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New and Old Networks Come Together, Strengthening Both

February 4, 2013 by Charity Wallace

The Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship Program (WIFP) recently held their final training session in Egypt before the 2012 Fellows graduate in March.

A key component of the WIFP is the training and enabling of the Fellows to share what they have learned from the program with other women around Egypt, growing the network of the WIFP beyond the 14 Fellows. The final all-day training session of the WIFP, conducted for women in the Fellows’ personal networks, was the culmination of those efforts.

WIFP Fellow Sara Galal said, “We are here sharing these huge experiences and knowledge with other women and it makes me feel fulfilled, happy and giving back to our country.”

Throughout the year, the Fellows have been expanding their networks, bringing together their previous contacts and friends with their new connections from the Women's Initiative Fellowship. Expanding their individual networks allows the Fellows to make a more significant and powerful impact on their country.

The final training session of the 2012 WIFP was designed to help broaden and strengthen the Fellows’ networks even further and to provide even more women with the knowledge and skills needed to create lasting change. Research shows that with a strong professional network, a woman is better able to prosper in her field and expand her influence. The 2012 Fellows will leave the WIFP not only with new and strengthened skills, but with an entirely new network to draw support and encouragement from.

The Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship is the signature program of the Women's Initiative. The Fellowship Program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of women around the world with an initial focus on women in the Middle East and North Africa.

This post was written by Charity Wallace, Director of the Women's Initiative at The George W. Bush Institute.


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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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