World Leaders Forum at Judson University

World Leaders Forum - April 19

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean will share the stage for Judson University’s seventh World Leaders Forum on April 19, 2018. The event, titled “A bipartisan conversation about leadership in divided times,” marks the first time since 2011 that Gingrich and Dean have shared a stage.

"In a world that is becoming increasingly politically divided, Judson University is honored to host a conversation highlighting the importance of civility in political discourse,” said Judson University President Dr. Gene Crume. “We believe in presenting our campus and our community with a balanced approach to understanding divergent ideologies by fostering respectful dialogue."

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Event Information

Community and VIP Events

Two events take place. The signature VIP Reception and private Keynote Discussion is held at the Hilton Chicago Hotel and designed for sponsors, dignitaries and supporters. The Community Event is held at the Judson University campus in Elgin and is open to the Judson community and the general public.

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About the 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. The World Leaders Forum is the signature fundraising event for Judson University. Please join us as we endeavor to educate tomorrow’s business leaders and build greatness in the lives of Judson students! Proceeds fund Judson leadership scholarships and innovative entrepreneurial activities as well as support on-going operational purposes of the World Leaders Forum.

Our Purpose and Vision

The World Leaders Forum does more than offer our students, area professionals and the Fox River Valley community the opportunity to be in the presence of and inspired by World Leaders. The Forum serves as a catalyst to raise the capital necessary to inspire, invest and impact the entrepreneurial spirit and education of our students. The impact continues as future leaders come to Judson with aspirations of acquiring the knowledge and connections necessary to bring their dreams to 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 Business Department and Division of Professional Studies offer a full range of business degrees, including a Master's in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Business Administration.



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