Summit Week 2024

Wednesday, 7 to Friday,
9 August 2024

67 Algonquin Rd, South Barrington, IL 60010, United States

You Are Invited

The flagship event that kicks off the GLS24 season takes place in August 2024 – and you have the opportunity to join The Global Leadership Summit live in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Every year, hundreds of delegates from across the world join thousands of American guests for the Main GLS event hosted at Willow Creek Church, South Barrington. And you can attend online or in-person.

Enjoy a time to network with other like-minded leaders as you receive insights from world-class faculty presenting fresh and actionable ideas to transform how you lead and increase your influence and impact.

Additional opportunities to connect and explore ways to grow this robust leadership development movement worldwide are planned – especially for our international guests.

At GLS24, you will be equipped to design your tomorrow! We hope to see you there.

The Summit Week Experience

From Wednesday, 7 August to Friday, 9 August 2024, several events, experiences and engagement opportunities are scheduled. The draft schedule for this period is presented below (exact timings and finalized programme to follow). All events are for in-person attendees only.

(Only GLS24 will be available to stream and attend online).

The Global Leadership Summit 2024 (GLS24)

*Available to attend online or in-person

Taking place on Thursday, 8 August and Friday, 9 August 2024, leaders can expect to be inspired and equipped by world-class faculty that will bring fresh and actionable content that can be readily applied. Faculty include:

Craig Groeschel

Founder & Senior Pastor, Life.Church; Best-Selling Author

Globally recognized as a leader of leaders, Craig Groeschel is the founder and Senior Pastor of Life.Church, rated by Glassdoor as the #1 Place to Work for two consecutive years under his leadership. Known for their missional approach to leveraging the latest technology, Life.Church is the creator of the YouVersion Bible App—installed on more than half a billion unique devices worldwide. He is the host of the top-ranked “Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast.” A New York Times’ bestselling author, his latest book is “Think Ahead: 7 Decisions You Can Make Today for the God-Honoring Life You Want Tomorrow.”

Erwin Raphael McManus

Founder, The Arena Mastermind for Optimal Performance, MOSAIC; Bestselling Author

Erwin Raphael McManus is an award-winning author and artist. His books have sold over one million copies and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. His creative genius has resulted in consulting work with organizations spanning from the NFL to the Pentagon. McManus has spent the last 30 years advising and coaching CEOs, professional athletes, billion-dollar companies, universities and world-leaders, and he is passionate about helping people destroy their internal limitations and unlock their personal genius. A native of El Salvador, McManus is also recognized internationally as the founder of Mosaic, a faith movement from Los Angeles that has inspired millions across the globe. McManus coaches leaders, entrepreneurs and communicators worldwide through The Arena as well as his groundbreaking work on The Art of Communication. His newest book, “The 7 Frequencies of Communication,” will be released in summer 2024. 

Amy Edmondson

Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School; Bestselling Author

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, a chair established to support the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful enterprises that contribute to the betterment of society. Edmondson has been recognized by the biannual Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers since 2011, and most recently was ranked #1 in 2021 and 2023. She studies teaming, psychological safety and organizational learning, and her articles have been published in numerous academic and management outlets, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review and California Management Review. Edmondson’s latest book, “Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well,” builds on her prior work on psychological safety and teaming to provide a framework for thinking about, discussing and practicing the science of failing well.

Michael Jr.

Comedic Thought Leader; Actor; Author

Known as one of today’s most gifted communicators and comedians, Michael Jr. adds more laughter to your life and more life to your laughter. By bringing clarity through his comedy, his versatility has landed him on stages such as TEDx, The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and in sold-out venues on his current tour: “Funny How Marriage Works.” With a goal to reach one million marriages in the next three years, he and his wife, Ebony, are working together to unlock freedom within marriage and help lower the divorce rate in America. You can also find Michael Jr. in movies such as “War Room,” “Selfie Dad,” “Laughing on Purpose” and “More Than Funny.” He is the author of the bestselling book “Funny How Life Works,” which gives a behind-the-scenes look at his life and career and encourages readers to strategically embrace each life event as a part of a setup, leading to their punchline. 

