Keynote Speakers at the 2013 Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference
The Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference was proud to present the following Keynote Speakers at the 2013 Middle School Inaugural Conference:
Barbara Pierce Bush
Barbara Pierce Bush graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004. Before working for Global Health Corps full-time in December 2008, she worked for two years in Educational Programming at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
After graduating college, she worked for Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Capetown, South Africa and interned for UNICEF in Botswana. She has traveled extensively with the UN World Food Programme, focusing on the importance of nutrition in ARV treatment. Bush is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee and is on the Board of Directors for Covenant House International.
She is a Draper Richards Foundation Social Entrepreneur and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation, which selected Global Health Corps as one of the 14 most innovative social start-ups worldwide out of 1500 applicants. She is a regular contributor to the UK magazine POP.
Jenna Hager is a contributing correspondent to NBC’s Today where she focuses on telling the inspiring stories of wonderful people doing great things across America.
In 2006, Hager traveled to Latin America as an intern with UNICEF. During her journey, she was inspired to write Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, a New York Times bestseller based on the life of a 17-year-old single mother living with HIV and determined to shield her child from the abuse and neglect that riddled her own childhood. She is still very involved with UNICEF and is currently the chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation, an initiative dedicated to reducing the number of preventable childhood deaths around the world.
Hager is a graduate of the University of Texas where she received a degree in English. In addition to Ana’s Story, she is the co-author of Read All About It! Hager is the daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush. She is also the grandchild of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush.
Norah O’Donnell, Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News, served as moderator for the inspirational presentations by our very special Keynote Speakers, Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager. Norah O’Donnell is the Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News, principal substitute anchor for Face the Nation, and contributor for the award-winning 60 Minutes.
Prior to joining CBS News, O’Donnell served as Chief Washington Correspondent for MSNBC and served as contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today show.
O’Donnell covered the historic 2008 presidential election, anchoring throughout the primaries and reporting exit poll numbers. She was one of the main anchors of MSNBC’s primetime coverage during both the Democratic and Republican conventions, moderating a panel of top political analysts. On election night, she was part of NBC News’ Emmy award-winning coverage. Read More >