260 Seconds: Jeri Purdy

Jeri Purdy

Executive Director for GLS & Beyond


FWM: What is the Global Leadership Summit (GLS)?
JP: The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day infusion of world-class speakers offering fresh ideas, actionable concepts, leadership principles and heartfelt inspiration. It is broadcast live from Chicago every August to over 650 host sites across the US and 120 countries. GLS Fort Wayne is the largest host site in the US.

FWM: How did Fort Wayne get connected to the GLS?
JP: Fort Wayne GLS has been serving local leaders for 18 years, first live streamed to Blackhawk Ministries before expanding to the Grand Wayne Center and now the Coliseum – reaching as many as 4,000 local leaders every year.

FWM: What are some local results from the GLS summits?
JP: The local Board of Directors of GLS & Beyond started meeting monthly two years ago to pray and seek where God wants us to collaboratively transform our community. This open meeting, now called The City Movement, has grown from 25 people to hundreds of diverse community influencers.

FWM: Why was your role created?
JP: Leadership is more than a 2-day event. It’s showing up 365 days in your organization, neighborhood, family and community to make an impact. The same goes for my role. My focus is year-round leadership development for Northeast Indiana. Everyone is invited to join me at glsandbeyond.com


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