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The second Forbes Powerful Women Summit, held this year in Mexico, convened this week with remarks delivered by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri. Her stirring discourse on the necessity of gender parity challenged the global community to embrace the untapped boon that women’s equal access to the spheres of economics, politics, and business can provide. As Ms. Puri observed, “…[T]his is currently the most important undertaking for our societies and the international community as we enter a new and defining time for sustainable development and peace and security with women’s leadership as a key driver.”
As an associate of Global Initiatives, Shannon Bradford aids the work of the Human Freedom Initiative and Women’s Initiative through research, implementation, and logistical support. Her areas of focus include the Women’s Initiative Fellowship, Liberty and Leadership Forum, and the First Ladies Initiative.
Prior to joining the George W. Bush Institute in November 2015, Shannon provided communications, media, and marketing support to Amal Women’s Training Center in Marrakech, Morocco, an organization dedicated to job and life skills training for disadvantaged Moroccan women.
A native of Coppell, Texas, Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Texas A&M University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a two-time recipient of the Department of State National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship through which she spent nine months in North Africa. Shannon is a proud alumna of Ursuline Academy of Dallas.Full Bio
Global Leadership: A Look Back At 2017
As we celebrate 2017, we reflect on some of the top moments from the Bush Institute's Global Leadership Impact Center, home to the Human Freedom initiative, Women's Initiative, and Global Health initiative.
A Conversation: The Power and Influence of a First Spouse
At the 2017 Annual Concordia Summit Mrs. Laura Bush had a conversation with the First Lady of Namibia Monica Geingos and First Lady of Panama Lorena Castillo García de Varela about the role of first spouses, the value of women’s leadership, and how first spouses can be prominent voices for change around the world.
Staying the Course in Afghanistan
Afghan women have made hard-won gains in the past decade. Today, girls can attend school. Women hold important positions in local and national government and play a vital role in the economy. Yet, serious threats to women remain.
Three Reasons Economic Growth in Africa Benefits the United States
On President George W. Bush’s trip this month to Africa, he underscored the importance of sustaining American foreign assistance programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Economic development initiatives in Africa likewise are critical to the stability of the region and in America's interests.