This conference actually originates from Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago and is beamed live via satellite to more than 170 locations in North America.
Featured leadership experts at the 2011 Summit will include Howard D. Schultz, founder, chairman and CEO and president of Starbucks Corporation in Seattle; Erwin McManus, activist, filmmaker, innovator and cultural architect at Mosaic Church in Los Angeles; Henry Cloud, best-selling author and leadership consultant; Cory A. Booker, Mayor of Newark New Jersey; Mama Maggie Gobran, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee; and Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, to name a few.
When Willow Creek began the Summit in 1995, it was attended almost exclusively by church leaders, but as its transferable principles spread outside the walls of the church, companies began sending teams to the conferences and many continue to use this event as part of their core annual training. Their slogan and vision is “Lead Where You Are” recognizing that everyone is a leader in every role that they play in life including parents, coaches, neighbors, teachers, business people; every sphere of influence.
Last year, for example, the newhope event attracted 275 participants with a total of 48 churches and businesses represented.
Among local non-church participants were Duke University Health System and Duke Undergraduate Admissions, UNC at Chapel Hill, NIEHS in Research Triangle and businesses like Caldwell Banker, Moe's Southwest Grill, Panera Bread and Chapel Hill Printing and Graphics.
Joe Novarra, owner of Chapel Hill Printing and Graphics, said that in his opinion the majority of what was taught during the conference last year was focused more toward business than the church. However, the same leadership principles apply whether they are used in a church or a secular setting.
“It was standard business motivational stuff,” Novarra said. Such things as how to treat employees and not to mistake hours of work for productivity. Also, to remember that the person sweeping the floors may have life experiences to share with the top CEO.
Novarra said the conference changed his perspective on how to be a manager. He learned that fear and anger are not effective ways to lead, but to lead instead from a place of being passionate about what one is doing. He thinks this is more important in a small business like his with only seven employees than in a larger company.
Novarra plans to attend the Summit again this year.
Last year, Abbi Tenaglia of Chapel Hill, a member of newhope church, also attended the Summit.
Her participation turned into much more than gaining a store of knowledge, she said. It gave her a new focus for her life and has resulted in the formation of a new non-profit organization in Durham called Transforming Hope Ministries.
Patterned after the work in Greece of Christine Caine, speaker on the first day of the conference, Tenaglia's new ministry, will be a short-term shelter and program for young girls who are victims of human trafficking.
This is not just a problem in Greece, which is the trafficking capital of the world, according to Tenaglia, but in this country as well.
“The United States ranks second in the world and North Carolina is eighth on the FBI's list of most likely states to have trafficking occur," she said.
Persons who want further information about the 2011 Global Leadership Summit should visit http://www.newhopenc.org/
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Contemporary Christian Church with 9-year-old congregation and 2 campuses, in Durham and Garner, NC, named 10th fastest growing church in America by recent survey published in Outreach Magazine. Attendance around 2,500. Pastored by Dr. Benji Kelley.