2018 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo Registration Brochure - 10
Timely and Thought Provoking
Our distinguished plenary speakers in Philadelphia will offer attendees their knowledge and
insights on today's most pressing issues and events impacting the field. Each will share their
commitment on improving society through education, global access, and exchange of diverse
perspectives. Gain inspiration and important takeaways that will prepare you for current
challenges and future opportunities.
O P E N I N G
LAURA W. BUSH
Tuesday, May 29: 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Laura W. Bush, former first lady of the United States, is an
advocate for literacy, education, and human rights.
As first lady, Bush advocated the importance of literacy and
education to advance opportunity for America's young people
and foster healthy families and communities. She highlighted
the need for preparing children to become lifelong learners,
convening a White House Summit on Early Childhood Cognitive
Development in 2001 and creating the National Book Festival in
Today, as chair of the Bush Institute's Women's Initiative, she
promotes access to education, healthcare, and economic
opportunity for women and girls around the world. The Women's
Initiative programs are preparing and empowering the next
generation of women leaders in North Africa and the Middle
East and working to ensure the expansion and protection of
women's rights in Afghanistan. The programs also aim to engage
and support first ladies from around the world to effectively use
their unique platforms to advance issues for women and girls in
Bush is the author of the best-selling memoir Spoken from the Heart
and best-selling children's book Our Great Big Backyard. She also
wrote the foreword to We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope.
Bush was born in Midland, Texas. She holds a bachelor of science
degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a
master's degree in library science from the University of Texas.
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