Dee Dee Mozeleski: Propelling a Vision for the Colin Powell School

As the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service is integrated more fully and formally into the fabric of the Division of Social Sciences, and as the division is elevated to the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, my immediate goal is to help build the narrative for supporting Colin Powell School. I want to convey why it is so important to do this, not just for the current generation of students and faculty, but for the generations to come. —Dee Dee Mozeleski, Director of Development, Colin Powell Center

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dmozeleski_v3When Dee Dee Mozeleski joined the Colin Powell Center in October as its first director of development, she hit the ground running. Mozeleski, a native of San Diego, has made New York her home for the past 20 years, building her career in development here and raising a daughter who is now at Penn State. Mozeleski brings extensive experience, professionalism, and dedication to the Center. Here, in a Q&A, she reflects on her experience and the goals ahead.

What drew you to the Colin Powell Center?
I first heard about the Center in 1997 when City College announced its opening. Over the years, I have stayed current with happenings on the CCNY campus because many of my friends have graduated from here. When I learned of the newly created director of development position, I thought that the person lucky enough to work in this position would have a chance to help shape what it means to fundraise for a program that takes the best and brightest minds from our campus and helps them to grow into leaders in their selected profession. Little did I know that I would end up becoming that lucky person.

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Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama for Re-election

General Colin Powell discuss the reasons he has endorsed Barack Obama for re-election. and stay the course with regard to the economy and national security, and why he’s not comfortable with Governor Romney’s foreign policy views and economic plans.

General Colin Powell discuss the reasons he has endorsed Barack Obama for re-election and decided to stay the course with regard to the economy and national security.  He also discusses other issues such as immigration and climate change, and why he’s not comfortable with Governor Romney’s foreign policy views.

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General Powell Discusses His Book, Iraq, Reagan, and Squirrels on The Daily Show

General Powell appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to discuss his new book, how he looks back on his support of the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and his time with President Reagan (and squirrels).

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Gen. Powell with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Image via video screenshot.

Last night, General Colin L. Powell appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to promote his new book, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership. Powell discussed his “13 Rules”, fielded questions about his support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq , and recounted stories about President Reagan- and squirrels. Continue reading “General Powell Discusses His Book, Iraq, Reagan, and Squirrels on The Daily Show”

Eyes on Her Future, a Fellow Reflects on an Inspirational Trip

Recent Center graduate Emie Lomba writes about a past trip to meet General Colin Powell and her plans for a future in education.

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Emie Lomba at a meeting with General Powell. Photo: Sirin Samman

In October, 32 fellows of the Colin Powell Program in Leadership and Public Service traveled to Washington, D.C. There, they met with General Colin L. Powell and attended presentations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Center for a New American Security. Afterward, fellow Emie Lomba reflected on what she learned during the trip, and how to apply it to her life. Today, she is drawing on those lessons as she prepares for a future beyond the Center.

November 2011 – The road to success is bumpy, so we have to hold on tight, develop a sense of discipline, and keep persevering. These were the words of General Colin L. Powell’s that I took to heart during our small group conversation with him. Drawing from his life stories, General Powell demonstrated that aspiring leaders have to be ambitious, open to new experiences, hungry for knowledge, and most important, humble. We must always remember, he told us, that success needs to be shared. Continue reading “Eyes on Her Future, a Fellow Reflects on an Inspirational Trip”

General Powell Visits CCNY to Promote His New Book

For the first signing of his new book, General Colin Powell came home to the university that educated him.

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General Colin Powell came to CCNY to sign his new book, It Worked for Me. Photo: Tito Nandi

On Tuesday, General Colin L. Powell, founder of the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, visited City College for a signing of his new book, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership. The signing drew City College students, faculty, alumni and community members.

In the book, a follow up to Powell’s My American Journey (1995), the former Secretary of State recounts meetings with foreign leaders, his time in the military, childhood moments and other life lessons and stories. These parables- by turns funny, touching, and inspiring- tell the story behind Powell’s “13 Rules”.

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