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Tyler Perry to headline Willow Creek summit

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Actor, filmmaker and philanthropist Tyler Perry will headline this year's Global Leadership Summit broadcast live across the nation Aug. 14 and 15 from Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington.

Perry joins a list of previous headliners that have included such political leaders and activists as former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Gen. Colin Powell, and U2 frontman Bono.

More than 80,000 people are expected to hear Perry, Willow Creek founder and Senior Pastor Bill Hybels and other high-profile leaders at both the South Barrington campus and more than 300 satellite churches around the U.S.

Among the other high-profile speakers at the 2014 summit will be Jeffrey Immelt, president and CEO of General Electric; Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and chairman of Good 360; and Wilfredo De Jesus, senior pastor at New Life Covenant Church, author and one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2013.

Also joining the two-day summit will be Patrick Lencioni, best-selling business author and founder of The Table Group; Susan Cain, best-selling author and speaker on "The Power of Introverts"; Joseph Grenny, co-founder of VitalSmarts and best-selling author; Erica Ariel Fox, New York Times best-selling author and president of Möbius Executive Leadership; and Don Flow, chairman and CEO of Flow Companies.

The Leadership Summit is organized by Willow Creek Association and aimed at helping Christian leaders strengthen their abilities and organizations in a cultural climate of high distrust.

"For 20 years, WCA has equipped pastors and Christian leaders with vision, training and resources," WCA President Gary Schwammlein said in a statement. "The Global Leadership Summit challenges leaders to implement strategic leadership principles that can help them build vitality within their organizations.

To register for the summit, visit or call (800) 570-9812.

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