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.  This world-class learning opportunity exposes the Judson University community, alumni, friends, and the communities we serve in the Fox River Valley, including our hometown of Elgin, to actual world leaders and their perspectives on world issues.

The EntrepreneurSHIP Program

Judson's Division of Professional Studies launched its accredited MBA program in 2013.  As a first step toward creating an 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 competency within the higher education sector that does not duplicate its existing programs.


Download the 2016 World Leaders Forum Annual Report.

Judson Leadership Scholars

These scholarships are the most prestigious scholarships that a Judson student can receive. Only 4-5 recipients will be chosen for the honor each year. In order to be eligible, a student must show attributes of creativity, leadership, innovation, mission and faith. They must also maintain good academic standing.

Benefits to Scholars

Judson Leadership Scholars receive the following benefits:

  • Scholars have access to unique opportunities for the purpose of cultivating their aptitude for leadership.
  • 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 Scholar Dinner in Chicago. Students will attend an exclusive dinner with the Judson President and a renowned business leader. The guest list typically includes Judson Trustees, World Leaders Forum Board members and distinguished Judson alumni.
    • The Fall 2015 guest speaker was Fran Edwardson, CEO of the American Red Cross of Chicagoand Northern Illinois.
    • The Fall 2016 guest speaker was Lakita Garth-Wright.
  • Scholars participate in monthly meetings that will cover a range of topics to include entrepreneurship, leadership development, business etiquette, networking, creativity and innovation.
    Scholar Dinner 2015


Claire_Konnor Claire Konnor
Bayside, WI (Architecture)
 Lucas Schorr Lucas Schorr
Mundelein, IL (Undecided)
Maxwell_Starcevich_web Maxwell Starcevich
Shorewood, IL (Architecture)
Aiden_Stevens Aiden Stevens
U.S. Virgin Islands (Architecture)
Bryan_Tripp Bryan Tripp
Chatham, IL (Music Business and Entrepreneurship)

2016-2017 Leadership Scholars

James Manship James Fleshman
Alexandria, VA (Intercultural Leadership)
Lindsey Mellema Lindsey Mellema
Grand Rapids, MI (Worship Arts)
Jarod Pletcher Jarod Pletcher
Lancaster, PA (Architecture)

2015-2016 Leadership Scholars

Sam Carani Sam Carani
Gilberts, IL (Marketing/Management)
Taylor Hiland Taylor Hiland
New Palestine, IN (Biochemistry)
Kyra Patterson Kyra Patterson
Winneconne, WI (Secondary Education - Mathematics)
Melodie Rivera Melodie Rivera
Elgin, IL (Business Management)

2014-2015 Leadership 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)

Judson University, Shaping Lives that Shape the World