World Leaders Forum at Judson University

World Leaders Forum

The World Leaders Forum brings recognized world leaders to the Judson University campus each year with the intent to inspire and ignite a flame of leadership for all who attend. Please join us as we endeavor to educate tomorrow’s business leaders and build greatness in the lives of Judson students! All proceeds are donated to the Entrepreneurship Program and the World Leaders Forum Scholarship Fund and are put towards educating tomorrow’s leaders. Two events take place, the VIP Reception and Keynote Address at the Hilton Chicago Hotel for sponsors and supporters and the Community Event at Judson University in Elgin, open to the Judson Community and general public.

2017 Event CANCELED


Judson University is announcing the cancellation of the 2017 World Leaders Forum.

Last month, our planned speaker for the April 20 event – Dr. Ben Carson – notified us that he was unable to keynote the World Leaders Forum because of his nomination to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

After exploring numerous other options in the global political realm, Judson was unable to secure a speaker – under short notice – of the caliber the community has come to expect from the World Leaders Forum.

The World Leaders Forum is the signature fundraising event for Judson University. All proceeds support entrepreneurial programs and initiatives and student scholarships at Judson.

Planning is already underway for the 2018 World Leaders Forum. We look forward to securing a speaker of similar stature as our previous speakers, including such notables as Queen Noor of Jordan, Mikhail Gorbachev and George W. Bush. We expect to share news about that event later this year.

Event Information

Community and VIP Events

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About the World Leaders Forum

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Our Purpose and Vision

The World Leaders Forum does more than offer our students and area professionals the opportunity to be in the presence of and be inspired by World Leaders, it serves as a catalyst to raise the capital necessary to begin an Entrepreneurial Studies Program at Judson University. One dream to fund another - the cycle continues as future leaders come to Judson with aspirations of acquiring the knowledge and connections necessary to give their entrepreneurial dreams life.

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About Judson University

Judson University is a four-year, Christian liberal arts university offering more than 60 majors, minors and programs to traditional, adult and online learners. Judson's School of Leadership and Business offers a full range of business degrees and a Master's in Organizational Leadership. All proceeds from the World Leaders Forum are donated to the Entrepreneurship Program Endowment Fund and Judson Student Scholarship Fund for educating tomorrow's leaders.



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