The American Gem Society has announced that former Secretary of State and retired four-star general Colin Powell will keynote its annual Conclave April 13–16, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
Gen. Powell has also served as National Security Adviser and as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the first African American to hold the position. His books My American Journey and It Worked for Me were both New York Times best sellers.
“Conclave 2016 will provide our members with enormous educational opportunities,” said Ruth Batson, CEO of AGS and AGS Laboratories. We are planning sessions that will inspire, motivate, and help them excel even further in their businesses. We are incredibly honored to have Colin Powell as a keynote speaker. And where else would be more perfect to host him than right in our nation’s capital?”
Shawn Achor, the former Harvard psychology instructor and New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness, will also speak at the conference. He is a leading expert on the link between happiness and success and has worked with Fortune 500 companies, the NFL, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. His TED talk—“The Happy Secret to Better Work”—has more than 10 million views, making it one of the most viewed TED talks of all time.
“Conclave 2016 will be a must-attend event!” said Batson.
More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.