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Bill Hybels, Condoleezza Rice, Jim Collins challenge and encourage leaders

Posted: Aug 17, 2012

“Everyone wins when a leader gets better,” said Bill Hybels as he launched the 2012 Global Leadership Summit for attendees at Olivet Nazarene University and hundreds of other worldwide locations. “God makes you a leader so that you can move people to their preferred future. Thank God for the privilege of getting to lead.”

An annual event since 1995, the Summit was based out of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and presented another line-up of speakers who wowed their audience. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, renowned author Jim Collins, and megachurch pastor Craig Groeschel, plus nine others — top leaders in the fields of education, ministry and business — shared the best of their knowledge and experience during the two-day event.

Olivet hosted the live telecast site at College Church, North Campus — one of more than 200 satellite locations across the United States. In a few weeks, the Summit broadcast will continue overseas and extend to include 90 countries in 42 languages, touching more than 160,000 people this year.

Patricia Krohmer, professor in Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies and coordinator for this live telecast site, praised the conference for its application to what her students are studying in class. “Hearing from these real world leaders helps students realize that what they are learning is pertinent in today’s world.”

“I loved hearing Condoleezza Rice say that with education, it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you’re going,” said Michael Perez, student in Olivet’s organizational leadership graduate program. “In continuing my education, I am seeking the best.”

“I like what Craig Groeschel said: ‘If you’re not dead, you’re not done,’” said Larry Schreffler of Kankakee. “This is my first Summit, and I’m looking forward to thinking about and digesting all that I’ve heard.”


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