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EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTFor a limited time, save $10 on Summit tickets
*Individual ticket price of $139 is valid only for groups of 25 or more who book concurrently. Offer good through June 25, 2019.
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When it comes to leadership development we all have good intentions, but distractions abound. Yet, research says learning happens most effectively in community…a team setting. That’s why we partner with 500+ Sites to locally host the Summit every year. In fact, we work year-round with Premier Host Sites to ensure your Summit experience is the best possible for you and your team.
Our Premier Host Site partners are committed to creating a world-class environment that enhances your Summit experience in the following ways:
- Distraction-free development for you and your team
- Impact your local community by gathering with other like-minded influencers
- Experience the world-class event through state-of-the-art technology in a team-friendly, welcoming environment
- Additional benefits vary by location—e.g. breakout rooms available for teams; special seating provisions; in some venues on-site lunch available
Now, you can watch the entire Global Leadership Summit from any location that’s convenient for you with GLS Live Stream for Teams*.
- Designed for teams of 10 or more who are unable to attend one of our Premier Host Site locations
- HD stream of the entire live two-day event
- 7-days of on-demand access to the sessions after the event
*GLS Live Stream for Teams is only available to U.S attendees.
Ben Sherwood Former Co-chairman of Disney Media Networks added to #GLS19 FacultyGlobal Leadership Network
The diverse Summit faculty* delivers a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply.
*Faculty lineup and topics subject to change
Craig GroeschelCo-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 utilizing the latest technology, Life.Church is the creator of the YouVersion Bible App—downloaded in every country. Named in the top 25 CEOs in the U.S. (small and midsize companies), Groeschel is a New York Times best-selling author, speaks frequently across North America and around the world and hosts the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast—with more than 1 million monthly downloads.
Bozoma Saint JohnChief Marketing Officer, Endeavor
Bozoma Saint John
Bozoma Saint John is Chief Marketing Officer for Endeavor, a global leader in entertainment, sports and fashion operating in more than 30 countries. Over the course of her career, Saint John has earned a formidable reputation as a trailblazing executive. She most recently served as Chief Brand Officer for Uber and also as Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes. For her innovative work, Saint John has been recognized on Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People list.
Bear GryllsAdventurer; Writer; TV Host
Bear Grylls is the embodiment of adventure. A former member of the British Special Forces, Grylls has climbed Everest, crossed the Arctic Ocean in an inflatable boat and has publicly supported the Alpha Course to help inspire people in their journey of faith. His Emmy-nominated TV show Man Vs Wild became one of the most watched programs on the planet with an estimated audience of 1.2 billion. He also hosts NBC’s hit show Running Wild with Bear Grylls as well as groundbreaking series on National Geographic, Netflix and Amazon. He is a number 1 best-selling author and has sold over 15 million books. These include his autobiography Mud, Sweat and Tears, and this year a powerful new book on faith called: Soul Fuel. Bear will be joining us by video from the mountains in Switzerland, and is speaking on courage, kindness and never giving up.
Ben SherwoodFormer Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks; Former President, Disney ABC Television; Best-Selling Author
Ben Sherwood served as Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney | ABC Television Group from 2014 to 2019. Sherwood oversaw a portfolio of global entertainment and news properties, including the ABC Television Network, ABC News, ABC-owned television stations, the Disney Channels Worldwide, Freeform, and Disney’s ownership interest in Hulu and AETN, including History Channel, Lifetime and A+E.
At Disney/ABC, Sherwood managed a 12-billion-dollar business with 12,000 employees responsible for the creation of more than 25,000 hours of original content every year.
An award-winning journalist and best-selling author of both non-fiction and fiction books, Sherwood’s articles and essays have appeared in many publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek.
DeVon FranklinProducer, Author, Speaker; CEO of Franklin Entertainment
DeVon Franklin is an award-winning producer, best-selling author and spiritual success coach. Beliefnet named him one of the Most Influential Christians Under 40. He is CEO of Franklin Entertainment with 20th Century Fox and has produced the hit films Miracles from Heaven, Heaven is for Real and The Star. A New York Times best-selling author, his latest book is The Truth About Men: What Men and Women Need to Know. Franklin is dedicated to using his leadership and the media as a powerful tool to encourage millions of lives around the world.
Danielle StricklandPastor; 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 neighborhoods and the world, she co-founded Infinitum (a way of life), Brave Global, Amplify Peace and the Women Speakers Collective. Strickland is the author of several books, including The Ultimate Exodus.
Patrick LencioniBest-Selling Author; Founder & CEO, The Table Group
Patrick Lencioni is the author of eleven best-selling books with more than five million copies sold, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement, his leadership models serve a diverse base from Fortune 500 companies to professional sports organizations to churches. A Summit favorite, Lencioni will unpack his new work on motivation and how it shapes our leadership.
