Hope from Hager

By Amy Weaver, Office of Communications and Marketing



Jenna Bush Hager - Women's Philanthropy BoardJenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, delighted the record-crowd gathered Monday, April 23 for the Women's Philanthropy Board 10th Anniversary Spring Symposium and Luncheon at Auburn University with her own stories of how compassion can make a difference in someone's life.

As a contributing correspondent for NBC's Today, Hager has focused on telling the inspiring stories of everyday people doing great things across the country.

Since graduating from the University of Texas, Hager has also become a UNICEF volunteer and author. Additionally, she has 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.

The 10th annual symposium featured Allison Black Cornelius, 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.

Cecilia Remy, Vice President Retirement Outcome Specialist for Merrill Lynch, and Rich Golod, director of global investment strategies for Invesco, shared their expertise with faculty, students and other guests.

Sandy and Don Logan and Carol and Frank Morsani discussed their philanthropic efforts. 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 remain active philanthropists throughout their local communities and beyond.

Last Updated: Apr. 24, 2012

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