The diverse Summit faculty delivers a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply. Below is the full line-up of speakers at the live event at Willow Creek. Please note that the UK & Ireland videocast typically shows 9-11 of these sessions.
Co-Founder & Senior Pastor, Life.Church
Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of Life.Church, an innovative church meeting in multiple U.S. locations and globally online. Known for its missional approach utilizing the latest technology, Life.Church is the creator of the YouVersion Bible App —downloaded in every country worldwide. Groeschel was named in the top 10 U.S. CEO’s for small and midsize companies by Glassdoor. Traveling the world as a champion of The Global Leadership Summit, Craig Groeschel advocates to grow leaders in every sector of society. He is the host of the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast with over 1.5 million downloads a month and a New York Times best-selling author. His latest book is Hope in the Dark.
Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School; Author
Amy Edmondson has been recognised by the biannual Thinkers50 global list of top management thinkers since 2011. She is the author of four books, including Teaming: How Organisations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy, exploring why teamwork is so important in today’s organisations—and why it is so challenging. Her most recent release: The Fearless Organisation: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth offers practical guidance for teams and organisations who are serious about finding success in today’s modern economy.
Brazilian Retired Soccer Phenomenon; FIFA World Player of the Year
A Brazilian football (soccer) legend, Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, famously known as Kaká, is one of only eight players in history to have won the Ballon d’Or, the FIFA World Cup, and the UEFA Champions League. As the first sportsperson to amass 10 million followers on Twitter, he is considered one of the most famous athletes in the world. Starting his professional career as an attacking midfielder at the age of 18 with the Brazilian football club, São Paulo FC, he quickly became a critical member of the Brazilian national team. Before retiring in 2017, Kaká, spent most of his famed career with AC Milan and playing for Real Madrid. Additionally, he captained the inaugural campaign of the MLS’s Orlando City Football Club as its first designated player. Throughout his career, Kaká’s leadership on the field has earned many awards and achievements including the Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player of the Year, MARCA Legend Award and AC Milan Hall of Fame. Listed to Time’s 100 Most Influential List for two consecutive years, he is also a UN Ambassador for the World Food Programme.
Author; Lead Pastor of Transformation Church; Social Media Influencer
When a social media account tweeted a grainy 10-minute cell phone video from a sermon Todd preached on his experience at Transformation Church back in 2017, the post received over 2 million views in 48 hours. In keeping with Transformation Church’s aspiration to reach their community, city and world in a relevant and progressive way, Todd’s talks are now widely watched on social media, and he has become one of the youngest global Christian voices of this generation. In fact, Todd has five such talks that have each been watched over 1 million times on YouTube alone. Todd is releasing his first book in April 2020, Relationship Goals.
Director at Nike; Author; Former GE Vice Chair & CMO; Former President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal
Beth Comstock is the former GE Vice Chair and CMO, where—for two decades—she led efforts to transform a process-heavy culture to a faster, more agile and inventive one. Prior to GE, Beth was President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, overseeing the company’s digital efforts, including early development of hulu.com. Listed on Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women” and PR Week’s “20 Most Influential Communicators,” Beth helps incubate new companies and advises business leaders to accelerate growth and innovation. She is also a Director for Nike, a top-ten LinkedIn influencer and her first book, Imagine it Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change, offers lessons from a life of continual transformation that inspire others to embrace our rapidly changing world.
Senior Pastor; Globally Recognised Influencer; Best-Selling Author
T.D. Jakes has a proclivity to disrupt the status quo, and is one of the most globally-recognised influencers in business, education, film and entertainment. With his earnest approach, Jakes has been able to reach millions of people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, nationalities, and creeds. Senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organisation and 30,000-member church, Bishop Jakes’ presence spans digital media, film, television, radio and books, including his most recent book, Crushing: God Turns Pressure into Power.
Best-Selling Author; Global Researcher; Strengths Revolutionist
Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher, thought leader and leading expert on talent, focused on unlocking people’s strengths, increasing their performance, and pioneering the future of how people work. A former senior researcher at Gallup Organisation, he now guides the vision of ADP Research Institute as Head of People + Performance. He is the author of nine books, including First Break All the Rules, and Now Discover Your Strengths, two of the best-selling business books of all time. His latest release— Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World —takes an in-depth look at the lies that pervade our workplaces and the core truths that will help us change it for the better.
President Proverbs 31 Ministries; Best-Selling Author
Reaching millions of people through her writing and teaching, Lysa TerKeurst is the President of Proverbs 31 Ministries and founder of COMPEL Writer Training. Lysa has been published in many publications, featured on Fox News, Opra and The Today Show and has been awarded the Champions of Faith Author Award. The best-selling author of more than 20 books, her most recent release is, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered.
Co-Founder of Brand Builders Group; Hall of Fame Speaker; Best-Selling Author
A recognised expert in business strategy and leadership development, Rory Vaden a New York Times Best-Selling author, and Hall of Fame speaker. Rory’s pioneering firm, Brand Builders Group, specialises in helping leaders become more respected, trusted, recognised and influential. His insights have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur, Inc, on Fox News and he was named as one of the top 100 leadership speakers in the world by Inc. Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine calls him “One of the world’s leading productivity thinkers.” Rory’s latest book, Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time.
Guest faculty members are invited to participate in The Global Leadership Summit based on proven leadership abilities in their field of expertise. Their beliefs may not necessarily reflect those of Willow Creek Association and Willow Creek Community Church, and their presence at the Summit does not imply blanket endorsement of their views or affiliations.
Above is the full line-up of speakers at the live event at Willow Creek.
The UK & Ireland videocast typically shows 9-11 of these sessions.