The following recaps the highlights of our very busy and productive year.
- Launched the Veteran Employment Transition (VET) Roadmap, which is being used by military and veterans organizations nationwide to assist thousands of post-9/11 veterans as they transition from military to civilian life.
- Advocated for free market policies that strengthen our North American economy through the launch of our North American Scorecard, a comprehensive measurement of competitiveness.
- Partnered with nationally recognized nonprofits, universities, and experts to transform how school districts attract and retain effective principals in an effort to ensure that every American child graduates from high school prepared for college or a good job.
- Graduated the first class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a unique partnership between the Bush Center and the presidential centers of Presidents George H.W. Bush, Lyndon B. Johnson, and William J. Clinton that develops leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed to harnessing inspiration and knowledge to transform their communities.
- Highlighted ideas, innovations, and partnerships that improve the lives of women and girls globally, including our Women’s Initiative Fellowship, which develops female leaders in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Hosted freedom advocates, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, to expose more people to the importance of advocating for free societies around the world.
- Equipped young leaders from Burma with the knowledge and skills they need to lead in a country where a transformation to democracy is occurring.
- Screened more than 200,000 women in Africa against cervical and breast cancer through our Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon affiliate.
- Hosted 250,000 visitors to the world-class Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Our guests experienced history through interactive exhibits and through the eyes of the 43rd President of the United States.
- Launched our Engage program, a public event series that brings informative and entertaining speakers and ideas to the Bush Center.
So if you believe, as I do, that this consequential work is critical for our Nation and our world, my request of you is simple. Join us and follow us on social media and share our news, become a Bush Center member, attend one of our many public Engage events, become a regular subscriber to The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute, bring your friends and family to experience the museum, dine with us at Café 43, explore our Native Texas Park, or consider financial support to sustain the work ahead.
We look forward to continuing the work started by President and Mrs. Bush while they were in public service and undertaking new work inspired by them.
It is an honor to be a part of this great organization as we boldly pursue our mission here at home and around the world.
All the best,
magine getting the chance to engage with and learn from former presidents. What an invaluable experience – leaders of our Nation bestowing their wisdom to champions of positive change in our communities, country, and the world.
To face society’s greatest challenges with action, the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson partnered to create the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. Led by the best minds in leadership studies, this executive-style education program sharpens participants’ skills through an unprecedented interactive exploration of effective leadership principles.
The first class of 60 Scholars gathered in February at George Washington’s Mount Vernon for the program’s Opening Session. Over the course of several months, the Scholars traveled to each participating presidential center and learned from former presidents, key administration officials, and a vibrant network of peers and faculty – all providing priceless insight on how they can make a greater impact in their communities.
During the program, Scholars work on a Personal Leadership Project aimed at improving the civic or social good by addressing a problem or need in a community, profession, or organization. Each project pairs Scholars’ existing knowledge and experience with the skills and competencies learned throughout the program to produce exceptional results.
The inaugural class graduated in July at the Bush Center in Dallas. Scholar Jake Harriman was selected by his peers to introduce both President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton, who made remarks and congratulated the Scholars. Mark Cuban was also featured during the Moody Foundation conversation at the ceremony and gave Scholars advice on leadership and success in the 21st century.
Through the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, Daron Roberts used his Personal Leadership Project to help create Captains Academy, a joint effort with Austin Independent School District to provide leadership training to high school varsity captains. The training addressed the lack of consistent development programs in the areas of effective communications, human intelligence, and decision making for high school student athletes. Today, AISD and the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation have signed a memorandum of understanding that will enable participants to undergo three days of training. In queue, the program will include two additional districts.
The Bush Center and SMU welcomed His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Dallas on July 1, 2015, for “A Conversation with the Dalai Lama.”
The renowned spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel laureate spoke to a sold-out crowd about his philosophy of compassion in a conversation with Cokie Roberts at SMU’s Moody Coliseum. The event was hosted by the Bush Center and SMU in conjunction with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.
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The Military Service Initiative (MSI) of the Bush Institute honors the service and sacrifice of all post-9/11 veterans by fostering a successful transition and reintegration from military service to civilian life – helping to improve their quality of life and maximize their leadership potential.
The Bush Insitute hosts two Team 43 Sports events: the, a high-endurance three-day bike ride; and the , a highly competitive Pro-Am golf tournament. Team 43 Sports is the ultimate testament to the courage, commitment, and resilience of these warriors. These events highlight the importance of sports as part of the rehabilitation process for those injured on the front line and show that, in spite of severe injury and trauma, these men and women have found new ways to use their minds and bodies to achieve and surpass great goals.
