A photo of the Auditorium on NEIU's Main Campus.

9th Annual Mossadegh Servant Leadership Lecture

Northeastern Illinois University
Main Campus, Recital Hall
3701 W. Bryn Mawr 
Chicago, Illinois 60625

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Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024
Lecture: 3:05-4:00 p.m., Recital Hall
Dinner: 4:00-5:30 p.m., Alumni Hall

RSVP by Monday, Jan. 29, 2024

Toni Preckwinkle with the Seal of Cook County in the background.

Keynote Speaker: Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners

Northeastern Illinois University is proud to welcome President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Toni Preckwinkle as the keynote speaker for the 9th Annual Mossadegh Servant Leadership Lecture. She will deliver a talk titled, “Public Service in America’s Second Most Populous County.”

Preckwinkle is the 35th president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, an office she has held since 2010. She is the first Black woman to be elected to the office. A dedicated and effective public servant, Preckwinkle has worked to transform County government through increased fiscal responsibility, transparency, and improved services. As the top executive in Cook County, the nation’s second most populous County, Preckwinkle oversees one of the nation’s largest public health and hospitals systems and one of the nation’s largest criminal justice systems. She is also President of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, one of the oldest and largest forest preserve districts in the United States. The district receives an estimated 62 million visits each year, providing residents with outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities.

Prior to holding elected office, Preckwinkle was a high school history teacher for 10 years before serving as an economic development coordinator for the City of Chicago and the executive director of the Chicago Jobs Council. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Preckwinkle came to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago, from where she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She is the proud mother of two and grandmother of three. 

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About the Mossadegh Servant Leadership Lecture

The inaugural Mossadegh Servant Leadership Lecture at Northeastern Illinois University was held in 2015. Two years prior, Northeastern established the Mossadegh Servant Leaders Fund, which not only supports the annual lecture, but also scholarships for students in the College of Business and Technology and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Mossadegh Servant Leaders Fund was created to honor Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh (1882-1967), a “servant of the people” and the first democratically elected premier of Iran. The fund is supported by generous donations from community members, alumni, and friends from around the world. 

Past lectures

  • 2015: Haleh Emrani, CEO, CorpInfo
  • 2016: Kunal Mehta, Author of Disruptors
  • 2017: Qobad Fakhimi, National Iranian Oil Company
  • 2018: Jalal and Mohammad Farzaneh, Home Creations, top 100 residential builders
  • 2019: Dr. Ari Babaknia, Chapman University, Human IVF Pioneer, Holocaust Studies Scholar
  • 2020: No lecture due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2021: Professor Abbas Amanat, Yale University
  • 2022: Professor Ervand Abrahamian, City University of New York