2017 World Leaders Forum-Community Event featuring Dr. Ben Carson


Apr 20, 2017 – 2:00 PM

1151 North State Street
Elgin, IL 60123 Map

  • Dr. Ben Carson

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 1.  Who can purchase Community Event tickets? Tickets are available to the Judson Community starting August 31, 2016.  Tickets will be available to the General Community starting November 30th, 2016. 2.  Is there assigned seating? Seating at this event is general admission, except for priority seating ticket holders. Please arrive early to find a seat.  Tickets will be emailed to you once this online registration has been completed. 3.  Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Yes.  Please have your printed ticket for check-in.  If you do not have your ticket we can still check you in but the process will take longer. 4.  Where will I park when I arrive on campus?  More information about parking will be emailed to you during the week of April 11, 2017. 5.  Is my registration/ticket transferrable or refundable? Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable unless the event organizer is contacted before April 4, 2017. 6.  Can I update my registration information? Yes.  Please contact Julie Schmidt at to make updates. 7.  The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay? No.  Your ticket MUST match the attendee.  Event Security will not allow anyone to enter unless their name is on the approved attendee list.  8.  Can we take photos during the event? Individuals can take photos for the first five minutes but all other photography and video recording is prohibited. 9.  Are there ID requirements to enter the event? Yes.  Please have a photo ID with you.  Any form of ID will work as long as it has your name and photo. 10.  What other speakers have been to the World Leaders Forum? Judson University’s commitment to real-world leadership prompted us to establish the annual World Leaders Forum, which hosted 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush in 2011, Nobel Laureate and Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 2012, Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2013, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2014,  Former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon in 2015 and Queen Noor of Jordan in 2016. 11.  Are there opportunities to be Sponsors of the World Leaders Forum? Yes!  This event is made possible through the sponsorship of many key businesses and partners. If you would like to learn more about sponsorships, please visit and click on "Sponsors".  12.  Can I join a mailing list to receive more information about future events? Yes!  At the end of your registration you can check a box to be added to our mailing list.  If you are unable to purchase tickets at this time but wish to receive future notices about the World Leaders Forum and other events on our campus, please fill out this form. For all other questions please contact Julie Schmidt at 847-628-2076 or  Thank you!
Dr. Ben Carson: In 2001, Dr. Carson was named by CNN and TIME Magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. That same year, he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 “Living Legends.”

He is also the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP. In June, 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush, the highest civilian honor in the land.

Dr. Carson holds 67 honorary doctorate degrees. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science, the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans, and many other organizations.

He sat on the board of directors of numerous entities, including Kellogg Company, Costco Wholesale Corporation, the Academy of Achievement, and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Yale Corporation, the governing body of Yale University.

He was appointed in 2004 by President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Council on Bioethics, and has spoken twice during the National Prayer Breakfast, in 1997 and again in 2013.

Dr. Carson directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 29 years. As a strong believer in the power of education, and alarmed by studies showing America’s students falling behind the rest of the world, Ben and Candy Carson founded the Carson Scholars Fund in 1994.

Built to reward young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments, the Carson Scholars Fund now operates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, having awarded scholarships to more than 7,500 scholars.

The program also establishes Carson Reading Rooms in schools across the country to encourage young students and their families to discover the pleasure of reading and to recognize the true power of learning. To date the program has established over 130 reading rooms across the U.S.

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