Forum on Leadership


April 19, 2023 - April 20, 2023

2023 Forum on Leadership
Answering the Call

George W. Bush Presidential Center

April 19 – 20, 2023

“In the work ahead, we must be guided by the philosophy that made our Nation great. As Americans, we believe in the power of individuals to determine their destiny and shape the course of history. We believe that the most reliable guide for our country is the collective wisdom of ordinary citizens. And so in all we do, we must trust in the ability of free peoples to make wise decisions, and empower them to improve their lives for their futures.”

— President George W. Bush, 2008


A Conversation with Governor Glenn Youngkin

Governor of Virginia


His Excellency Mr. Festus G. Mogae

Former President of the Republic of Botswana (1998-2008)

2023 George W. Bush Medal for
Distinguished Leadership Recipient

For his exemplary leadership in the fight to end AIDS on the African continent

Florencia Velasco Fortner

CEO, The Concilio

2023 George W. Bush Institute Trailblazer Citation Recipient

Emily Hanford

Senior Producer and Correspondent, American Public Media

2023 George W. Bush Institute Citation Recipient

2023 Forum on Leadership Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 20, 2023

*Times listed in Central Time

9:00 a.m.

Morning Program Begins

Conversation One: Is the American Dream At Risk?

  • Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute
  • Rob Portman, Former Senator (OH); 35th Director of the Office of Management and Budget; 14th U.S. Trade Representative
  • Anne Wicks, The Ann Kimball Johnson Director of Education and Opportunity, George W. Bush Institute (Moderator)
Conversation Two: The Future of American Capitalism

  • Bill Haslam, former Governor of Tennessee; Sammons Enterprises Fellow, George W. Bush Institute
  • Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Elliott Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University
  • Brian Tyler, CEO, McKesson Corporation 
  • Mary Moore Hamrick, The Don Evans Family Managing Director of Domestic Policy, George W. Bush Institute (Moderator) 
Awarding of the George W. Bush Institute Citation
A Conversation with Governor Glenn Youngkin

12:00 p.m.


1:20 p.m.

Studio 43 Sessions 

Session One: Beyond Face to Face: The New Reality of Human Connection 

  • Mandy Ginsberg, Former CEO, Match Group; Director at Uber and ThreadUp; Operating Partner at Advent International  
  • Nikki Krishnamurthy, Chief People Officer, Uber 
  • Eva Chiang, Managing Director of Leadership and Programming,
    George W. Bush Institute

Session Two: Man versus the Machine 

  • Dave Copps, CEO and Co-Founder, Worlds, Inc.
  • John Donovan, CEO, Qudit Investments; Former CEO, AT&T Communications  
  • Cullum Clark, Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative,
    George W. Bush Institute (Moderator)  
3:00 p.m. Event Concludes


Event details subject to change.

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