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Women's Initiative Team


Natalie Gonnella-Platts
Natalie Gonnella-Platts Director, Women's Advancement George W. Bush Institute Full Bio
Chris Walsh
Chris Walsh Deputy Director, Freedom and Democracy George W. Bush Institute Full Bio


Farhat Popal
Farhat Popal Advisor, Women's initiative George W. Bush Institute Full Bio

Women's Initiative Policy Advisory Council

Paula Dobriansky, Chair

Former Under Secretary of State, Democracy and Global Affairs; Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Kennedy School, Harvard University

Leanne Caret
President and CEO, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Boeing

Jean Case
CEO, Case Impact Network; Chairman, National Geographic Society

Connie Duckworth
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, ARZU

Joanna Grossman
Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and the Law; Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law

Kathy Hubbard
Co-Founder, Bridges of Understanding Foundation

Karen Hughes
Worldwide Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller

Anita McBride
Executive-in-Residence, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, School of Public Affairs, American University

Meghan O’Sullivan
Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs;  Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project, Kennedy School, Harvard University

Judy Van Rest
Executive Vice President, International Republican Institute

Charity Wallace
Founder, Wallace Global Impact

Contact Us

Contact the Women's Initiative team: [email protected]

Media inquiries: Sarah Gibbons, [email protected]