A four-star general who served four U.S. presidents in various roles, including national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States’ 65th secretary of state, Powell is a strategist, diplomat and leader.
“General Powell has been on the ground in some of the most unstable corners of our international community, and he has worked there to build trust and develop alliances that have laid the foundation for transformation. A man with the ‘force multiplier of perpetual optimism,’ a man who sees potential, possibility and opportunity rather than crisis, I can’t imagine anyone more ideal for the opening of our REBELation Week, which is dedicated to inspiration, innovation and world-changing ideas,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech.
The son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell grew up in South Bronx, New York, earned a bachelor’s degree in geology and then dedicated 35 years of service to the U.S. Army. After serving as President Ronald Reagan’s national security adviser, Powell became the youngest officer, first Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) graduate and first African-American to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. Under President George W. Bush, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold the position of secretary of state.
The highly respected general has been the recipient of numerous U.S. military awards and decorations, as well as civil awards, including two Presidential Medals of Freedom. He has also been recognized with awards, including a French Legion of Honor and an honorary knighthood (Great Britain), from more than 24 countries.
Several boards and organizations continue to benefit from his leadership, including the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York; America’s Promise Alliance for children; Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm; Bloom Energy, an alternative energy company utilizing fuel cell technology; Salesforce.com, the world’s largest provider of Cloud-based customer relationship management software; the Council on Foreign Relations; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; and the Smithsonian Institute’s African American Museum of History and Culture.
He is the author of two best-selling books. “My American Journey” has been published in more than a dozen languages, and “It Worked for Me” was an instant New York Times best-seller. He and his wife, Alma Vivian Johnson, have three children and four grandchildren.
Registration for Alltech’s REBELation Week is open now for a discounted rate until March 7 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One-day access passes are available, as are special partner rates. Delegates who are members of ARPAS and AAVSB can also earn CEUs. All REBELation Week activities are open to the public, although advanced registration is required.