Willow Creek Association

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Willow Creek Association
Abbreviation WCA
Formation 1992
Headquarters South Barrington, Illinois
Gary Schwammlein
Website [1]

The Willow Creek Association (WCA), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit ministry, is an international Christian association of more than 7,000+ member churches from 90+ denominations and 90 countries.[1]

About Willow Creek Association[edit]

Willow Creek Association (WCA) is committed to the singular idea that inspired, encouraged and equipped Christian leaders transform their communities. The leaders we serve are not just full-time ministry staff, but leaders in all sectors of society committed to pursuing their grander visions—whatever they might be. Since 1992, WCA has served Christians through events like The Global Leadership Summit.

WCA Membership is a community of innovative churches sharing a common vision of supporting the building of biblically functioning churches globally, representing members from diverse churches, denominations, regions, cultures and ethnicities who want to learn from each other and see the Church thrive around the world.

The Global Leadership Summit[edit]

The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast LIVE in HD from Willow’s campus near Chicago every August to 550+ locations in the United States. Throughout the fall, the Summit takes place via videocast at an additional 675+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages. In 2016, more than 305,000 leaders attended worldwide.

More than an event, the Summit is a resource to be leveraged for community transformation. Leaders are discovering that by attending the Summit and utilizing its content and tools, their teams are increasing their impact. In fact, independent research shows that 83% of leaders who attended the Summit in consecutive years feel improved teamwork, increased job satisfaction and productivity.

Each year, this event features experts in the arena of leadership in lecture and interview formats. Past speakers have included Bono (former Time Magazine Co-Man of the Year and U2 lead singer), Ken Blanchard ("The One Minute Manager"), Marcus Buckingham ("StrengthFinders"), Jim Collins ("Good to Great" and "Built to Last"), and Mike Singletary (NFL Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears). The 2007 event featured live and taped sessions with Colin Powell, Carly Fiorina, Floyd Flake, Marcus Buckingham, John Ortberg, Michael E. Porter (Harvard), Richard Curtis (film producer) and Former president Jimmy Carter.

Summit Speaker Roster[edit]

