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November 12, 2007


Deputy Mayor Daniel L. Doctoroff to Deliver Opening Remarks; Time Warner Chairman and CEO Richard D. Parsons to Present Closing Address

NEW YORK, November 12, 2007 – Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (ret.), former U.S. Secretary of State and distinguished CCNY alumnus, will deliver the keynote address at a one-day urban leadership conference November 15 at The City College of New York (CCNY).  He will speak during the conference’s luncheon session, beginning at 12:30 p.m., and will lead a town hall meeting on urban challenges and opportunities that begins at 2:15 p.m.

Daniel L. Doctoroff, New York’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding, will present the conference’s opening remarks and Richard D. Parsons, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Inc., will deliver the closing address.

The conference,  “Strengthening Global Cities: An Urban Leadership Forum,” is presented by The Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, a nonpartisan research center at CCNY, and the Eisenhower Fellowships, a policy foundation dedicated to leadership. General Powell is chairman of both.

The event brings together the Eisenhower Fellows, who are mid-career professionals with a track record of achievement and leadership, with the Powell Center’s Fellows and Scholars, who are outstanding CCNY undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated interest in policy and leadership, noted Andrew Rich, CCNY Associate Professor of Political Science and Deputy Director of The Powell Center.

“The Eisenhower Fellows hail from more than a dozen countries, and the Powell Center’s Fellows and Scholars share a common interest in urban issues,” he added.  “The conference promises not only to highlight innovative solutions for big cities, but also to be a day of inspiration and insight for the next generation of urban leaders.”

In addition to the featured speakers and town hall meeting, which will spotlight the Powell Fellows and Scholars and the Eisenhower Fellows, the event will present two panel sessions with distinguished participants representing business, government, labor and not-for-profits.

The first panel, “Successful Approaches to Serving a Diverse Urban Population,” will address social-services questions in diverse, largely immigrant environments. Speakers include: Linda I. Gibbs, New York Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services; Nancy Biberman, President, Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corp.; David R. Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Service Society of New York, and Chung-Wha Hong, Director, New York Immigration Coalition.  Florence Davis, President of The Starr Foundation and an Eisenhower Fellowships Trustee, will moderate. 

The second panel, “Preparing the Urban Workforce of the Future,” will focus on the development of the human capital and skills needed to meet today’s changing economic requirements.  Panelists include: Jonathan Murray, Worldwide Public Sector Technology Officer, Microsoft Corp.; Robert W. Walsh, Commissioner, New York City Department of Small Business Services; Gerald McElvy, President of the ExxonMobil Foundation and an Eisenhower Fellowships Trustee, and Debbie King, Executive Vice President, Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union.  The moderator will be David Jason Fischer, Project Director, Center for an Urban Future. 

The conference runs from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Most sessions will be held in the Great Hall in Shepard Hall, located on the CCNY campus at Convent Avenue between West 138th Street and West 140th Street.  The town hall meeting takes place at The Gatehouse, a landmarked former water distribution station that is now a state-of-the-art Harlem cultural venue.  The building is located at Convent Avenue and West 135th Street, adjacent to the CCNY campus.

Additional conference information and briefbiographies of the featured speakers can be found at http://eisenhowerfellowships.org/networkplus/event/index.html.

About the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies

The Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies is a nonpartisan research center named for General Colin L. Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and City College’s most distinguished graduate. Established in 1997, the Center is dedicated to developing a new generation of publicly engaged leaders from populations previously under-represented in policy circles and to bridging the academic and policy-making spheres. Its programming encompasses scholarship, service learning, and policy research and events.  For additional information:

About the Eisenhower Fellowships

Eisenhower Fellowships is a nonprofit foundation that engages emerging leaders from around the globe to enhance their professional capabilities, broaden their contacts, deepen their perspectives, and unite them in a diverse, worldwide network where dialogue, understanding, and collaboration lead to a more prosperous, just and peaceful world. Nearly 1,700 men and women from over 100 countries have joined the ranks of Eisenhower Fellows since 1953. They include four heads of government and at least 100 in positions of influence at cabinet level or higher. Hundreds of other alumni have led major corporations, NGOs, and academic institutions, or served as legislators, judges, ambassadors, and noted journalists.  For additional information:

About the City College of New York

For 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.  For additional information: