Presents Our Inaugural Speaker
General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
"Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust & Values"

General Colin L. PowellAbout General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
One of the most admired and respected leaders in America today, Colin Powell offers his thoughts on domestic and world affairs, leadership and a vision for tomorrow. A man of supreme intelligence, versatility and presence, Gen. Powell served as the first African-American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was appointed secretary of state by President George W. Bush - becoming, at that time, the most powerful African-American ever to hold office.

A four-star general, Gen. Powell's numerous awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom and he is the author of his best-selling autobiography, My American Journey. As someone who crafted and articulated the U.S. position on the world stage, Powell provides insight on efforts to stabilize a troubled world and the diplomatic and leadership skills needed to transform unstable regions into areas where societies and cultures flourish.