• April 11 2019

    Watch session videos: How entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and others are combining vision and action to address systemic challenges in a turbulent world.

11 Apr 7:20 pm - 11 Apr 7:05 pm

Awarding of Trailblazer Citation to Jan Langbein

SPEAKERS

Ken  Hersh (Remarks)
President and CEO, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Mark Berg (Remarks)
Executive Vice President, Corporate/Vertically Integrated Operations, Pioneer Natural Resources

Mrs. Laura Bush (Remarks and Presentation of Trailblazer Citation)
Former First Lady of the United States

Jan Langbein (Remarks by Award Recipient)
CEO, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support 

 

 


Recognizing leaders who are tackling today’s most pressing challenges with compassion. Focused on solutions that are rooted in courage, civility, and character.

Sessions at the 2019 Forum on Leadership centered on the responsibilities of global citizenship and how entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and others are combining vision and action to address systemic challenges in a turbulent world.

In addition, the Forum on Leadership featured Studio 43 sessions — more intimate conversations that offered a unique format to tackle emerging issues in our world, including the new space race and technological transformations and threats.

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2019 Forum on Leadership Program Details

Morning Sessions

Wecome Remarks

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Ken Hersh
President and Chief Executive Officer, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Anne Finucane
Vice Chairman, Bank of America

Responsibilities of Global Citizenship

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With decades of public service between them, these two legendary American statesmen will share their views on timely issues of national and international importance and will make the case for compassionate leadership in a fractured world. This session will explore threats to democracy, the challenges of leadership, and their predictions for what lies ahead.

President George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States

Robert Gates
Co-Founder, RiceHadleyGates LLC; Former Secretary, United States Department of Defense

Paula Dobriansky (Moderator)
Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs; Former President’s Envoy to Northern Ireland; Chair, Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Policy Council; Member, Human Freedom Advisory Council

Mariz Doss (Scholar Testimonial)
Business Development Advisor, Medmark Insurance Brokerage, Egypt; 2013 George W. Bush Institute WE Lead Scholar

For More than Profit

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For a company to be great, it has to do good. There is a new generation of business ideology where doing well and doing good are not mutually-exclusive concepts. “For More Than Profit” Companies invest in the quality of life of citizens on every level, from education to employment. They thoughtfully and strategically allocate their resources to ensure every person in every neighborhood has the chance to unlock their fullest potential.

Dan Gilbert
Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans; Founder and Chairman, Rock Ventures

Laura Collins (Moderator)
Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative

Studio 43

Technological Transformations and Threats

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Technology is transforming the way we live. As new technology continues to find its way into our homes, businesses, and lives, even listening to our every word, how do we remain vigilant while enjoying the convenience? This discussion will explore the opportunities and threats of this new reality.

Peter Altabef
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Unisys; Member, President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

Michael Chertoff
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group; Former Secretary, United States Department of Homeland Security

Eva Chiang (Moderator)
Director, Evaluation and Research, George W. Bush Institute

Is the Last Frontier Also the Last Great Market?

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What was born out of a race between governments to explore the frontier of space has shifted to a competition between private companies. As the frontier continues to change, what is a realistic expectation for the future of space? With both corporations and governments now in this arena, each with different goals and ambitions, how is the future of the new space race going to safely benefit the world?

Ariane Cornell
Head of Astronaut Strategy and Sales, Blue Origin

Sean O’Keefe (Moderator)
Professor, Syracuse University Maxwell School; Former Secretary of the Navy; Former Administrator, NASA

Matthew Rooney
Managing Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative

Afternoon Sessions

Welcome Remarks: Afternoon Sessions

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Holly Kuzmich
Executive Director, George W. Bush Institute

Dennis Muilenburg
President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, The Boeing Company

Remarks and Awarding of the George W. Bush Institute Military Service Citation

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Richard Casper (Scholar Testimonial)
Co-Founder and Executive Director, CreatiVets; 2018 George W. Bush Institute Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program Scholar

Matt Amidon (Remarks and Presentation of Award)
Director, Military Service Initiative, George W. Bush Institute

Dylan Tête (Remarks by Award Recipient)
Executive Director, Bastion Community of Resilience

Dennis Muilenburg (Remarks)
President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, The Boeing Company

Keynote Conversation: The New World Order

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Presented by Starkey Hearing Technologies

From the Cold War to trade wars with China, this conversation will examine the role of American leadership. With a world order that, as of late, has been defined by continuous conflict, are Americans still willing to bear the burdens of global leadership? How vital is America’s voice to advance freedom and prosperity at home and around the world? Who will lead if we don’t, and what does that mean?