An estimated 200,000 post-9/11 veterans are unemployed, and more than one million service members and their spouses will transition from the military over the next five years. Gaining employment is a critical element of a successful transition but can be challenging for veterans under 25, those without a four-year degree, minorities, women, and veterans with a non-directly transferable technical skill set (i.e., combat arms).
To address this issue, the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative partnered with Deloitte and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) initiative to release the Veteran Employment Transition (VET) Roadmap. The VET Roadmap presents chronological steps for veterans as they transition to post-military careers and provides reputable resources and services available to them. Similarly, the VET Roadmap can be helpful to employers seeking to establish veteran and military-friendly hiring programs. Through 2016, the Bush Institute will promote the adoption of the VET Roadmap as well as make it available in a digital tool to allow veterans to easily access the roadmap and prepare for their transition.
North America Scorecard
The Bush Institute’s Economic Growth Initiative is developing a North America Policy Agenda for Global Competitiveness designed to enhance the competitive position of North America. One of the Policy Agenda’s major components is the.
Numerous organizations have analyzed the macro- and microeconomic variables that shape a country’s competitiveness. The Bush Institute’s North America Scorecard takes these indices and combines them into a single score for each country and benchmarks the North American group against other major trading groups or countries. The result highlights areas – fiscal sustainability, indebtedness, enforceability of contracts, transparency of regulation, institutional integrity – where policy reforms in Canada, Mexico, or the U.S. could make the North American partnership still more competitive and able to innovate, attract investment, create jobs, and grow.
The scorecard represents a significant body of scholarship as to how to measure the openness, freedom, and competitiveness of an economy. Moreover, studies suggest that these three elements interact in producing sustained prosperity over time.
Laura Bush Foundation
Mrs. Bush visited Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy in Austin to announce the 2015 library grants from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. She was proud to report that more than $875,000 was distributed to 131 school libraries across the country.
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries encourages students to develop a love of reading and learning. By providing funds to our Nation’s neediest schools, the Foundation has helped libraries extend, update, and diversify their book and print collections.
Since its founding in 2002, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries has awarded more than $12.5 million in grants to nearly 2,500 schools in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, and some U.S. territories and military bases. Funds have helped purchase approximately 715,000 books and other reading materials for school libraries.
Many thanks to these individuals and organizations that support our work saving and changing lives around the world.
Board of Directors:
Donald L. Evans, Chair
Margaret Spellings, President
Marvin P. Bush, Vice President and Treasurer
Harriet Miers, Secretary
John M. Angelo
Ray L. Hunt
Jeanne L. Phillips
Craig R. Stapleton
Larry D. Thompson
Allie Beth Allman & Associates
American Airlines Charity Golf
American Cancer Society
Axxess Technology Solutions
Bandon Dunes L.P.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
BNSF Railway Foundation
The Boucher Group
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
Bull Creek Management, LLC
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Clayton Williams Energy, Inc.
CME Group Foundation
The Crain Foundation
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation
Embrey Family Foundation
Encore Live, LLC
Energi Insurance Services, Inc.
Esping Family Foundation
Estee Lauder Corporation
Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
The Fondren Foundation
Gas Monkey Foundation
Gooding & Co.
The Hamill Foundation
Hamon Charitable Foundation
The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Family Foundation
The Hersh Foundation
Highland Capital Management
Hilton Worldwide, Inc.
The Home Depot Foundation
ICAP North America Inc.
Impala Asset Management
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Interstate Batteries, Inc.
JCPenney Company, Inc.
John Templeton Foundation
Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust
Kickapoo Springs Foundation
La Quinta Inns & Suites
Major League Baseball
Marucci Sports, LLC.
Mastercut Tool Corp.
The Miles Foundation
The Moody Foundation
The Morris Foundation
National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Oceanic Heritage Foundation
Palantir Technologies, Inc.
Penske Foundation, Inc.
Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Premier Transportation Services, LLC
The Prudential Foundation
The Real Estate Council & The Real Estate Council Foundation
The Royal Family of Saudi Arabia
Sage & Dice Foundation
Sammons Enterprises, Inc.
Sewell Automotive Companies
Sid W. Richardson Foundation
Thompson & Knight Foundation & Thompson & Knight LLP
Trek Bicycle Corporation
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Veritex Community Bank
The Vestcor Companies, Inc.
The William Stamps Farish Fund