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GBTA Announces Laura Bush as 2013 Keynote Speaker

Former First Lady Laura Bush will be a keynote speaker at the GBTA Convention 2013, taking place Aug. 4-7 in San Diego, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) announced yesterday.

Bush, who’s scheduled to speak during the Aug. 8 general-session luncheon, is known to be a staunch education and literacy advocate. A former public school teacher, she launched “Ready to Read, Ready to Learn” — an education initiative that promoted best practices in early childhood education — during her husband’s first term. She also founded the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the resources provided by public libraries, and has traveled the world to raise awareness around women’s health issues, including breast cancer and heart disease.

“Mrs. Laura W. Bush has traveled to 50 states and to more than 76 countries advocating for improvements in education, health care and human rights,” GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick said in a statement. “Mrs. Bush has been a steadfast champion for people in need everywhere. She knows the importance of in-person meetings as she has traveled throughout the world, from small towns throughout the United States to distant locales in Africa and Afghanistan, helping and advocating for causes she believes in.”

Each year, the GBTA Convention attracts nearly 7,000 business travel and meeting professionals for more than 70 education sessions and a trade show with more than 400 exhibitors. For more information, visit www.gbta.org/convention.

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