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Barbara Pierce Bush — One Person Can Make a Difference: Confronting Today’s Global Health Challenges


Deeply committed to improving the lives of those in need, Barbara Pierce Bush inspires us to confront the myriad of health equity challenges that millions face around the world.

Barbara Pierce Bush is a passionate—and compelling—voice in the global fight to confront some of the most prevalent health equity issues of our time.

Having traveled through Africa extensively and seen some of the world’s 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. Bush’s vision has allowed for young leaders—whether their skill set is in finance, supply chain management, or other fields atypical in the fight against disease and poverty—to 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 back—not only on the global stage but in their own communities as well.


Under Bush’s leadership, the Global Health Corps has won widespread praise for its innovative work, including being named one of the 14 most innovative worldwide social start-ups by the Echoing Green Foundation. As an entrepreneur and champion of social justice who is on the front lines of a global movement for greater health equity, Bush shares optimistic stories of empowered people working to make real change in the lives of those most in need. Bush brings her passion and energy to uncover innovative ways—both large and small—that people can get involved and solve problems, not only in their own communities but around the world.

Bush recently wrote a joint book of short stories with her sister, Jenna Hager titled Sisters First, which released in October 2017 and became a New York Times bestseller. It takes readers on an extraordinary and deeply personal journey behind the scenes of what it is like to be born into a political dynasty, reveals never-before-told stories about their family, and uncovers the enduring sisterly bond that kept them sane through it all.

New date!

This event has been rescheduled from its earlier March date due to an unexpected change in Barbara Pierce Bush’s calendar. If you already purchased tickets, you have been automatically transferred to the new date. If you can no longer attend due to the rescheduled date, please email for a full refund.

Your Evening with Barbara Pierce Bush
Thursday, April 25, 2019

6pm VIP Reception — Including an opportunity to meet and converse with Barbara Pierce Bush in The War Memorial’s historic 1910 Alger House while enjoying a hosted bar and gourmet hors d'oeuvres. Premium seating for the keynote speech is included, as well as first access to the photo opportunity. Premium-level tickets are required.

7pm Keynote SpeechOne Person Can Make a Difference: Confronting Today’s Global Health Challenges, presented in The War Memorial’s Patriot Theater; open seating. Premium level ticket holders will have special access to a designated section nearest the stage.

8pm Photo Opportunity — Photos of individuals and groups with Barbara Pierce Bush will be taken with your own camera or mobile phone, facilitated by The War Memorial’s professional staff. Limited copies of Sisters First will be available for purchase, including a bookplate hand-signed by Barbara Pierce Bush.

Online sales end at noon on Thursday, April 25

Premium Tickets: Sorry, the Premium Ticket level is sold out. Please consider General Admission.
General Admission: $40 — Arrive for 7pm Keynote
Students (Through Undergraduate, with ID): $30 — Arrive for 7pm Keynote

Premium tickets include the VIP reception, a designated seating section nearest the stage, first access to the photo opportunity, and a special discount on copies of Sisters First.

General admission and student tickets include open seating at the keynote speech and a photo opportunity with Barbara Pierce Bush.

About Barbara Pierce Bush
Humanitarian and Co-founder and Board Chair,
Global Health Corps

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 twentysomethings 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.

Barbara Pierce Bush’s appearance is sponsored in part by DHR International Executive Search, Cyd Kinney.

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