The 2021 Concordia Annual Summit Recap

Bush Institute Executive Director Holly Kuzmich leads a panel discussion on the latest progress achieved by Go Further, and Mrs. Laura Bush receives the 2021 Concordia Leadership Award at the Concordia Annual Summit.

Concordia’s Annual Summit convened a powerful roster of cross-sector leaders to spark dialogue, inspire change, and transform conversation into action. With a long-standing reputation of hosting the largest and most inclusive non-partisan global affairs forum, Concordia’s Annual Summit fosters an international community and identifies avenues for collaboration between sectors, industries, and geographies.

This Concordia Summit session moderated by Holly Kuzmich, Bush Institute Executive Director, provides an overview of the latest progress achieved by Go Further – an innovative public-private partnership between the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the George W. Bush Institute, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Merck, and Roche aiming to end AIDS and cervical cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa within a generation – and how investments in women’s health advance global economic and social progress. 

Mrs. Laura Bush also accepted the 2021 Concordia Leadership Award, which recognizes immeasurable leadership and contributions to the cause of freedom and women’s rights across the globe. 

“Today, as we witness the tragic events unfold in Afghanistan, we’re reminded of how fragile freedoms can be for women and girls. We know that a country cannot be peaceful and prosperous if half of its population is left out or does not have equal access, rights, or protection…When women and girls hold equal and active roles in societies, communities not only thrive, but entire countries are more secure and stable. And that’s why through our work at the Bush Institute, President Bush and I remain dedicated to advancing the status of women and children worldwide.” – Mrs. Laura Bush, 2021 Concordia Annual Summit