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 celebrated its 40th year in 2015. He founded The Global Leadership Summit with a commitment to develop and mentor leaders worldwide, now impacting leaders in 125 countries. Hybels is the best-selling author of more than 20 books and his new video curriculum, Leading From Here to There: 5 Essential Skills is releasing in August 2016.

Melinda Gates

Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

As co-chair of the foundation, Melinda Gates shapes and approves strategies, reviews results and sets the overall direction of the organization. Her work has led her to focus on empowering women and girls to bring transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities and societies. After joining Microsoft Corp. in 1987, she helped develop many of the company’s multimedia products. In 1996, Melinda left Microsoft to focus on her philanthropic work and family.
Alan Mulally

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Ford Motor Company (2006-2014)

Alan Mulally led Ford's transformation into one of the world's leading automobile companies and the #1 automobile brand in the United States—returning it to profitability and changing the way the organization works. Prior to joining Ford, he served as executive vice president of The Boeing Company. Mulally has been named No. 3 on Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders” list and one of “The World’s Most Influential People” by TIME magazine.
Bishop T.D. Jakes

Founder and Senior Pastor, The Potter’s House

Bishop T.D. Jakes is a visionary, provocative thinker and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church. Named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine , Jakes’ reach and presence spans film, television, radio and books, including his most recent New York Times bestseller, Destiny: Step into Your Purpose and his latest film, Miracles from Heaven , starring Jennifer Garner.
Horst Schulze

CEO, Capella Hotel Group; Founding President, The Ritz-Carlton Group

Horst Schulze’s vision has helped reshape standards of excellence in the hospitality and service industries. Under his leadership, The Ritz-Carlton Group was twice awarded the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the first and only hotel to win even one such award. In 2015, Schulze delivered an inspiring and practical talk at the Summit, and will be back this year to unpack how we can build organizations that value efficiencies.
Dr. Travis Bradberry

Bestselling Author; Co-Founder of TalentSmart

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the co-founder of TalentSmart—a consultancy that serves more than 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies. A world-renowned expert in Emotional intelligence 2.0, Bradberry speaks regularly in corporate and public settings helping listeners better understand what emotional intelligence is, and most importantly, how to use it to improve their leadership.
Erin Meyer

Professor at INSEAD; Author and Consultant

Erin Meyer is a professor at INSEAD in France, one of the world’s leading business schools. Her recently released book, The Culture Map , focuses on how the world’s most successful global leaders navigate the complexities of cultural differences in a multicultural environment. In 2015, Meyer won the Thinkers50 “On the Radar” award, given to the best of the new generation of thinkers most likely to shape the future of business and business thinking.
Wilfredo DE Jesús

Senior Pastor, New Life Covenant Church; Community Leader and Author

Under Wilfredo De Jesús’ leadership, New Life has grown from 120 people to more than 17,000 through church plants and to more than 130 ministries reaching the most disenfranchised—the poor, homeless, prostitutes, drug addicts and gang members. Named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2013, De Jesús is the author of In the Gap and became a Summit favorite following his challenging and inspiring talk in 2014.
Patrick Lencioni

Bestselling Author; Founder of The Table Group

Patrick Lencioni is the author of 10 business books that have sold nearly 5 million copies, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team . The Wall Street Journal called him one of the most sought after business speakers in America, and he consults on topics related to leadership and organizational health. A Summit favorite, Lencioni’s upcoming release, The Ideal Team Player, explores the three essential virtues that accelerate teamwork and predict team success.
Chris Mcchesney

Bestselling Author; Executive at Franklin Covey

Chris McChesney is a Wall Street Journal #1 national bestselling author of The 4 Disciplines of Execution and is the Global Practice Leader of Execution for Franklin Covey. Known for his high-energy and engaging presentations, McChesney has consulted with many of the world’s top brands and leverages this practical experience to help leaders from the boardroom to the front lines of an organization get better at executing the ideas that matter most.
Danielle Strickland

Officer in The Salvation Army; Advocate and Author

Originally from Canada, Danielle Strickland, currently serves in Los Angeles as The Western Territorial Social Justice Secretary for The Salvation Army. Serving the marginalized for over twenty years, she is also an ambassador for Stop The Traffik, a global anti-human trafficking campaign. The author of several books, including A Beautiful Mess , Strickland is an exceptional communicator and inspires listeners to set aside their limited expectations and fall in line with God’s vision for their lives.
Jossy Chacko

Founder and President, Empart Inc.

Jossy Chacko leads a global ministry that exists to ignite holistic community transformation among the unreached and needy people of Asia. With a goal to see 100,000 communities transformed by 2030 through the planting of churches, they are on track, averaging 11 church plants per day during 2015. Providing leadership to a team of more than 6,500 in seven countries, Jossy uses his gifts as a communicator to challenge business and spiritual leaders to capture a larger, God-size vision.
John C. Maxwell

Leadership Expert; Bestselling Author and Coach

John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. in 2014. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team and EQUIP—have trained over 6 million leaders in every nation. His latest book is Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters.
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