Laura W. Bush
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Laura Bush, one of the most popular first ladies in history, is a compelling advocate for issues of national and global concern.
One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. She has traveled to more than seventy-six countries, including two historic solo trips to Afghanistan, and has launched groundbreaking education and healthcare programs in the U.S. and abroad. The author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From The Heart, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. Today, as the Chair of the Woman’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military. Recently, Mrs. Bush authored the foreword to We
Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope (March, 2016). The book chronicles powerful stories of courageous women in Afghanistan and the risks they face on their journey to build peaceful communities in their country.
Born in Midland, Texas to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education and a master’s degree in library science. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian. In 1977, she married George W. Bush. President and Mrs. Bush are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, son-in-law, Henry Hager, and proud grandparents of granddaughters Margaret Laura “Mila” and Poppy Louise Hager. The Bush family also includes two cats, Bob and Bernadette.
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Mrs. Bush’s speech was amazing and the way she endorsed our agency and spoke as an advocate for our participants was unbelievable. I can tell she put great thought and effort into her address to our supporters.Community Enrichment Center
Mrs. Bush was wonderful. I cannot tell you how smoothly everything went—from the photos to her very inspiring/interesting presentation. Everyone was so impressed with this former First Lady—she was excellent.Tri Delta
Mrs. Bush will definitely be the highlight of our school year! She was amazing--gracious and sweet natured and so incredibly easy to work with. We were so impressed that she tailored her speech to our district.
Executive Director of Communications, Rockwell Independent School District
Laura W. Bush was an exceptional speaker. Her blend of humor, commentary, and solemnity were well balanced. She was everything we hoped she would be.Principal, Somerset Christian School
Laura W. Bush is so personable and all of our donors really enjoyed her speech. Many of them commented on her great sense of humor!Development Officer, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation
Mrs. Bush did an amazing job and the audience loved her! What a gracious and welcoming person. We were honored to have met her.DallasHR Management Association
Mrs. Bush was wonderful! She was very warm, personable, engaging, and humorous! We had a capacity crowd and her message was well received!Butler University
Mrs. Bush was phenomenal. Sarasota is still talking about her wit, charm and intelligence. It was a home run.Ringling College Library Association Town Hall
Laura Bush is truly a wonderful humanitarian and ambassador. The event made for a special day and will lead us to the next level. I look forward to working with WSB in another future endeavor.Nanticoke Health Services
The insight, humor, and gracious spirit of Laura W. Bush made a lasting impression on us. It was an honor to have her among us.Union University
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