Community groups in Kittitas County and in the region are again offering the Global Leadership Summit simulcast in Ellensburg in mid-August, the second time the national and international leadership development initiative has been offered at a site in Kittitas County.

This year’s conference, set for Aug. 10-11, is expected to involve more than 400,000 around the globe with more than 550 simulcast sites in the United States alone, including Ellensburg at Mercer Creek Church, according to a news release.

The speakers include Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, Google’s senior adviser and best-selling author Laszlo Bock, and Sam Adeyemi, founder and senior pastor of Daystar Christian Centre in Nigeria.

Others include Immaculee Ilibagiza, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.” Duckworth also is the founder of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the practice of character development.

Duckworth was invited to Seattle by coach Pete Carroll in the past to share with the Seahawks the practice of perseverance.

Local sponsors include HopeSource, Ellensburg Foursquare Church, New Life Assembly in Kittitas, Mercer Creek Church in Ellensburg, and the West Valley Foursquare Church in Yakima County.

Local site of the two-day leadership development event will be Mercer Creek Church.

Those registering before June 27 can utilize the reduced rate of $199 per person, or $169 each for groups of 10 or more. Discount rates are available for students, faculty and active military personnel.

Demand for leaders

Last year’s simulcast, the first in Kittitas County, had more than 250 participants who represented a wide-range of community involvement, according to Kari Mirro, Mercer Creek’s director of Reach Ministry.

Mirro said the goal of the groups hosting the 23nd annual Global Leadership Summit in Ellensburg is to offer inspirational and practical resources for anyone who exercises any level of influence and leadership in their families, place of employment, government, businesses, service agencies, nonprofit groups or in their community volunteering and churches.

It’s also a help for someone starting on the path of growing as a leader, said Mirro, who has attended the summit.

Kim Davis of Ellensburg, director of Bright Beginnings, attended last year’s conference and said she found it “rejuvenating.” She heads a countywide early-learning and care agency that serves more than 250 children and their parents.

“Many of us in nonprofit groups can reach times in our work when we really feel drained,” Davis said. “The summit, the speakers and meeting with other community leaders encouraged me and gave me perspective on what we do everyday. It was also showing me that we can celebrate what we do, stand back and see how valuable our work and leadership really is.”

The speakers’ aim is to provide a wealth of “start-on-Monday” actionable principles and ideas, and equipping them to exercise integrity-based leadership, Mirro said.

Mirro said the live telecast conference is a community event open to anyone; no affiliation with church groups is required. Mercer Creek Church has been sending people to the conference for more than 10 years, first when it was offered in Seattle, and then in Yakima.

The event’s national/international sponsor is the nonprofit Willow Creek Association. Summit topics include ways to effectively execute ideas, streamline operations, reimagining performance management, thriving in the face of adversity, creating an innovative culture, and others.

To register or gain more information about the conference, go online to This site includes video segments of past conference speakers, comments by attendees and details about this year’s speakers.


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