How Can I Attend?

Join us Thursday and Friday, August 9–10, 2018, 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 9–10, 2018
  • 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 2018 Summit Highlights

2018 Global Leadership Summit Speaker Lineup

Craig Groeschel

Co-Founder & Senior Pastor, Life. Church

Angela Ahrendts

Senior Vice President of Retail, Apple

T.D. Jakes

Founder and Senior Pastor, The Potter's House

Simon Sinek

New York Times Best-selling Author; Optimist

Sheila Heen

Founder, Triad Consulting Group; Faculty, Harvard Law School

Erwin McManus

Author, Futurist, Filmmaker and Pastor

Danny Meyer

Restaurateur; TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People"

David Livermore, Ph.D.

President, Cultural Intelligence Center; Best-selling Author

Dr. Nthabiseng Legoete

Founder & CEO, Quali Health; Social Entrepreneur

Daniel Pink

New York Times Best-selling Author

Rasmus Ankersen

Best-selling Author; Entrepreneur

Strive Masiyiwa

Founder & Chairman, Econet Group; Philanthropist

John C. Maxwell

Leadership Expert; Bestselling Author; Coach

Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley

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

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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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 Willow Creek Association, 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 2017"

Watch the 2017 Global Leadership Summit Highlights

Volunteer for 2018

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!

Concierge Team Member

We are looking for host and hostesses during our event for those partners and guests who will be staying on site for breaks and lunches in designated room assignments. Some of the these rooms are reserved for the day and some just during the lunch hour. A concierge will be responsible to work with the Coliseum staff to make sure the room is set and stocked with ordered food and beverages, greet guests as they arrive, making sure they are in the correct location and checking in on occasion to make sure the guests have everything they need during their time in their space.

Click here to contact us about volunteering for a Concierge 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!