I had the recent pleasure of meeting George W. Bush during the 2013 EBV National Conference in Dallas, Texas. The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) is a project of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. The program offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. The program is offered at no cost to disabled veterans and their families.
Several of my classmates and I had the opportunity to attend the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The museum itself was very impressive. There were numerous displays of historic events during G.W. Bush’s presidency. Many of the displays were not only educational, but interactive as well. There was even a photo opportunity to sit behind the presidential desk in the Oval Office (with a view of the Dallas skyline). Yet, the highlight of the entire trip was a surprise visit from George W. Bush himself.
As we were escorted into the auditorium, we were led to believe we were meeting with the museum director. After a few short remarks, we were pleasantly surprised when the former president appeared on stage. Even in his retirement, George W. Bush still proves to be a witty and charming speaker. He answered many questions from our group and gave us great pointers on entrepreneurship and leadership. Overall, it was quite an honor to meet the 43rd president of the United States.
“Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.”
George W. Bush