The Global Leadership Summit

Thursday-Friday, August 10-11, 2017

Fresh, actionable and inspiring leadership content from a world-class faculty at a convenient location near you.

You have influence. Join 400,000 of your peers to learn how to maximize it with

Two Days of World-Class Leadership Training

  • Gain exclusive access to the LIVE HD telecast of the Summit at one of 600+ locations
  • Get a unique blend of vision, inspiration and practical skills you can immediately apply
  • Learn from Bill Hybels and the diverse 2017 faculty
  • Leverage the Summit as a resource to transform yourself and your community
  • Join with people from 128 countries and 60 languages who attend the Summit around the world

Regular $ 209

Bring your team (10 or more people) and save! Group rate: $189/person

Special pricing for students and military available.

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If you attend Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, please be sure to enter our host site priority code on the form.


Find out what past attendees say are

Reasons to Attend

For more than 20 years, the Summit has proven to produce compelling outcomes* for attendees, including:

Teamwork 83%

83% of attendees demonstrate improved teamwork, job satisfaction and productivity

Effectiveness 61%

61% of attendees say their organization is more effective because of clearer vision

Significance 87%

87% feel a greater sense of significance and satisfaction in their personal and professional lives

Better Leaders 81%

81% cite concrete ways their supervisor has become a better leader because of the Summit

*Independent research conducted by Excellence in Giving based on repeat Summit attendee data.

All of the benefits with little to no travel costs

Attend the Summit at a Location Near You

Attend the GLS at one of 600 locations nationwide!
Host the Summit at Your Church

Benefits of attending at a site near you:

The Global Leadership Summit is proud to bring you a high-quality local experience at our Premier Host Sites. On Thursday-Friday, August 10-11 the Summit is simulcast live in HD from the sold-out Willow Creek campus to more than 600 satellite locations nationwide.

The benefits of attending at a local Premier Host Site include:

  • Networking opportunities with leaders from your community
  • Reduced cost and time spent on travel
  • Grow and learn with your team in a setting close to home

"As a leader focused on designing programs that elevate the performance, engagement and leadership contribution of others, I find that my own greatest personal and professional development still comes from the GLS each year."

- Melissa McMahon, Vice President of Talent, Fortune 500 Company

See what the local Premier Host Site experience was like in 2016

See what others are saying


"The 2-day Global Leadership Summit will hone and improve your leadership skills with fresh perspectives from world-class leaders. This year we will have more than 100 people from our organization attending the Summit."

- Jeff Van Drunen, President FutureCeuticals

"When I compare the Summit to all the other different leadership opportunities available to me, the Summit is the best. It's the best in terms of the quality, the experience and the people you get a chance to meet."

- Mitch Barns, CEO of Nielsen

"The level of speakers and learning at the Summit is as good if not better than any business leadership conference I’ve been to. I encourage other leaders at all levels of their life and career to find out more about the Summit.”

- Angela Braly, President The Braly Group

"If the Summit can impact another person’s life who is in a leadership position, it can have a ripple effect on everyone they touch. We now have 350 people attending the Summit from our network."

- George Cook, Senior Executive, Financial Services Firm


Frequently Asked Questions

Location & Dates

+ What is the difference between attending the Summit on-site vs. a Premier Host Site?

Attendance at the Willow Creek campus provides the energy of an expected 7,000 attendees experiencing programing and most of the faculty in person. The live stream of the Summit at a Premier Host Site is preferred by some attendees for convenience, affordability and connectivity to leaders in their local community.

Register Now: On Site (2017 sold out)  or  at a Premier Host Site

+ What are the dates for the 2017 Global Leadership Summit?

This year the Summit will take place Thursday-Friday, August 10-11, 2017.

+ Is the programming the same at all locations?

All programming elements including plenaries, music, drama, video and dance emanate from the Willow Creek campus in South Barrington, IL.

Agenda & Sessions

+ When will the full schedule be available?

