Ambassador and Former Arms Control Director for President Ronald Reagan, Ken Adelman will commence the American Bakers Association (ABA) Convention’s March 21st program. Headlining the Allied Trades of the Baking Industry Leadership Breakfast, Adelman will give attendees unique insight into what they can learn from the president during one of his most challenging moments.
Adelman’s presentation, “Leadership Lessons from the Master: Ronald Reagan,” will draw upon his highly-acclaimed book, Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours that Ended the Cold War. As an advisor to the president during the historic Iceland superpower summits with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Adelman will share his experience to offer a dramatic, firsthand look into the character and leadership of Ronald Reagan during the weekend that became a key turning point in the Cold War.
“In a time of incredible turmoil and a yearning for leadership in our world, Ambassador Adelman’s presentation is both timely and inspirational,” said Robb MacKie, ABA President and CEO. “Ambassador Adelman’s front row seat at one of President Reagan’s finest moments will provide keen insights into power of leadership at this year’s convention.”
Adelman served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and the director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency for nearly five years as part of the Reagan administration. His experience there inspired his book, which will become the feature film Reykjavik starring Michael Douglas as President Reagan, Christoph Waltz as Mikhail Gorbachev, and Ridley Scott as producer. Adelman began working for the government in 1969 at the U.S. Department of Commerce. From 1975–1977 during the Gerald Ford administration, he was an assistant to U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Adelman also later served as a national editor of Washingtonian magazine for 20 years, and besides his dozens of years in public service, he has written hundreds of articles and five books and appeared frequently on television and radio as a media pundit. After government, Adelman and his wife Carol began teaching executive leadership through their firm, Movers & Shakespeares. He combines their more than 50 years of executive leadership experience in the public and private sectors with modern leadership lessons drawn from the 400-year-old wisdom of William Shakespeare.
The 2016 ABA Convention is taking place March 20 – March 23, at the Arizona Biltmore. As the premier annual gathering of the baking industry, top industry leaders will attend to hear from business and political speakers, learn about the latest trends, connect with industry colleagues, share ideas, and develop solutions on baking issues. More information and registration can be found at www.americanbakers.org/2016ABAConvention. Follow the convention with #PowerofBaking.