Global Leadership Summit Comes to HSU on Aug. 10-11

Experts will challenge leaders to maximize influence with innovative approaches


Abilene, TXHardin-Simmons University will serve as the premier host site for West Central Texas for the Global Leadership Summit on August 10-11. 

It will be the seventh time HSU has hosted the live leadership conference, which is telecast from Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. The two-day 2017 summit will be simulcast live by satellite in HD to 600 sites in North America. HSU's site in Behrens Auditorium is one of 49 host sites in Texas.  

The summit's aim is to drive transformation with fresh, actionable insight from a diverse faculty who challenge leaders to maximize their influence. Faculty members offer uniquely different perspectives, enabling summit participants to challenge their learning. Each member of the faculty is selected for their expertise, proven success and innovative approaches in non-profit, government, education and faith-based sectors.

Included in the 14 members of the 2017 faculty are: 


  •  Bill Hybels, founder of The Global Leadership Summit, senior pastor at Willow Creek Community Church 
  •  Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook 
  •  Marcus Lemonis,star of CNBC’s The Profit, CEO of Camping World and Good Sam 
  •  Gary Haugen,founder, CEO of International Justice Mission 
  •  Andy Stanley, leadership author, communicator, pastor 
  •  Marcus Buckingham, best-selling author of Now, Discover Your Strengths, founder of The Marcus Buckingham Foundation 

Previous attendees who attended conference in consecutive years have cited the summit as having made a difference in their leadership skills. For example, 81% cite concrete ways their supervisor has become a better leader because of the summit, and 83% believe improved teamwork has increased productivity, teamwork and job satisfaction.

The benefits of attending at a local host site include networking opportunities with local community leaders, reduced cost and travel time, and growth and learning opportunities in a setting close to home.  


HSU Registration

For HSU Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, Boards, Donors, and Spouses of any of the above with a host site discount code.

Guest/Community Registration

For guests in the community, use this link to register online.


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