Regardless of your political affiliation, it’s hard not to feel the charismatic pull of Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush. Since leaving the White House, she and her twin sister, Barbara Pierce Bush, have pursued careers aiming to do good. Hager, a teacher by profession, is the author of a New York Times bestseller, Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, as well as a Today show contributing correspondent, an editor at large of Southern Living magazine, co-founder of The Novo Project blog, chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation and a soon-to-be mom. She will be the keynote speaker at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Book of Hope Luncheon, held March 11 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
What do you and your twin sister most cherish from your experience as First Daughters?
Without question, it was the travel with our parents. We were able to witness the work of the American people. We were in Africa when the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief was launched. We visited the clinics and met the women with HIV. The experience influenced the work we do today.
What did you enjoy most about your interview on NBC with your grandfather for his eighty-eighth birthday?
I love my work because I get to tell stories about people changing our country. This interview was a very special experience because it was with my grandfather. I know how precious he is from the time I spend with him. I was so happy to share personal insight. I am in my 30s and still learning from my grandfather.
What advice would you share with today’s teenagers?
Learn as much as you can. Find things that you are passionate about, and apply yourself. Then your work is an adventure.