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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
Stop the Scrutiny, Let First Ladies Breathe
As a culture, we assume first ladies will manage precedents and public opinion within a very narrow margin of error. And that needs to change, especially as the role is one without a rulebook.
5 Leaders to Watch on International Women’s Day
At the Bush Institute, we are proud to work with strong women leaders who are improving lives around the world.
ICYMI: Mrs. Bush Gives Media Preview at First Ladies: Style of Influence Exhibit
On February 28, Mrs. Bush gave media a preview tour of the new Bush Center exhibit, First Ladies: Style of Influence, before it officially opened to the public. The exhibit, based on Bush Institute research report A Role Without a Rulebook, guides visitors through the overlapping modalities through which first ladies exert influence as hostesses, teammates, champions, and policy advocates. Mrs. Bush discussed with media how September 11 instilled a calling to advocate for Afghan women and children; how she learned valuable lessons from her mother-in-law, Mrs. Barbara Bush; and how first ladies have made a significant impact throughout our country’s history, among other topics. Mrs. Bush first spoke with Fox News Channel’s Casey Stegall. Read the full story: New exhibit at Bush Center examining role of first ladies. Mrs. Bush then spoke with NBC5’s Meredith Land. Read the full story: The Bush Center Looks at First Ladies Through the Years. La