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BUSH CENTER RELEASES MEDIA SCHEDULE FOR FORUM ON LEADERSHIP

April 3, 2019
Bill and Melinda Gates, Secretary Henry Kissinger, and Secretary Robert Gates to speak at annual Forum on Leadership.

DALLAS—The George W. Bush Presidential Center has released a detailed media schedule for its annual Forum on Leadership on April 11, a landmark annual gathering to develop, recognize, and celebrate leadership. Members of the media can apply for credentials at www.bushcenter.org/credentials. For media wanting to attend the Morning Plenary Sessions, please credential under the morning option. For media wanting to attend the Studio 43 Sessions and Afternoon Plenary Sessions, please credential under the afternoon option. For those wanting to attend for the entire day, please credential for both. (**See below schedule**) Credentials are due Tuesday, April 9 by 4:00 p.m. CDT.

Additional information regarding credentials confirmation, day of timing, security sweeps, parking, facility access, interviews and other details will be sent to media representatives who complete the credentialing process on the Bush Center website.

Forum on Leadership - Media Schedule

Morning Plenary Sessions

  • Welcome Remarks
    • Ken Hersh, President and CEO of the Bush Center
  • Remarks and Introduction
    • Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman, Bank of America
  • Conversation: Responsibilities of Global Citizenship
    • PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
    • Robert Gates, Co-Founder, RiceHadleyGates LLC; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense
    • Moderator: Paula Dobriansky, Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs; Former President’s Envoy to Northern Ireland; Chair, Women’s Initiative Policy Council; Member, Human Freedom Advisory Council
  • Scholar Testimonial
    • Mariz Doss, Business Development Advisor, Medmark Insurance Brokerage, Egypt; 2013 George W. Bush Institute WE Lead Scholar
  • For More Than Profit
    • Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans; Founder and Chairman, Rock Ventures
    • Moderator: Laura Collins, Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative

Studio 43 Concurrent Sessions

  • Stream One: Is the Last Frontier Also the Last Great Market?
    • Ariane Cornell, Head of Astronaut Strategy and Sales, Blue Origin
    • Moderator: Sean O’Keefe, Professor, Syracuse University Maxwell School; Former Chairman, Airbus Group, Inc.; Former Secretary of the Navy; Former Administrator, NASA
    • Matthew Rooney, Managing Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative
  • Stream Two: Technological Transformations and Threats
    • Peter Altabef, Chairman and CEO, Unisys; Member, President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee
    • Michael Chertoff, Founder and Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group; Former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
    • Moderator: Eva Chiang, Director, Research and Evaluation, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Afternoon Plenary Session

  • Scholar Testimonial
    • Richard Casper, Co-Founder and Executive Director, CreatiVets; 2018 George W. Bush Institute Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program Scholar
  • Awarding of Bush Institute Military Service Citation
    • Remarks and Awarding of MSI Citation, Matt Amidon, Director, Military Service Initiative, George W. Bush Institute
    • Remarks by Award Recipient, Dylan TêteExecutive Director and Founder, Bastion Community of Resilience
  • Remarks
    • Dennis Muilenburg, President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, The Boeing Company
  • The New World Order
    • Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State
    • Moderator: Ken Hersh, President and CEO, George W. Bush Presidential Center

 Evening Gala and Awarding of the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership to Bill and Melinda Gates

At the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

*Please note, if you are interested in being a part of the pool for the conversation with Bill and Melinda Gates, please email Katie Ballard Kardell directly at Kballard@bushcenter.org. We will notify you when the pool has been selected.

  • Introduction by Secretary Don Evans, Chairman, George W. Bush Foundation Board of Directors
    • Presentation of Award by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush
      • Award Recipients: Bill Gates, Founder, Microsoft; Co-Founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Melinda Gates, Co-Founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Conversation with Melinda and Bill Gates
      • Moderator: Holly Kuzmich, Executive Director, George W. Bush Institute

The 2019 Forum on Leadership

The Bush Center’s Forum on Leadership is a landmark annual gathering to develop, recognize, and celebrate leadership. The 2019 Forum on Leadership will place a focus on leaders who are tackling today’s most pressing challenges with compassion, and on solutions that are rooted in courage, civility, and character. This year the event is generously presented by Pioneer Natural Resources.

The George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership

Bill and Melinda Gates, founders of The Gates Foundation, will receive the second George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership, which is awarded annually to an individual who has impacted the global community, has inspired others to action, and who has demonstrated a commitment to improving others' lives. The Gates will receive the medal for their efforts to find solutions for the people with the most urgent need, regardless of who they are or where they live.

The George W. Bush Institute Military Service Citation

Dylan Tête, Executive Director and Founder, Bastion Community of Resilience will receive the George W. Bush Institute Military Service Citation. This award is awarded annually to recognize a post-9/11 veteran who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and has continued to practice servant leadership since transitioning to civilian life. Dylan Tête demonstrated selfless leadership at every stage of his career. Following a distinguished record of military service and leadership in combat, he answered his next call to serve. Dylan set forth to build a community equipped with the tools to support the transition of warriors and their families that face the invisible and visible wounds of war.

The George W. Bush Institute Trailblazer Citation

Jan Langbein, CEO, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, will receive the George W. Bush Institute Trailblazer Citation from Mrs. Laura Bush. This award recognizes an outstanding leader who has effected change in the North Texas region, focusing on social welfare, health, economic empowerment, education, or has otherwise enriched the quality of life in North Texas. Under Jan’s leadership, the Genesis Women’s Shelter has grown from a seven-room emergency shelter to a full-service response for victims of domestic violence. She has provided hope, courage, and a voice to those in extreme need. With her steadfast support, Jan continues to bring light to this important issue and heighten the call for a zero-tolerance attitude towards domestic abuse.