Forum on Leadership - Answering the Call


April 19, 2023 - April 20, 2023

Forum on Leadership will be livestreamed here on April 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 Correspondent and Producer, 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, U.S. Senator (R-OH, 2011-2023); Director, Office of Management and Budget (2006-2007); U.S. Trade Representative (2005)
  • Anne Wicks, the Ann Kimball Johnson Director, Education and Opportunity, George W. Bush Institute (Moderator)
Conversation Two: The Future of American Capitalism
  • Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee (2011-2019); Sammons Enterprises Fellow, George W. Bush Institute
  • Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Elliott Professor and President Emeritus, 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
  • Glenn Youngkin, Governor of Virginia
  • Ken Hersh, President and CEO, George W. Bush Presidential Center (Moderator)

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, CEO, Match Group (2018-2020); Director, Uber Technologies; Director, ThredUp; Operating Partner, Advent International   
  • Nikki Krishnamurthy, Chief People Officer, Uber Technologies
  • Eva Chiang, Managing Director, Leadership and Programming, George W. Bush Institute (Moderator)
Session Two: Man versus the Machine
  • Dave Copps, CEO and Co-Founder, Worlds, Inc.
  • John Donovan, CEO, Qudit Investments; CEO, AT&T Communications (2017-2019)  
  • Cullum Clark, Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative (Moderator)  

2:30 p.m.

Livestream Concludes


Event details subject to change.

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