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