Year Name Credentials Speaking Topic
2003 Bill Hybels - Passing the Leadership Test
2003 Bill Hybels - The Leader's Edge
2003 Andy Stanley - Making Vision Stick
2003 Erwin McManus - The Barbarian Way Out Of Civilization
2003 Patrick Lencioni - The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
2003 Erwin McManus - The Character Matrix
2003 Bill Hybels - Creating a Leadership Revolution
2004 Bill Hybels - The Leader's Finest Hour
2004 Bill Hybels - The Leaders' Edge
2004 T.D. Jakes - Exceptional Leadership at Every Level
2004 Steven Sample - The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership
2004 Tim Sanders - The Lovecat Way
2004 Marcus Buckingham - One Thing You Need to Know
2004 A.R. Bernard - Leading Between Two Kingdoms
2004 Bill Hybels - When the Laws of Leadership and Discipleship Collide
2005 Bill Hybels - The Leader's State of Mind
2005 Rick Warren - Leadership is Stewardship
2005 Mosa Sono - Seeing the Unseen
2005 Eleanor Josaitis - and Curtis Sliwa Putting Yourself at Risk: The Price of Leadership
2005 John Maxwell - The Story of Two Leaders: When Your Calling Changes
2005 Ken Blanchard - The Story of Two Leaders: When Your Calling Changes
2005 Colleen Barrett - Making a Great Idea Fly: An Interview with Southwest Airlines’ President
2005 Jack Groppel - The Mental Toughness of a Leader
2005 Henry Cloud - Action Steps for Monday
2005 Kenneth Ulmer - A Leader’s Unshakeable Resolve
2005 Bill Hybels - These Things We Must Do
2006 Bill Hybels - Life Cycle of a Leader & The Power of Inspiration
2006 James Meeks - Enemies of a Growing Church
2006 Andy Stanley - Focused on Leadership
2006 Peg Neuhauser - Tribal Warfare
2006 Jim Collins - When Business Thinking Fails the Church
2006 Bono - Interview with Bill Hybels
2006 Patrick Lencioni - Silos, Politics and Turf Wars
2006 Wayne Cordeiro - Dead Leader Running
2007 Bill Hybels - Vision to Die For
2007 Carly Fiorina - Tough Choices: An Interview
2007 Floyd H. Flake - The Heat of Responsibility
2007 Marcus Buckingham - Go Put Your Strengths to Work
2007 Michael E. Porter - Strategy and Leadership
2007 John Ortberg - A Leader's Greatest Fear
2007 Richard Curtis - Living for the Greater Good: An Interview
2007 Jimmy Carter - Building Humanity: An Interview
2007 Bill Hybels - Whatever You Do, Inspire Me!
2008 Bill Hybels Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church The High Drama of Decision Making
2008 Bill George Professor, Harvard Business School, Former CEO, Medtronics Finding Your True North
2008 Wendy Kopp CEO and Founder, Teach for America Stand Up and Lead
2008 Gary Haugen CEO and Founder, International Justice Mission Just Courage: Charging the Darkness
2008 John Burke Lead Pastor, Gateway Community Church Leading in New Cultural Realities
2008 Efrem Smith Senior Pastor, The Sanctuary Covenant Church Leading in New Cultural Realities
2008 Craig Groeschel Senior Pastor, LifeChurch.tv IT: How Leaders Can Get IT and Keep IT
2008 Chuck Colson Chairman and Founder, Prison Fellowship Ministries Defending the Faith
2008 Brad Anderson Vice Chairman and CEO, Best Buy, Inc. An Uncompromising Focus on People
2008 Bill Hybels Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church Relentless
2009 Bill Hybels Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church Leading in a New Reality
2009 Gary Hamel - Manage Differently NOW
2009 Tim Keller - Leading People to the Prodigal God
2009 Jessica Jackley - A Leadership Case Study: Jessica Jackley and the KIVA Story
2009 Harvey Carey - Against All Odds
2009 Dave Gibbons - Third Culture Leadership
2009 Andrew Rugasira - Aid vs. Trade
2009 Wess Stafford - Levering Your Past
2009 David Gergen - Eyewitness to Power
2009 Chip Heath and Dan Heath - Switch
2009 Tony Blair - An Interview with Tony Blair
2010 Bill Hybels Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church From Here to There
2010 Jim Collins - Never, Ever, Give Up
2010 Christine Caine - Leading on the Edge of Hope
2010 Tony Dungy - The Mentor Leader
2010 Craig Groeschel - The Mentor Leader
2010 Adam Hamilton - When Leaders Fall
2010 Dr. Zhao - Beyond Economy: China's Transformation with the Cross
2010 Jeff Manion - The Land Between
2010 Terri Kelly - When Leaders Emerge: The Story of W.L. Gore & Associates
2010 Jim Mellado - When Leaders Emerge: The Story of W.L. Gore & Associates
2010 Daniel H. Pink - What Motivates Us: Not What You Think
2010 Blake Mycoskie - Making Conscious Capitalism Work: The TOMS Shoes Story
2010 Darren Whitehead - Making Conscious Capitalism Work: The TOMS Shoes Story
2010 Jack Welch - Leader to Leader
2010 T. D. Jakes - Combustible Passion
2010 Bill Hybels Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church Closing Remarks
2011 Erwin McManus Activist; Filmmaker; Cultural Architect of Mosiac
2011 Michelle Rhee Founder and CEO of StudentsFirst.org
2011 Dr. Henry Cloud Clinical Psychologist; Bestselling Author
2011 Seth Godin Bestselling Author; Squidoo Founder; Marketing Blogger
