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Barbara Pierce Bush      

Co-Founder and CEO of Global Health Corps

Barbara Bush is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, an organization that mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. Since 2009, Global Health Corps has placed 450 young leaders from sixteen countries to work with non-profit and government health organizations like Partners In Health and the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia and the United States. Before joining GHC, Bush worked in Educational Programming at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, where she supported design thinking programs for high school students and faculty across the US. She has worked for Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Capetown, South Africa and interned for UNICEF in Botswana. She has traveled with the UN World Food Programme, focusing on the importance of nutrition. Bush is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee, and is on the Board of Directors of Covenant House International, PSI, Friends of the Global Fight for AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the UN’s Social Entrepreneurship Council. She is a Draper Richards Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation. Bush was named one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year in 2011 and one of Newsweek’s Women of Impact in 2013. Bush graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004.


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One Person Can Make a Difference: Confronting Todays Global Health Challenges

Having traveled through Africa extensively and seen some of the worlds health problems firsthand, Barbara Bush was inspired to make a difference and harness the passion, energy and skills of her generation to overcome malaria, HIV/AIDS and the other epidemics of our time. The difference that Bush made was founding the Global Health Corps, an organization that places fellows around the world to bring change to regions of the world that need it most. Bushs vision has allowed for young leaderswhether their skill set is in finance, supply chain management or other fields atypical in the fight against disease and povertyto bring their experience to bear in delivering health solutions to those who do not always have ready access to quality care. In this powerful address, Bush talks about her entrepreneurial experience in starting the Global Health Corps and the experiences of those who are also on the front lines in delivering care to those in need. An inspiring young leader, Bush shows how everyone has the ability to give backnot only on the global stage but in their own communities as well.

Joint Presentation: Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Hager

United in their humanitarian missions and the spirit of service—as well as through their close family bond—Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Hager have found a shared purpose in giving voice to the disadvantaged while bringing to light stories of hope. Coming from a unique vantage point as the only twins to grow up in the White House as both grandchildren and children, Barbara and Jenna were inspired to live lives of meaning from an early age. Stemming from their travels to impoverished areas in Africa and Latin America, they have now made it their life’s calling to address the most pressing health, education and economic inequality issues of our time. Whether through Barbara’s creation of Global Health Corps or Jenna’s position as a Today correspondent and UNICEF chair, both women help spread the message that ideas put to action are the best kind. With their special brand of infectious warmth and kind humor—evidenced in their delightful back and forth banter during their presentations—this dynamic pair will ignite an audience’s passion to serve and inspire future young leaders to give back in their schools, local communities or abroad.


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Barbara Pierce Bush to Rockford University grads: ‘All of you will be a leader’

ROCKFORD — As co-founder and CEO of Global Health Corps, Barbara Pierce Bush — twin daughter of former President George W. Bush — encourages aspiring young leaders to make a difference in the world.

As the keynote speaker at Rockford University’s 163rd commencement ceremony this afternoon, she did the same thing.

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