SCHAUMBURG – Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy shared insights into political courage, service and her family’s legacy Oct. 8 as the keynote speaker for Judson University’s eighth World Leaders Forum, the school announced in a news release.
The Elgin-based Christian university hosted the event with more than 500 attendees at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center.
Bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio host Eric Metaxas interviewed Kennedy for the event.
The interview was recorded as part of Socrates in the City, a conversation series hosted by Metaxas which features 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,” Caroline Kennedy stated in the interview. “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.”
Caroline Kennedy, the eldest child of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline 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.
Caroline Kennedy is also a bestselling author, attorney and diplomat.
President Barack Obama nominated her as Ambassador to Japan. She served from 2013 to 2017 and was the first female ambassador to Japan.
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.
Caroline Kennedy has authored, co-authored or edited more than a dozen books on American history, politics, constitutional law and poetry.
For the first time, the World Leaders Forum event was held off campus to accommodate growing interest from the surrounding community, the release stated.
Proceeds from the event 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.