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Powell headlines Meliora Weekend
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will offer his perspective on leadership as the headliner for Meliora Weekend 2007. His talk, “Leadership: Taking Charge,” will be based on his experiences as a military leader and as an eyewitness to leadership in action on the world stage.
Colin Powell
The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and National Security Advisor, Powell served 35 years in the Army, rising to the rank of four-star general. He oversaw many international crises, including Operation Desert Storm in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Powell, who will speak on October 20, will be joined by other special guests during the celebration on October 19 to 21, including Andrew Thomas ’91S (MBA), president and CEO of Heineken USA, as part of the Simon School’s first-ever reunion during Meliora Weekend.
The Presidential Symposium on Great Issues of the 21st Century will return with Hugo F. Sonnenschein ’61, president emeritus of the University of Chicago, as its host.
“What’s special about Meliora Weekend is the intellectual substance of the programs and the fun of reconnecting with classmates and discovering the latest initiatives at the University,” says President Seligman.
Peter Lennie, the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, says the weekend provides a unique experience for undergraduates as well. “Our students and faculty value the opportunity to get involved in planning programs and in engaging our alumni in the rich variety of things we do as a research university.”
The complete weekend program will be announced this summer. To register, visit
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