Forum on Leadership - The Call of Freedom


April 18, 2024

“Eventually, the call of freedom comes to every mind and every soul. We do not accept the existence of permanent tyranny because we do not accept the possibility of permanent slavery. Liberty will come to those who love it.”

— President George W. Bush, 2nd Inaugural Address

Session Videos

A Conversation with Indra Nooyi, 2024 George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership and Ken Hersh, CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center


Keynote Conversation with William J. Burns, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: Challenges Facing a World Transformed

With an introduction by President George W. Bush.


Conversation One: Voices of Freedom, with a program introduction by Ken Hersh, President and CEO of the Bush Center

When freedom is under attack, oppressed people’s most powerful tool is often their voice and the voices of others. Brave individuals rise up and risk their safety and comfort to demand respect for human rights and speak truth to power every day. This panel features activists pushing back against authoritarian threats around the world.


Conversation Two: Human Rights and the New Global Order

America’s role in the world leads to competition and clashes with Russia and China, including when it comes to promoting values of human dignity and personal freedoms. Top minds on this issue will discuss how human rights and democracy factor into the great power competition.



  • Ambassador Mark Green, President, Director, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • William Inboden, Professor and Director, Alexander Hamilton Center for Classical and Civic Education, University of Florida
  • Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Executive Vice President, Freedom House and the Kelly and David Pfeil Fellow, George W. Bush Institute
  • Igor Khrestin, The Bradford M. Freeman Managing Director, Global Policy, George W. Bush Institute (Moderator)


Awarding of the George W. Bush Institute Citation to Creamos

Presented by David J. Kramer, Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute
Accepted by Hannah Sklar, Executive Director, Creamos


Awarding of the George W. Bush Institute Trailblazer Citation to The Stewpot

Presented by Mrs. Laura Bush
Accepted by Brenda Snitzer, Executive Director of The Stewpot

The Trailblazer Citation is awarded annually to an innovator who has affected 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.


Conversation Three: Protecting Religious Liberties

While foundational to the beliefs of our nation, religious freedom is still denied to many around the globe. This conversation dives into the global significance of this liberty and its domestic importance for our pluralistic society.


  • Vishal Amin, General Manager of Defense Security Solutions, Microsoft



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