Former First Lady Laura Bush

A Special Keynote Speaker Announcement from Elliott Masie:

Former First Lady 
Laura W. Bush


We are pleased to announce former First Lady Laura W. Bush as a keynote speaker at Learning 2018.

Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009), is a leading voice for spreading freedom and promoting human rights across the globe. As First Lady, Mrs. Bush advocated the importance of literacy and education to advance opportunity for America’s young people and to foster healthy families and communities. Today, Mrs. Bush pursues her work on global healthcare innovations and empowering women in emerging democracies through the George W. Bush Institute.

Mrs. Bush is the author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken From the Heart. She serves on many boards, including the National Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, the Council for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Board of Trustees for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Recently, Mrs. Bush authored the foreword to We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope (March, 2016). The book chronicles powerful stories of courageous women in Afghanistan and the risks they face on their journey to build peaceful communities in their country.

Born in Midland, Texas to Jenna and Harold Welch, Laura Bush holds a degree in education and a master’s degree in library science. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, and worked as a public school librarian.

“Mrs. Bush’s presentation and will set the stage for rich dialogues at Learning 2018”, says Elliott Masie, Host and Chair of the event.

Learning 2018 will be held in Orlando, Florida from November 4 to 7 at Walt Disney World.

Other Learning 2018 keynote speakers include: Leslie Odom, Jr., star of “Hamilton” and author of “Failing Up”; author Daniel Pink; and VR specialist Vicki Lau. Learning 2018 is produced by a collaborative of 200 global corporations, focused on improving workplace learning and training.