Mike Krzyzewski, “Coach K” 

Head Men's Basketball Coach, Duke University (1980 – 2022)

Molly Fletcher

Former Top Sports Agent; Podcast Host; Bestselling Author

Arthur C Brooks

Harvard Professor; Bestselling Author

Arthur C. Brooks is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Public and Nonprofit Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches courses on leadership and happiness. He is also a columnist at The Atlantic, where he writes the popular “How to Build a Life” column. Brooks is the author of 13 books, including the 2023 #1 New York Times bestseller “Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier” with co-author Oprah Winfrey and the 2022 #1 New York Times bestseller “From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life.” He speaks to audiences all around the world about human happiness and works to raise well-being within private companies, universities, public agencies and community organizations.

Dan Owolabi

Executive Director of Branches Worldwide; Author; Pastor

Dan Owolabi is the Executive Director of Branches Worldwide, a fast-growing nonprofit dedicated to investing in high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. Owolabi has nearly 20 years of experience helping leaders develop genuine, effective influence. He has worked with leaders in 18 countries and four continents, helping them clarify their identity and leverage their influence to serve others. Owolabi’s latest book “Authentic Leadership” was an Amazon #1 New Release. He holds a graduate degree from Ashland University centering on American Leadership and is completing a doctorate in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.  

Joni Eareckson Tada

Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends; Disability Advocate; Bestselling Author

Joni Eareckson Tada is a respected global leader in disability advocacy, as well as a celebrated Christian author. Although a 1967 diving accident left her a quadriplegic, she emerged from rehabilitation with a determination to help others in similar conditions. Tada serves as CEO of Joni and Friends, which provides support services for thousands of families that struggle with disability. During her tenure on the National Council on Disability, the ADA was passed and signed into law. Tada also served on the Disability Advisory Committee under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The Colson Center on Christian Worldview awarded Joni Tada its prestigious William Wilberforce Award, and she also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Christian Leadership Alliance. Tada is an avid mentor of young people with disabling conditions and an effective communicator, sharing her inspirational message through books, artwork, radio and other media.

Kindra Hall

Storytelling Expert; Bestselling Author

Kindra Hall is a bestselling author and the former Chief Storytelling Officer of Success Magazine. She has become the go-to expert for storytelling in business and beyond. Gartner and Forbes said her debut book, “Stories that Stick,” “may be the most valuable business book you read.” Releasing in May 2024, her newest book, “The Story Edge: How Leaders Harness the Power of Stories to Win in Business,” helps leaders to better communicate with and inspire their teams and organizations. Hall has helped shape the stories of global brands including Target, Univision, United Way, USO and Farmers Insurance. She inspires teams and individuals to better communicate the value of their company, their products and their individuality through strategic storytelling.

Marcus Buckingham

Global Researcher; Entrepreneur; Founder of the Strengths Revolution

Marcus Buckingham is the world’s most prominent researcher on strengths, leadership and high performance at work. After spending two decades studying excellence at the Gallup Organization and co-creating the StrengthsFinder tool, he built his own software company focused on helping team leaders excel. Today he leads the ADP Research Institute’s global studies into people and performance at work. Buckingham is the author of two of the best-selling business books of all time, has two of Harvard Business Review’s most circulated, industry-changing cover articles, and has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. His latest book, Love + Work, reveals the power of love to pinpoint a person’s true power, and shows how to turn this power into contribution, in life and in work. 

Will Guidara

Hospitality Evangelist; Restaurateur; Bestselling Author

Will Guidara is the author of the National Bestseller “Unreasonable Hospitality,” which chronicles the lessons in service and leadership he has learned over the course of his career in restaurants. He is the former co-owner of the Manhattan restaurant Eleven Madison Park, which under his leadership received four stars from the New York Times, three Michelin stars and in 2017 was named #1 on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Guidara is the host of the Welcome Conference, an annual hospitality symposium that brings together like minded people to share ideas, inspire one another and connect to form community. A graduate of the hospitality school at Cornell University, he has co-authored four cookbooks, was named one of Crain’s New York Business’s 40 Under 40 and is the recipient of WSJ Magazine’s Innovator Award. 

