How Can I Attend?

Join us Thursday and Friday, August 6–7, 2020, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. All of the speakers, music, video, and presentations take place at the Willow Creek campus in South Barrington, Illinois. The event is then streamed in brilliant real-time HD video to over 375 Premier Host Sites across the country. Over the years, Fort Wayne has grown to be the largest Premier Host Site. You'll experience a great sense of community, being surrounded by fellow leaders from all over Northeast Indiana.

Event Details

  • August 6–7, 2020
  • Fort Wayne, IN

A Life-changing Leadership Event

What is the Global Leadership Summit? It's an amazing 2-day leadership conference that impacts 260,000 leaders across 875 cities in 120 countries, providing vision, inspiration, and countless practical skills you can put to work Monday morning. Experience it for yourself right here in Fort Wayne at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum where the entire event will be broadcast in brilliant HD, live direct from Willow Creek's Chicago campus.

No matter what level of leadership you want to achieve, there's nothing like learning from like-minded individuals in a stimulating environment, and we hope to see you at this incredible event.

Watch the 2019 Summit Highlights

2020 Global Leadership Summit Speaker Lineup (subject to change)

Craig Groeschel

Co-founder & Senior Pastor, Life.Church

Amy Edmondson

Novartis Professor of Leadership & Management, Harvard Business School

Michael Todd

Lead Pastor, Transformation Church


Former Professional Soccer Player, Brazil

Beth Comstock

Speaker; Former Vice Chair of GE; Author

T.D. Jakes

Founder & Senior Pastor, The Potter’s House

Marcus Buckingham

Global Researcher & Thought Leader

Lysa Terkeurst

President, Proverbs 31 Ministries; Author

Rory Vaden

Co-founder of Brand Builders Group; Hall of Fame Speaker; Best-selling Author

Vanessa Van Edwards

Best-selling Author; Lead Behavioral Investigator with Science of People

Nona Jones

Author; Entrepreneur; Pastor; Head of Faith-based Partnerships at Facebook

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Psychologist; Talent Scientist; Author; Entrepreneur

Paula Faris

Senior National Correspondent, ABC News; Author

Albert Tate

Founder & Senior Pastor, Fellowship Church

Sadie Robertson

Best-selling Author; Social Media Influencer

New! Between the summits

Bring the powerful content of this years Summit experience to the next level by learning how to apply and integrate core GLS principles into your organization. Dive deeper into content from the Leadership Summit while creating transformational growth opportunities for you and your team.

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A Grander Vision

These videos share powerful stories of individuals fully living out their faith in their sphere of influence and are not necessarily born out of attending a Summit.

Mark Schmidt

Mark Schmidt, United States Air Force

Justin Miller

Justin Miller, CARE for AIDS

Ron Betenbough

Ron Betenbough, Betenbough Homes

Ibunkun Awosika

Ibunkun Awosika, First Bank of Nigeria & The Chair Centre Group

The Driving Vision behind the Summit

Any time leaders improve – whatever it is they're leading wins. Quality leadership is what brings success, and when that leadership is constantly improving, that success will consistently grow.

In partnership with The Global Leadership Network, Sweetwater and our 40 local corporate and nonprofit partners are continuing to bring world-class leadership training and inspiration to all of Northeast Indiana through this life-changing event. Our hope is that whether you're a young, emerging leader or a seasoned veteran who's been leading for years, you'll come and join us as we raise the leadership bar here in our community and allow Fort Wayne to win like never before.

Fort Wayne Wins

"The Fort Wayne GLS Story"

How the Fort Wayne Global Leadership Summit became Willow Creek's largest satellite location.

Fort Wayne Wins

"Fort Wayne Wins"

See why when leaders get better, all of Fort Wayne wins

Fort Wayne Wins

"GLS 2019 Partner: Vera Bradley"

GLS & Beyond — Featured Partner of the Month

Volunteer for 2020

Resource Team Member

The Resource Area will contain books, DVD's, etc. These resources will be available to our guests, before sessions begin, during breaks, and after the close of the day. A Resource Team Member will be responsible to stock tables, take payment, and assist in any other way deemed necessary by the Resource Team Lead. It would be appreciated if this volunteer could assist with either set up on Wednesday morning, August 8th or tear down following the closing session on Friday, August 10th. Inventory will need to done before and after the event. A Resource Team Member should love people, and be somewhat of a detail person. The Resource Center will be manned at all times and will be located inside of the conference center auditorium. There will be one training required for this position (schedule TBA).

Click here to contact us about volunteering as a Resource Team Member!

Check-In Team Member

We will be providing Check-In areas inside and outside of the building for our guests as they arrive. A person serving in Check-In will take confirmation tickets from guests and provide them with a name-tag and conference book. A person in the Check-In area should love to interact with people and do good with conflict resolution. A person serving in Check In is required to attend 1 training session (schedule TBA). Help with set-up the Wednesday prior to the conference if available is appreciated, but not required.

Click here to contact us about volunteering for a Check-In Team Member!

Greeting Team Member

We are looking for smiling faces and warm hearts to greet our guests as they come through the door, to find their seats, enjoy their breaks, lunches and of course, the conference. A greeter is sensitive to and cares for the needs of the conference guests as well as ensures a distraction free environment. A person serving on the Greeting team is required to attend 1 training session (schedule TBA). Help with set-up and tear down prior and after the conference is appreciated, but not required.

Click here to contact us about volunteering for a Greeter Team Member!

Vendor Team Member

We provide select areas for vendor tables to be displayed. We need a team of individuals to help with set up and tear down for our partners who choose the vendor table option. These team members will bring carts to our vendors as they arrive on Wednesday morning, August 8th and help with table location as well as unloading of the cart. They will also assist at the end of the conference to help locate carts and help with tear down and removing their items from the building.

Click here to contact us about volunteering for a Vendor Table Team Member!

All volunteers will be able to attend the Summit at no cost. Please remember, there may be parts of the sessions that will be missed. You would be there to serve first, enjoy the Summit second. It is a great opportunity to serve people and be encouraged and filled with great training. Our volunteers are always the best and we are looking forward another great year!

Citywide Prayer Gatherings

Through our GLS & Beyond Board of Directors, came a real stirring that God was at work in us to change our community. We decided to come together once a month to ask God what He is doing in Fort Wayne and where do we fit, what is He calling us to do? What can all of us do together … not just alone … but together as leaders in the church, education, non-profit, government, and corporate world to reach every man, woman and child with the Gospel of Christ — to change a community!

You are welcome to join us as we come together and pray for our community. We meet from 7-8AM at the Parkview Mirro Center at 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

  • Tuesday, February 11
  • Tuesday, March 10
  • Wednesday, April 22
  • Tuesday, May 19,
    7PM at the Clyde
  • Wednesday, June 3
  • Thursday, July 16
  • Wednesday, August 5
  • Tuesday, September 8
  • Wednesday, October 7
  • Tuesday, November 3
  • Wednesday, December 2

*Dates are subject to change.