Dr. Henry Kissinger
Former Secretary, United States Department of State

Ken Hersh (Moderator)
President and Chief Executive Officer, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Gala

Presented by Exxon Mobil

Wecome Remarks and Remarks by Presenting Sponsor

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Ken Hersh
President and Chief Executive Officer, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Mark Berg
Executive Vice President, Corporate/Vertically Integrated Operations, Pioneer Natural Resources

Awarding of the George W. Bush Institute Trailblazer Citation

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Laura Bush (Presentation of Award)
Former First Lady of the United States

Jan Langbein
Chief Executive Officer, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support

Awarding of the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership

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Secretary Don Evans (Introduction)
Chairman, George W. Bush Foundation Board of Directors

George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States

Bill Gates (Award Recipient)
Founder, Microsoft; Co-Founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Melinda Gates (Award Recipient)
Co-Founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Conversation with Melinda and Bill Gates

Holly Kuzmich (Moderator)
Executive Director, George W. Bush Institute

Speaker Bios

Peter Altabef

Peter A. Altabef has served as chairman of the board of Unisys Corporation since April 2018, and as president and CEO of Unisys since January 2015. Prior to joining Unisys, Peter served as president and CEO of MICROS Systems, Inc., as president and CEO of Perot Systems Corporation and as president of Dell Services, the information technology services and business process solutions unit of Dell.

Peter is a member of the boards of directors of EastWest Institute and NiSource Inc. He is a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), and has served as co-chair of its Cybersecurity Moonshot subcommittee. He is the 2019 recipient of the Federal 100 Industry Eagle Award. Peter has served as senior advisor to 2M Companies, Inc. and as a director of MICROS Systems, Inc., Perot Systems Corporation and Belo Corp.

His professional activities have included membership on the Americas International Advisory Council of the International Business Leaders Forum and the advisory board of the Institute for Law and Technology of the Center for American and International Law.

His community service activities have included membership on the board of governors of the Dallas Symphony Association, the associates' board of Children's Medical Center Dallas, the board of advisors of Dallas Children's Theater, the Technology Committee of the Highland Park Independent School Board, the advisory board of the Dallas Museum of Natural History and as co-chairman of the American Heart Association Heart Walk Dallas.

Peter received a J.D. degree from The University of Chicago Law School, and a B.A. degree in economics from Binghamton University, SUNY.

Mark S. Berg

Mark Berg oversees Business Development, Land, Regulatory Affairs, Government Affairs, Corporate Communications and Vertically Integrated Operations at Pioneer Natural Resources, where he serves on the Management Committee as an Executive Vice President. Prior to his current role, he was Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the company, which he joined in 2005.

Berg began his career in 1983 with the Houston-based law firm of Vinson & Elkins, eventually becoming a partner focused on international transactions. He then moved to American General Corporation, a Fortune 200 diversified financial services company, as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and oversaw its $27 billion sale to Prudential in 2001. Following that, he was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Hanover Compressor Company, a NYSE company specializing in natural gas compression and processing.

Berg is active in public policy matters and was instrumental in leading the effort to lift the U.S. crude oil export ban in 2015. He is founding Vice Chairman of the Permian Strategic Partnership and a member of the board of the Texas Oil and Gas Association. He also serves on the boards of High Point Resources, ProPetro, the University of Texas Law School Foundation and Dallas CASA, where he is a former chairman.

Berg received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Tulane University.

Richard Casper

Richard Casper is a United States Marine Veteran, Purple Heart recipient, Artist, and Entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of CreatiVets, a non-profit that provides art, music, and writing programs for combat veterans with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. He is also the co founder of two music companies, Casparr and We Should Write Sometime.

Richard was named one of TIME magazines Next Generation Leaders, is the feature of TIME’s documentary Evidence of Things Unseen, and recognized by President George W. Bush and The Bush Institute for his passion and work helping combat veterans. He was one of thirty-three scholars chosen to be in Presidents Bush’s Inaugural Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program.

