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Inaugural Meeting of the Women's Initiative Policy Advisory Committee

July 7, 2011 by Charity Wallace

On June 22, 2011, the Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council (WIPAC) participated in their inaugural meeting to discuss the work of the initiative and provide guidance to ensure its success. President and Mrs. Bush hosted the Council and imparted their vision for the Women’s Initiative – to transform the lives of women around the world. The role of WIPAC is to advise the Women’s Initiative leadership at the Bush Institute on strategic direction, helping to ensure excellence in programming and achievement of measurable results. Building on her work as First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush chairs the Women’s Initiative and promotes the Institute’s efforts to advance women’s rights around the world and develop programs that empower women to transform their communities, with the initial emphasis on the Middle East. Recently, the Women’s Initiative at the Bush Institute played a key role in highlighting the importance of women’s freedoms and economic empowerment in Afghanistan at the Afghan Women’s Conference. In the next year, the Women’s Initiative, with the assistance of the WIPAC, will begin building a network of women leaders in the Middle East through the inaugural class of the Laura Bush Fellowship Program. The Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council at the Bush Institute is comprised of a prominent group of women with vast expertise and experience in promoting women’s empowerment throughout the globe.


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Charity Wallace
Charity Wallace

Charity N. Wallace serves as the Senior Advisor to the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute and is in an executive graduate program in pursuit of a Global Master of Arts degree in international relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Most recently, Ms. Wallace served as the Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives and Senior Advisor to Mrs. Laura Bush. In this role, Ms. Wallace was responsible for setting the vision and managing the policy engagement for the women’s initiatives, including Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon global health initiative, empowering women in the Middle East and working with First Ladies from around the world. The Women's Initiative aims to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

From February 2009 through September 2010, Wallace served as the Chief of Staff to Mrs. Laura Bush.  Wallace oversaw Mrs. Bush’s initiatives - from her wide ranging policy agenda to her the publishing and promotion of Mrs. Bush’s bestselling book, Spoken from the Heart. Wallace served in the Bush Administration from January 2001 to January 2009.  During her tenure in the administration, she served as Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States (2007-2009), Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush (2004-2007), and worked in public liaison positions in Presidential Advance, the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and USA Freedom Corps. During her tenure in the Bush Administration and in her current role, Wallace has traveled to 70 countries.

Ms. Wallace serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, the Advisory Board of ARZU Studio Hope, the Advisory Board of 4word Women and the Advisory Board of All In Together, an bi-partisan organization that promotes women’s engagement in political and civic life.  Ms. Wallace is an ex-officio member on the Human Freedom Advisory Council for the Bush Institute.  Ms. Wallace wrote the foreword for the book Work, Love, Pray, which was released in 2011. A native of California, Ms. Wallace graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a focus in international relations. 

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