Bush daughter to highlight Women’s Philanthropy Board 10th anniversary Spring Symposium at Auburn

AUBURN – Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, will be the featured speaker at the Women’s Philanthropy Board 10th anniversary Spring Symposium and Luncheon on Monday, April 23, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The morning symposium is free to all students and faculty, however, reservations are required for the luncheon. Tickets are available by calling the WPB office at (334) 844-3524 or by visiting www.humsci.auburn.edu/wpb.

Since graduating from the University of Texas, Hager has become a UNICEF volunteer, author, and contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today. She also worked at an inner-city school in Washington, D.C.

In 2006, Hager traveled to Latin America as an intern with UNICEF and was inspired to write “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope.” The New York Times bestseller is based on the life of a 17-year-old single mother living with HIV who is determined to shield her child from the abuse and neglect that riddled her own childhood. Hager also co-wrote, “Read All About It!” with her mother to encourage children to read.

She remains actively involved with UNICEF, currently serving as chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation, an initiative dedicated to reducing the number of preventable childhood deaths around the world.

On her visit to Auburn, Hager will share her own stories of how compassion can make a difference in someone’s life. As a contributing correspondent for Today, she focuses on telling the inspiring stories of everyday people doing great things across the country.

The 10th annual symposium will begin with registration at 8:45 a.m., followed by remarks from College of Human Sciences Dean June Henton and the opening session in the auditorium featuring Allison Black Cornelius.

Cornelius has been the principal consultant for Blackfish Strategies, a leadership development firm in Birmingham, for more than 20 years. She is known for her work on public policy relating to families, such as Megan’s Law, Alabama’s Constitutional Amendment for Victim’s Rights and the legislation that created the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs.

At 10 a.m., Ric Watton, vice president and trust and estate specialist for Merrill Lynch Wealth Structuring Group, will be speaking in the auditorium, while Rich Golod, director of global investment strategies for Invesco, will be speaking in Meeting Room D.

Sandy and Don Logan and Carol and Frank Morsani will take the auditorium stage at 11 a.m. Sandy Logan is the founding president of Auburn’s WPB, while Carol Morsani is the founding president of the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Program at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Both women and their husbands are active and strategic philanthropists throughout their local communities and beyond.

Lunch will be served at noon in Ballroom A, followed by Hager and presentations of WPB scholarships and awards.

Individual tickets for the symposium and luncheon are $90 per person and reserved tables are available at these prices: Gold Table, $1,200; Platinum Table, $2,500; and Diamond Table, $5,000.

(Written by Amy Weaver.)

Contact: Sidney James Nakhjavan, Women’s Philanthropy Board, (334) 844-9199 (jamessp@auburn.edu), or

Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)