Richard served in the USMC from 2003-2007. During the first portion of his enlistment, Casper served as Presidential guard at Camp David. Later in 2006-2007 during his tour in Iraq, Richard survived four IED blasts which left him with a left-traumatic brain injury and witness the death of his friend which caused his post traumatic stress. After nearly giving up, he discovered art and song-writing as therapeutic forms of expression, and went on to attend and graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From his experiences, he later created art and songwriting programs for CreatiVets to help other combat wounded veterans heal.

Today, Richard continues to teach songwriting in Nashville and art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Southern California. He is a keynote speaker, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Ashley and dog Bentley.

Michael Chertoff

Michael Chertoff is the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of The Chertoff Group, a global advisory firm that provides business strategy, risk management, and mergers and acquisition (M&A) advisory services to clients seeking to secure and grow their enterprises. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Chertoff served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he led the federal government’s efforts to protect our nation from a wide range of security threats, including blocking would-be terroristsfrom crossing our borders or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. Earlier in his career, Mr. Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.

Ariane Cornell

At Blue Origin, Ariane Cornell is the Director of Astronaut and Orbital Sales.

Ariane was formerly based in Vienna, Austria as the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programmeon Space Applications (SGAC). She headed SGAC’s delegations to international conferences and the United Nations, as well as ran the organization’s operations, business development, strategy, and policy output.

Ariane supports the international aerospace community in other capacities and organizations. She currently is on the board of the Society ofSatellite Professionals International (SSPI) and hasserved on the board of Women in Aerospace–Europe. Previously, Ariane worked in international management consulting, first with Accenture based in San Franciscoas an analystand then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. as a senior consultant. Ariane earned an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Stanford University.

Paula Dobrianski

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, a foreign policy expert specializing in national security affairs, is a Senior Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University's JFK Belfer Center. Over 25 years, she has held high level government positions including Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, President's Envoy to Northern Ireland, NSC Director of European and Soviet Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Dobriansky was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters.

Mariz Doss

Mariz desires to support Egypt in its transitional period through empowering individuals and helping them discover their true potential, recognize their inner beauty, and increase their self-esteem. Mariz believes that by achieving these goals, individuals will be able to take risks and fight for their dreams.

A 2013 alumna of the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship (now known as WE Lead), Mariz currently works as a Business Development Advisor at Medmark Insurance Brokerage. She also serves as a part time facilitator at Red Rock International where she leads experiential trainings for multinational organizations, local businesses, and youth.

She is a co-organizer of Cairo Runners, Cairo’s first organized running group. Since starting in 2012, the organization has grown to over 2500 members, hosting half marathons, marathons, and fundraising/cause runs. Cairo Runners also supported the launch of the first Cairo half-marathon and marathon, which today welcomes over 6,000 participants.

Mariz recently summited Mount Kilimanjaro, and today is an active member of Maadi Runners. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Ain Shams University.

Anne Finucane

Anne M. Finucane is vice chairman at Bank of America and chairman of the board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Europe. As a member of the executive management team, Finucane is responsible for the strategic positioning of Bank of America and leads the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG), capital deployment and public policy efforts.

She focuses on the company's outreach to shareholders on social and governance issues, and implementing innovative ways to deploy capital and expand businessopportunities in support of the broad themes outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including affordable housing, sustainable energy, clean water and sanitation, education and health care.

As chairman of the board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Europe, Finucane oversees more than €50 billion in assets and is responsible for working withbusiness leaders and regulators to execute the company’s European growth strategy. She also serves on the board of BofA Securities Europe SA – thec ompany’s EU broker-dealer in Paris. Finucane chairs the Global ESG Committee at Bank of America, which directs all of the company’s ESG efforts, and the Capital Deployment Group, which collaborates across business lines to deliver innovative financing solutions to address global issues. She stewards Bank of America’s $125 billion environmental business initiative, oversees the company’s $1.6 billion Community Development Financial Institution portfolio and chairs the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

Active in the community, Finucane serves on a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards of directors including Carnegie Hall, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, The Ireland Funds, the World Bank Group’s Women EntrepreneursFinance Initiative (We-Fi), CVS Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, PartnersHealthcare, and Special Olympics. She served on the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Finucane has received numerous professional and public service accolades. Most recently, she was tapped for induction into the Advertising Hall of Fame. She has been named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women List and Forbes’ Most Powerful Women List three years running, and American Banker magazine annually namesher among the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking. And in March 2018, Finucane was honored with the Leadership Award by The Ireland Funds.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he shapes and approves grantmaking strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization.

