Condolezza Rice to speak at Judson's Leaders Forum

Condolezza Rice, the former U.S. Secretary of State, will be honored at Judson University’s fourth annual World Leaders Forum on March 19.

Rice will be keynote speaker at the event, set for 3 p.m. at the university’s Herrick Chapel in Elgin. 

Rice will also speak later that night at a VIP reception, which is open to the public, at the Hilton in downtown Chicago (720 S. Michigan Ave.). Ticketing and sponsorship information for both events can be found at

Rice, the first African American woman to serve as Secretary of State, will speak about global leadership at both events, and each presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Sponsors of the VIP event will also have a photo opportunity with Dr. Rice.

In its first three years, the World Leaders Forum was keynoted by George W. Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Tony Blair, respectively. The goal of this event is to offer Judson students and area professionals an opportunity to be inspired by significant thought leaders with a global perspective. Funds raised from the World Leaders Forum go toward scholarships for current Judson University students and an endowment to start an entrepreneurial studies program at Judson.

Rice, who served under former President George W. Bush, is the first African American woman to hold the position of U.S. Secretary of State. She is also the first woman to serve as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, which she did for the Bush administration from 2001-05.