Published May 26, 2021

7 Reasons Nonprofit Leaders Make the Summit Part of their Development Plan


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What started as a single event back in the 1990’s, The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) now attracts hundreds of thousands of people in over 123 countries at thousands of host sites and online locations. Bringing together an audience that represents various industries including nonprofit, business, healthcare, education, government and ministry, the GLS has become a unique platform, unlike any other leadership conference in the world today.


Here are the top 7 reasons nonprofit leaders make the Summit part of their development plan: 

1. A diverse, world-class leadership faculty has a wealth of leadership experience we all can learn from.  

The 2021 world-class leadership faculty, including notable names like Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. Henry Cloud, Juliet Funt and many others, will bring their expertise from their latest research and experiences for two days of rich, inspiring learning relevant to today’s challenges and context.

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2. Opportunity to gain fresh perspective, new insights and alternative solutions to everyday obstacles. 

There’s no other conference that brings together such a diverse faculty, while also convening such a diverse audience of curious, growth-minded men and women from around the world—this makes the GLS a great opportunity to invest in your own personal leadership growth, as well as the growth of your team. With perspectives brought to you from outside of your normal everyday environment, you’re able to discover new solutions to some of your everyday problems.

“The Summit gave me the practical leadership tools I needed to make my vision for my nonprofit a reality. It’s one thing to dream. It’s another to be able to lead people in the fight.” – Rebecca Bender, CEO & Founder, Elevate Academy


3. Attendance and application of new leadership principles create positive, tangible change. 

Feedback from our attendees and research outcomes speak for themselves. In 2017, an independent research firm, Excellence in Giving, cited an overwhelming positive return on investment for those who attended The Global Leadership Summit.

Here are just some of the highlights we discovered:

  • 68% “agree” or “strongly agree” the GLS improved their productivity
  • 81% “agree” or “strongly agree” the GLS improved their job satisfaction
  • 74% “agree” or “strongly agree” the GLS improved the quality of their work
  • 62% “agree” or “strongly agree” the GLS materials helped them teach others about leadership, with an average of 47% other people being trained in the last two years

“Regularly attending the Summit ensures that my leadership capacity is stretched, and it always instills a resilient courage in me not to give up but keep dreaming and reaching for excellence in all my God-given assignments.” – Amy Groeschel, Founder & President, Branch15


4. The Summit is a great addition to your leadership development program for you and/or your staff. 

The Summit is a great opportunity to invest in your own personal leadership growth, as well as the growth of your team. In doing so, you add value back into your staff and allow people to develop a common leadership language, which ends up creating a better culture, improving job satisfaction and increasing innovation and productivity to drive your mission forward.

“When I attended the Summit, I was going through a complete change in my organization. The invaluable information I gained from attending the Summit, gave me a new perspective on my ministry, work and ultimately myself. The Summit has given me the tools to become a well-rounded leader with the ability to make a greater impact with the people I serve and the people I am connected to. As a result, we will reach more people and connect more individuals to employment opportunities.” – Se’ka Cheeks, Founder & President, Impact Change Foundation


5. The Summit is more than a conference about leadership principles, it also provides a dose of encouragement and inspiration to carry you through the year. 

Attracting an audience from every walk of life from Christians and non-Christians alike, the Summit focuses on curating a world-class faculty that delivers leadership principles that can be applied in almost any context with an important element of hope and encouragement that is often missing from strictly training-focused conferences.

“The content is practical. The content is inspirational. And as leaders, we need to go to places to be inspired. We need to maintain hope and inspiration. Then there’s the stretch. When I leave the Summit, I’m always thinking about where I can stretch.” – Annette Cutino, Director of Advance, LEAD.NYC

“Yes, the Summit is good for your leadership, but what I wanted to be a part of was building a movement and building a body and that’s bigger than me. I couldn’t reach that bigness before I went to the Summit. If you want your dream to grow bigger than you, you need to go to the Summit.” – Riley Fuller, President, Humanity and Hope United


6. The Summit provides the opportunity to network with values-based, growth-minded men and women in your local community. 

The Summit creates an opportunity for nonprofit leaders to come together with key stakeholders and members of their community from an array of diverse backgrounds. And because this event attracts values-based, growth-minded men and women, the networking that occurs naturally turns into valuable relationships and connections moving key community initiatives forward.

“Not only have I found the atmosphere at the Summit uplifting and inspiring, with ample opportunity for networking, I also feel as though God has spoken directly to me through every presentation and challenge. He has invited me to go deeper still, and not settle for safe or as one speaker put it: “Don’t let anyone fool you with a title and a paycheck.” To me, each Summit has felt like a commissioning to go forth boldly, confront my fear and serve people passionately. The Summit and the stories I hear remind me that every time I feel like quitting, I am not alone.” – Joan Cornelison, President, Esther’s Hope Ministries


7. The cost-benefit for leadership development is extremely high. 

With a maximum ticket price of $209 per individual, the cost-benefit is extremely high. Compared to other business and leadership conferences available, the value you get from the GLS is often greater than other comparable conferences that cost upwards of thousands of dollars to attend.

“Every year, I feel like I have gotten my money’s worth during the first hour of the event. Everything after that is frosting on the cake! I’ve gotten lessons from almost every GLS talk I have ever heard.” – Bob Tiede, Director, Global and U.S. Leadership Development Teams, Cru


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The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) is a two-day infusion of actionable leadership insights and inspiration broadcast to hundreds of host sites across the United States every August. In the following months, the GLS is translated, contextualized and hosted by local leadership committees at hundreds of locations across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. This global event convenes a world-class faculty who share their distinct perspectives and expertise, inspiring and equipping people around the world with practical leadership skills that can be applied within their context, wherever they have influence, and used to empower positive transformation where it’s needed most. Attracting an audience that represents various industries, including marketplace, non-profit, healthcare, education, government, ministry and corrections, the GLS has become a unique platform, unlike any other, bringing people together to not only empower better leadership within the organizations they represent, but in a growing number of cases around the world, this event also acts as a catalyst for organic local movements initiating systemic, city-wide change. What started as a single event back in 1990’s, the GLS has grown to attract tens of thousands of people today.