April 18 – 20, 2018
Dallas, Texas

The Bush Center’s Forum on Leadership is a landmark annual gathering to develop, recognize, and celebrate leadership.

Leading Voices and In-Depth Discussions on Today’s Pressing Issues

The Bush Center’s Forum on Leadership, hosted by President and Mrs. George W. Bush, will bring together internationally-recognized thought leaders from across all sectors to examine solutions to today’s most pressing issues. The three-day event will explore the crucial need for leadership in our society, particularly as our Nation faces critical foreign and domestic challenges, and will recognize individuals for outstanding leadership in their fields and communities.

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Honoring Leadership


George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership
Bono, lead singer of U2 and cofounder of ONE and (RED)

The George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership will be awarded annually to an individual who has impacted the global community, has inspired others to action, and who has demonstrated a commitment to improving others' lives.

Bono will receive the inaugural medal for his humanitarian contributions in the area of poverty and preventable disease, particularly among the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Trailblazer Citation
Jan Pruitt (posthumously), North Texas Food Bank

Jan began her work by organizing a canned donations closet at a local Methodist Church and went on to inspire a movement to end hunger in North Texas and the United States through the North Texas Food Bank.

Military Service Citation
Blayne Smith, GORUCK and Founder of Team RWB

Blayne chose servant leadership at each stage of his career, through serving his country alongside fellow soldiers, developing up-and-coming leaders in a corporate setting, and serving veterans through both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Scheduled Speakers


The Forum on Leadership will feature in-depth discussions on leadership while navigating geopolitical challenges like governing in a complex world, education, economic growth, veterans’ transition, and the coming challenges of technological disruptions.

George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States

Laura Bush
Former First Lady of the United States

Ben Bernanke
Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Fellow at the Brookings Institution

John Boehner
53rd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

Joshua Bolten
Former White House Chief of Staff, President and CEO of Business Roundtable

Bono
Lead singer of U2 and cofounder of ONE and (RED)

W.E. “Ed” Bosarge
Renowned Mathmetician and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Technologies

Arthur C. Brooks
President of the American Enterprise Institute

Dick Cheney
Former Vice President of the United States

Jennifer Doudna
Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology at University of California, Berkeley, co-inventor of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology

John Hickenlooper
Governor of Colorado

Edward Lazear
Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

Susana Martinez
Governor of New Mexico

Peter Pace
USMC (Ret.), 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Hank Paulson
Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Chairman of the Paulson Institute

Marc Penn
Director of Research and Cardiovascular Medicine, Summa Cardiovascular Institute

Scott Phoenix
Co-Founder of Vicarious

Condoleezza Rice
Former U.S. Secretary of State, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

Blayne Smith
President of GORUCK, Founder of Team RWB