An Evening with President George W. Bush

November 9th,2021 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: President George W. Bush

This program, moderated by Steve Scully, longtime Global Summit chairman and Senior Vice President of Communications for the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., will include an exclusive conversation with President Bush who will discuss the challenges facing the nation in the 21st century and the powers of freedom.

Gov. Tom Ridge, inaugural Secretary of Homeland Security, was instrumental in organizing President George W. Bush's event for this Global Summit. Ridge, who served two terms as Governor of Pennsylvania, will also participate in this program through a Q&A session with Steve Scully.

Event location: 

Bayfront Convention Center 

1 Sassafras Pier, Erie PA 


Ticket Prices:

Zone 1: $250

Zone 2: $100

Zone 3: $60

Zone 4/GA: $25 

Member Zone: Membership benefits 



  • All attendees will be required to wear masks if Erie County is in the "substantial" or "high" transmission rate of community spread on the day of an event. Attendees must also provide proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within the last 72 hours. Please see our FULL Covid-19 policy here.
  • This event is closed to media
  • All guests must pass through metal detectors (see prohibited items)
  • Must have valid photo ID that matches ticket
  • One ticket per person: attendees must have a ticket to enter. Ticket must be scanned or marked off upon entry to eliminate re-entry. Re-entry and ticket pass-offs are not permitted. Once a ticket is scanned or marked off, attendees will then go through security check, including magnetometers and bag check. Once through security check- attendee will receive a wristband to visually signify they have both provided a ticket, photo ID, and gone through security check.
  • Doors will close at 6:45 p.m. with all guests seated, no re-entry
  • Seats are first come-first serve within each zone
  • No handshakes
  • No group photo opportunities
  • No personal photography, video or audio recording, or note-taking
  • Hands-free guests
  • If event guests are not feeling well, have had contact with somebody with the Coronavirus or another contagious illness, or interaction with a person exposed to the Coronavirus or another contagious illness, they should not attend the event for the benefit of everybody's health and safety.

Prohibited Items:

  • Weapons of any kind, including firearms, knives, toy guns, ammunition, explosives, and fireworks
  • E-cigarettes
  • Aerosols
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • Banners, structures, and supports for signs
  • Poles, sticks, missile like objects of any kind
  • Backpacks, laptop bags, briefcases, suitcases, and packages
  • Metal, thermal, or containers of any type (aerosol cans, coolers of any size, glass containers)
  • Food, beverages, and alcohol
  • Any illegal substances
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Selfie sticks
  • Laptop computers, iPads, tablets, camcorders, video or audio recorders, or tripods
  • Laser lights and pointers
  • Mace and pepper spray
  • Motorized scooters, skates, cycles, skateboards, and bicycles
  • Noisemakers, horns, megaphones, and whistles
  • Strollers and carts
  • Any other items determined to be a potential safety hazard

Note: Prohibited items and items determined inappropriate for entry into venue will be the responsibility of the ticketholder and cannot be accepted or checked by the venue.

Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, are permitted into the venue along with either a clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bag that does not exceed 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches or a one-gallon freezer bag as well as any medically necessary items.

President George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States of America

George W. Bush served as 43rd President of the United States of America from 2001 to 2009. As Commander in Chief, President Bush worked to expand freedom, opportunity, and security at home and abroad. At home, he championed the No Child Left Behind Act to raise standards in schools and cut taxes for every federal income taxpayer, restoring economic growth and launching an unprecedented 52 straight months of job creation. The Bush Administration also negotiated new free trade agreements, worked with Congress to pass landmark healthcare reforms, and instituted robust environmental protections. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, President Bush responded with a comprehensive strategy to protect the American people. Under his leadership, the United States built global coalitions to remove violent regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq that threatened America and provided unprecedented support for young democracies and dissidents around the world. President Bush also launched global HIV/AIDS and malaria initiatives that have saved millions of lives, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to serving as President, he was the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995-2000.


After the Presidency, President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute, a nonpartisan public policy and leadership development center that engages communities across the United States and around the world by developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges.


President Bush is the author of four bestselling books: Decision Points (2010), 41: A Portrait of My Father (2014), Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors (2017), and Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants (2021). He and Laura are the parents of twin daughters: Barbara, married to Craig Coyne, and Jenna, married to Henry Hager. The Bushes also are the proud grandparents of Margaret Laura “Mila”, Poppy Louise, Henry Harold “Hal” Hager, and Cora Georgia Coyne.