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 […]


It’s all one song.

April 3, 2020

Class of 2020 Scholar Maria Kim reflects on the current state of the world, lessons learned so far from the PLS program, and her hopes for the future. That’s what Neil Young barked back at the man in the audience who shouted “It all sounds the same!”. The songs, how they turn, their lazy S […]


In Times of Crisis, Calm Always Wins

March 24, 2020 | Marta Michelle Colon (‘17)

A note from Marta Colon, Chief Attitude Officer of Buenagente. Whether we are in quarantine or not, this is a great moment to begin practicing “micro-steps” as they help us build healthier living and working styles. Why do we have to focus on the big things and what we don’t have? We should start at […]


COVID-19 Updates from the Presidential Leadership Scholars Community

March 19, 2020

As the world continues to respond to COVID-19, we will be using our platform to share reliable information and work being done in our community of Scholars, Presidential Centers, and staff. Check back for continual day-to-day updates.


2020 Module Two Recap: College Station, Texas

March 11, 2020

n February, the Presidential Leadership Program Scholars had their second module of the six-month long program in College Station, Texas.


Telling the Story of Slavery and the White House

February 20, 2020 | Tynesia Boyea-Robinson (‘18)

By: Tynesia Boyea-Robinson History is complicated because it reflects the thoughts, beliefs and perspectives of the storyteller.  American History is particularly fraught because it has far too often erased the narratives of the people most central to the country’s founding; indigenous Native American people and enslaved Africans and their descendants.  Black History month is a […]


I asked two former presidents how they accomplished big things. Their answers surprised me.

February 20, 2020 | Jay Bhatt (‘16)

What makes a great leader? I used to think I knew. And then I met Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. On the face of it, the former presidents appear quite dissimilar: they’re from different parties and their administrations often espoused contradictory policies. Yet, both were able to institute bold initiatives to help those […]


PLS Spotlight: Hunter Taylor

February 18, 2020 | Hunter Taylor (‘18)

Class of 2018’s Hunter Taylor tells us about his experience with PLS, life after the program, and shares advice for the Class of 2020.


2020 Module One Recap

February 10, 2020

Scholars learned lessons from presidential history in Washington, D.C.


2020 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars Announced

January 27, 2020

Sixth annual class comprised of 60 Scholars including veterans, educators, physicians, public servants, and corporate professionals; program begins on January 28 in Washington, D.C.


PLS Spotlight: Thear Suzuki

January 14, 2020 | Thear Suzuki (‘19) and | Alfia Ilicheva (‘19)

Alfia Ilicheva, Co-Founder of WIN: Women in Innovation, talks with fellow Scholar Thear Suzuki, Americas Advisory Talent Leader at Ernst and Young, about her life and experience during the PLS program in 2019. Alfia Illicheva: Who are you and what do you do? Thear Suzuki: I inspire courageous actions in others so they can lead […]