The National Association of Chain Drug Stores said Wednesday that speak at the conference’s Business Session on Sunday, Aug. 20. The NACDS Total Store Expo runs Aug. 19 to 22 in San Diego.
“We are honored to welcome Gen. Powell to the NACDS Total Store Expo,” NACDS president and chief executive officer Steve Anderson said in a statement. “He is uniquely qualified to share insights on both the military and diplomatic aspects of pressing global issues. And his inspiring leadership at the America’s Promise Alliance and his commitment to our youth also will be of interest to attendees, with the focus NACDS is bringing to corporate social responsibility. NACDS Total Store Expo attendees will hear from a true patriot and a trusted hero.”
Powell served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — the first African-American to hold that post — under President George Bush from 1989 to 1993, overseeing U.S. strategy and operations during the Persian Gulf War. He also served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for several months in the Clinton administration.
Powell later was appointed as the 65th secretary of state by President George W. Bush and served as America’s top diplomat from 2001 to 2005. He also was the first African-American to serve in that position.
Powell’s more than 50 years in public service also include service as national security advisor under President Ronald Reagan, from 1987 to 1989, and a 35-year career as a highly decorated officer the U.S. Army, in which he rose to the rank of four-star general.
Born in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx, N.Y., Powell chairs of the board of visitors of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York. He’s also the founder and chairman emeritus of the America’s Promise Alliance, chairman of the Eisenhower Fellowships and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the board of the Smithsonian Institution’s African American Museum of History and Culture.