Bill and Melinda Gates work together to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people by collaborating with grantees and partners. They also participate in national and international events and travel extensively to focus attention on the issues the foundation champions.

Bill began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on global health. Three years later, he and Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the United States. Its name changed to the Gates Learning Foundation in 1999 to reflect its focus on ensuring that low-income minority students are prepared for college and have the means to attend. In 2000, to increase efficiency and communication, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 1975, Gates left Harvard University in his junior year to focus on Microsoft, the company he founded with his childhood friend Paul Allen. As chief software architect and chairman, Bill led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software, services, and solutions. In July 2008, Gates transitioned into a new role as chairman of Microsoft and advisor on some key development projects.

He is a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. His father, William H. Gates Sr., is a co-chair of the foundation and a retired attorney. His late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International. The Gateses have three children.

Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Together, they meet with grantees and partners to further the foundation’s goal of improving equity in the United States and around the world.

Through her work at the foundation over the last fifteen years, Melinda has seen first-hand that empowering women and girls can bring transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities, and societies. In 2012, Melinda spearheaded the London Summit on Family Planning, which adopted the goal of delivering contraceptives to an additional 120 million women in developing countries by 2020. Her work has led her to increasingly focus on gender equity as a path to meaningful change.

The second of four children, Melinda grew up in Dallas, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and a master’s in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business in 1987.

After joining Microsoft Corporation that year, she distinguished herself as a leader in the development of multimedia products and was later appointed Microsoft’s general manager of Information Products. In 1996, Melinda left Microsoft to focus on her philanthropic work and family.

Melinda lives with her husband and three children in Seattle, Washington.

Robert Gates

Robert Gates served as the 22nd secretary of defense (2006-2011) and is the only secretary of defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected President. President Barack Obama was the eighth president Gates served. He previously served under President George W. Bush.

On Gates’ last day in office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Before becoming secretary of defense in 2006, Gates was the president of Texas A&M University, one of the nation’s largest universities. Before assuming the Texas A&M presidency on August 1, 2002, he served as interim dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M from 1999 to 2001.

Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional. During that period, he spent nearly nine years at the National Security Council, the White House, serving four presidents of both political parties.

Gates served as director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until 1993. He is the only career officer in CIA’s history to rise from entry-level employee to director. He served as deputy director of Central Intelligence from 1986 until 1989 and as assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser at the White House from January 20, 1989, until November 6, 1991, for President George H.W. Bush.

Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, has three times received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times received CIA’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.

Gates currently is a partner in the consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates LLC, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley. He is a member of the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, where he served as president of the National Eagle Scout Association from 1996-2006 and National President of the Boy Scouts of America from 2014-2016. He has also served on the board of directors of Starbucks, the board of directors and executive committee of the American Council on Education, the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

A native of Kansas, Gates received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary, his master’s degree in history from Indiana University and his doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. In 1967, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served as an intelligence officer at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender. He is also Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures, the umbrella entity for his portfolio of business and real estate investments, and Chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers. For the past four consecutive years, the Cleveland Cavaliers have made appearances in the NBA Finals, and in 2016 won the NBA championship. Rock Ventures and its more than 100 affiliated companies across the country employ more than 30,000 team members, including more than 17,000 in Detroit’s urban core.

From 2013 through 2018, Detroit-based Quicken Loans closed nearly half a trillion dollars in home loan volume across all 50 states, and in 2018, for the ninth consecutive year, earned J.D. Power’s highest rating for client satisfaction among all U.S. mortgage lenders.

Dan is also an active investor in fintech, sports-related and consumer direct companies. Dan is a Founder and Principal of Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), a venture capital firm that funds startup and early-stage technology companies and a Founding Partner of Detroit-based private equity group Rockbridge Growth Equity.

In February 2016, Dan co-founded Detroit-based StockX, the world’s first ‘stock market of things’, combining the visible, liquid, anonymous, and transparent benefits of a stock market with the online consumer secondary market.

