A transformational experience that
awakens young people to a grander
vision and purpose for their lives.

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The GLS Next Gen is a dynamic adaptation of the premier Global Leadership Summit specifically tailored to develop the leadership capacity of youth and young adults. Featuring a combination of live elements along with pre-recorded world-class speaker content full of fresh and practical leadership insights participants will encounter leadership themes such as creative problem solving, discovering your strengths, living without regrets, developing personal resilience and fostering a culture of high performance. (Sessions may include faith-based content)

The Global Leadership Network Australia is delighted to partner with schools and organisations across Australia who have a passion to engage, inspire and equip young people to awaken and grow their leadership. We will provide resources and support so you can run a GLS Next Gen at your own venue and with your own team.

Become a GLS Next Gen Partner

Ladder up the leadership potential of our next generation and empower them to discover the grander vision for their lives. The GLS Next Gen delivers fresh, actionable leadership insights from world-class speakers. Register to become a Partner School or Host Site today!


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2021 Speakers

The GLS Next Gen recognises eight different culture-shaping Spheres of Influence in society that build strong communities. It engages experienced professionals and world-class faculty to share cutting edge content to enhance leadership skills and equip individuals to be confident, creative, and compassionate leaders.

The Eight Spheres of Influence include: Ministry, Marketplace, Next Generation, Arts & Entertainment, Education, Family, Non-Profit and Government.

GLS Next Gen Leadership Themes Include:

  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Discovering Your Strengths and Unique Contribution
  • Cultivating an Inspiring Vision
  • Living Without Regrets
  • Courage to Overcome Fear, Rejection, and Adversity
  • The Act of Forgiveness
  • Developing Personal Resilience
  • Fostering a Culture of High Performance

Bear Grylls

Adventurer; Writer; TV Host

Bear Grylls is the embodiment of adventure. A former member of the British Special Forces, Grylls has climbed Everest and crossed the Arctic Ocean in an inflatable boat. His Emmy-nominated TV show Man Vs Wild became one of the most-watched programs on the planet with an estimated audience of 1.2 billion. He is a number 1 best-selling author and has sold over 15 million books. These include his autobiography Mud, Sweat and Tears, and this year a powerful new book on faith called: Soul Fuel. Bear will be joining us by video from the mountains in Switzerland, and is speaking on courage, kindness and never giving up.

TOPIC: Soul Fuel (Resilient Leadership)
At the NEXT GEN GLS, Bear will share learnings from the highs and lows of his journey and address four areas to sustain leadership through periods of self-doubt.

SPHERE: Ministry, Next Generation

Liz Bohannon

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sseko Designs

Liz Bohannon is the founder of Sseko Designs, a socially-conscious fashion brand that works to create leadership and educational opportunities for women across the globe. She believes that business is a powerful platform for social change and that girls are our future. She was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as a top social entrepreneur and by Forbes as a top 20 speaker. In her book, Beginner’s Pluck, Bohannon uses her journey to explore 14 principles for not finding, but building a life of purpose, passion and impact.

TOPIC: Beginners Pluck (Courageous Leadership)
For this NEXT GEN GLS session, Liz shares on the stages of learning, and how to become a more courageous, innovative and creative leader.

SPHERE: Marketplace, Not For Profit

Jia Jiang

Best-Selling Author; Blogger; Entrepreneur

Years after Jia Jiang began his career in the corporate world, he became an entrepreneur and discovered everyone’s biggest fear: rejection. To conquer his fear, Jiang embarked on a journey and discovered a world where people are much kinder than we imagine. The best-selling author of Rejection Proof and owner of Rejection Therapy and CEO of Wuju Learning, Jiang teaches people and trains organizations to become fearless through rejection training.

TOPIC: Rejection Proof (Leading Through Rejection)
Jiang adventures boldly into a territory so many of us fear: rejection. In this session he shares his experiences, and alternative measures that leaders can implement to become more courageous when facing challenges.

