You Have Influence
…And Your Leadership Health Matters
Whether you’re a business leader, CEO, pastor, teacher, nurse, student, artist, parent, doctor, volunteer, entrepreneur, or simply finding your place, you have influence. Every day you impact those around you through your influence—for better or worse, in both big and small ways. During a season that may have depleted your energy, stunted your growth or left you in the dark, it’s time to rediscover a new hope for your future in order to amplify the positive difference you can make.
What is the turning point for positive change? Your capacity to thrive and help rejuvenate the best in those around you, both personally and professionally, is dependent on your leadership health.
Your leadership matters. When you invest in developing your leadership skills, you also give back to everyone around you. You strengthen your relationships, build trust on your team, innovate toward a better future and face challenges head-on with fresh perspective—not only do you thrive, but your family thrives, your business thrives, your church thrives and your community thrives.
For more than 25 years, The Global Leadership Summit has delivered leadership insights with attendees reporting positive outcomes. (based on independent research by Excellence in Giving).
The Global Leadership Summit is your infusion of fresh ideas, actionable concepts, leadership principles and heartfelt inspiration.
We’ve convened a unique group of world-class faculty who will share their distinct perspectives, inspiring and equipping you with practical skills you can apply right away.
Topics our faculty will dive into this year include:
- Breaking free from the lies we believe about work
- Becoming more agile and inventive
- Identifying five permissions to multiply your time
- Overcoming fear and problematic power dynamics in teams
- Leveraging science-based research to increase connection opportunities
Craig GroeschelUnited States
Globally recognized as a leader of leaders, Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of Life.Church, rated the #1 place to work in 2020 for small and mid-size companies by Glassdoor. Known for their missional approach to leveraging the latest technology, Life.Church is the innovative creator of the YouVersion Bible App—downloaded in every country worldwide. In 2020, Life.Church provided free tools to thousands of churches who quickly transitioned to a virtual church experience in the wake of the global health pandemic. Traveling the world as a champion of The Global Leadership Summit, Groeschel advocates for building leaders in every sector of society. He is also the host of the top-ranked Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. A New York Times best-selling author, his latest book is Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life.
Shola RichardsUnited States
Shola Richards is a best-selling author and sought-after workplace civility expert whose work has been featured on the Today Show, CBS, Forbes, Black Enterprise and numerous additional publications around the world. Recognized as an authority on workplace happiness and engagement, Richards’ articles and wildly popular “Positivity Solution” series have reached readers in over 160 countries. He is the Founder and CEO of Go Together Global, having shared his transformative message with leading healthcare organizations, top universities, Silicon Valley, the motion picture industry and on the TEDx stage; his greatest honor being the keynote speaker for the Department of Homeland Security three days before the 15th Anniversary of 9/11. A self-professed “kindness extremist”, Richards equips and inspires leaders to put positivity, strong energy, massive bravery, tremendous dedication and relentless humanity in the workforce to create collaborative, safe and healthy work environments where people thrive. Richards is a best-selling author whose research is featured in his books, Making Work Work and Go Together.
Juliet FuntUnited States
Juliet Funt is the CEO and founder of WhiteSpace at Work, a training and consulting firm helping organizations, their leaders and employees reclaim their creativity, productivity and engagement. With thought-provoking insights and actionable tools, she has become a globally-recognized expert in helping leaders cope with the “age of overload” in which we all live and work. A warrior against reactive busyness and a force for change in organizations around the world, Funt teaches a streamlined method for personal process improvement that reduces complexity in the workplace. Teams that incorporate a WhiteSpace mindset and skill set increase creativity and engagement, reclaim lost capacity and execute at their finest. Her clients include a number of Fortune 100 companies and span a wide array of industries, from financial services to technology, manufacturing to the military. Funt’s new book, A Minute to Think, releases at the 2021 Summit.