Aja BrownMayor, City of Compton
At the age of 31, Aja Brown made history as the youngest elected mayor of Compton, California. A national trailblazer, her revitalization strategy centers on family values, quality of life, economic development and infrastructural growth. Overwhelmingly re-elected to a second term in 2017, Mayor Brown’s community initiatives and policy changes have significantly reduced gang-related homicides and the unemployment rate. Mayor Brown is the recipient of multiple honors, including the esteemed 2016 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award.
Liz BohannonCo-Founder & Co-CEO, Sseko Designs
Liz Bohannon is the founder of Sseko Designs, a socially-conscious fashion brand that works to create leadership and educational opportunities for women across the globe. She believes that business is a powerful platform for social change and that girls are our future. She was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as a top social entrepreneur and by Forbes as a top 20 speaker. In her book, Beginner’s Pluck, releasing at the Summit, Bohannon uses her journey to explore 14 principles for not finding, but building a life of purpose, passion and impact.
Dr. Krish KandiahFounder, Home for Good; Consultant; Social Entrepreneur
Dr. Krish Kandiah
An advocate for fostering and adoption, Dr. Kandiah is the founding director of Home for Good, a charity seeking to find permanent loving homes for children in the UK foster care system. He is the author of 13 books including his latest, Faitheism: Why Christians and Atheists have more in common than you think. He is a regular broadcaster on the BBC and a contributor to the Guardian and Times of London. An international speaker and consultant, he offers both creativity and academic reflection to bring strategic change, culture shift and innovation. Dr. Kandiah and his wife have 7 children through birth, adoption and fostering.
Jo SaxtonAuthor, Leadership Coach and Entrepreneur
Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, England, Jo Saxton brings a multicultural and international perspective to leadership. She has served on staff teams in churches in the UK and the U.S. and is the founder of the Ezer Collective, an initiative that equips and invests in women leaders. Saxton co-hosts the podcast Lead Stories: Tales of Leadership and Life with Steph O’Brien and has authored three books, including The Dream of You.
Todd HenryFounder, Accidental Creative; Author; Leadership Consultant
Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. As host of The Accidental Creative Podcast—with millions of downloads— Henry delivers weekly tips and ideas for staying prolific, brilliant and healthy. He is the author of four books, including Die Empty which was named by Amazon as one of the best books of 2013. Henry’s latest book, Herding Tigers, Be the Leader that Creative People Need, is a practical handbook for anyone charged with leading people and teams to creative brilliance.
Jia JiangBest-Selling Author; Blogger; Entrepreneur
Years after Jia Jiang began his career in the corporate world, he became an entrepreneur and discovered everyone’s biggest fear: rejection. To conquer his fear, Jiang embarked on a journey and discovered a world where people are much kinder than we imagine. The best-selling author of Rejection Proof and owner of Rejection Therapy and CEO of Wuju Learning, Jiang teaches people and trains organizations to become fearless through rejection training.
Chris VossFormer FBI Hostage Negotiator; CEO & Founder, The Black Swan Group
Chris Voss founded The Black Swan Group, a firm that provides training and advises Fortune 500 companies through complex negotiations. A 24-year veteran of the FBI, he was the lead international kidnapping negotiator and was trained not only by the FBI, but by Scotland Yard and Harvard Law School. In his book, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, Voss breaks down these strategies so that anyone can use them in the workplace, in business or at home.
Jason Dorsey#1 Rated Gen Z & Millennial Speaker; Researcher
Jason Dorsey is President of The Center for Generational Kinetics, which delivers research, speaking and consulting to separate generational myth from truth for leaders around the world. His team has repositioned global brands to win each generation and taken clients from last to first in both employee retention and customer growth. Considered the #1 generations speaker and researcher and called a “research guru” by Adweek, Dorsey uses original data-driven research to explain generational behaviors.
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Find a Location
On August 8th and 9th, 2019 The Global Leadership Summit will be telecast live in HD from the Willow Creek Campus near Chicago to over 500 locations nationwide. Your experience at The Global Leadership Summit will be excellent whether attending at the original campus or a satellite location. Attending at a telecast location reduces your travel costs, saves time, and ensures everyone can benefit from the wisdom of this year’s world-class faculty.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between attending the Summit Main Campus vs. a Premier Host Site?
Attendance at the Willow Creek campus provides the energy of an expected 9,300 attendees experiencing programing and most of the faculty in person surrounded by leaders from 120+ countries.
Premier Host Sites are preferred by many attendees for convenience, affordability and connectivity to leaders in their local community.
What are the dates for The Global Leadership Summit 2019?
This year the Summit will take place Thursday-Friday, August 8-9, 2019.
Is the programming the same at all locations?
All programming elements including plenaries, music, drama, video and dance emanate from the Willow Creek campus in South Barrington, IL.
