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Global Leadership Summit 2021

If you would like to register for the 2021 Global Leadership Summit, please fill out this 2021 GLS Registration Form Registration must be submitted by February 15th. There is no registration fee for the 2021 event!

We would like to invite you to participate in Peoria Academy’s 10th Annual Global Leadership Virtual Summit. Our theme this  year is Model United Nations with the focus on 4 sustainable goals: Climate Action, No Poverty, Quality Education, and Peace, Justice  and Strong Institutions (see . The Virtual Summit will take place Friday April 23rd 2021 from 8:15 a.m. to  2:00 p.m. via Zoom at Virtual Peoria Academy

Model United Nations seeks to empower students to solve international issues through research, public speaking, negotiation,  written solutions and rules of procedures. PA’s Virtual GLS Summit is designed to reach the Model UN’s objectives with an emphasis  on learning diplomatic style of debate and leadership. Guest speakers will include those with careers in or related to the United  Nations. Students can participate in various roles as a delegate, committee chair and/or researcher/assistant. For more information on becoming a delegate or committee chair, see In preparation for the GLS, you can  join the after-school MUN club at Peoria Academy. Students can either attend in-person (dependent on P.A. COVID policies) or  online via Zoom. Please contact Julie Gianessi at and sign up ASAP for it is limited in space.


Peoria Academy’s Global Leadership Summit (2012- present)

The PA’s GLS is an annual event organized and hosted by Peoria Academy International Families Committee (“IFC”) and Peoria Academy’s Middle School.  For the past seven years, Peoria Academy has invited middle school student ambassadors from all over the greater Peoria and Central Illinois regions to engage in its summit to learn about and discuss current topics especially relevant to its own and invited aspiring student leaders.  Each school sends six student ambassadors from sixth through eighth grade to participate in the GLS.   Homeschoolers and non-traditional schools also participate.


Past Global Leadership Summits


            Dr. Chris Lucas, Assistant Professor, Bradley University

            Aisha Saad from Oxford University


2014 – DREAM BIG

            Speakers:   Doug Oberhelman, CEO and Chairman, Caterpillar, Inc.

            Joanne Glasser, President, Bradley University

            Dave Boseman, Group Vice-President Caterpillar

Press Coverage:


Randy Krotowski (Chemical Engineer, Former Vice President, Global Information Services, CIO, and Corporate Officer at Caterpillar  (2012-2014)

Professor Alexander Uskov (Assistant Professor at Bradley University (2005-present) Computer Science); and

Christine Sonali Merrill (Design Engineer, Solar Turbines, a Caterpillar Company.  She is a Sri Lankan athlete who has competed in the Women’s 400m hurdles event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London


Know Yourself; Know Your Career

Dr.  Lori Chapin Russell – Bradley University Professor, College of Education and Health Sciences, Associate Dean & Co-Director for the Center for Collaborative Brain Research

Education and Career Goals

Jon Neidy – Bradley University Executive Director Smith Career Centers

The New Employment Experience

Lindsey Birkel

Global Talent Insights Manager

Caterpillar Human Services

The Work Force of 2022 and Beyond

Stacey M. DelVecchio, F. SWE

Additive Manufacturing Product Manager

Marketing & Digital Division


Topics and Speakers

Your Digital Life

Elizabeth Conzo-Kershner – John Deere Precision Ag Analytics Leader
Using Social Media Responsibly

Lindsey Cheney Lindberg, Associate Director of Admissions, Bradley University and

Becca Wilson, Social Media Manager for the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Bradley University

Fake News, Alternative Facts and Telling a Great Story:  How to tell What is True and False on the Internet

Dr. Susan Berry Brill De Ramirez, PhD, M.B.A., M.A., B.A. Caterpillar Inc. Professor of English, Bradley University

Computer Crimes/ Internet Safety

Detective Stevie Hughes, Jr., Mobile Device Specialist, Peoria Police Department

Press coverage:


What’s exciting in Peoria
Josiah Williams, Neighborhood Enhancement Coordinator

Peoria’s regional economy
Christopher Setti, CEO of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council

Blue Zone & Ripple Effect Economy
Katie Kim, The Kim Group

Economic development in the city of Peoria
Cesar J. Suarez, Senior Development Specialist, City of Peoria

 Innovation in Peoria
Anthony P. Corso, Chief Innovation Officer, (I-Team Director), City of Peoria

Green Development
Les Cohen, Cohen Development

Growing home
Nicole Pearson, Marketing Manager, Community and Economic Development, Georgia Power

2019 – CAREER FAIR FOR 2025

2020- Central Illinois Middle School Model United Nations 

Register for 2020 here 2020 GLS Registration Form.


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