Published November 29, 2019

The Message of the GLS Said One Thing That Changed This Inmate’s Perspective on Their Value

Little did we know when The Global Leadership Summit started 20+ years ago that it would be broadcast to more than 6,000 inmates in 82 prisons across the U.S. in 2019. Can you believe it?!

Every week since the Summit in August, we’ve received letters from inmates pouring out their hearts in gratitude, sharing the impact the Summit has made in their life, in some cases merely because it made them feel they are not forgotten—they realize they still have value to bring to the table.


This is one of those powerful letters:

The Global Leadership Summit at Sheridan Correctional Center was amusing, entertaining, extraordinary and empowering. People, including myself, listened and participated in a way which was exemplary, and we laughed a lot. That was huge for me because I normally complain a lot. I learned that leaders look for solutions. The Summit helped me understand how much I have cheated myself. Now I know that life is simply about plain living and high thinking.

Then and there, I realized all their messages were saying that I’m important.

I didn’t want to believe anyone not connected to my church were genuine. Now, my heart has been smitten. I completed a survey. Question #6 asked of me “What did I like best about the GLS?” To that I replied, the volunteers’ civility, decency, pleasantry and time, and most of all their messages saying that I’m important. Then and there, I realized all their messages were saying that I’m important.

The human touch of a sincere handshake, a welcoming smile and an invitation into the religious community means a lot to someone with not much of anything day-in and day-out.

I feel incredibly blessed. Thanks again. 


Sheridan Correctional Center


Each letter brings us to tears with the incredible reminder of the power of God’s grace. So, we want to invite you into our journey forward to expand the Summit in prisons across the U.S.

It’s almost #GivingTuesday!

And this year, gifts given on #GivingTuesday will go towards funding the expansion of the Summit in prisons.

What if we could expand the Summit into 100+ prisons in 2020?! Will you help us get there?

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