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Power of Literacy Luncheon

with special guest
Former First Lady Laura Bush
in a conversation moderated by Pierce Bush

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
1600 West Loop South

10:45am to 11:45am Registration & Reception
11:45am to 1pm Luncheon & Program
* Doors close at 11:45am *

Special Guest: First Lady Laura Bush

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One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, and human rights. She has traveled to more than seventy-six countries, including two historic solo trips to Afghanistan, and has launched groundbreaking education and healthcare programs in the U.S. and abroad. Author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From The Heart, and co-author of children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. As the Chair of the Woman’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military. 

Born in Midland, Texas to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a master’s in library science from the University of Texas. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian. In 1977, she married George W. Bush. President and Mrs. Bush are the parents of twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, son-in-law, Henry Hager, and proud grandparents of Margaret Laura “Mila” and Poppy Louise Hager.


Luncheon Chair


Guild President



Luncheon Host Committee


Cathy Cleary, Chair
Nancy Ames
Ginger Blanton
Elsie Eckert
Sidney Faust
Julie Baker Finck
Kathy Goossen
Rhonda Graff

Betty Hrncir
Heather Kearny
Cora Sue Mach
Martha Adger Madget
Trish Morille
Sue Smith
Kristen Oesch Stubbs
Stephanie Tsuru


Ladies for Literacy Guild
Executive Committee


Stephanie Tsuru, President
Lilly Andress
Donatella Benckenstein
Ginger Blanton
Cathy Cleary
Rosie Damgaard
Diane Gendel

Jennifer Hazelton
Betty Hrncir
Lisa Jakel
Trish Morille
Janna Roberson
Carol Sawyer
Pam Sengelmann


Foundation board of directors


Neil Bush
Maria Bush
Greg Garland

Terri Lacy
Stephen Maislin
Renee Wizig-Barrios


View images from our 2017 Power of Literacy Luncheon.

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