The Holden Forum

The Holden Public Policy Forum at Webster University

Engaging students and citizens in meaningful exchange about the public good.
“The Forum grew out of a conviction that that the brightness of our future depends on how effectively we participate in the ever-changing global community. 
I am dedicated to using my years of experience as a public servant to foster opportunities for citizens and leaders to work together on the issues that we share.”
~ Forum Director, Governor Bob Holden (Missouri, 2001-2005)

The Holden Public Policy Forum at Webster University, a bi-partisan program brings Governors, Senators, presidential candidates, and other elected and appointed officials to St. Louis and the Webster campus to engage in open debate about public policy. Founded and led by former Missouri Governor Bob Holden, the Forum offers a wide-range of programming throughout the academic year that draws hundreds of involved students and citizens to participate in positive civil discourse.

The program is a catalyst that inspires students and citizens to share their thoughts and ideas with influential leaders and with those they have elected to make decisions on their behalf; locally, nationally and globally.

Since its inception in 2006, the Holden Forum has provided over 63 programs, all free of charge and open to the public. The Forum is a substantial reflection of Webster University’s commitment to developing educated, community minded citizens; fostering the leaders of tomorrow.

Webster University is a world-class institution and the ideal setting for the Holden Public Policy Forum. Founded in 1915 and headquartered in St. Louis, Webster is a global academic environment, educating more than 20,000 students representing more than 100 nationalities at more than 100 campuses across the world.

The Forum provides participants, regardless of age, ideology, culture, or educational status, with meaningful opportunities to expand their thinking and enjoy constructive dialogue.

By fostering a philosophy of life-long learning, the Forum encourages responsible citizens to engage in and become knowledgeable about issues that will have significant impact in the 21st Century.