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The Bush Institute Welcomes the 2015 Women's Initiative Fellowship

March 10, 2015 2 minute Read by Charity Wallace

We are thrilled to welcome the 2015 Women’s Initiative Fellowship Class! These 14 inspiring Tunisian women make up our fourth Fellowship class, the second class from Tunisia, and they expand the Women’s Initiative Fellowship to 64 Fellows.

Tunisian women have historically been presented with opportunity, particularly related to education and the economy.  But now more than ever, Tunisian women recognize the importance of their active participation in the development of their country and are eager to develop leadership skills that will help them sustain their rights and build a strong civil society. Each woman in this class defined her specific vision for the future of her country and described how she plans to have a significant effect.

The 2015 Fellows traveled to the United States last week for the start of the Fellowship program and will spend the next three weeks participating in courses at SMU, visiting civil society organizations and Fortune 500 companies, and shadowing their American mentors. They will return to Tunisia at the end of the month for ongoing training and to implement an action plan they develop to improve their community and country over the next year.

We do not get to choose the country or generation of our birth – but we do get to choose if we are going to do something to make our mark on society.  That is what these women are doing, and we are proud to be supporting them as they transform Tunisia. 

Meet the class of 2015, and keep up with their travels on the Bush Center Facebook and Flickr pages.


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Charity Wallace
Charity Wallace

Charity N. Wallace serves as the Senior Advisor to the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute and is in an executive graduate program in pursuit of a Global Master of Arts degree in international relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Most recently, Ms. Wallace served as the Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives and Senior Advisor to Mrs. Laura Bush. In this role, Ms. Wallace was responsible for setting the vision and managing the policy engagement for the women’s initiatives, including Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon global health initiative, empowering women in the Middle East and working with First Ladies from around the world. The Women's Initiative aims to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

From February 2009 through September 2010, Wallace served as the Chief of Staff to Mrs. Laura Bush.  Wallace oversaw Mrs. Bush’s initiatives - from her wide ranging policy agenda to her the publishing and promotion of Mrs. Bush’s bestselling book, Spoken from the Heart. Wallace served in the Bush Administration from January 2001 to January 2009.  During her tenure in the administration, she served as Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States (2007-2009), Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush (2004-2007), and worked in public liaison positions in Presidential Advance, the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and USA Freedom Corps. During her tenure in the Bush Administration and in her current role, Wallace has traveled to 70 countries.

Ms. Wallace serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, the Advisory Board of ARZU Studio Hope, the Advisory Board of 4word Women and the Advisory Board of All In Together, an bi-partisan organization that promotes women’s engagement in political and civic life.  Ms. Wallace is an ex-officio member on the Human Freedom Advisory Council for the Bush Institute.  Ms. Wallace wrote the foreword for the book Work, Love, Pray, which was released in 2011. A native of California, Ms. Wallace graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a focus in international relations. 

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