When will the full schedule be available?
The full schedule with the Summit faculty order will be available in June of 2019. The Summit will be a full day from approximately 8:30am-4:30pm (CDT) on Thursday and 8:30am-3:30pm (CDT) on Friday.
Will this event be in real-time at my Premier Host Site location?
If you attend in the Central or Pacific Time Zones, the Summit will begin at 8:30am local time. Sites in the Eastern or Mountain Time Zones will begin at 9:30am local time.
How much does it cost to attend?
Pricing varies based on attendance at the Willow Creek campus or at a Premier Host Site. Discounts are available based on group size and date of registration.
What does the conference price include?
Registration for the event includes all conference materials as well as break refreshments. Meals are NOT included in the price of registration.
Who qualifies for the Student, Faculty and Military rates?
All high school, undergraduate and graduate students (both full or part-time students) are eligible for the Student rate. The Faculty rate applies to individuals on staff at a college, university or seminary. U.S. Military Active Duty and Reserve personnel and their spouses may register at the Military rate.
How do I register for The Global Leadership Summit?
There are 3 ways to register:
- Online: Click Here
- Phone: 800-570-9812
- Mail: P.O. Box 3188 Barrington, IL 60011-3188
(International guests please click the FAQ’s “International” tab.)
How do I update attendee information?
Each registered attendee is able to update their information. If you registered as a group, you can also update your group members information.
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Can I share a registration with someone if I can’t attend the entire event?
We do not provide the option to share registrations between multiple individuals. The event has been designed as a holistic experience and is best if attended in its entirety.
Do I need to have all the names of our group when I register?
Guest names are not necessary at the time of registration unless they are a student or faculty member of a school or university, or an active/reserve member of our military or their spouse.
Do you need help locating your registration?
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Do you prorate team rate pricing on additional registration purchases?
Teams need to register at the same time to receive the team rate pricing. We cannot prorate on previously purchased registrations.
Can I bring my children to the conference?
Families are very important to us. Our Summit venues are designed to be world-class and distraction-free learning environments.
While we think our events are compelling, kids may find them to be boring and work to create their own entertainment that distracts other guests. Seating is provided only for registered guests and children are not allowed within the viewing area. Since our events are held in a diversity of churches and venues, we are not able to provide childcare. We encourage local venues to provide separate spaces for nursing mothers where the event can be viewed.
I am attending the Summit at a Premier Host Site. Where can I find nearby accommodations?
Please contact your Premier Host Site of choice to see what accommodations might be available.
I am attending the Summit on-site in South Barrington. Where can I find nearby accommodations?
Click here for more details on local dining and hotels.
What’s the difference between registering my team at a premier host site and bringing the Summit to my team via Live Stream for Teams?
By registering at a premier host site you are choosing to take your team to local venue where all the details have been arranged for you as a registered guest. All the hospitality, event and technology details are taken care of for you, by experienced volunteers. You can network with local leaders and connect with others to discuss areas of leadership needed in your city. By bringing the Summit to your location, via Live Stream, you desire to create a custom Summit experience for your team at whatever location works best for you.
What are the A/V & technical requirements for Live Stream for Teams?
It is recommended to have at least 10 Mbps of dedicated bandwidth to receive the full HD Summit broadcast signal. You will receive a LIVE watch link via email the early morning of Aug 8th. You will then be able to full-screen the live stream signal from any computer to whatever size display works best for your team. If you wish to test your bandwidth and display, please click here (https://player.theplatform.com/p/IfSiAC/GLSTest) If you are able to play this test video stream, then the live stream will work for you.
How do I receive technical support if needed during the event?
A dedicated support team will be available for you to contact during the Summit via a help menu, which will be visible to you during your viewing experience.
How do my team members receive access to the talks for the 7 days after the GLS ends?
Each team member’s name and email that has been entered/confirmed will receive their own personal link to view the talks for 7 days after the Summit. If any of your team members desire to re-watch sessions after the live experience concludes, they will be able to do so via their personal link.
How to I invite other people to join my Live Stream for Teams group?
You can include them with your initial group registration or send them a personal referral link you will receive in your confirmation email for them to register themselves as part of your group.
What is your cancellation, hold and transfer policies?
You must contact our Ministry Operations Team on or before 6/11/19 for a refund of your conference fees less a $45.00 cancellation fee per person.
Should you wish to hold your registration funds for future use less a $45 fee per each held registration, you must contact us on or before 7/9/2019. You will need to contact us within a year to utilize the funds toward a new conference registration. *Additional payment may be required depending on the price of the conference you are transferring the funds to and at the current rate of that new event. Any overpayment remaining after the transfer is non-refundable.
You may at any time up to the date of the conference transfer the name or location associated with the registration at no cost. To transfer the location, please call our Ministry Operations Team at 800-570-9812.
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