The GLS faculty alumni continue to lead courageously in multiple sectors of our world. Here are some recent and newsworthy items.
Sheryl Sandberg (2017) and Melinda Gates (2016) were included in Time Magazine’s list of Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World.
Marcus Lemonis’ (2017) Fashion Group announced the launch of Sangria, a new high-end sandal line inspired by vibrant hues and good times.
Alan Mulally (2016) was honored by the Franklin Institute with the 2017 Bower Award for Business Leadership, joining the ranks of such entrepreneurs as Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.
Melinda Gates (2016) expressed concern about the recent sexism stories coming out of Silicon Valley.
Ed Catmull (2015) was among the inaugural inductees to the VES Hall of Fame, representing a class of exceptional artists and innovators who have had a profound impact on the field of visual effects.
Jeffrey Immelt (2014) retired as General Electric’s CEO and Chairman of Board of Directors. John L. Flannery will serve as the new GE CEO and Chairman.
Henry Cloud (2013, 2011, 2009, 2005, 1996) launched Church OnDemand, a subscription-based HD video content library to equip ministry leaders to become healthier and more fruitful.
William Ury (2012), co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, was called in to assist in the Brexit negotiations.
Marc Keilburger (2012)’s WE Day conference in Toronto featured a surprise appearance by Britain’s Prince Harry. This annual event attracts more than 20,000 Canadian kids, invited based on their proven commitment to service and charity.
Condoleezza Rice (2012), former Secretary of State and a 1975 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, received an honorary monogram from her alma mater in a surprise presentation on campus.
Efrem Smith (2008) accepted the position as co-lead pastor of Bayside Church of Midtown in Sacramento.
Multiple GLS faculty alumni launched into action following the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, including Wilfredo de Jesus (2014, 2016), KirbyJon Caldwell (2002), Brené Brown (2015, 2013) and Tyler Perry (2014).
Bill Hybels (GLS Founder) announced the completion of a multi-year succession process. Current Teaching Pastor Steve Carter will become lead teaching pastor and Executive Pastor Heather Larson will step into the role of lead pastor over all Willow Creek Community Church locations. The transition will occur in October 2018.