COLLEGE STATION, Jan. 29, 2014 – Barbara Hackman Franklin, 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President George Bush, will discuss her accomplishments in advancing the role of women in government on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at the George Bush Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University.
Franklin led the first White House effort to recruit women for high-level government jobs as a staff assistant to President Richard Nixon, an effort which resulted in nearly quadrupling the number of women in those positions. Her accomplishments and those of others are detailed in the book “A Matter of Simple Justice: The Untold Story of Barbara Hackman Franklin and a Few Good Women” by Lee Stout, which will be the focus of her lecture and will be available for sale at the event.
Franklin’s lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. After the lecture, Franklin will be available for a book signing. A reception will follow. The program is sponsored by the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.
Barbara Hackman Franklin is president and chief executive officer of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, a private international consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. She is an advocate for and adviser to American companies doing business in international markets and is an expert on corporate governance, auditing and financial reporting practices.
As the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for President George Bush, she achieved a major goal – increasing American exports – with emphasis on market-opening initiatives in China, Russia, Japan and Mexico. Her historic mission to China in 1992 normalized commercial relations with that country, removed the ban on ministerial contact that the U.S. had imposed following the events at Tiananmen Square in 1989 and brought back $1 billion in signed contracts for American companies. Trade with China grew dramatically in the ensuing years as did foreign investment.
President Nixon appointed Franklin as an original Commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Additionally, Franklin has served four terms on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, by appointments of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, and as Alternate Representative to the 44th United Nations General Assembly by appointment of President Bush. Altogether, Franklin has served five Presidents of the United States.
Born in Lancaster County, Pa. , Franklin graduated with distinction from the Pennsylvania State University and was one of the first women graduates of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She is married to Wallace Barnes, retired chairman and CEO of Barnes Group, Inc. and resides in Washington, D.C. and Bristol, CT.
This program is free and open to the public, but is a ticketed event. Doors will open at 5 p.m. To reserve your tickets, please contact the George Bush Foundation at (979) 862-2251 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.georgebushfoundation.org/Franklin for more information.