Malcolm GladwellUnited States
Recognized as one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s top global thinkers, Malcolm Gladwell is a world-renowned, five-time best-selling author and sought-after thought leader delivering expertise and practical application on management, innovation, history and leadership. Through his writing and speaking, Gladwell takes you on an intellectual adventure and challenges your assumptions. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996 and has been honored by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was also previously a reporter for The Washington Post. As host of the popular podcast, Revisionist History, Gladwell re-examines an overlooked or misunderstood aspect of past events. Gladwell is the author of five New York Times best-selling titles including The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. Gladwell’s latest book, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers and why they often go wrong.
General Stanley McChrystalUnited States
General Stanley McChrystal
Recognized as a transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, Stanley McChrystal is a retired four-star Army General widely praised for leading a comprehensive counterterrorism organization that fused intelligence and operations, redefining the way military and government agencies interact. Over the course of his career, he led a number of elite organizations including the International Security Assistance Forces, Joint Special Operations Command as well as the 75th Ranger Regiment. In 2009, the President of the United States and the Secretary General of NATO appointed him to be the Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan and NATO ISAF. His command included more than 150,000 troops from 45 allied countries. Since retiring from the military, McChrystal founded the McChrystal Group to deliver innovative leadership solutions to businesses and multinational corporations around the world in order to help them build stronger teams and succeed in challenging, dynamic environments. A passionate advocate for national service, McChrystal is also Chairman of Service Year Alliance. Additionally, McChrystal is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on leadership. McChrystal is the author of New York Times best-selling books, My Share of the Task and Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World. McChrystal is also the co-author of The Wall Street Journal best-selling title, Leaders: Myth and Reality.
Richard MontañezUnited States
While working at Frito-Lay as a janitor early in his career, Richard Montañez developed the ingenious idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos—now the Flamin’Hot line is a billion-dollar business and cultural phenomenon. During his leadership tenure at PepsiCo, Montañez was recognized for his visionary leadership, innovation and commitment to diversity. He has been named one of the most influential Latinos in corporate America and is the only four-time recipient of PepsiCo’s Chairman’s Award, the highest honor given to employees based on performance and work ethic. He has been featured for his leadership and innovation on Good Morning America, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Fortune and Newsweek. His story is also the subject of a forthcoming biopic by Fox Searchlight Films. Montañez’s inspiring leadership journey has made him a sought-after speaker for organizations including Target, Walmart, and universities including University of Southern California and Harvard. In addition to his corporate leadership, Montañez is a committed philanthropist and founder of Onelite, a nonprofit providing high-need families in the U.S. with food and school supplies. His new book, Flamin’ Hot: The Incredible True Story of One man’s Rise from Janitor to Top Executive, releases in 2021.
Michelle PolerUnited States
When Michelle Poler, Venezuelan native, art director and branding strategist, decided to start a project to overcome her own personal fears, she didn’t expect it to go viral—100 Days Without Fear caught the attention of the Today Show, Forbes, CBS, CNN, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Fox News, Telemundo, Glamour, Elle, The Rachael Ray Show, Refinery29 and Daily Mail among many others. Gaining an audience captivated by her passion, bravery, creativity, humor and practical life-changing advice, Poler founded Hello Fears, a social movement reaching more than 70 million people worldwide, empowering them to step outside their comfort zone and tap into their full potential. She is a sought-after keynote speaker, having spoken for TEDx, Google, Yum Brands, Facebook, Wells Fargo, ESPN, Netflix, Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Toyota and many more. Poler is the author of, Hello, Fears: Crush Your Comfort Zone and Become Who You’re Meant to Be, which helps people be their best selves and focus on the best possible outcomes.
Rich Wilkerson Jr.United States
Rich Wilkerson Jr.
Rich Wilkerson Jr. is a dynamic communicator and author with a passion to encourage and inspire young adults. Born into four generations of church planters and leaders, Wilkerson started a young adults ministry called “The Rendezvous.” In 2010, this ministry grew to form both the VOUS Leadership Conference and later in 2015, VOUS Church where he serves as a lead pastor. Through his leadership, VOUS Church has become known as a catalyst of faith, creativity and diversity celebrating the unique culture of its vibrant city in Miami, Florida. Each Summer, he and his wife and co-founder, DawnCheré continue to host thousands of young adults at the annual VOUS Leadership Conference. Wilkerson Jr. is also the author of two books, Sandcastle Kings: Meeting Jesus in a Spiritually Bankrupt World and Friend of Sinners: Why Jesus Cares More About Relationship Than Perfection.
