350,000+ leaders in 129+ countries. Hybels is the best-selling author of more than 20 books, including his video curriculum, Leading from Here to There: 5 Essential Skills.
Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the company’s business operations. Prior to Facebook, she was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department. Sandberg is the best-selling author of Lean In. Her 2017 release, Option B, is an inspiring and practical book about finding resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.
Author; Business Creativity Expert
Fredrik Härén is a business creativity expert who has authored nine books, including The Idea Book—credited as one of “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.” He is a global speaker who has been invited to speak to leaders in more than 60 countries on six continents on the importance of creativity in solving problems. Recognizing how challenging this is, Härén provides practical steps to help individuals and organizations become more creative.
Leadership Author; Communicator; Pastor
Andy Stanley founded North Point Ministries (NPM) more than 20 years ago. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of 30 churches around the globe, collectively serving nearly 70,000 people weekly. Recently, Outreach Magazine identified Stanley as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Pastors in America. The author of more than 20 books, he is passionate about serving both church and organizational leaders.
Founder & Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
Bryan Stevenson, a highly acclaimed activist and lawyer, has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned through his leadership of the equal justice initiative. He has successfully argued several cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, and his TED talk has more than 3 million views. In 2014, Time magazine listed Stevenson’s best-selling book, Just Mercy, as one of the Top 10 Books of the Year.
CEO, Whitespace at Work
Juliet Funt, a recognized consultant and speaker, founded Whitespace at Work with the mission to unearth the potential of companies by unburdening their talent. A warrior against reactive busyness, Funt teaches a streamlined method for personal process improvement that reduces complexity in the workplace. Teams that incorporate Whitespace mindsets and skill-sets increase creativity and engagement, reclaim lost capacity and execute at their finest.
Senior Advisor, Google; Best-selling Author
Laszlo Bock served as Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operations, growing the company from 6,000 to more than 75,000 employees. Google has been recognised more than 150 times as an exceptional employer, including the #1 “Best Company to Work for in the United States” every year since 2012. Bock’s New York Times best-selling book, WORK RULES!, has been published in more than 20 languages and garnered numerous honours.
Founder & Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre in Nigeria
Under Sam Adeyemi’s leadership, Daystar Christian Centre grew from a handful of people to more than 25,000 people weekly-with highly recognized community impact projects. The author of numerous best-selling books, his television programs reach viewers on all continents. Adeyemi founded Daystar Leadership Academy, which is dedicated to releasing a new generation of leaders who will serve as catalysts in the transformation of Africa and the world.
Advocate for Peace and Forgiveness; Best-selling Author
Immaculée Ilibagiza is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that took the lives of nearly one million Tutsi, including her entire family except for one brother. She survived by huddling silently with seven other women in a 3-by-4-foot bathroom for 91 days. Today, Immaculée is regarded as one of the world’s leading speakers on faith, hope and forgiveness. Ilibagiza works for peace through the United Nations and is the author of multiple books, including her best-selling Left to Tell.
Best-selling Author; Founder, The Marcus Buckingham Company
Marcus Buckingham, world’s leading authority on strengths, performance and engagement, founded The Marcus Buckingham Company following 30 years at Gallup. He is the best-selling author of multiple books, including Now, Discover Your Strengths. A Summit favourite, Buckingham’s latest multi-year research on performance management, recently featured in Harvard Business Review, will challenge everyone to rethink this vital leadership function.
Founder & CEO, International Justice Mission
Gary Haugen leads International Justice Mission (IJM), a worldwide agency rescuing victims of violence, exploitation, slavery and oppression. Recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero”—the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership—Haugen is the author of three books and has been featured in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times and Forbes.
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Highlights from the live Chicago GLS in August
“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
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
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
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
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
The diverse Summit faculty delivers a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply.
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 featured 13 speakers.
The UK & Ireland 1-day videocast will replay 4-5 sessions.
The 2-day videocast will replay 11 speaker sessions.