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BPC Announces Bob and Elizabeth Dole Series on Leadership

Washington, D.C.– The Bipartisan Policy Center today proudly honors the extraordinary public service of Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole by announcing The Bob and Elizabeth Dole Series on Leadership.

The new event series, which will feature intimate conversations, film screenings, and book lectures, will highlight the work and ideas of prominent influencers with diverse viewpoints from across government, business, science, academia, and other disciplines.

Events will be held at BPC headquarters in Washington, D.C., and across the nation. Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell; former presidential advisor and CNN senior political analyst David Gergen; author, speechwriter, and former Sen. John McCain aide Mark Salter; and Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam are among the series’ first confirmed speakers. The series will also include a screening of Hesburgh, a new documentary on the life of former Notre Dame President Father Ted Hesburgh.

“The Dole Leadership Series will showcase great ideas and inspired leadership from corporate executives, community activists, and public officials,” said BPC President Jason Grumet. “With these events, we seek to understand and celebrate the skills and circumstances that define great leaders like Bob and Elizabeth Dole.”

The Bob and Elizabeth Dole Series on Leadership is sponsored in part by the generosity of the Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation.

One of the longest-serving Republican Senate leaders, Bob Dole was known for his ability to work across the aisle and foster practical bipartisanship on issues such as Social Security, disability protections, and nutrition assistance. He has been a lifelong advocate for the disabled and was a driving force behind the Americans with Disabilities Act. In January, Dole received the nation’s highest civilian award—the Congressional Gold Medal—for his contributions as a soldier, legislator, and statesman.

Elizabeth Dole served as Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Labor, president of the American Red Cross, and United States Senator from 2003 to 2009. Among her many accomplishments, Dole is responsible for the installation of air bags in vehicles, laws requiring the use of safety belts, a uniform 21 drinking age, and, with the advent of HIV/AIDS, a total transformation of the way the American Red Cross collects, tests, and distributes one half of America’s blood supply. She is the president and founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, which undertakes groundbreaking support for America’s 5.5 million military caregivers, raising awareness and addressing the enormous challenges they face.

Learn more about The Bob and Elizabeth Dole Series on Leadership.