2017 Speaker | World Leaders Forum - Judson University

Keynote Speaker

The World Leaders Forum brings world renowned speakers to the Judson Campus each year, to give students and the community 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.



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.

Past Speakers
Queen Noor

Queen Noor, 2016

Queen Noor, Queen of Jordan

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Felipe Calderon

Felipe Calderón, 2015

Felipe Calderón, 56th President of Mexico

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Condi Rice Photo Past

Condoleezza Rice, 2014

Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State to U.S. President George W. Bush from 2005-2009.

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Tony Blair Portrait

Tony Blair, 2013

Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 – 2007.

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Mikhail S. Gorbachev, 2012

Mikhail S. Gorbachev, 1990 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient and Former President of the Soviet Union.

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George W. Bush, 2011

George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States.

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