Friday, May 8, 2009

General Colin Powell to keynote Centennial Celebration

An evening when we pay tribute to 100 years of leadership in the Greater Boston business community, we are proud to hear from our Centennial Speaker, General Colin L. Powell. One of the most admired and respected leaders in America today, General Powell will offer his thoughts on leadership and vision for tomorrow.

A man of supreme intelligence, versatility, and presence, General 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 public office. He previously served as a key aide to the Secretary of Defense and was National Security Advisor to President Reagan. Powell is a retired four-star general in the United States Army, and his numerous awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal, and the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award. He is the author of My American Journey, a best-selling autobiography.

Since returning to private life, General Powell has become a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm. He is the Founder of the Colin Powell Policy Center at his alma mater, the City College of New York, and he is helping to raise funds for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC, and for the construction of an education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

As someone who has crafted and articulated U.S. policy 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.

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