2015, New Orleans
Walter E. Dandy Orator
Principled Leadership: In the Face of Change and Crisis
Monday, September 28
General Scientific Session II
Rudolph W. Giuliani, the 107th Mayor of New York City (1993-2001), was born in 1944 in Brooklyn, New York. As the grandson of Italian immigrants, he was taught the value of a strong work ethic and a deep respect for America's ideal of equal opportunity. After attending New York University Law School, Rudy Giuliani joined the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he rose quickly through the ranks, becoming the Chief of the Narcotics Unit at age 29.
In 1981, Giuliani was named Associate Attorney General. In 1983, President Reagan appointed Rudy Giuliani as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Giuliani spearheaded successful efforts against organized crime, white-collar criminals, drug dealers and corrupt elected officials. Few U.S. Attorneys in history can match his record of 4,152 convictions with only 25 reversals.
In 1993, Rudy Giuliani was elected Mayor of the City of New York where he focused on reducing crime, reforming welfare, and improving the quality of life. Under Mayor Giuliani's leadership, overall crime was cut by 56%, and New York City—once considered the crime capital of the country—became the safest large city in America according to the FBI. New York City's law enforcement strategy has become a model for other cities around the world. This is particularly true of the CompStat statistical accountability program, which won the 1996 Innovations in Government Award from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mayor Giuliani also implemented the largest and most successful welfare-to-work initiative in the country, turning welfare offices into Job Centers and reduced welfare rolls by 640,000—nearly 60%.
On September 11, 2001, America suffered the worst attack in its history when terrorists crashed planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Mayor Giuliani immediately began leading the recovery of the city as it faced its darkest hour, and was widely lauded for his steady hand during challenging times. He was named “Person of the Year” by TIME magazine, knighted by the Queen of England, dubbed “Rudy the Rock” by French President Jacques Chirac, and former first lady Nancy Reagan presented him with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Freedom Award.
After serving two terms as mayor, Rudy Giuliani founded Giuliani Partners in January 2002, a professional services firm that specializes in emergency preparedness, public safety, leadership during crises, and financial management. Giuliani was recognized in Spring 2002 as “Consultant of the Year” by Consulting magazine. Mayor Giuliani is also a Partner in the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, a major international law firm with over 400 lawyers, serving mainly clients in the energy and financial service industries.
In 2008, Mayor Giuliani ran for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. During his campaign, he galvanized the national debate on such critical issues as national security, education, energy independence, healthcare, and the economy.