Boeing officials Thursday at an annual conference in Anaheim awarded a $3 million grant to a “leadership center” led by former President George W. Bush.
The award was given to former first lady Laura Bush at the 2018 Global Women in Leadership conference at the Disneyland Resort.
The grant is part of a previously announced $10 million donation to the George W. Bush Institute’s Global Leadership Impact Center, described as an “action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of developing leaders, advancing policy and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges.”
The Chicago-based company announced the grant will “support women’s empowerment and global leadership programs aimed at promoting education, healthcare and economic opportunity for women around the world.”
“Important contributions from women throughout generations have made the world as well as our business stronger,” Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said. “We value the unique viewpoints and experiences women bring to the table and believe in the importance of empowering them — both within our company and across the globe.”
The money will be spent on programs that support women leaders in the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan, officials said.
“The inclusion of women in all aspects of society strengthens and improves the stability of their countries,” Laura Bush said. “At the Bush Institute, we recognize that a good future for our world depends on women, so our global leadership work is designed to support women and girls by improving access to education, health care and economic opportunity. George and I are grateful that Boeing has partnered with the Bush Institute to make this important work possible.”
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