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Shell Distinguished Lecture Series — Leading in a Climate of Change

Featured Speaker

The Honorable Jeb Bush
Former Governor of Florida


Bruce Culpepper
Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Regional Coordination, Shell Americas


Brian Akins
Managing Director, Energy Investment Banking Group, and Head, U.S. Exploration and Production Group, Royal Bank of Canada


The Honorable Jeb Bush was elected the 43rd governor of Florida in 1998 and re-elected by a wide margin in 2002. He is currently the head of his own successful consulting business, Jeb Bush and Associates, where his clients range from small technology start-ups to well-known Fortune 500 companies. During his eight years as governor, Bush was credited with initiating improvements in the economy, health care and education reform. In 1994, he founded the nonprofit Foundation for Florida’s Future, which joined forces with the Greater Miami Urban League to establish one of the state’s first charter schools. He previously served as Florida’s secretary of commerce under Governor Bob Martinez and promoted Florida’s business climate around the world. Bush moved to Florida in 1981 and co-founded a small real estate development company, which grew to become the largest full-service commercial real estate company in South Florida. He is the chair of the National Constitution Center, co-chairman of the Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national foundation focused on education reform. He is co-author of “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution” and “Profiles in Character,” a book profiling 14 of Florida’s civic heroes. Bush earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American affairs from The University of Texas at Austin.

This event, co-sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada and Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business, is part of the Shell Distinguished Lecture Series. The Shell Distinguished Lecture Series is the Baker Institute's flagship speakers program, reflecting the vision of our honorary chair, former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, and Shell's commitment to defining the role of statesmanship, integrity and bold leadership in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

11:30 am — Doors Open
12:00 pm — Lunch
12:30 pm — Presentation 

This event is open to Roundtable members and guests of our co-sponsors by invitation only.
For questions about Roundtable membership, contact development specialist Starr Dickerson at or 713.348.8089.





Mon, Aug. 4, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005
United States

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