SPHERE: Next Gen, Arts & Entertainment

Vanessa Van Edwards

Best-Selling Author; Lead Behavioural Investigator with Science of People

Vanessa is lead investigator at the Science of People – a human behaviour research lab, whose research helps leaders master their people skills. Her innovative work has been featured on CNN, NPR, Fast Company and Entrepreneur Magazine. She regularly speaks to companies including Google, Facebook, Comcast and Microsoft. She has developed a science-based framework for understanding different personalities to improve our EQ and communication skills. She is the best-selling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People.

TOPIC: Effective Communication (Learning People Skills).
Using the latest neuroscience and psychology Vanessa teaches how leaders can build both trust and confidence through verbal cues, nonverbal signals and their mindset.

SPHERE: Marketplace, Education

Dr. Krish Kandiah

Founder, Home for Good; Consultant; Social Entrepreneur

An advocate for fostering and adoption, Dr. Kandiah is the founding director of Home for Good, a charity seeking to find permanent loving homes for children in the UK foster care system. He is the author of 13 books including his latest, Faitheism: Why Christians and Atheists have more in common than you think. He is a regular broadcaster on the BBC and a contributor to the Guardian and Times of London. An international speaker and consultant, he offers both creativity and academic reflection to bring strategic change, culture shift and innovation. Dr. Kandiah and his wife have 7 children through birth, adoption and fostering.

TOPIC: VIP Leadership (Inclusive Leadership Practices)
At the NEXT GEN GLS, Dr. Krish will share how Vision, Inclusion and Proximity (VIP) can foster a new approach to leadership. He challenges listeners to see the potential in people when others only see problems.

SPHERE: Family, Next Gen

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How to Run Your
GLS Next Gen

Discover everything you need to know about running your very own GLS Next Gen, including the latest promotional material, a step by step ‘How To’ video guide and all the event resources to create an awesome experience.

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Hear what others say about GLS Next Gen

Adam Marsh

Deputy Principal, Adam shares his experience of holding the GLS Next Gen at Staines Memorial College.

Bucky Lealaogata

Bucky shares how participating in the GLS Next Gen has improved his education and friendships.

Leroy Corea

As a teacher, Leroy explains how the discussion groups at GLS Next Gen helped facilitate growth in students.

Olivia Reid

Olivia shares how the GLS Next Gen was a relatable, interesting and captivating experience.

Rees Davis

Executive Principal of King’s Christian College, Rees shares how the GLS Next Gen provides training for tomorrow’s generation and equips them to lead effectively.

Katie Baldwin

You can’t find the leadership content of the GLS Next Gen anywhere else, and the Event Tool Kit takes the guess work out of running the event.

Jorrie Oosthuizen

The GLS Next Gen is not only changing one life, it changes the destiny of the student and in turn changes the world, says Jorrie. (Deputy HOD of Secondary)

"As educators, we understand the intrinsic value of investing into the leaders of our tomorrow, and often shout out in celebration at the potential and capacity of our young people. But, do you know what has an even greater impact? Recognising the opportunity, taking that potential and capacity, and multiplying it! The GLS Next Gen does exactly that - EVERY - SINGLE - YEAR!"

Steve CooteFuture Schooling Director - Pacific Group of Schools

“I remember sitting, listening to the speakers from GLS Next Gen and realising that I have a place. There is a purpose for my strengths, a reason for my heart for people and finding a way to engage those strengths is my responsibility. It didn’t just open my eyes and heart to the path of leadership, but also how I can have real, deep and wide influence. I love GLS!!!!”

Previous Student AttendeeCalvary Christian College (Carbrook, QLD)

"Ever walked away from an experience knowing, for the better that your life will never be the same? For me, that experience was the Global Leadership Summit. The GLS Next Gen builds capacity in our young people and reminds them that no matter their age, background or how they started out in life, they have influence and can make a positive difference. It is life-changing, and I am living proof!"

Fiona CochraneMarketing Manager