A one-of-a-kind opportunity to join a network of leaders making a difference in the world, and learn from the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson
Applications are now open to join the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program — a one-of-a-kind partnership among the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
PLS serves as a catalyst for a diverse network of leaders brought together to collaborate and make a difference in the world as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Each year, a diverse group of mid-career professionals begin a journey to hone their leadership abilities through interactions with former presidents, key administration officials, leading academics, and business leaders.
Scholars put their learning into action through a personal leadership project, intended to solve a problem or pressing issue in their community, country, or the world. They gain the skills necessary to work across divides and develop a network that spans traditional geographic, professional, political, and economic boundaries.
Here’s what people are saying:
As a Marine, Iraq vet, & New Orleanian, I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to meet, listen to, & speak with President Bush about his decision-making & values through @PLSprogram – this taught me about the humanity of leading in ways that I have not fully processed. https://t.co/O1QQQetIxj— Jeannette Gaudry (@JeannetteHaynie) May 12, 2019
What a tremendous week @WJCLibrary with @PLSprogram. Thanks to President @BillClinton, Secretary @madeleine, @GeneralClark, @KevinThurm, @SSStreett, and other friends of the @ClintonCenter, #PLScholars learned lessons sure to shape our futures. Thanks for believing in us. https://t.co/l1BWScZZro— Michael Hole (@DrMichaelHole) April 9, 2019
What an inspiring, thought provoking weekend in line with what my fellow scholars and I are lucky to have in @PLSprogram. Special thanks to @ClintonCenter @SSStreett for showing the vulnerability and courage required in leadership during @BillClinton administration. https://t.co/jQToxLF3SW— Dilafruz Khonikboyeva (@delladelfin) April 7, 2019
Thank you to my friends & former @BillClinton admin colleagues Alexis Herman, Tim Keating, Bruce Reed, Kevin Varney, @Kearney99496735, @GeneralClark, @Mack_McLarty, @MinassianMedia & @KevinThurm for sharing your stories w @PLSprogram @ClintonCenter this wkd! https://t.co/sRLO35DmGe— Stephanie S Streett (@SSStreett) April 6, 2019
Cannot say enough about this amazing program and the scholars themselves — they are already changing the world for the better. True leaders and Points of Light, all of them. https://t.co/sV4Ro55aqm— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) March 9, 2019
Incredible to be part of this tremendous group of #PLScholars!— Joseph Sakran (@JosephSakran) March 10, 2019
The stories and lessons over the past few days will shape us for years to come. @PLSprogram @SSStreett @HollyKuzmich @GeorgeHWBush @jgm41 @EvanSisley https://t.co/WcbjWBZZMl
Great time at @Bush41Library to reflect upon @GeorgeHWBush’s life and his career dedicated to #publicservice. Thanks @PLSprogram and @Bush41 for bringing together such an inspirational group of leaders to reflect upon the lessons of the past and their enduring relevance. #Bush41 pic.twitter.com/KFJAqRVDTz— Andrew Erdmann (@DrewErdmann) March 9, 2019
Diverse women in leadership make us all stronger! @PLSprogram 2019 has the first Pakistani-American @sumera_haque and the first Afghan-American @royamahboob , Tatar-American Alfia, and Tajik-American @delladefin representing Muslim immigrant women leading change! #50×50 #IWD2019 pic.twitter.com/eBW1IeoIi7— Gwen K. Young (@GwenKYoung) March 8, 2019
Wow! Spent an incredible evening at @Bush41Library meeting the 2019 @PLSprogram Scholars & I’m so amazed by their passion to serve! This is the next generation of #leaders!— SreyRam Kuy, MD (@SreyRam) March 9, 2019
Also, congrats to my @AmCollSurgeons peeps in the Class of 2019!@JosephSakran @MayaBabuMD @SahajpalAjay pic.twitter.com/qeypFZK2S5
The program seeks participants who have a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences and who will most benefit from a dynamic learning experience that stresses the importance of cooperation and collaboration. The average Scholar enters the program with more than 10 years of professional experience and is generally at a point in his or her career where their participation in PLS will be felt for many years to come. Applicants should have the desire and capacity to take their leadership strengths to a higher level in order to help their communities, professions, organizations, and, thus, the country.
The sixth PLS class will begin in January 2020. Online applications will be accepted through August 31, 2019. To apply or to learn more about the program, visit www.presidentialleadershipscholars.org.