Rudolph W. Giuliani to address fellowship tomorrow

By: Peter Pollack

By Peter Pollack

Former mayor of New York City shares thoughts on leadership, advocacy.
The son of working-class parents who became mayor of New York City, a citizen with more than 30 years in public service, and a proven leader who believes “the pursuit of excellence is never over,” Rudolph W. Giuliani will share his thoughts on leadership and current events as the AAOS Presidential Guest Speaker. Mr. Giuliani will address the fellowship as part of an educational event immediately following the Business and Ceremonial Meetings tomorrow in the Moscone Center Gateway Ballroom.

Rudolph W. Giuliani

Making a difference in people’s lives
Mr. Giuliani began his public service career with the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He quickly rose through the ranks to become Chief of the Narcotics Unit. In 1981, Mr. Giuliani was named to the third-highest position in the U.S. Department of Justice—Associate Attorney General. Two years later, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

His success in fighting organized crime, drug dealers, and corrupt government officials was almost unprecedented—4,152 convictions with only 25 reversals.

In 1993, Mr. Giuliani ran for and won the mayorship of New York City. Under his watch, overall crime dropped 56 percent, murders dropped 66 percent, and New York City was declared the safest large city in the United States by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He also implemented the most successful welfare-to-work initiative in the United States, reducing welfare rolls by nearly 60 percent. In 1997, Mr. Giuliani—a Republican—was reelected with 57 percent of the vote, despite the city’s historic preference for Democratic candidates.

The “face of New York City”
On Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Giuliani became known across the United States and around the world as the face of New York City during the dark hours after the worst terrorist attack on American soil. As a result of his calm leadership in the following days, he was named Person of the Year by Time magazine, knighted by the Queen of England, and presented with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Freedom Award. President Jaques Chirac, of France, referred to Mr. Giuliani as “Rudy the Rock.”

He set an example for his fellow citizens, whom he praised in his final address as mayor, for their “orderly, dignified, and courageous response” that turned “our darkest day into our finest hour.”

Mr. Giuliani went on to establish Giuliani Partners—a professional services firm specializing in emergency preparedness, public safety, crisis leadership, and financial management. He also serves as a partner in the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. His best-selling book, Leadership, has sold more than 1 million copies worldwide.

Advocacy for patients and the profession
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the most successful leaders of our time. Join James H. Beaty, MD, president of the AAOS; David A. Halsey, MD, chair of the council on advocacy; Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, chair of the Political Action Committee; and AAOS Presidential Guest Speaker Rudolph W. Giuliani as they present 75 Years of Advocacy for Patients and the Profession, in the Gateway Ballroom tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m.

Mr. Giuliani’s life is an example of the difference that personal involvement in the political process can make. His leadership and commitment to policies that make “people more free and more responsible, while making government more efficient and more accountable” will inspire you!