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Gen. Colin L. Powell speaks about leadership to AAOMS meeting attendees during his keynote address on Oct. 10, 2018. (Photo: AAOMS)

Gen. Colin Powell delivers keynote at 2018 AAOMS meeting

By Fred Michmershuizen / DTA
October 11, 2018

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: Gen. Colin L. Powell delivered the keynote address to a standing-room-only audience Oct. 10 at the 100th meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

The theme of Powell’s speech was “Leadership: Taking Charge,” but the former secretary of state and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff also commented on the current political climate.

Powell called for universal health care, better educational opportunities and more compassion for immigrants. He also offered humorous anecdotes of growing up in the Bronx, his early jobs mopping floors and working in a toy store, and dealing with Ronald Reagan, Vladimir Putin and many others.

At the conclusion of the talk, AAOMS President Brett L. Ferguson facilitated several questions for Powell from the audience.

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