February 27, 2007

Good Morning:

Two very special guests will speak at Tulane University this week. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will speak from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in the Kendall Cram Room on the second floor of the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life. Powell will speak on his life experiences, leadership, world events, the future of New Orleans and other issues. Powell will speak for 30 minutes and then take questions from the audience.

Stephen Covey, author of the international bestseller The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, will also speak on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Woldenberg Art Center's Freeman Auditorium. Covey will discuss his book The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. Both events are free and open to the Tulane community, but please arrive early as seating for both events is limited.

Powell served as the 65th U.S. Secretary of State from January 2001 to January 2005.  Since returning to private life, he has become a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He is also on the board of directors of Revolution Health Care. Powell is the founder of the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at his alma mater, the City College of New York, and is helping to raise funds for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. and for the construction of an education center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Powell served 35 years in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Four-Star General and was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993.   He also served as National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan. Powell is the author of his best-selling autobiography My American Journey.

Covey, who for a time served as a consultant to President Bill Clinton, is the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Peopleand other widely influential works aimed at helping people improve both their business acumen and personal lives. Covey's other works include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families. Covey is the father of nine and a grandfather of 44. He received the Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative in 2003. Time Magazinenamed Covey one of the top 25 Most Influential Americans in 1996 and Forbes named The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People one of the top 10 most influential business books ever.

Both of these speakers were brought to campus through the work of Tulane business student Stephen Frapart and Perspectives, a student-run leadership speakers‚ series. To read more about how a college student managed the coup of bringing two of the world's most sought after speakers to campus visit This story is a testament to the initiative, perseverance and caliber of our students. I hope you will be able to attend one or both of these events.


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