Photos courtesy of Matthew Tamez. ; Community leaders gather for the Global Leadership Summit, where influential speakers are broadcasted to sites around the world.
Photos courtesy of Matthew Tamez. ; Community leaders gather for the Global Leadership Summit, where influential speakers are broadcasted to sites around the world.

There is leadership in everyone

August 16, 2019

On Aug. 8 and 9 the Global Leadership Summit was broadcast to over 500 sites in the USA, including one here in Corpus Christi at the American Bank Center. The Global Leadership Summit is a yearly conference where many different influential leaders and speakers talk about their areas of expertise and use their experiences to help build new leaders.

Amongst the group of 15 speakers, standouts included Liz Bohannon, the co-founder and co-CEO of Sseko Designs, who gave advice for beginners on how to avoid analysis paralysis and to take small steps to eventually reach your goal.

Jason Dorsey, a Millennial and Gen Z researcher, spoke about the various ways that members of different generations receive instruction and compliments.

Jo Saxton, an entrepreneur and author of “Leadership Coach,” spoke about breaking through limitations put on her as a Nigerian British woman in London, as well as how important it is to take care of one’s emotional and physical wellbeing.

Some attendees to the summit have been going for years.

Photos courtesy of Matthew Tamez.

“This is my second time,” said Lavonne Spears, a trainer with the Coastal Community and Teachers Credit Union. “It is so vital and so important for us to invest in our own area, and not put so much investment elsewhere when our own city is so rich with leaders. We can grow together and build together.”

“This was my third year,” said Cher-ri Jackson, an assistant executive director of a non-profit organization. “One of the things that has been in all three of them is not to be afraid of who I am but also recognizing others may not accept who I am.

“It is an amazing conference,” continued Jackson. “If anyone wants to be in leadership or maybe gain a different perspective on how their leader is, it is the perfect place to learn those qualities.”

“I’ve been attending the summit for eight years,” said Raul Elizondo, a longtime Global Leadership Summit supporter and pastor. “I think it was the best year yet. It was a secular venue. Not only are we reaching churches, but we are reaching businesses. That is one of the points we were wanting to make by coming to a secular venue.

“This isn’t a church thing, it’s a human thing. Everybody has influence. We live in a society where they are outcast, people are marginalized because they don’t live in the right town, because they don’t have the right education or the right last name.

“Everyone is important regardless of what location you were born in,” continued Elizondo, “regardless of what color your skin is. I was born believing you’re not as special as the others. This is your lot in life, get used to it. I’m glad God opened my way of thinking.”

The Global Leadership Summit offered information that anyone from any generation would find valuable while also recognizing the key differences in the way they all work. Many of the speakers were selling their books at the conference for a discounted price, with some of them even debuting their book at the conference.

The Global Leadership Summit is already preparing for their next year here in Corpus Christi as well as around the world. The next summit will be held on Aug. 6 and 7, 2020 at the American Bank Center. Those who are interested can get more information from excerpts on their free GLSnext app.

“The sooner you buy your tickets, the less it will cost,” said Elizondo.

The Global Leadership Summit is an experience that individual wishing to push forward in their career should look into. Students also receive a discount and scholarships are available to help with funding.

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