Brownwood’s Lyric Theatre will serve as a host site for the 2017 Global Leadership Summit, a two-day event that will be simulcast live from Chicago on Aug. 10 and 11.   

The summit was created by the Willow Creek Association, a Chicago-based Christian leadership organization. Leaders from throughout the business, nonprofit and ministry worlds will speak during the summit including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; CNBC personality and businessman Marcus Lemonis; author and University of Pennsylvania professor Angela Duckworth; author and Google advisor Laszlo Bock; and Atlanta-area senior pastor Andy Stanley.   

Lyric artistic director Eric Evans said the summit includes lots of practical tips and examples of leadership in action. “Leadership is not just about telling people what to do. Sometimes it’s just influence,” Evans said. “They talk about, when you have influence, how to best use that for good and for success in life and in the organizations you work with.”   

Evans said the summit is a worthwhile opportunity for local professionals, nonprofit workers and ministry leaders alike. “They’re not going to just hone in on church-related leadership,” he said. “They’re going to talk about leadership in general. I personally have been a part of a lot of organizations in the community, and they can all be better. We can all do better.”   

The summit will begin on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will two half-hour breaks and one 75-minute lunch break during the day.   

Friday’s session lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include two breaks.   

Interested locals can register for the event by visiting www.willowcreek.com/summit, clicking on “register” and searching for the Brownwood location. Tickets for the simulcast, normally $209, can be purchased for $95 by Howard Payne University associates, Lyric Theatre patrons and Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce members by using the code “17TGLSUR.”   

Howard Payne is the presenting sponsor of this year’s Brownwood summit.   

“Anybody who runs a business or is part of a business is going to benefit a great deal from this event,” Evans said. “You’re going to learn some very practical ways to take your influence and impact other people positively. And I would love to see people who are involved in nonprofit organizations and teachers here as well.”   

The Lyric is located at 318 Center Ave.