Mrs. Laura Bush Keynotes Women in Housing Leadership Luncheon at Five Star Conference and Expo

10th Anniversary of Mortgage Industry Conference to Lead Discourse on Women's Advancement and Success

DALLAS, May 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Five Star Institute will host Mrs. Laura Bush, former First Lady of the United States, as honorary keynote speaker of the Women in Housing Leadership Luncheon, an event of its 10th Annual Five Star Conference and Expo this September.

The Five Star Conference draws thousands of mortgage servicing, default, and real estate professionals each year. Over the course of the last decade, Five Star has become the largest event in default servicing and mortgage servicing. The 2013 event is expected to attract an even more diverse audience with an expanded, tailored agenda that broadens the scope of the conference and brings together all stakeholders connected to mortgage servicing and the distressed real estate market.

"It is an honor to have Mrs. Laura Bush as the honorary keynote speaker of this milestone event for the Five Star organization," said Ed Delgado, president and CEO of the Five Star Institute. "Throughout her tenure as First Lady, Mrs. Bush has advanced issues of both national and global concern. As an accomplished spokesperson for major initiatives such as education and women's health, her multidisciplinary approach continues to forge new pathways for women throughout this country and abroad."

One of the most beloved and admired American First Ladies, for decades Mrs. Laura Bush has championed education, health care, and human rights. She has traveled to more than 76 countries, including two historic solo trips to Afghanistan, and has launched groundbreaking education and healthcare programs in the U.S. and abroad. The author of the bestselling memoir, Spoken from the Heart, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Today, as the Chair of the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America's military.

The 2013 Five Star Conference and Expo is September 8-10, 2013, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. The Five Star recently announced its headlining keynote speaker, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In addition to its roster of memorable speakers—which has included former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush; former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani; media personalities James Carville, Mary Matalin, and Chris Wallace; and presidential candidate Steve Forbes, among others—the Five Star provides attendees with the type of professional education and business-building networking opportunities that are unrivaled within the industry. Details about the event including information regarding registration can be found at

About the Five Star Institute

The Five Star Institute is a publishing, communications, marketing, event planning, and feature film production company. Among its many publications are DS News, the only professional monthly trade journal dedicated to the mortgage default servicing industry, and MReport, a trade publication serving the broader mortgage field. The Institute's professional membership associations include the Five Star FORCE (Federation of REO Certified Experts), an elite network of agents and brokers trained to handle distressed properties; the Legal League 100, a national consortium of law firms specializing in default and foreclosure matters; and the Five Star Default Title Coalition, the first industry group dedicated to default title and closing professionals. Additional information about the Five Star Institute and its many business-building opportunities can be found at


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