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“Conversations in Leadership” Series at the Powell Center

February 2, 2012

I’m pleased to announce the inauguration of a new series of discussions that I’ll be hosting this spring at the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service at The City College of New York. The program, “Conversations in Leadership,” brings together experienced policymakers and opinion leaders from all levels of politics—local, state, national and federal—to discuss their substantive areas of expertise, their experiences working in and studying the public sector, and the lessons they have learned about effective leadership with the City College community.

Our spring program features four exciting guests: former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer; Commissioner Fatima Shama of the New York City Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs; Professor R. L’Heureux Lewis from the departments of Sociology and Black Studies at CCNY; and Jeffrey Laurenti, Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation. For a full schedule of events, visit the Powell Center homepage at CCNY.

The Center welcomes Fatima Shama, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, as its first guest of the semester. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Ms. Shama as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in August, 2009. Commissioner Shama had previously served as senior education policy advisor in the Mayor’s Office. Prior to joining the Bloomberg administration in 2006, Shama served for four years as executive director of the Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition. Ms. Shama earned a bachelor of arts from Binghamton University and a master’s of public administration from Baruch College’s of Public Affairs Executive Program.

The conversation with Commissioner Shama will take place on Wednesday, February 29 from 5:30-7:00 at the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service (Shepard Hall, Room 558) on the campus of the City College of New York. RSVPs are required. For more information, please feel free to contact me at michaelkbusch@gmail.com.

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