Honoring Leadership with Highland Capital Management at the Bush Center


Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush hosted the Forum on Leadership at the Bush Presidential Center April 18 – 20 in Dallas, Texas, bringing together leading voices for an in-depth look at today’s pressing issues, including foreign and domestic relations.

The three days were spent with leaders from a variety of sectors exploring the vital need for strong leadership in our society, as well as recognizing individuals for outstanding leadership achievements.

Speakers from Various Fields

The featured, sold-out session was with Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO of Amazon. Business and economic fields were also represented by a number of leaders, including Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve and fellow at the Brookings Institution, Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute and Edward Lazear, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

From the technology industry, Scott Phoenix, co-founder of Vicarious and W.E. “Ed” Bosarge, renowned mathematician and founder and CEO of Capital Technologies were among those offering their perspectives.

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Healthcare and education were represented by Marc Penn, director of research and cardiovascular medicine at Summa Cardiovascular Institute and Priscilla Chan, co-founder of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and founder of The Primary School.

Barbara Bush, who died April 17, was slated to speak about her role as founder of the Global Health Corps.

The forum also featured key leaders from the political sphere, including President George Bush, Laura Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Speaker of the House John Boehner, former Vice-president Dick Cheney, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.

Bestowing Leadership Awards

The Forum on Leadership was also a time to honor leaders setting the bar high as individuals.

Bono, lead singer of U2 and co-founder of ONE and (RED), was awarded the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership in honor of his humanitarian contributions in the area of poverty and preventable disease, particularly among the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Jan Pruitt posthumously received the Trailblazer Citation for her work with the North Texas Food Bank and Feeding America.

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The Military Service Citation went to Army veteran Blayne Smith, CEO of GORUCK and former executive director of Team RWB, a network of chapters that enrich the lives of veterans and their families through events that promote health and connections with their communities.

Highland Capital Management Supports the Bush Institute

Public Programs at the Bush Center are sustained in part by generous donations from James Dondero, President and co-founder of Highland Capital Management, LP. Through a $10 million endowment that was announced in early 2018, Highland is supporting the Bush Center’s series of public programs entitled “Engage at the Bush Center, presented by Highland Capital Management.”


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Highland has already bestowed over $5 million to the Bush Center, beginning before its 2013 opening. It is among the founding benefactors that supported construction of the facilities. Through the recent endowment gift, the Dallas-based company will sponsor the various events held as part of the Engage series each year, including an annual “Highland Capital Lecture.”

The popular Engage series has attracted sellout crowds in the past and been an important pillar of the Bush Center’s Engagement Agenda since 2015. Furthering Highland’s commitment to the Bush Center, Dondero will also join the executive advisory council at the Bush Institute.

About the Bush Institute

President Bush and Mrs. Bush founded the Bush Institute in 2009. As a public policy center, the Bush Institute’s focus is on the mission of advancing freedom by expanding opportunities for individuals at home and abroad. The work of the Bush Institute is inspired by the principles that guided the Bushes in public life. The Bush Center complex is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park and a museum store. The National Archives and Records Administration operates the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Learn more at bushcenter.org

About Highland Capital Management

James Dondero and Mark Okada founded Highland Capital Management in 1993. Over the past 25 years, the company has grown into a large, global firm of experienced alternative credit managers. The firm specializes in various credit strategies including hedge funds, long-only funds and collateralized loan obligations. Highland also provides alternative investment such as emerging markets, long/short equities and natural resources. Highland Capital Management’s headquarters are located in Dallas, with offices in New York, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Seoul. Visit highlandcapital.com to learn more.


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