Purpose and Vision | World Leaders Forum at Judson University

About the World Leaders Forum



The World Leaders Forum began in 2011, with the goal of bringing a world renowned speaker to the Judson Campus, to give students a chance to hear an inspiring message, take an active interest in the framework of leadership, understand how leaders develop, and even ask questions and seek advice from someone who has made a global impact on our world.  The goal of the World Leaders Forum is to provide a world-class learning opportunity for the Judson University community and the communities we serve in the Fox River Valley to include our hometown of Elgin.  All proceeds are donated to the Entrepreneurship Program and the World Leaders Forum Scholarship Fund and are put towards educating tomorrow’s leaders.

The EntrepreneurSHIP Program

Judson's School of Business and Professional Studies launched its accredited MBA program in 2013.  As a step in creating a distinct entrepreneurial program, Judson is now offering an entrepreneurial certificate that can accompany any traditional undergraduate degree.  The university is also researching development of a distinctive entrepreneurial program within the higher education sector that does not duplicate its existing programs.


Download the 2015 World Leaders Forum Annual Report.

World Leaders Forum Scholars

Benefits to World Leaders Forum Scholars

World Leaders Forum Scholars receive the following benefits:

  • A sponsored ticket to the annual World Leaders Forum Community Event.
  • An opportunity to interview for the World Leaders Forum Internship position during sophomore, junior and senior year at Judson University.
  • An invitation to the Presidential World Leaders Forum Scholar Dinner in Chicago. Students will attend an exclusive dinner with the Judson President and a renowned business leader. The fall 2015 dinner was hosted in October at a private residence on the 77th Floor of the John Hancock Building. The guest speaker was Fran Edwardson, CEO of the American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois, and the guest list included Judson Trustees, World Leaders Forum Board members and distinguished Judson alumni.
    Scholar Dinner 2015
  • Scholars will participate in monthly meetings that will cover a range of topics to include entrepreneurship, leadership development, business etiquette, networking, creativity and innovation.

2016-2017 World Leaders Forum Scholars

Ella Knight Ella Knight
Omaha, NE (Architecture)
James Manship James Manship
Alexandria, VA (Intercultural Leadership)
Lindsey Mellema Lindsey Mellema
Grand Rapids, MI (Music Business and Entrepreneurship, Worship Arts)
Jarod Pletcher Jarod Pletcher
Lancaster, PA (Architecture)

2015-2016 World Leaders Forum Scholars

Sam Carani Sam Carani
Gilberts, IL (Marketing/Management)
Taylor Hiland Taylor Hiland
New Palestine, IN (Biochemistry)
Davis Hitch Davis Hitch
El Centro, CA (Biology/Environmental Science)
Kyra Patterson Kyra Patterson
Winneconne, WI (Secondary Education - Mathematics)
Melodie Rivera Melodie Rivera
Elgin, IL (Secondary Education - Mathematics)

2014-2015 World Leaders Forum Scholars

Faith Gazdzicki Faith Gazdzicki
Round Lake, IL (Psychology)
Kendall Getzinger Kendall Getzinger
Grayslake, IL (Graphic Design)
Hannah Kyle Hannah Kyle
Mahomet, IL (Graphic Design)

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