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Circles of Excellence Jobs Pilot Program Working Group Holds First Meeting
President George W. Bush and Retired General Peter Pace, USMC, today led the first working meeting of the George W. Bush Institute Military Service Initiative’s Circles of Excellence Jobs Pilot Program. The Circles of Excellence program works with Leadership Fellows from the ranks of retired four-star Generals to work with the military, non-profit organizations, academia, and business, to research, develop, and implement solutions to critical problems facing post 9/11 veterans.
Members of the working group included (from left to right): Ambassador James Glassman, Executive Director, George W. Bush Institute; Retired LTC Kevin Schmiegel, USMC, Founder and Vice President, US Chamber Hiring Our Heroes Program; Mike Haynie, Ph.D; Founder and Executive Director, Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families; President George W. Bush; Retired General Peter Pace, USMC; Retired Captain Jeff Cathey, USN, Military Banking Overseas Division Executive and Senior Military Affairs Executive, Bank of America; Mark Langdale, President, George W. Bush Foundation; and Sidney Goodfriend, Chairman and Founder, America Corporate Partners – USA.
Hannah Abney directs strategic communications and messaging for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the Bush Center’s work in developing leaders, fostering policy, and taking action to save and change lives.
Prior to joining the Bush Center, she led public relations activities for consumer and non-profit brands at The Richards Group. Abney also led communications efforts at a national retail trade association in Washington, DC, and served in the George W. Bush Administration in the Vice President’s Office.
A native of Milwaukee, WI, she is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University (B.A., Music) and lives in Dallas with her husband and young sons.Full Bio