Lauren Bush Lauren, founder of FEED and granddaughter of President George H. W. Bush, spent time in the classroom with students at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University prior to her remarks at the Bank of America Program on Volunteerism.
Bush Lauren spoke to Dr. Laurie Paarlberg’s Grant and Project Management class on Monday afternoon on the social purpose business model of her company, FEED. FEED is an accessory retailer and social business that donates proceeds from each product sold to provide meals to children and families around the world. Bush Lauren also touched on the challenges she faced launching and growing a business as a young entrepreneur and emphasized the importance of reaching out to others when seeking to solve a problem.
“Students asked about the FEED Foundation and how it is different from her business and how philanthropy and young people’s commitment to social action is changing,” Paarlberg said. “At the end of the discussion, one student mentioned that this was the ‘best guest speaker’ that we’ve had in two years!”
During her remarks at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center later Monday evening, Bush Lauren spoke on creating a social business and how her grandfather influenced her perspective on public service.
“I grew up with a grandfather who exuded the fact that public service was the life to have,” Bush Lauren said. “I am so grateful that my beginnings were looking up to him and wanting to do good in the world.”
Lauren Bush Lauren with Bush School students from Dr. Laurie Paarlberg’s Grant and Project Management class
The Bank of America Program on Volunteerism is endowed through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation and administered by the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School. The program is an effort to educate individuals and corporations on the importance of corporate citizenship and volunteer activities in today’s society.