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BPC Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of the Bob and Elizabeth Dole Series on Leadership

Washington, D.C. – This week, the Bipartisan Policy Center marked the one-year anniversary of the Bob and Elizabeth Dole Series on Leadership with a banner line-up of speakers across two separate events, one featuring Reps. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA)—all members of the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus—and the other a conversation with United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz.

The leadership series was established to honor the extraordinary public service of Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole by celebrating those who embody similar leadership qualities in their work or deeds. This event series features in-depth conversations, film screenings, and book lectures with remarkable leaders from across business, government, science, academia, and other disciplines. The goal of the program is to help our country better understand what makes for effective, strong leadership across a variety of institutions.

“This program means a great deal to us,” said former Senate Majority Leader and BPC co-founder Bob Dole. “It’s a wonderful way to showcase Americans whose leadership skills have contributed to our society in a positive way.”

“Bob and Elizabeth Dole’s exemplary careers demonstrate that it is possible to be a proud partisan while building coalitions that have changed our country for the better. These skills are in high demand and short supply in Washington, D.C.,” said BPC President Jason Grumet. “The exceptional leaders who have participated in our event series give me confidence that our nation has the capacity to dignify and overcome the differences that are inherent in a true democracy.”

BPC also kicks off an exciting new podcast that highlights prominent leaders who have participated in the series. Each episode will shed light on the guest’s life, career experiences and leadership philosophies. Over the past year, BPC has showcased the following leaders: former Senate Majority Leader and BPC co-founder George Mitchell; former presidential advisor and CNN senior political analyst David Gergen; Lowell McAdam, chairman and former chief executive officer of Verizon Communications; Vicki Hollub, president and CEO of Occidental Petroleum; Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Lonnie Bunch, then the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, who has since been named as secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; Hank Meijer, the chairman of Meijer, Inc. and author of Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century; USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, author of The Matriarch, Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty; and philanthropist, chairman of the board of the Graham Holdings Company, and former Washington Post publisher Donald Graham. The series also included a screening of Hesburgh, a documentary on the life of former Notre Dame President Father Ted Hesburgh.

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

Learn more about the series and upcoming speakers.

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