Jo Saxton

Founder, Ezer Collective; Executive Director, The 25; Podcast Host; Author

Jo Saxton is the founder of the Ezer Collective, an initiative dedicated to investing in women leaders around the world, equipping them to own their voice and boldly step into their calling. She currently serves as the Executive Director of The 25, a leadership development initiative at Bethel University. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, England, Jo now lives in Minneapolis and co-hosts “The Lead Stories Podcast,” a weekly conversation on leadership and life. Saxton has also written several books, including her most recent book, “Ready to Rise.”

Carey Lohrenz

First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy; Bestselling Author

Carey Lohrenz was the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy and has flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready pilot. She is the former President of the Women Military Aviators Association and currently serves as a Board Leadership Fellow for the National Association of Corporate Directors. Lohrenz uses her experience working in fast moving, dynamic environments—where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results—to guide others in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Lohrenz is a bestselling author and has helped brands including Cisco, Raytheon, Dell, Deloitte, Verizon and AT&T. Her most recent book, “Span of Control,” walks readers through the fundamentals of surviving and succeeding during times of crisis.

Partner Gathering
2024 (PG24)

Following the success of PG22 and PG23, our hope for PG24 is that our valued international guests and partners will be inspired by this event. PG24 is open to all partners, their guests, and international attendees. Aimed towards our goal of serving more pastors, churches and kingdom-minded leaders, the programming, content, and discussions will be planned to accommodate such. PG24 will take place on Wednesday, 7 August 2024. Along with several other elements, faculty for this event will include:

David Ashcraft

CEO & President
David Ashcraft serves as the President and CEO of the Global Leadership Network (GLN), an organization at the forefront of global leadership development and in pursuit to serve more pastors, equip more churches, and inspire more leaders.  Previously, David served as the Pastor of LCBC (Lives Changed By Christ) Church in Manheim, Pennsylvania.  Under his leadership, LCBC grew from one location with a weekly attendance of 150 people to 19 locations across the state of Pennsylvania with a combined average weekly attendance of over 22,000. Additionally, David is the Founder and President of The Advantage, a leadership collaborative whose purpose is to mentor and encourage pastors across the country.  He is the author of “What Was I Thinking?” a book designed to help us make better decisions.  David also serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Leadership Network and the National Association of Evangelicals.

Megan Fate Marshman

Teaching Pastor, Speaker and Author

As an international speaker at churches, conferences and university chapels, Megan Fate Marshman is a leading voice to this generation. She is currently completing her Doctorate of Ministry while serving as a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church and as Director of Women’s Ministries at Hume Lake Christian Camps. She also shepherds women at her home church, Arbor Road in Long Beach, CA. Megan recently released the Beautiful Word Bible study: John (2022, Harper Collins), authored the book and Bible study Meant for Good (2020, Zondervan), SelfLess (2017, David C Cook), and co-wrote the book 7 Family Ministry Essentials with Dr. Michelle Anthony (2015, David C Cook). In August 2024, she would be releasing her newest book, Relaxed: Walking with the One Who is not Worried about a Thing.

Dr Krish Kandiah OBE

Social Entrepreneur Broadcaster, Author and Speaker Advocacy Consultant

Dr. Krish Kandiah is a social entrepreneur with a strong record of founding charities, mobilising communities and bringing change. He is motivated to help solve some of society’s biggest problems through catalysing partnerships across civil society, faith communities, government and philanthropy. He is a global expert in child reform, refugee integration, and educational innovation. He teaches at Regents Park College, Oxford University, advises the UK government, and offers training to business leaders, education professionals and church leaders on advocacy, change, inclusion, and humanitarian solutions.

Next Gen Worship and
Prayer Night

As the GLS Next Gen movement is growing in its impact around the world, we want to take a time to spend in worship and prayer on Wednesday evening, 7 August 2024. International guests are invited to join local and regional Next Gen leaders as we celebrate the impact of this initiative globally.