2011 Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil Speaker; Thought Leader; Founder & President of Salter McNeil & Assoc.
2011 Len Schlesinger President of Babson College
2011 Steven Furtick Lead Pastor of Elevation Church
2011 John Dickson Sr. Minister, St. Andrews Anglican Church in Sydney, Australia
2011 Cory Booker Mayor of Newark, NJ
2011 Mama Maggie Gobran Founder & CEO, Stephen's Children Ministry; Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
2012 Condoleezza Rice Former U.S. Secretary of State
2012 Jim Collins Nationally Acclaimed Business Thinker and Author
2012 Geoffrey Canada President & CEO, Harlem Children's Zone
2012 Sheryl WuDunn Best-Selling Author; Pulitzer Prize Winner; Business Executive
2012 Craig Groeschel Founder and Senior Pastor, LifeChurch.tv
2012 John Ortberg Senior Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and Author
2012 Mario Vega Senior Pastor, Mision Christiana Elim, El Salvador
2012 Marc Kielburger Co-Founder, Free The Children; Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Me to We, Toronto, Ontario
2012 Pranitha Timothy Director of Aftercare, International Justice Mission, Chennai, India
2012 William L. Ury Co-Founder and Senior Fellow, Harvard University's Program on Negotiation
2012 Patrick Lencioni Founder and President, The Table Group; Best-Selling Author
2013 Gen. Colin Powell Former U.S. Secretary of State
2013 Dr. Brene Brown Research Professor University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
2013 Mark Burnett Executive Producer Four-time Emmy Award Winner; Executive Producer, Survivor, The Voice, and The Bible
2013 Patrick Lencioni Founder and President, The Table Group; Best-selling Author
2013 Vijay Govindarajan Top 50 Management Thinker; Professor, Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business
2013 Liz Wiseman Executive Strategy & Leadership Consultant; Best-selling Author
2013 Oscar Muriu Senior Pastor, Nairobi Chapel, Kenya
2013 Chris Brown Co-Senior Pastor and Teaching Pastor, North Coast Church
2013 Dr. Henry Cloud Clinical Psychologist; Leadership Consultant; Best-selling Author
2013 Joseph Grenny Co-Founder, VitalSmarts; Best-selling Business Author
2013 Bob Goff Founder and CEO, Restore International; Attorney
2013 Andy Stanley Founder and Senior Pastor, North Point Ministries
2014 Tyler Perry Filmmaker, Actor and Philanthropist
2014 Jeffrey R. Immelt President and CEO, General Electric
2014 Susan Cain Best-selling Author; Viral TED Speaker on The Power of Introverts
2014 Wilfredo De Jesus Senior Pastor, New Life Covenant Church
2014 Patrick Lencioni Best-selling Business Author; Founder and President, The Table Group
2014 Carly Fiorina Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard; Opportunity Intl. Global Board Chair
2014 Ivan Satyavrata Senior Pastor, Assembly of God Church, Kolkata, India
2014 Bryan Loritts Founder and Lead Pastor, Fellowship Memphis
2014 Joseph Greeny Co-Founder, VitalSmarts; Social Scientist for Business Performance
2014 Allen Catherine Kagina Commissioner General, Uganda Revenue Authority
2014 Louie Giglio Pastor, Passion City Church; Founder of the Passion Movement
2014 Erica Ariel Fox New York Times Best-selling Author; President of Mobius Executive Leadership
2014 Don Flow Chairman and CEO, Flow Companies Inc.
2015 Liz Wiseman President, The Wiseman Group; Best-selling Author
2015 Craig Groeschel Founder and Senior Pastor, LifeChurch.tv
2015 Brian Houston Founder and Global Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
2015 Jim Collins Nationally Acclaimed Business Thinker, Best-selling Author Good to Great
2015 Sheila Heen Founder, Triad Consulting Group; Faculty, Harvard Law School
2015 Adam Grant Professor, Wharton School of Business; Best-selling Author
2015 Sallie Krawcheck Chair, Ellevate Network; Former President, Bank of America’s Global Wealth & Investment Management
2015 Sam Adeyemi Founder and Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre in Nigeria
2015 Ed Catmull Co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios; President of Walt Disney Animation Studios
2015 Dr. Brene Brown Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; Best-selling Author
2015 Albert Tate Founder and Senior Pastor, Fellowship Monrovia in Southern California
2015 Horst Schulze Chairman and CEO, Capella Hotel Group; Founding President and COO, The Ritz-Carlton Group
2016 Bill Hybels
2016 Melinda Gates
2016 John Maxwell
2016 Jossy Chacko
2016 Chris Mcchesney
2016 Erin Meyer
2016 T.D. Jakes
2016 Danielle Strickland
2016 Travis Badberry
2016 Patrick Lencioni
2016 Wilfredo De Jesus
2017 Bill Hybels
2017 Sheryl Sandberg
2017 Marcus Buckingham
2017 Bryan Stevenson
2017 Juliet Funt
2017 Marcus Lemonis
2017 Angela Duckworth
2017 Laszlo Bock
2017 Immaculee


2017 Gary Haugen
2017 Frederik Haren
2017 Andy Stanley

*Scheduled to appear

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