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Global Leadership Summit

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - Friday, August 7, 2015

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The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event that is telecast LIVE from Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago every August to more than 300 locations in North America. 2015 will mark the thirteenth year that Crossings has been one of 200+ premier host sites in the US for this simulcast.

Plan now to take a two-day break from your busy schedule and be refreshed by world-class speakers at this premiere event.

2015 Speakers

Learn more about each of the 2015 Summit Speakers by clicking their photo or name below.




Bill Hybels

Founder and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

Bill Hybels is senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, a church of more than 25,000 that celebrates its 40th year in 2015. He founded The Global Leadership Summit with a commitment to develop and mentor leaders worldwide. In 2014, the Summit equipped more than 220,000 leaders in 785 cities and 108 countries. Hybels is the best-selling author of more than 20 books including Simplify, Courageous Leadership, and Leadership Axioms.




Sallie Krawcheck

Chair, Ellevate Network; Former President of Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management

Sallie Krawcheck has a reputation for integrity, independent thinking and an unrelenting focus on results. Called “The Last Honest Analyst” on Wall Street by Fortune Magazine, she argued that clients should be reimbursed for a portion of the losses they incurred during the financial downturn. Named number 9 on Fast Company’s list of the “100 Most Creative People 2014,” Krawcheck recognizes that empowering women is smart for business and currently leads Ellevate—a
network of more than 34,000 professional women around the world.




Adam Grant

Professor, Wharton School of Business; Best-Selling Author

Adam Grant is the youngest tenured professor at Wharton. Named one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors and one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40, he is the best-selling author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. His pioneering research has led to increased performance and reduced burnout among business professionals—concluding that a giving mindset might be the best path to getting ahead.




Brian Houston

Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church

Brian Houston is senior pastor of Australia-based Hillsong Church, a global family of congregations comprising more than 100,000 weekly attendees. Regarded for his boldness, innovation and vision, he is passionate about the local church and empowering the next generation of leaders with fresh Biblical teaching, relevant worship and accessible community. He is also the President of Hillsong Bible College and the Executive Producer of more than 30 gold and platinum albums that have come from the Hillsong Worship team.




Ed Catmull

Co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios; President of Walt Disney Animation Studios

Ed Catmull has been honored with five Academy Awards including the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for a lifetime of contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry. His book Creativity, Inc. is a distillation of the management principles he has used to lead one of the world’s most creative cultures. This session will explore the nerve center of Pixar—the meetings, postmortems and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history have been made.




Sam Adeyemi

Founder and Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre in Nigeria

Under Sam Adeyemi’s leadership, Daystar Christian Centre grew from a handful of people in 1995 to more than 25,000 people weekly—with highly recognized community impact projects. The author of numerous best-selling books, his television programs reach viewers on all continents. Adeyemi founded Daystar Leadership Academy, which is dedicated to releasing a new generation of leaders who will serve as catalysts in the transformation of Africa and the world.




Sheila Heen

Founder Triad Consulting Group; Faculty, Harvard Law School

Sheila Heen has spent two decades at the Harvard Negotiation Project specializing in our most difficult conversations— where disagreements are strong, emotions run high and relationships become strained. Her firm, Triad Consulting Group, works with executive teams to strengthen their working relationships, work through tough conversations and make sound decisions together. She has written two New York Times bestsellers, including her most recent, Thanks for the Feedback, which helps leaders improve their ability to receive feedback.




Jim Collins

Nationally Acclaimed Business Thinker; Best-selling Author Good to Great

Driven by a relentless curiosity into what makes great companies tick, Jim Collins has authored or co-authored six books on leadership that have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. He began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and in 1995 he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. Passionate about the business and social sectors, in 2012 and 2013, he served as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point.




Albert Tate

Founder and Senior Pastor, Fellowship Monrovia in Southern California

Albert Tate, senior pastor of Fellowship Monrovia, held a variety of strategic pastoral leadership positions before founding the church in 2012—one of the fastest-growing multiethnic churches in the U.S. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Azusa Pacific University and the Fuller Youth Institute’s Advisory Council. A dynamic communicator, this 15-year ministry veteran combines biblical challenge with humor and is a sought-after guest speaker at universities and churches across the United States.




Horst Schulze

Chairman and CEO, Capella Hotel Group; Founding President and Former COO, The Ritz-Carlton Group

As CEO of Capella Hotel Group, Horst Schulze inspires client loyalty by raising the bar for customer service. Under his leadership, The Ritz-Carlton Group was awarded the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in both 1992 and 1999—the first and only hotel company to win even one such award. A leader and entrepreneur, he inspires leaders with practical ways to create high-quality customer service experiences.




Brene Brown

Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author

Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. Her 2010 TEDxHouston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with more than 18 million views. She is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. Brown’s newest book, Rising Strong, releases this fall and examines how falling down can be our greatest call to courage and why owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending.




Liz Wiseman

President, The Wiseman Group; Best-selling Author

Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the president of The
Wiseman Group, a leadership development firm, listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world. A contributor for Harvard Business Review and Fortune, her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company. Wiseman is the author of three best-selling books, including her most recent, Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work.




Craig Goreschel

Founder and Senior Pastor, LifeChurch.tv

Craig Groeschel and LifeChurch.tv are known for using innovative technology to spread the Gospel to multiple locations around the U.S. and globally via Church Online. With a passion for serving the Church and partnering to reach people for Christ, LifeChurch.tv shares its resources with churches worldwide, including the free Bible app from YouVersion.

Agenda and Sessions

Summit sessions are held in the The Venue @ Crossings, which is located at the southeast corner of the building. An optional onsite lunch is available (details here) in the Atrium, and morning and afternoon snacks are provided. Registration is located at the counters between The Venue and the Atrium.

For best access to the event, please enter the building through the southeast entrance next to The Venue or the east entrance to the Atrium. Onsite childcare is not available for this event.

Crossings Community Church is located at 14600 North Portland Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73134.


Day 1 – Thursday, August 6th

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Day 2 – Friday, August 7th

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The complete agenda and session information will be available soon – please check back for additional information and details.


Select either “Crossings Member Registration” or “Military, Students, Faculty, or Non-Crossings Members” below to learn more and register for the Summit.

Crossings Member Registration

Register for The Summit online by entering the Crossings priority code in the box below (see contact information below if you do not know the code). Then click the button below the code. A new window will open with a verification screen for the special Crossings rate. Clicking “Verify” directs you to willowcreek.com and pre-populates all of the church and event information. All you need to fill in is your individual contact and credit card info. All you need to fill in is your individual contact information and credit card information.

To access the code, please contact:

Lori Bunyar

Pastor of Special Events

lbunyar*crossingsokc.org (405) 302.1258
Enter the Crossings’ Members password here for your special rate!

Non-Crossings Members, Military, Students, & Faculty

If you are not a Crossings member or are currently in the military, a full-time student, or full-time faculty member, register online using the button to the right.

The military, student, and faculty rates are all $89.

All others should check www.willowcreek.com/summit for the best premier host site pricing or call (800) 570-9812.

Please note: for best rates, take advantage of the Super Early Bird Rate ending Tuesday, May 19th, or the Early Bird Rate ending June 23rd.

Purchase Lunch Tickets

Hot lunches are served on campus Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th. Meals are not included in the registration price, but are provided for an additional $7.00 each day. Make online reservations by 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 5th or purchase tickets at the Summit on Thursday, August 6th before the first break. Pick up your lunch tickets at the lunch table near registration by morning break on the first day of the summit.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015
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Lori Bunyar


Crossings Community Church
14600 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73134 United States
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