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Kenneth L. Adelman

Ken Adelman was a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for two-and a half years, and then Director of the U.S. Arms Control & Disarmament Agency for nearly five years, during the Reagan administration. He accompanied President Ronald Reagan on his superpower summits with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.

Ambassador Adelman began government service in 1969 at the Commerce Department, and then served in the Office of Economic Opportunity. From 1977 to 1979, Adelman was an Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, and now is a member of the Defense Policy Board. He has been national editor of Washingtonian magazine for more than 17 years.

Along with his wife Carol, Adelman conducts leadership training for top executives in Movers and Shakespeares, which draws leadership lessons from Shakespeare. He began teaching Shakespeare in 1977 at Georgetown University, and taught honors students at George Washington University for years.

Adelman graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa, majoring in philosophy and religion. He received his Masters (in Foreign Service studies) and Doctorate (in political theory) from Georgetown University. 

He has written hundreds of articles and is the author (or co-author) of five books, most recently Shakespeare in Charge: The Bard’s Guide to Leading and Succeeding on the Business Stage.

During the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight championship fight in Africa, Adelman translated for Mohammed Ali. He was also a member of the Zaire River Expedition in 1975, venturing down the Congo River on the 100th Anniversary of Stanley’s legendary exploration.