Keynote Speaker Jenna Bush Hager is a New York Times bestselling author and current TV correspondent for NBC News. The youngest daughter of former President George W. Bush also serves as the editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. Jenna makes regular appearances as a special correspondent on The Today Show alongside the likes of Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Kathie Lee Gifford. In 2015, Jenna served as the featured keynote speaker for the United Way Women’s Council’s Power of the Purse Luncheon.
A life outside the public eye was not in the cards for Keynote Speaker Jenna Bush Hager after her father was elected Governor of Texas in 1994 and eventually President of the United States from 2001-2009. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Jenna worked with UNICEF charities in Latin America. She published her first book in 2007 called Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope. The non-fiction book follows the story of a 17-year-old Latin American single mother living with HIV whom Jenna met during her time working with UNICEF. Jenna now serves as the Chair for UNICEF’s Next Generation committee, which aims to improve the lives of children around the world.
In 2008, Jenna co-authored a children’s picture book called Read All About It! with her mother Laura Bush. The fictional book was written with the hopes to encourage children to read. Her passion for writing eventually lead to a new job position as editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine in 2012. Keynote Speaker Jenna Bush Hager joined the Today Show as a correspondent in September 2009 and covers a variety of human interest and feature stories on subjects such as education. She has also penned articles for the New York Times and CosmoGIRL!.