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Caroline Kennedy Shares Leadership Journey and Family’s Legacy of Service at Judson University’s World Leaders Forum

WLF 2019 Caroline Kennedy(ELGIN, IL  October 8, 2019) – Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy shared insights into political courage, service and her family’s legacy as keynote speaker for Judson University’s eighth World Leaders Forum. The interview, part of an acclaimed series of conversations hosted by bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio host Eric Metaxas, drew more than 500 attendees to Schaumburg this evening. 

The interview was recorded as part of Socrates in the City, a conversation series hosted by Metaxas featuring notable thinkers. During the interview, Kennedy discussed topics such as leadership, faith, family, role models, what America means to her, women’s empowerment, what it means to be an Ambassador, and being the only surviving child of John F. Kennedy.

“When I was the Ambassador to Japan, Americans often approached me and recited my father’s presidential inaugural address from 1961,” said Kennedy. “This always made me proud because the quote – ask what you can do for your country – is emblematic of the service and generosity that makes America special.”

“The World Leaders Forum is an ideal partner for Socrates in the City because both of these events are focused on diving deeper,” said Metaxas. “Even though Ambassador Kennedy has spent much of her life and career in the public eye, this was a rare opportunity for people to hear her perspective on the bigger questions in life.”

For the first time, the World Leaders Forum community event was held off campus to accommodate growing interest from the surrounding community.

“The World Leaders Forum is always an inspiring conversation. Hosting it in Schaumburg and partnering with Socrates in the City helped us broaden our reach and invite more members of our community to be inspired by these thought leaders,” said Judson University President Dr. Gene Crume.

Previous World Leaders Forum keynote speakers include former President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mexican President Felipe Calderón, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Vermont Governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean. The goal of the World Leaders Forum is to offer Judson students and the Chicagoland community an opportunity to be inspired by significant thought leaders.

Proceeds from the event continually fund the Judson Leadership Scholars program, innovative entrepreneurial activities, and ongoing operations of the World Leaders Forum, as well as benefit the higher education of youth in foster care by providing programs and educational opportunities at Judson University

About Former U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

Bestselling author, attorney and diplomat Caroline Kennedy was the 29th United States Ambassador to Japan. Nominated by President Barack Obama, Kennedy was the first female Ambassador to Japan and served from 2013 to 2017. During her tenure, she helped realize the U.S. military's return of land on Okinawa to the Japanese government, became an advocate for Japanese women in business and politics, and played a pivotal role in President Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima.

As the eldest child of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy is also the president and director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 1989, she established the Profile in Courage Award which honors elected officials who have shown political courage.

Kennedy has authored, co-authored or edited more than a dozen books on American history, politics, constitutional law and poetry. Kennedy holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Harvard University and a J.D. from Columbia University.

About Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, nationally syndicated radio host and cultural commentator. His work includes “Martin Luther,” “If You Can Keep It,” “Bonhoeffer,” “Amazing Grace” and “Miracles.” His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the New Yorker. He has also appeared as a cultural commentator on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. He is the host of The Eric Metaxas Radio Show, a nationally syndicated daily radio show.

Metaxas is also the founder and host of Socrates in the City, the acclaimed series of conversations on “life, God and other small topics,” featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Dick Cavett and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, among many others. He is a senior fellow and lecturer at large at the King’s College in New York City.

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