WASHINGTON — Ken Adelman, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and arms control director for President Ronald Reagan, has been named the featured speaker at the 2016 Allied Trades of the Baking Industry Leadership Breakfast.
The A.T.B.I. breakfast will be part of this year’s annual meeting of the American Bakers Association to be held March 20-23 at the Arizona Biltmore.
Mr. Adelman’s presentation, “Leadership Lessons from the Master: Ronald Reagan,” will draw from his book, “Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours that Ended the Cold War.” He will share his firsthand experience as an adviser to the president during the historic Iceland superpower summits with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, offering a look into the character and leadership of Ronald Reagan during the weekend that became a 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, president and chief executive officer of the A.B.A. “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.”
Mr. 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 during President Reagan’s time in office, as related in “Reagan at Reykjavik” has become the basis of a motion picture, “Reykjavik,” starring Michael Douglas as President Reagan, Christoph Waltz as Mikhail Gorbachev, and Ridley Scott as producer.
Mr. Adelman’s work with the federal government dates back to 1969 when he took a position at the U.S. Department of Commerce. During the Gerald Ford administration, he was an assistant to U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.Later, Mr. Adelman was national editor of Washingtonian magazine for 20 years.