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The Journey Begins for the Women’s Initiative Fellows
Yesterday afternoon, the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative welcomed the inaugural class of Women’s Initiative Fellows. The 14 Egyptian Fellows arrived in Dallas, ready to begin a month-long visit to the United States, which will include leadership courses and site visits to Fortune 100 companies, foundations, institutions and other exemplary civil society organizations. The courses and visits will enable the Fellows to develop skills and competencies that are critical for successful leadership.
The Fellows represent the six most influential sectors in society, including education, health, business, politics, law and media. Each woman has a unique vision for her personal growth and her beloved country. As Egypt works to transition to a democracy, the Fellowship will equip the impressive Fellows with the skills necessary to become effective leaders in their country. Their voices are critical in the formation of their new democracy. Women must play a significant role in Egypt’s future if the country is to succeed, because we know from research that the stability of societies relies on the inclusion of all its citizens, both men and women. The journey is just beginning for the Fellows. Over the next month, the women will build solid relationships with one another, providing each other with a diverse and strong network of women whom they can call upon. During the program, they will learn techniques to cascade their knowledge to other women in their personal networks back home in order to expand the network of women leaders in Egypt, and consequently the impact and reach of the Fellowship. Each Fellow has a stirring personal tale, and all have overcome a great deal in order to be the leaders they are and will become in their community and country. This inspiring group of courageous and bold women will change the future of Egypt, if given the chance. Today is the first step on their way. This post written by Charity Wallace, Director of the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. << Return to the Women's Initiative Fellowship Program
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.Full Bio