Former First Daughter Barbara Pierce Bush Visits The War Memorial to Deliver Powerful Address on Global Health Equity Issues

The War Memorial will host former first daughter Barbara Pierce Bush in The War Memorial’s Patriot Theater on April 25 at 7pm as she delivers her address, One Person Can Make a Difference: Confronting Today’s Health Challenges. The evening includes a VIP reception, a keynote address, and photo opportunity. Tickets are $30 for students, $40 for general admission, and $125 for VIP. Tickets can be purchased through The War Memorial’s website.

“At The War Memorial, we believe unyielding in the power of community connectivity — that, as a society, we’re at our best when working together,” said Brooks Hoste, Vice President of Community Engagement and Programming.  “As an institution, The War Memorial embraces a broad definition of community, but Barbara Pierce Bush pushes us to think even broader, to consider the global community, and the vital impact that we all can have. It’s an honor to welcome Ms. Bush to The War Memorial, and to host such a compassionate, knowledgeable, and influential leader.”

Bush’s address will focus on her entrepreneurial experience in starting the Global Health Corps—her organization that places young fellows around the world who aid in bringing global change to the areas that need it the most.

“Like Ms. Bush, The War Memorial is dedicated to fostering innovative leadership, especially among young people,” said Charles Burke, President and CEO. “We hope that those who visit our institution leave inspired to serve the community around them with integrity and honor. Our mission of being a patriotic, cultural, and community leader can only be fulfilled when we engage with and learn from leaders on both the regional and global stage.”

The evening includes a VIP reception in the historic Alger Estate, where premiere ticket holders will meet and converse with Bush in an intimate setting. Following the keynote address, guests will have the opportunity to take a photo with Bush on their own camera or mobile phone. Copies of Sisters First, the book co-written by Bush and her twin sister, Jenna Hager, will be available for purchase.

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About Barbara Pierce Bush

Barbara Bush is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps (GHC), which mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC was founded in 2009 by six twenty-somethings who were challenged by Peter Piot at the aids2031 Young Leaders Summit to engage their generation in solving the world’s biggest health challenges. Bush and her co-founders were united by the belief that health is a human right and that their generation must build the world where this is realized. Since that time, GHC has placed nearly 1,000 young leaders on the front lines of health equity in Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, and the United States, developing a cadre of creative, effective, and compassionate change makers. Prior to 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 with Red Cross Children’s Hospital in South Africa and UNICEF in Botswana. Bush is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee and the UN Global Entrepreneurs Council. She is a Draper Richards Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation. In 2011, Bush was named one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year, in 2013 she was recognized as one of Newsweek’s Women of Impact, and in 2015 she was named to Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list. In October 2017, Bush also released Sisters First, a New York Times best seller written with her twin sister and co-author, Jenna Hager.

Bush graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004.

About Global Health Corps

Global Health Corps (GHC) is building a new generation of global health leadership. We believe that solving the world’s most pressing global health challenges requires better and more connected leaders who are able to work across traditional boundaries like geography, sector, and issue area to engineer stronger global health systems. We need more than clinicians and providers; we need management consultants, engineers, artists, and architects. We need new leadership voices and new perspectives, especially those representing the populations most often left out and unheard. GHC competitively recruits and selects emerging leaders from around the world who represent a wide range of skillsets and areas of expertise, all of which are critical to rebuilding and strengthening health systems. GHC is developing a cadre of health equity leaders through a unique leadership development program that utilizes experiential and formal learning methods. Through a one-year fellowship program, fellows address a wide-range of health issues with high-impact grassroots organizations, NGOs, and ministries of health in Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, and the United States. Fellowship positions are demand-driven, ensuring that our fellows fill real-time health systems gaps and serve to amplify the great work already in progress. Placement organizations benefit from the skills and energy of fellows, as well as the support of GHC. We are building a network of young changemakers who share the common belief that health is a human right.

About The War Memorial

The War Memorial, located on the shores of Lake Saint Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, is a legacy-filled institution with a reenergized determination to emerge as a regional driver of arts, learning, patriotism, hospitality and connectivity. Situated on the grounds of the historic Alger Estate, The War Memorial serves an estimated 250,000 individuals with over 3,000 functions annually, including programs to honor veterans, engagement experiences for adults and children, community events and celebrations, and premier hospitality services. With new programming and innovative leadership, The War Memorial is a unique, dynamic and forward-thinking hub for southeast Michigan with a mission to be a patriotic, cultural, and community leader.

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