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American University, in conjunction with the Kennedy Political Union, or KPU, held the third annual WONK of the Year event today. The 2015 WONK of the Year award was given to former First Lady Laura Bush, for her work in health care, education, and women’s rights.
The WONK of the Year award is given to well-known individuals who embody the definition of what it means to be a WONK who are smart, passionate, focused, engaged, and create meaningful change in the world. Laura Bush is the third recipient of the award, preceded by Bill Clinton for the 2012-2013 school year and Anderson Cooper for the 2013-2014 school year.
During her speech and following question and answer session, the former First Lady discussed her work as the Chair of the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, as well as life changing moments she has experienced. “Sometimes the most transformative events in your life are the random events,” Mrs. Bush said in her opening. She went on to discuss an array of subjects, from the first time she met her husband to the events of 9/11.
She challenged everyone to never forget those that need help in this world and to seek to make the most of the opportunities in their lives. “George and I have learned that all we know we have is now.” As she exited the arena, Mrs. Bush was honored with a standing ovation from the crowd.
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