Global Leadership Partners is a non-profit which equips aspiring leaders to succeed, using world-class training content shared by successful business leaders with extensive experience.
We promote values-based leadership and inspire leaders to adopt a purpose beyond self. We believe this approach is right ethically and best practically. When combined with appropriate behaviors, it yields effective leaders and improves quality of life for the world's citizens.
We work in partnership with like-minded partner organizations, with an initial focus on the countries of Central & Eastern Europe, but with a vision to spread our message globally.
One day, hundreds of speakers from Global Leadership Partners will share leadership-themed training with aspiring leaders worldwide. Tens of thousands of university students and business professionals will participate each year. Speakers will promote values such as integrity, courage, humility, and respect, and inspire people to a purpose that goes beyond self. Participants will be equipped and inspired to lead in this way, and as a result, their families, employers, communities, countries, and ultimately, their world will benefit.
We believe leaders with strong values and a purpose that goes beyond self are the best leaders. Leaders of integrity, courage, humility, and respect for others are more likely to make good ethical as well as practical choices. History shows these biblical values transcend cultures, ages, and spheres of life and improve quality of life for the world's citizens.
We focus our message on university students and business professionals from small and medium-sized businesses. Our current priority is the region of Central & Eastern Europe, but we plan to expand globally in the years ahead.
While on a one-year leave from his Procter & Gamble Finance career, Todd Geist and his family moved to Vidin, Bulgaria in 2009 to do volunteer work in conjunction with a local church. During this time, Todd was invited to present a leadership seminar for university students in the capital city of Sofia. Participants valued hearing from a P&G leader, appreciated the American training style, engaged in the content, and energetically interacted with Todd and with one another. Word spread about the success of this seminar, and Todd was soon invited to present the seminar again in Varna, Bulgaria. Seeing the impact values-based leadership training could have, Todd realized others might benefit as well.
Soon after, Todd and his family returned to Cincinnati, where he became head of Leadership Development for P&G's worldwide Finance & Accounting organization. This position gave him a unique opportunity to train leaders at one of the best companies in the world at developing leaders. Desiring to share this knowledge further, Todd traveled back to Bulgaria twice each year to present leadership seminars in partnership with local organizations. Soon, invitations to speak in other Central & Eastern European countries began to arrive, and the need for speaking partners arose. In 2014, Steve Simpson, a P&G retiree, joined him as a speaker, then in 2016, Scott Liston, another P&G retiree, joined them.
In late 2016, after a 30-year career, Todd retired from P&G to devote more time to training aspiring leaders – university students and business professionals – in Central & Eastern Europe. In 2017, he, Steve, and Scott founded the non-profit corporation Global Leadership Partners to oversee this work. By this time, universities and business associations from more than thirty cities in eleven countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Moldova, Albania, Kosovo, Croatia, Ukraine, United States) had welcomed GLP speakers, and thousands of students and business people had attended seminars. Many left the seminars with greater conviction that purpose-inspired, values-based leadership can make a major, positive difference in our world.