Dan began moving his Family of Companies to Detroit’s central business district in 2010 in an effort to help lead the transformation of a great American city. In 2011, Dan co-founded Detroit-based Bedrock, a full-service real estate firm specializing in acquiring, leasing, financing, and managing commercial and residential space. Since its founding, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $5.6 billion to acquiring and developing more than 100 properties, including new construction of ground up developments in downtown Detroit and Cleveland, totaling more than 18 million square feet.

In 2009, Dan founded JACK Entertainment, a developer and owner of unique urban casinos in downtown Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Baltimore.

In September 2013, Dan was named co-chair of the Blight Removal Task Force. The group, appointed by the Obama Administration, published a detailed plan in May 2014 to remove all blighted structures and lots in the city of Detroit.

Dan serves on the boards of the Cleveland Clinic and the Children’s Tumor Foundation. In 2015, Dan and Jennifer Gilbert established the Gilbert Family Foundation and in 2017, formed ‘NF Forward’ to fund cutting-edge research dedicated to finding a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF).

Dan earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University.

Henry Kissinger

Henry Alfred Kissinger was sworn in on September 22, 1973, as the 56th Secretary of State, a position he held until January 20, 1977. He also served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from January 20, 1969, until November 3, 1975. In July 1983 he was appointed by President Reagan to chair the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America until it ceased operation in January 1985, and from 1984-1990 he served as a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. From 1986-1988 he was a member of the Commission on Integrated Long-Term Strategy of the National Security Council and Defense Department. He has served as a member of the Defense Policy Board since 2001.

At present, Dr. Kissinger is Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. He is also a member of the International Council of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; a Counselor to and Trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; an Honorary Governor of the Foreign Policy Association; and an Honor Member of the International Olympic Committee. Among his other activities, Dr. Kissinger served as a member of the Board of Directors of ContiGroup Companies, Inc. from 1988-2014 and remains an Advisor to the Board, a position he also holds at American Express Company since 2005, after serving on the Board from 1984. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; a Director Emeritus of Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc.; and a Director of the International Rescue Committee.

Among the awards Dr. Kissinger has received have been a Bronze Star from the U.S. Army in 1945; the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973; the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian award) in 1977; and the Medal of Liberty (given one time to twelve foreign-born American leaders) in 1986.

Dr. Kissinger was born in Fuerth, Germany, came to the United States in 1938, and was naturalized a United States citizen in 1943. He served in the Army from February 1943 to July 1946. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1950 and received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University in 1952 and 1954.

From 1954 until 1969 he was a member of the faculty of Harvard University, in both the Department of Government and the Center for International Affairs. He was Director of the Harvard International Seminar from 1952 to 1969.

Dr. Kissinger is the author of multiple books, and has also published numerous articles on United States foreign policy, international affairs, and diplomatic history. His columns appear in leading U.S. and international newspapers.

Dr. Kissinger is married to the former Nancy Maginnes and is the father of two children by a previous marriage.

Jan Langbein

For 28 years, Jan Edgar Langbein has been an activist in efforts to end violence against women. Currently, as CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, Ms. Langbein oversees Genesis’ internal and external operations as well as funding and community education.

Recognized as a National Expert on the dynamics and effects of domestic violence, Ms. Langbein conducts training, keynote, and workshop programs for numerous local, state, and national conferences, social and civic organizations, and corporations. Ms. Langbein provides expert testimony in court cases and trains law enforcement and prosecutorial professionals to enhance their efforts to end violence against women. In partnership with the Dallas Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ms. Langbein co-founded the annual International Conference on Crimes Against Women with advanced practices of investigation and prosecution bringing together law enforcement, advocates, prosecutors, and forensic health professionals.

Under Ms. Langbein’s leadership, Genesis has grown from a seven-room emergency shelter to a full-service response for victims of domestic violence. Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support provides a continuum of care which includes expanded shelter services, transitional housing, day care, an on-site school, access to civil legal representation, jobs readiness programming, ESL education, advocacy, and counseling at their residential and nonresidential facilities. Genesis is unique as one of the few victim services programs in the country that accomplishes sustainability without government funding. Since its inception, Genesis has not only developed services of excellence but also innovative programs and funding sources. The organization and success of this model program has been shared statewide to other NGOs.

