By Michelle Williams
On Aug. 6-7, Grace Church, in Noblesville, will serve as a premier host site for the Global Leadership Summit. The GLS is organized by the Willow Creek Association and will be streamed live from South Barrington, Ill. to hundreds of churches globally this year.
“Out of the 375 plus host sites, we’re the largest right now,” said Aaron Elliott, Grace Church senior director of partner development. The church typically boasts attendance in the top three each year.
“[The faculty] is somewhat global and it’s world class. The folks they get are relevant, they’re qualified, they’re credentialed, and they’re outstanding,” said Elliott. Among the speakers this year are Jim Collins, business author of bestselling “Good to Great;” Horst Schulze, founding president and former COO of The Ritz Carlton Group; and Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Many Carmel and Hamilton Co. residents are expected to attend.
“There are a lot of folks from the business world that may not have a faith, but come to the Summit and have gotten value from it,” said Elliott, adding that several organizations in and around Indianapolis send leaders each year — such as Defender Direct and Aspen Group. A leadership team from Scotty’s Brewhouse has registered this year. Additionally, Northview, White River Christian, Northside New Era and St. Luke’s United Methodist are partner churches that have committed to bringing groups.
Elliott explained the leadership challenges facing not-for-profit organizations, and ways in which the business community can learn from such leaders. “You don’t have the same resources always, you don’t have the ability to reward in the same way, you don’t have the same factors to motivate people. The context by which some of the folks come to talk about leadership is tremendously helpful and applicable.” he said.
Per person rates for the event are as follows: 10+ team $189; individual $209; Student / Faculty / Military $89. Registration may be secured at www.willowcreek.com/summit.