May 05, 2015

05/05/2015: Alltech to award General Colin Powell with Medal of Excellence

General Colin Powell will receive the Alltech Medal of Excellence during the Alltech REBELation, a conference exploring innovation, inspiration and world-changing ideas in Lexington, Kentucky, May 17-20. 

The Medal of Excellence is Alltech’s highest distinction, awarded annually to someone of great achievement and character. Previous honourees include scientists such as Dr Eugenia Wang for her pioneering work in microRNA; agricultural leaders such as Norman Borlaug, the 'father of the Green Revolution'; and entrepreneurial visionaries such as John Y Brown, former governor of Kentucky and Colonel Sanders’ partner in the launch of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

A four-star general who served four US presidents in various roles, including national security advisor, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States’ 65th secretary of state, Colin Powell is a strategist, diplomat and leader. On Monday May 18, Powell will be sharing his insights on leadership with the international attendees at the official opening session of the Alltech REBELation.

“What is the number one thing missing from agriculture and business today? Leadership, and when I think of leadership, General Powell comes first to mind,” said Dr Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech.

“He is decisive, courageous and a ‘force multiplier of perpetual optimism.’ He broke down barriers as the first African-American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and brought stability to tumultuous situations though his ability to build trust and develop alliances. For inspirational leadership, we need not look any further than General Powell, and, for this reason, he is the ideal recipient of our 2015 Medal of Excellence.”

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 US Army. After serving as President Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor, 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 both President George HW Bush and President Bill Clinton. Under President George W Bush, he was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate to hold the position of secretary of state.

The highly respected general has been the recipient of numerous US military awards and decorations, as well as civil awards, including two Presidential Medals of Freedom. He has also been recognised with awards, including a French Legion of Honour and an honorary knighthood (Great Britain), from more than 24 countries.

Several boards and organisations 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 utilising fuel cell technology;, 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 bestselling books. 'My American Journey' has been published in more than a dozen languages, and 'It Worked for Me' was an instant New York Times bestseller. He and his wife, Alma Vivian Johnson, have three children and four grandchildren.

Registration for the Alltech REBELation is open now. 

For more information or to request an invitation click HERE or email HERE

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