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Bush 41 Meets Babe Ruth – why I have this photo

Bush 41 Meets Babe Ruth – why I have this photo

One of the more iconic moments for George H.W. Bush happened in 1948. Bush was captain of the Yale Baseball Team and Babe Ruth was donating his papers to the Yale Library. As a die-hard New York Yankees fan, I’d seen this photo a hundred times but never fully researched the story until today. President Bush was then-captain of the Yale Baseball team. He had played in two college World Series games – one against legendary center fielder Vin Scully, who played for Fordham a year...

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Why having a sense of #CAVU is essential

Why having a sense of #CAVU is essential

Today’s heartfelt goodbye to President George H.W. Bush was a tearful reminder of a genuine leader who believed in pragmatism, bipartisanship and service. President Bush made everyone he met feel like that they were the most important person in the room. This was certainly true of me in this photo, taken in Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole’s office in the U.S. Capitol.   Here’s why that’s important. President Bush used #CAVU — “Ceiling and Visibility...

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The day I first met President Bush 41

The day I first met President Bush 41

I first met President George H.W. Bush (“Bush 41”) at a fundraiser in Rome, New York. He was appearing on behalf of Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY). At age 23, I was making $13,000 a year as the receptionist to Congressman Boehlert, who represented my hometown of Cortland, New York. Though I certainly wasn’t living glamorously, I was doing just fine in Washington, D.C., enjoying the glitter that came with working in the nation’s capital, eating free food at Capitol Hill...

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Remembering Barbara Bush, Former Campaign Staffer Shares a Story She Kept Secret for 34 Years

Remembering Barbara Bush, Former Campaign Staffer Shares a Story She Kept Secret for 34 Years

First Lady Barbara Bush had an unwavering desire to help others with her innate kindness and piercing wisdom. As a role model for leading a life of service to others, she will forever be our inspiration for helping people reach their fullest potential in life. I hadn’t thought about this story in years, but yesterday I was on a walk and thought about this moment back in 1984. Not even my husband or my son knew about this...

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What’s it like to work with Maria Shriver? Donna Lucas Knows.

What’s it like to work with Maria Shriver? Donna Lucas Knows.

The last interview I conducted during my series at the Dole Institute was one I looked forward to the entire time. Donna Lucas of Lucas Public Affairs is among the top 100 insiders at the California State Capitol. And she’s worked hard, achieving top roles in state government as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chief of Staff to former California First Lady Maria Shriver. Donna currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Public Policy Institute...

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Interview with former Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher: Survivor, Leader, Public Servant [Video]

Interview with former Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher: Survivor, Leader, Public Servant [Video]

It was really important to me to include former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher in the series on extraordinary women at the Dole Institute. I had seen Ellen in action as my representative in the U.S. Congress and watched her ascend to one of the highest levels of government as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Since leaving the State Department in 2012, Tauscher has assumed a number of publicly-held corporate and non-profit board positions, including serving on...

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