The full schedule with the Summit faculty order will be available in May of 2017. The Summit will be a full day from approximately 8:30am-5:00pm (CDT) on Thursday and 8:30am-4:00pm (CDT) on Friday.

+ Will this event be in real-time at my Premier Host Site location?

If you attend in the Central or Pacific Time Zones, the Summit will begin at 8:30am local time. Sites in the Eastern or Mountain Time Zones will begin at 9:30am local time.


+ How much does it cost to attend?

Pricing varies based on attendance at the Willow Creek campus or at a Premier Host Site. Discounts are available based on group size and date of registration.

Click Here for specific pricing information

+ What does the conference price include?

Registration for the event includes all conference materials as well as break refreshments. Meals are NOT included in the price of registration.

+ Who qualifies for the Student, Faculty and Military rates?

All high school, undergraduate and graduate students (both full or part-time students) are eligible for the Student rate. The Faculty rate applies to individuals on staff at a college, university or seminary. U.S. Military Active Duty and Reserve personnel and their spouses may register at the Military rate.


+ How do I register for The Global Leadership Summit?

There are 3 ways to register:

1. Online: Click Here

2. Phone: 800-570-9812

3. Mail: P.O. Box 3188 Barrington, IL 60011-3188

(International guests please click the FAQ's "International" tab.)

+ How do I update attendee information?

Each registered attendee is able to update their information. If you registered as a group, you can also update your group members information. Click here to edit attendee information

+ Can I share a registration with someone if I can't attend the entire event?

We do not provide the option to share registrations between multiple individuals. The event has been designed as a holistic experience and is best if attended in its entirety.

+ Do I need to have all the names of our group when I register?

We allow groups to reserve “empty registrations” and then submit names of those who will be attending at a later date. We encourage you to enter those names by mid-July; however, a registrant’s name can still be added or changed before printing the final ticket.


+ How can international guests purchase a ticket?

International guests are invited to The Global Leadership Summit in South Barrington by WCA leaders in their country. If you have not received an invitation from a WCA leader in your country, we encourage you to attend the Global Leadership Summit in your country. Find a GLS near you at

+ What is the cancellation policy for international conference registrations?

Cancellations for international guests will be fully refunded unless received less than 14 days before the event start date. Late cancellations (less than 14 days before the event start date) will be charged a $30 fee. Please email your Country Director or contact for a refund.

+ During the Global Leadership Summit, where will international guests get lunch?

Lunch is included in the registration cost for international guests. Your lunch location will be on the Summit ticket you receive by email before the conference. In addition, there is a list of lunch locations by country in the Summit Experience Guide you will receive at check-in.

+ Can I bring my children to the conference?

While families are very important to us, WCA conferences are adult training events, so children and infants, including nursing infants, are not permitted in any of the sessions. Childcare is not available and we cannot guarantee a separate room for parents to stay with their children.

+ Is transportation provided between the airport, hotels, and Willow Creek?

The Willow Creek Association does not provide transportation.

+ Does the Willow Creek Association take photographs for promotional use during the Global Leadership Summit?

For promotional purposes, videos and photographs are taken at all conferences. Your registration constitutes permission for the Willow Creek Association to use your likeness in promotional materials. Please contact if you cannot be used in promotional photographs.


+ What is your cancellation, hold and transfer policies?

You must contact our Ministry Operations Team on or before 6/13/17 for a refund of your conference fees less a $45.00 cancellation fee per person.

Should you wish to hold your registration for future use, you must contact us on or before 7/11/2017. You will need to contact us within a year to utilize the fund toward a new conference registration. Your registration fees will be transferred to the conference selected less the $45.00 transfer fee per person. Additional payment may be required depending on the price of the new conference. Any overpayment remaining after the transfer is non-refundable.

You may at any time up to the date of the conference transfer the name or location associated with the registration at no cost. To transfer the location, please call our Ministry Operations Team at 800-570-9812.