A leadership conference that reaches more than 400,000 people at more than 600 satellite locations across world is coming to downtown Indy.
Created 20 years ago by Willow Creek Church in suburban Chicago, the Global Leadership Summit is a values-based two-day event that is telecast live from Willow’s campus every August and features a smorgasbord of high-powered speakers such as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Good to Great author Jim Collins, U2’s Bono, New York Times bestselling author Patrick Lencioni and countless others.
The result is a virtual master’s class that equips people to make a difference wherever they lead.
“We believe that when a leader gets better, everyone wins,” said Kelly Byrd, executive director of Indy Global Leadership Summit. “So when Indy’s leaders – whether they’re corporate leaders, nonprofit chiefs, coaches, teachers, ministers or parents – get better, Indy wins.”
While a half-dozen Indy-area churches have simulcast the summit in recent years, this year the Global Leadership Summit is adding a location at downtown’s Old National Centre to engage even more people, including those who may have been reluctant to attend a church-based event. The goal is to attract more people to all Indy-area locations.
The summit, Aug. 9 and 10 at the Old National Centre, will be broadcast in HD, live from Willow Creek’s Chicago campus. Speakers will include Angela Ahrendts, a native Hoosier who is now senior vice president of retail at Apple; Simon Sinek, best-selling author and founder of Start with Why; Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Church; and actor, director and producer Denzel Washington. For a full lineup of speakers, visit www.indygls.com.
Angela Braly, former CEO of Wellpoint and co-founder of The Policy Circle, has attended the Global Leadership Summit with her husband, Doug, an entrepreneur, for four years. When the couple learned that, of the 700 satellite locations around the world, the site with the highest attendance was in Fort Wayne, they decided Indianapolis could surpass Fort Wayne’s attendance with a downtown event. Approximately 4,000 people attended the summit at the Grand Wayne Center last year.
“We’ve attended a lot of leadership and professional development programs, and the Global Leadership Summit is the best,” Angela Braly said. “Every year, we come away feeling inspired and with new practical skills. It’s a great experience to attend as an individual, and even more powerful with a team.”
The Indy GLS team is holding a launch event at 6 p.m. tonight at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. It will include a 20-minute teaser from one of the most highly reviewed speakers from previous summits, Juliet Funt. The CEO of Whitespace at Work, Funt shows leaders and employees how they can flip the norms and reclaim their creativity, productivity and engagement. The daughter of Candid Camera’s Allen Funt, Juliet Funt engages audiences by helping them crack the code of what she calls the “Age of Overwhelm” – where nothing we do is ever enough.
- WHAT: Indy Global Leadership Summit (GLS)
- WHEN: Aug. 9 and 10
- WHERE: Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis
- COST: Tickets range from $189 to $209 depending on how early they are purchased
- INFO: www.indygls.com
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