Forum on Leadership

April 21, 2022
George W. Bush Presidential Center
Dallas, Texas
Featuring James A. Baker, III
61st United States Secretary of State
George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership General James Mattis
Retired U.S. Marines and 26th United States Secretary of Defense
Keynote Conversation: A Nation Called to Great Responsibilities

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Program Details

Daytime Program:
8:30 am–2:00 pm

Opening the Door of Opportunity

Mitch Daniels
President, Purdue University; 49th Governor of Indiana

Holly Kuzmich
Executive Director, George W. Bush Institute (Moderator)

A Growing Economy is a Changing Economy

Elaine Chao
24th United States Secretary of Labor; 18th United States Secretary of Transportation

Gary Cohn
Vice Chairman, IBM; 11th Director, National Economic Council

Cullum Clark
Director, George W. Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative (Moderator)

Courage and Compassion: America's Leadership in Global Health

Deborah L. Birx, M.D.
Senior Fellow, George W. Bush Institute; Former United States Global AIDS Coordinator & United States Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy

Stephen M. Hahn, M.D.
CEO-Partner, Flagship Pioneering; CEO, Harbinger Health

David J. Kramer
Bradford M. Freeman Managing Director, Global Policy, George W. Bush Institute (Moderator)

Awarding of the George W. Bush Institute Citation and Conversation

Recipient: Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Executive Director, Afghan Institute of Learning

Natalie Gonnella-Platts
Director, Women's Initiative, George W. Bush Institute (Moderator)

Scholar Testimonial

Meghan Ogilvie
CEO, Dog Tag Inc.; 2017 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars

Keynote Conversation: A Nation Called to Great Responsibilities

General James Mattis
Retired United States Marines; 26th United States Secretary of Defense

Kenneth A. Hersh
President and CEO, George W. Bush Presidential Center (Moderator)

Evening Program:
6:00 pm

Awarding of the Trailblazer Citation

Recipient: Daron Babcock
CEO, Bonton Farms

Awarding of the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership

Recipient: James A. Baker, III
61st United States Secretary of State

Conversation with Secretary James A. Baker, III

Holly Kuzmich
Executive Director, George W. Bush Institute (Moderator)


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