Archdiocese to host leadership summit site

The Archdiocese of Omaha will be the first Catholic diocese in the world to sponsor a host site for the Global Leadership Summit, a two-day, faith-based leadership development teleconference broadcast throughout North America to an audience of more than 405,000 people. 

The 25th annual summit will be held at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, Aug. 8 and 9. It will feature speakers chosen for their expertise, success and innovative approaches in nonprofit, government, education and faith-based sectors. The archdiocese is organizing a livestream broadcast of the event at Creighton University’s Harper Center. Four other Omaha-area locations will also carry it.

Featured speakers this year include Chris Voss, a former FBI hostage negotiator and CEO/founder of The Black Swan Group; Jason Dorsey, a speaker and researcher of Generation Z and millennials; Bozoma Saint John, chief marketing officer at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; and Patrick Lencioni, best-selling author and CEO/founder of The Table Group. 

Topics to be covered during the summit include motivation and its impact on leadership, conquering the fear of rejection, unlocking the leadership potential of each generation, and negotiating strategies for the home and workplace. 

Father Jeff Lorig, the archdiocese’s director of pastoral services and coordinator of the Creighton University host site, said the summit is beneficial for anyone seeking a greater understanding of leadership.

“Everyone has influence, so everyone is a leader,” he said. “When Christians become better stewards of their influence, they make the world around them better.”

The Global Leadership Network, sponsor of the summit, is a movement of Christians founded in 1992 dedicated to leadership development. Working from the belief that the church is God’s plan to redeem and restore the world, they initially focused on ministry innovations for church leaders. Their work has now spread to Christians in all sectors of society. 

To register for the Archdiocese of Omaha site, go to 

In addition to Creighton University, Lifegate Church and Brookside Church in Omaha, Bellevue Christian Center and Fremont Nazarene Church will also simulcast the conference. To register at these sites, see 

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