Forum on Leadership


George W. Bush Presidential Center

April 19 – 20, 2023

“In the work ahead, we must be guided by the philosophy that made our Nation great. As Americans, we believe in the power of individuals to determine their destiny and shape the course of history. We believe that the most reliable guide for our country is the collective wisdom of ordinary citizens. And so in all we do, we must trust in the ability of free peoples to make wise decisions, and empower them to improve their lives for their futures.”

— President George W. Bush, 2008


His Excellency Mr. Festus G. Mogae

Former President of the Republic of Botswana (1998-2008)

2023 George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership

For his exemplary leadership in the fight to end AIDS on the African continent

Florencia Velasco Fortner

CEO, The Concilio

2023 George W. Bush Institute Trailblazer Citation

Emily Hanford

Senior Producer and Correspondent, American Public Media

2023 George W. Bush Institute Citation


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