In 2009, Ms. Langbein concluded a Presidential Appointment as Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). As Senior Policy Advisor, Ms. Langbein served as chief strategist of OVW. On behalf of the Director, she guided and evaluated program and administrative processes and worked to implement standards and protocols for internal and external operations. She supported the ongoing efforts within OVW for policy issues regarding the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act.

Dennis Muilenburg

Dennis Muilenburg is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company.

Muilenburg, 55, oversees the strategic direction of the Chicago-based, $101.1 billion aerospace company. With roughly 150,000 employees across the United States and in more than 65 countries, Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and top U.S. exporter. It is the leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, military aircraft, and space and security systems, and a provider of global services; it supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 nations.

Muilenburg became chairman of the board in March 2016, chief executive officer in July 2015 and president in December 2013. Until July 2015, Muilenburg served as vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of Boeing, where he supported the company’s aerospace business operations and focused on specific growth enablers, including important global relationships, leadership initiatives and development program performance. Before that, Muilenburg served as president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS).

Earlier, Muilenburg was president of BDS’s Global Services & Support business, vice president and general manager of the Boeing Combat Systems division, and program manager for Future Combat Systems. Prior to that, he served as vice president of Programs & Engineering for Boeing Air Traffic Management and director of Weapon Systems for the proposed Boeing Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. He also held program management and engineering positions on F-22, Airborne Laser, High Speed Civil Transport and the Condor reconnaissance aircraft, among others.

Muilenburg, who joined Boeing in 1985, spent the first 15 years of his career in the Puget Sound region of Washington, where he held a number of program management and engineering positions in support of both the commercial airplanes and defense businesses.

Muilenburg is a member of the board of directors of Caterpillar Inc., the U.S.-China Business Council, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, Northwestern University and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology). He is past chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) board of governors and a current AIA executive committee member. He is a board of directors member of Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. Appointed by the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, he serves on the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group. He also serves on the board of trustees for the National World War II Museum.

He is an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). A native of Iowa, Muilenburg holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and an honorary doctor of science degree from Iowa State University as well as a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington.

Sean O'Keefe

Former NASA Administrator; Secretary of the Navy, and senior executive at the Airbus Group, is currently a member of the faculty at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Sean O’Keefe holds the academic faculty rank of University Professor at Syracuse University, one of only 17 such faculty appointments conferred by the University in its 150-year history. He is also the Howard and Louise Phanstiel chair in Strategic Management and Leadership at the Maxwell School, and serves as a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., a policy think tank in partnership with the Maxwell School.

Before his current post, O’Keefe served as Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc., the North America subsidiary of the global aerospace, defense and space corporation, and was a member of the corporate executive committee. Previous to his Airbus appointment, he was a company officer and Vice President at General Electric following his service as Chancellor of Louisiana State University. Between public service appointments, he was on the faculty at Penn State University and the Syracuse University Maxwell School.

O’Keefe served as a presidential appointee confirmed by the US Senate on four separate occasions. He served as the 10th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; after he joined President George W. Bush’s Administration on inauguration day as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget; he was appointed 69th Secretary of the Navy by President George H.W. Bush, and previously served as Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Defense. Prior to the Pentagon appointments, he served on the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations staff and was Staff Director of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His public service career began in 1978 upon his selection as a Presidential Management Intern.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University in New Orleans and his Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Dylan Tête

Dylan Tête is the Executive Director and founder of Bastion Community of Resilience, an innovative housing community for warriors and families with life-changing injuries. Dylan earned a Bachelors of Science in Economics and Systems Engineering at West Point, as well as an MPH at the LSU School of Public Health. During a combat tour in Iraq as second-in-command of an Infantry company in 3rd Brigade / 2nd Infantry Division, Dylan established multiple recovery projects in collaboration with the Department of State. He moved to New Orleans in 2005 where he managed the construction of several FEMA housing facilities after Hurricane Katrina. Before his tenure as a civil servant working alongside the New Orleans Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, Dylan was hired by Military.com to assist transitioning military personnel and wounded warriors begin new careers in the civilian workforce. He was awarded seed funding from the Bob Woodruff Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project to support Bastion’s development and eventual groundbreaking in 2016, and aspires to build more Bastion communities in strategic locations. Dylan lives in New Orleans with his wife, Annie, their two sons, Bruce and Auguste, and Annie’s mother, Carol.

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