Dr. Henry CloudUnited States
Dr. Henry Cloud
Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, clinical psychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His 45 books have sold nearly 15 million copies worldwide. He has an extensive executive coaching background and experience as a leadership consultant, devoting the majority of his time working with CEOs, leadership teams and executives to improve performance, leadership skills and culture. Dr. Cloud founded and built a healthcare company starting in 1987, which operated inpatient, and outpatient treatment centers in forty markets in the Western U.S. There, he served as Clinical Director and principal for ten years. In the context of hands-on clinical experience, he developed and researched many of the treatment principles and methods that he communicates to audiences today. After selling the company, he devoted his time to consulting and coaching, spreading principles of hope and life-change through speaking, writing and media. Throughout the same years and until the present, he has devoted much of his career to leadership performance and development, blending the disciplines of leadership and human functioning to helping CEO’s, teams, organizations and family entities. His book, Integrity, was dubbed by the New York Times as “the best book in the bunch.” In 2011, Necessary Endings was called “the most important book you read all year.” His book Boundaries For Leaders was named by CEO Reads in the top five leadership books of its year. His newest book, The Power of the Other, debuted at #5 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Dr. Cloud’s work has been featured and reviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Publisher’s Weekly, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Success magazine named Dr. Cloud in the top 25 most influential leaders in personal growth and development, alongside Oprah, Brene Brown, Seth Godin and others.
Albert TateUnited States
Everyone right now feels the pandemic was a big test! But, what if it wasn’t the test but the lesson! What lessons did we pull out over the past year and are we now in one of the biggest tests of our lives? Join Albert Tate as he uses the exodus story to help us investigate three ways a leader needs to define reality.
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 1536+ sites in 124 countries to bring the Summit to your local community. In fact, we work year-round to ensure your Summit experience is the best possible for you and your team.
We are committed to creating a world-class environment that enhances your Summit experience.
What Attendees Are Saying
Everyone has the capacity to lead—because everyone has influence.
Whether you’re an executive or a student, you can experience growth when you invest in developing your leadership skills.
“Go to the Summit for your growth, because what you bring back to your company or district is amazing. You’re going to be uplifted and reenergized in your role. And we all need that. You’re worth the time. You won’t regret it.”– Dr. Lily DeBlieux, Superintendent, Arizona
“Everyday people can be great leaders. The GLS puts people in front of us to remind us of who we are. It reminds us that our leadership matters, wherever we are—what we do and who we are really matters. And then it stretches us to be better.” – Albert Tate, Pastor, Fellowship Church
“The Summit gave me the practical leadership tools I needed to make my vision for my nonprofit a reality. It’s one thing to dream. It’s another to be able to lead people in the fight.”– Rebecca Bender, CEO & Founder, Elevate Academy
“The Global Leadership Summit is quite arguably the most effective, purpose-filled leadership development experience in the world. I can say, without reservation, the high quality, inspiring content delivered via the Summit has made many people within our organization, better leaders…including me.”– John Venhuizen, President & CEO, Ace Hardware Corp.
“I’m thankful for the Summit helping me realize that I still have a life to lead and people to love. God made my calling clear to me all over again. He granted me a story to tell and not telling it would be a waste. Thanks to God speaking to me through the Summit, I decided to keep sharing my story and being a voice for the vulnerable.” - Tori Petersen, Advocate for Foster Youth
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Leverage Your Influence.
As someone who has benefited from the Global Leadership Summit, you can leverage your influence to add momentum to this transformational movement.
There are several ways you could play a significant role:
• Promote the GLS through your network of influence
• Provide financial support to enable others to participate in the GLS
• Join a local GLS organizing team
• Bring the GLS to your community
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