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Bush sisters to speak at WIPL’s eighth annual Women’s Leadership Celebration

November 15, 2017
Barbara Pierce BushJenna Bush Hager

Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, daughters of President George W. and Laura Bush, will be the opening speakers at the eighth annual Women’s Leadership Conference scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 8 a.m. at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Conference Center. Presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership (WIPL) for Coastal Carolina University, the conference will also feature a Tidelands Health daylong expo titled “Better! Be strong. Be healthy. Be you.”

Bush is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, which mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. Hager is a contributing correspondent on NBC’s Today show and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. Conference speakers also include author Cara Brookins; Julia Landauer, a two-time NASCAR champion driver; Barbara Hickman Whye, vice president of human resources and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Intel Corp.; and Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina.

To register for the conference and celebration, please visit To learn how to participate as a sponsor or vendor, call 843-349-5033.

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, 6 p.m., Celebration of Inspiring Women

The Celebration of Inspiring Women honors remarkable individuals and celebrates their contributions to our state, region, nation and world. The awards were created as an important and lasting way to recognize the incredible achievements of women with ties to South Carolina. Since the program’s inception in 2011, 37 women have been recognized. Joan Robinson-Berry will be an honoree at the Celebration of Inspiring Women.

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, 8 a.m., Women’s Leadership Conference

The Women’s Leadership Conference brings together women from all walks of life for a full day of education, professional and personal development, and networking. Entrepreneurs, professionals, community volunteers and activists, students, moms, and women in transition all enjoy this dynamic program with incredible opportunities to learn and grow.


Phone: 843-349-5033


Location: Sheraton Myrtle Beach Conference Center

About Women in Philanthropy and Leadership

WIPL was founded in 2007 under the leadership of CCU first lady Terri DeCenzo. It is committed to inspiring, connecting and empowering women to strengthen their individual and collective voices in leadership at CCU and in the community, state, region and beyond. Members include faculty, staff and community leaders who are committed to creating and supporting opportunities for women in all areas of leadership and across all disciplines, while continuing to invest in scholarships for CCU students. Since its inception, WIPL has awarded nearly 200 students more than $200,000 in financial support through a fully endowed scholarship and annual awards.