2020 ILC Keynote Speaker

Barbara Pierce Bush

HOSA-Future Health Professionals welcomes Barbara Pierce Bush as the keynote speaker for the 2020 International Leadership Conference.  The Opening Session will take place on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30 pm at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.  HOSA is honored to have Ms. Bush share her work in the Global Health Corps as well as other entrepreneurial experiences that bring her to the inspiring leader she is today.

Barbara Bush is Co-founder and Board Chair of Global Health Corps (GHC), and organization that mobilizes young leaders to solve the world’s most pressing health issues. Bush and her co-founders are united by the belief that health is a human right and that their generation must build a world where this is realized. Since 2009, GHC has placed over 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 the board of directors for Partners In Health and Friends of the Global Fight for AIDS, TB, and Malaria. She is a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur, and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree at Harvard University and is a fellow with Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.
 
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. In November 2019, Bush and her sister, Hager, released the children’s book version of Sisters First, also a number one New York Times best seller.
 
Bush graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004.