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 […]


The Power of Persuasion

June 26, 2019

Lessons in leadership from the Presidential Leadership Scholars program: Session 5 Last week, the 2019 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars met for the fifth time at the LBJ Presidential Library on the campus of the University of Texas. There, Scholars heard from President Johnson’s daughter, Luci Baines Johnson, his granddaughters Nicole Covert and Catherine Robb, […]


Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at PLS Fifth Anniversary Celebration

June 20, 2019

Presidents joined by Presidential Leadership Scholars from across the United States who are tackling the most pressing issues of our time.


Applications Open for Sixth Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars

June 3, 2019

Applications open through August 31, 2019 for the 2020 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars


Decision Points

May 23, 2019

Lessons in leadership from the Presidential Leadership Scholars program: Session 4 “I’m a big believer in [America’s] values. I believe in the dignity of every human being. I believe that every human being should be listened to. And I know that every free society yields to peace.” -President George W. Bush This month, President George […]


Running to Remember: Lisa’s Story

May 22, 2019 | Lisa Hallett (‘18)

I am the Executive Director of wear blue: run to remember and, more importantly, a proud Army wife. I grew up with my husband, John, in Northern California. We attended the same small Catholic elementary school, and over the years, built a strong friendship. On December 27, 2003, I married Captain John Hallett, a West […]


Vision and Communication

April 18, 2019

Last week, President Clinton and the Clinton Presidential Center hosted the third session of the 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholars program. There, Scholars participated in discussions to understand how President Clinton’s clarity of vision, skill for storytelling, and core values of community, responsibility, and opportunity can be applied to their own work to improve the world […]


Remembering the Leadership of President George H.W. Bush

March 26, 2019

LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP SCHOLARS PROGRAM: SESSION 2 IN COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS This month, Scholars traveled to College Station to learn about the leadership style and legacy of President George H.W. Bush. Session two focused on developing strategic partnerships. Scholars took a close look at the partnerships and alliances President Bush formed […]


Lessons in Presidential History

February 20, 2019

Lessons in leadership from the Presidential Leadership Scholars program: Session one in D.C. In February, the 2019 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) kicked off the fifth year of the program in Washington, D.C. The latest class joins an active network of 240 Scholars who are applying lessons learned through the program to make a difference […]


2019 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars Announced

January 31, 2019

Fifth annual class comprised of 60 Scholars including veterans, educators, physicians, public servants, and corporate professionals; program begins on February 5 in Washington, D.C.  January 31, 2019 – Today, the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program announced the 60 Scholars who will form the program’s fifth annual class. PLS serves as a catalyst for a diverse […]


From Austin to Iraq: Two Presidential Leadership Scholars Continue to Take Action

October 4, 2018 | Sunny Jha (‘18) and | Quyen Chu (‘18)

Meet two changemakers who share a commitment to advancing medical standards in developing countries. At the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Center in Austin, Texas, a discussion of international medical trips between two 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholars led them to embark on one themselves. Dr. Quyen Chu and Dr. Sunny Jha – a surgeon and anesthesiologist, […]