For the fourth year in a row, the Global Leadership Summit will be screened at an Ellensburg site via an international satellite simulcast, according to a news release from event organizers.

This year’s conference is set for Aug. 8-9 in the auditorium of Mercer Creek Church at 1407 N. B St. in Ellensburg and features 15 speakers focused on boosting leadership skills, understanding and a hopeful and positive attitude of those attending, according to a news release.

Some of the speakers and presenters include Bear Grylls, adventurer, writer and TV host; Chris Voss, former FBI hostage negotiator and CEO and founder of The Black Swan Group; and Danielle Strickland, pastor, author and justice advocate.

Local event organizers said the telecast conference is a community event open to anyone who exercises any kind of leadership or influence in their work, whether in the public or private sector, in their families or in any kind of volunteer efforts. The goal, they said, is to give local residents a wealth of “start-on-Monday” principles and goals that can be put into practice wherever they have influence with other people.

The conference can assist longtime leaders and also help someone just starting on the path of growing as a leader and who want to sharpen their skills, the news release said.

The live simulcast will originate from the Chicago area. Registration for groups is $169 each for a team of 10-24 attendees, and $149 each for teams of 25 or more. Discount rates are available for students, faculty and active duty military personnel.

Local organizers said each speaker at the national and international level was chosen because of their proven track record of successfully training and inspiring others to lead well and live with integrity in their everyday lives. They represent national businesses, character and leadership growth consulting firms, nonprofit social justice groups and others.

The Ellensburg screening site is the only public site for the conference in Kittitas, Yakima and Benton counties. Local sponsors and supporters of the event include HopeSource, Kittitas County’s nonprofit community action agency; Ellensburg Foursquare Church, New Life Assembly in Kittitas, Mercer Creek Church in Ellensburg, and West Valley Foursquare Church in Yakima County.

It’s estimated the leadership training conference will be watched by a total audience of more than 405,000 at nearly 500 screening sites in the United States and around the world, according to a news release. The event’s national and international sponsor is the nonprofit Willow Creek Association.


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