Anita McBride served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and served as chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush from 2005 to 2009. She is currently Executive in Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, School of Public Affairs, American University.

Afghan entrepreneurs appealed to world leaders for continued support in their war-torn country last week. Anita McBride, Laura Bush's former chief of staff, on women's integral role in peacemaking.

Why were the flower arrangements purple? And why did Michelle choose the Eisenhower china? Anita McBride, Laura Bush’s White House chief of staff, unlocks the mysterious rules of the state dinner.

Thirteen first ladies of African nations met in L.A. for the first meeting of its kind about how to improve the lives of struggling women and children on their continent. Anita B. McBride, Laura Bush’s former chief of staff, reports they are unexpected experts on the issues.

Laura Bush's former chief of staff tells about the real substance and detailed planning that supports a first lady on these trips—and how she believes Michelle fared. By Anita McBride.