International Summit Week Close-Out and After-Party Experience

After the conclusion of GLS24, a closing networking and celebration experience will take place for all international guests as we reflect on an inspiring Summit Week. All international guests are welcome.


Purchase your tickets through the link below no later than 30 June 2024.

The cost for Summit Week attendance, in US dollar, is:

  • In-Person in Chicago: $249

Your ticket includes:

  • Access to PG24 and GLS24
  • Lunch Wednesday through Friday
  • Refreshments during breaks
  • Supporting materials

Your ticket does NOT include:

  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • All other refreshments, meals and beverages

The cost for Summit Week online attendance, in US dollar, is:

  • GLS24 only online: $179 (before 15 May 2024) and $229
    from 16 May 2024
  • Any discount codes for the above are only valid until 15 May 2024 and MUST be used before this date. (Contact your Regional Director for more information).
  • If registered before 15 May 2024, attendance for PG24 is included or subsidized.

  • All content will be presented in English; however – live interpretation in Spanish and Portuguese will be available.
  • The interpretation will take place through the LiveVoice app on the guest’s own mobile device
  • For more information,
    contact International Registrations.

Accommodation & Transport

Accommodation and transport are the guests’ responsibility to arrange and provide payment.

Special arrangements have been made at these two hotels, including a complimentary shuttle to the airport and Willow Creek Church.

1. Aloft Chicago Schaumburg

Address: 3407 W Algonquin Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Phone: +1 (847) 259-5000
Booking link and pricing coming soon

    2. Holiday Inn Express, Rolling Meadows-Schaumburg

    Address: 3477 W Algonquin Rd, Rolling Meadows IL
    Phone: +1 (847) 259-6600
    Price: $119 + tax, includes airport and church shuttles

    Please Note
    Travel & Health Insurance
    Transport Solutions

    For transport solutions, we recommend using Uber, Lyft or similar services.

    Do You Need A Letter For Your US Visa?

    Get your personalized invitation letter to GLS24 and Summit Week 2024 to aid in obtaining your by clicking the button below.

    Ready To Register & Buy Your Ticket?

    1. By clicking below, you will be transferred to the REGFOX platform to complete your ticket and registration process.

    2. REGFOX accepts Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Discover for payment.

    3. If you have a discount code, you can apply it at the final stage before billing.

    4. An undertaking to take personal responsibility for own health and travel insurance to cover associated expenses are required to register.

    5. A unique email address is required for every attendee.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    My plans changed, or I didn't get my visa, and now I need to cancel my registration.

    Ticket registrations can be cancelled and refunded (less a small administration fee) up to 30 June 2024. Please email with your confirmation number, registered email address and a brief explanation of why you must cancel.

    I can't come anymore but want to transfer my ticket to someone else.
    Use the link on your confirmation email to create a Profile on Regfox. You will see the option to edit, amend or transfer your ticket in the top right of the screen.
    I don't speak English very well. Are interpretation services available?
    Interpretations in Spanish and Portuguese are provided through Livevoice. Download the app before your arrival. An event code will be provided to you to access the audio. Wifi is provided inside the venue.

    Spanish and Portuguese soundtracks are also available on the online broadcast.

    I am attending online. Will I have access to the Partner Gathering and other events as well?
    Unfortunately, only the Global Leadership Summit will be streamed. For countries or sites that need to view segments from other meetings for their speaker selection and other purposes, said recordings will be available on Mediahub after Summit Week.
    Are there discounts, sponsorships or scholarships available?

    Financial support or subsidies are only available for the Summit Ticket. Unfortunately, no funds are available for transport, accommodation or other travel-related expenses.

    Most discounts expire by 31 March 2024. Please contact the GLN representative in your country or email your request to

    You are always welcome to request sponsorships or discounts for your Summit ticket price by sending an email explaining your situation to

    I can’t come anymore, but want online access to GLS24 instead.
    You are welcome to edit your registration and adjust your attendance experience before 30 June 2024 by logging in to your ticket and editing your registration. If there is a refund due to you it will be refunded to your account in the subsequent week.

    To edit your registration, you need to create a profile on Regfox/Webconnex by resetting your password or claiming your account. Go to Login at the top right of the page