Founder & Senior Pastor, Life.Church; Best-Selling Author; Champion of the GLS

Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of Life.Church, an innovative church meeting in multiple U.S. locations and globally online. Known for its missional approach utilizing the latest technology, Life.Church is the creator of the YouVersion Bible App—downloaded in every country worldwide. Groeschel was named in the top 10 U.S. CEO’s for small and midsize companies by Glassdoor. Traveling the world as a champion of The Global Leadership Summit, Craig Groeschel advocates to grow leaders in every sector of society. He is the host of the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast with over 1.5 million downloads a month and a New York Times best-selling author. His latest book is Hope in the Dark.


Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School; Author

Amy Edmondson has been recognized by the biannual Thinkers50 global list of top management thinkers since 2011. She is the author of four books, including Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy, exploring why teamwork is so important in today’s organizations—and why it is so challenging. Her most recent release: The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about finding success in today’s modern economy.


Best-Selling Author; Global Researcher; Strengths Revolutionist

Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher, thought leader and leading expert on talent, focused on unlocking people’s strengths, increasing their performance, and pioneering the future of how people work. A former senior researcher at Gallup Organization, he now guides the vision of ADP Research Institute as Head of People + Performance. He is the author of nine books, including First Break All the Rules, and Now Discover Your Strengths, two of the best-selling business books of all time. His latest release— Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World —takes an in-depth look at the lies that pervade our workplaces and the core truths that will help us change it for the better.


Author; Entrepreneur; Pastor; Head of Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook

As the Head of Global Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook, Nona Jones leads the company’s work with faith-based organizations around the world. Jones was appointed to an executive role with a Fortune 100 company at only 23 years old. Since then she has led award-winning initiatives in public affairs, brokered multi-million-dollar business deals, addressed the United Nations and championed juvenile justice and education policy reform in the halls of Congress—all under the age of 35. Jones is a rare combination of preacher, author, business executive, entrepreneur, media personality and worship leader. She has been profiled by ESSENCE Magazine as an “Under 40 Woman to Watch” and has been featured on TBN, CBN News and The Word Network. Her new book, Success from the Inside Out, helps leaders choose not just empty success, but fulfilling success.


Co-Lead Pastor, Transformation Church; Author; Social Media Influencer

In 2015, Michael Todd and his wife Natalie were entrusted with the leadership of Transformation Church by the founding Pastor. With a vision to reach their community, city and world with the Gospel in a relevant and progressive way, they’ve grown rapidly—each week, their church serves 5,000 attendees live and more than 20,000 watching online. Todd’s influence reaches far beyond the church walls with viral expansion on social media, including five of his talks with over 1 million views on YouTube alone. Todd is releasing his first book in April 2020, Relationship Goals.


President of Proverbs 31 Ministries; Best-Selling Author

Reaching millions of people through her writing and teaching, Lysa TerKeurst is the President of Proverbs 31 Ministries and founder of COMPEL Writer Training. TerKeurst has been published in many publications, featured on Fox News, Oprah and The Today Show and has been awarded the Champions of Faith Author Award. She is the best-selling author of more than 20 books, including It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered and Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely. She is also releasing a new book in October, Forgiving What You Can’t Forget.


Best-Selling Author; Social Media Influencer

A role model for her generation, Robertson shares messages of hope through her writing, Live Original speaking tour, social platforms and media appearances. Robertson’s podcast, WHOA, That’s Good, reached more than a million unique downloads after only 15 episodes, her blog has reached more than 2 million people in over 195 countries, and her Instagram posts reach 3.3 million. Robertson’s entrepreneurial spirit and flair for fashion has led her to develop a line of prom dresses with designer Sheri Hill and new clothing for her Live Original brand. Committed to philanthropy, she launched a campaign to inspire her generation to make a difference—her current focus being ending world hunger in partnership with organizations, including World Vision. Her books, Live Original and Live Fearless, made it to the New York Times bestseller list, and her most recent release is LIVE: remain alive, be alive at a specified time, have an exciting or fulfilling life.


Best-Selling Author; Lead Behavioral Investigator with Science of People

Vanessa Van Edwards is lead investigator at the Science of People— a human behavior research lab, whose goal is to use the latest scientific research and trends to help leaders master their people skills. Her innovative work has been featured on CNN, NPR, Fast Company and Entrepreneur Magazine and she regularly speaks to innovative companies including Google, Facebook, Comcast, Microsoft and Penguin Random-House. Van Edwards has developed a science-based framework for understanding different personalities to improve our EQ and help us communicate with colleagues, clients and customers and is the bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People.


Co-Founder of Brand Builders Group; Hall of Fame Speaker; Best-Selling Author

A recognized expert in business strategy and leadership development, Rory Vaden a New York Times best-selling author, and Hall of Fame speaker. Vaden’s pioneering firm, Brand Builders Group, specializes in helping leaders become more respected, trusted, recognized and influential. His insights have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur, Inc, on Fox News. He was also named as one of the top 100 leadership speakers in the world by

Inc. Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine calls him “One of the world’s leading productivity thinkers.” Vaden’s latest book, Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time.


Senior National Correspondent, ABC News; Author

Paula is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, Senior National Correspondent at ABC News and host of the popular podcast Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris, which gives an intimate look at how some of the world’s most influential people lean on faith and spirituality to guide them through the best and worst of times. Previously, Faris was the co-anchor of Good Morning America weekend edition, as well as a co-host of ABC’s The View. Paula returns to The Global Leadership Summit stage for the second year as our notable GLS interviewer. She will also share her leadership journey in the high stakes world of broadcast journalism as well as leadership insights from her recent book release, Called Out, Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs For a Life of True Calling. Inc. Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine calls him “One of the world’s leading productivity thinkers.” Vaden’s latest book, Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time.