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  • Lisa Green | The Journal Gazette More than 4,200 have registered locally to attend the Global Leadership Summit, which is being hosted via satellite at Memorial Coliseum this year.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:00 pm

Fort Wayne top leadership summit attendance site

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne is again the top-attended satellite site for the annual Global Leadership Summit, which began Thursday and is hosted by a church in South Barrington, Illinois.

Kelly Byrd, a key local organizer and executive with Sweetwater Sound, said during the opening at Memorial Coliseum that more than 4,200 had registered for the Fort Wayne site.

The leadership summit, which continues Friday, is broadcast to about 700 satellite locations with more than 400,000 in attendance Byrd said.

This was the first year the summit was at the coliseum. It had been downtown, at both the Embassy Theatre and Grand Wayne Center after being held for years at Blackhawk Church.

Chuck Surack, Sweetwater's president and CEO, said organizing the event required "thousands of man hours."

Mayor Tom Henry encouraged organizers and those attending to continue the momentum and the passion.

"You are the future of this community. Fort Wayne rests in your hands," Henry said, adding he hopes the responsibility is accepted.

"Thank you," he said, "for being in the position now to make Fort Wayne just a little better place to live."

Summit speakers have varied backgrounds, including nonprofits and for-profits. They discuss visionary leadership, the challenges they've had and strategies for success. I'll share some highlights in coming weeks.

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