Military, Business Leaders to Discuss U.S. Foreign Policy, Impact on Orlando

Mar 23, 2011, 11:46 ET from U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

ORLANDO, Fla., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --National military and business figures will join local leaders for a timely discussion of U.S. foreign policy and its impact on Orlando families and businesses Monday, March 28.

Retired Army Lt. General Donald Kerrick and William C. Lane of Caterpillar, Inc. will be joined by Rollins College President Lewis Duncan, University of Central Florida President John Hitt and new Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission President and CEO Rick Weddle, with a special introduction by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.

This distinguished panel will discuss why a smart power foreign policy approach is critical to our national and economic security, and how heated budget discussions in Washington, D.C. have a direct impact on the metro Orlando area.

This event, which is hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition in conjunction with the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, is open to media. To attend, please RSVP to Melissa Silverman at  


Lt. General Donald Kerrick (USA, Ret.)

William C. Lane, Caterpillar, Inc.  

Rick Weddle, President and CEO, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission

Dr. Lewis Duncan, President, Rollins College

Dr. John Hitt, President, University of Central Florida

Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Mayor


Panel Discussion: The Voices of Smart Power


Monday, March 28, 2011

5:30 p.m. Reception

6:15 p.m. Program Begins


The Sonesta Hotel

60 South Ivanhoe Boulevard

Orlando, FL 32804

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition ( is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.  

SOURCE U.S. Global Leadership Coalition