How to become e pluribus unum 

June 1, 2023

By Michael Cooper  We call ourselves the United States of America, but we’re anything but united these days.   The divisions aren’t about the issues. Instead, we’re sorting ourselves by culture, education level, negative partisanship, and the choice to associate only with those whom we agree with. That’s not healthy for our democracy or sustainable.  But we […]

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Insights from behind the curtain: The genesis of the Presidential Leadership Scholars

February 15, 2024

Almost a decade ago, leaders at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas and the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, were wrestling with the same idea: How could they bring diverse people together in a nonpartisan way to teach them about leadership?  Former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, current CEO and President of […]

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The precious gift of PLS 

February 13, 2024

2024 Presidential Leadership Scholars Module One recap 

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2024 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars Announced

January 24, 2024

Ninth annual class comprised of 60 accomplished leaders including servicemembers, educators, physicians, public servants, and corporate professionals; program begins on Jan. 24 in Washington, D.C.

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Presidential Leadership Scholar spotlight: Rachel Korberg

December 20, 2023

In this Presidential Leadership Scholar spotlight, Rachel Korberg, Executive Director at The Families and Workers Fund, discusses her passion for building the future of the climate workforce, the lessons she learned in the Presidential Leadership Scholar program, and ways people can advance the clean energy and infrastructure transition.   Please tell us a little bit about […]

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Presidential Leadership Scholar spotlight: Desirre de la Torre

November 30, 2023

Presidential Leadership Scholar Desiree De La Torre, Director of Community Affairs and Population Health Improvement at the Children’s National Hospital, discusses how PLS taught her the importance of building strong collaborations, especially with those from other sectors, to support lasting, positive change. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your personal leadership project […]

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In the news|‘My patient did not have to die the way she did’

November 28, 2023

2023 Presidential Leadership Scholar Dr. Anahita Dua is a vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. She recently published an op-ed in the New York Times discussing her work advocating for a standard for treating advanced peripheral artery disease. “Medicine needs a standard for treating advanced peripheral artery […]

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In the news|How renewing a Bush era program for Africa will help us fend off Russia and China, boost national security

November 28, 2023

2022 Presidential Leadership Scholar Dr. David Bernstein shares in a Fox News opinion piece the impact of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) on health, democracy, and human rights, urging Congress to act to protect this bipartisan program. “PEPFAR, a bipartisan initiative that began in 2003 under the George W. Bush administration, is […]

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Presidential Leadership Scholar spotlight: Scott Hadland

October 13, 2023

In this Presidential Leadership Scholar spotlight, Scott Hadland, Pediatrician and Chief of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses his passion for addressing medical and mental health needs of youth, and the lessons he learned in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

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Five Presidential Leadership Scholar stories we love 

October 4, 2023

Presidential Leadership Scholars alumni are making a difference in the United States and around the world by applying lessons learned through their time in the program. More than 250 PLS alumni will reconnect at the George W. Bush Presidential Center this month for the 2023 Alumni Reunion. As we count down the days until the […]

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Presidential Leadership Scholar spotlight: Neil Grunberg

September 20, 2023

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your personal leadership project (PLP).    I am a Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine and Professor of Neuroscience at the Uniformed Services University (USU) School of Medicine; Professor in the USU Graduate School of Nursing; and Director of Research and Development in the USU Leadership Education […]

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