We will have the opportunity to hear from Ahmad Corbitt, Director of the New York Office of Public and International Affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about his work with public affairs both domestically and at the United Nations.See Ahmad's bio is below for more details on the interesting work he is doing.Additional details on the lunch will be distributed next week.
Ahmad S. Corbitt is Director of the New York office of Public and International Affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.He regularly represents the Church at United Nations and other international activities and events, and in meetings with UN diplomats and other foreign dignitaries.He has similar responsibilities in relation to national, regional and local events and dignitaries.He also interacts with the media on behalf of the Church.Previously, Mr. Corbitt was Executive Director of Corporate Communications and Associate General Counsel at Corporation Service Company (CSC), a large, Delaware-based registered agent which represents over half of the Fortune 500, all of the National Law Journal top 250 national law firms and most of the top 43 Mergers and Acquisitions law firms in the US.He managed the company*s high-level strategic relationships, communications * including public and media relations, and internal communications * and major aspects of marketing.Mr. Corbitt provided legal counsel to the corporation and its subsidiaries, including reviewing and digesting legislation and legal policy, among other duties.He also provided law firm and law department clients continuing legal education and other lectures on Sarbanes-Oxley, *Blue Sky* laws, corporate criminal law, business entities, intellectual property and other legal subjects.Prior to joining CSC, Mr. Corbitt served as vice president and general counsel of Coltrin & Associates, Inc., a small international public relations firm headquartered in New York City, with offices in the US, Europe and Asia.In that capacity, he handled communications for numerous marquis accounts, including Burger King, the Salt Lake Winter Olympics of 2002, Chapters, Palm and InVision Technologies (leading manufacturer of baggage screening equipment for US airports).In representing Burger King, Mr. Corbitt was part of a team that effectively responded to crises regarding mad cow disease, unanticipated restaurant closures, and high profile litigation.He served as a spokesperson for the Salt Lake Olympic Committee, providing numerous strategic interviews and statements for television, radio and the press, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, all major television networks, Telemundo and Univision (in Spanish) and other national media outlets, as well as international and regional outlets.Mr. Corbitt also lead a communications team in Toronto on behalf of Chapters, the target of one of the most notorious hostile takeovers in Canadian history.These efforts resulted in nearly doubling the ultimate price per share in the acquisition of Canada's largest book retailer.As general counsel of Coltrin & Associates, Mr. Corbitt oversaw all legal matters involving the company in the US and abroad.Before joining Coltrin & Associates, Mr. Corbitt was a successful criminal trial attorney.His practice also included civil and criminal work at state appellate and Supreme Court levels.He honorably completed a four-year appointment by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a member of the New Jersey (District IV) Ethics Committee.In this capacity, he presided over or prosecuted matters of alleged ethics violations by lawyers.He is admitted to the bars of PA, NJ and NY.Mr. Corbitt is a past president of the Fair Housing Council of Southern New Jersey, and past chairman of various dispute resolution committees in South Jersey.He is also a member of the National Advisory Council of the BYU Marriott School of Management and the National Advisory Council of Southern Virginia University.Family and Personal ProfileMr. Corbitt is married to the former Jayne L. Joslin.The Corbitts enjoy a happy family life, with six children and two grandchildren.As a young man, Mr. Corbitt served in the Puerto Rico San Juan mission of the Church.
Ahmad Corbitt, stake president in southern New Jersey, works in his public affairs office. (Photo courtesy Columbia News Service.)
Ahmad Corbitt, the stake president of Mormon churches in southern New Jersey, is Black.
The congregations he oversees are predominantly white, and he said there is a lot the Church can do to reach out to other Blacks.
He converted in 1980 and has nine other siblings, all of whom also became members of the Mormon Church.
"The Church decries racism and teaches equality among all citizens, and the average African-American member in our church wants to be here and feels a bond to what the Church stands for," he said.Corbitt also is the northeast public and international affairs director of the Church, and said that potential members have a right to examine the religion.
"I believe the Church will actually be known as a model of diversity for the ability to bring people together, especially people of color, around Jesus Christ," he said.
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