Perspectives on Systematic Racism

June 23, 2020

Presidential Leadership Scholars are lending their voices to provide perspective on the systemic racism in this country and share thoughts towards progress.


#ThisIsOurShot – Behind the Scenes on the Strategerist Podcast

March 30, 2021 | Sunny Jha (‘18), | Jay Bhatt (‘16) and | Loren Robinson (‘18)

Presidential Leadership Scholars Dr. Sunny Jha, Dr. Loren Robinson, and Dr. Jay Bhatt are on the front lines in their communities in the fight against COVID-19 — but thanks to vaccines that are now available, see a light at the end of the tunnel. They recently spoke to the George W. Bush Center’s Andrew Kaufmann […]


How to find hope in dark times

February 3, 2021 | Virginia Buckingham (‘15)

Presidential Leadership Scholar Virginia Buckingham speaks to lessons in resilience from the forefront of 9/11. Read more in The Hill:


It takes a community to help overcome vaccine hesitancy: OPINION

February 1, 2021 | Jay Bhatt (‘16) and | Kavita Patel (‘15)

Presidential Leadership Scholars Dr. Jay Bhatt and Dr. Kavita Patel recently wrote an opinion piece for ABC News on overcoming vaccine hesitancy. Read more:


Free education for essential workers in Michigan is expanding into a pathway toward a four-year degree

December 3, 2020

Class of 2016’s Russ Kavalhuna recently spoke to CNN about how Henry Ford College is putting the education of front line workers first. Read more:


Scholar Spotlight: Q&A with Brent Taylor

October 7, 2020 | Brent Taylor (‘16)

Brent, please give us an update on what you have been working on since graduating from PLS in 2016. During the past four years, I have the privilege to wear diverse hats that enable me to apply the leadership lessons of PLS in many settings. As a pastor, I walked with our church through a […]


The Root 100’s list of the most influential African Americans

September 23, 2020 | Rob Gore (‘18)

Recently, Class of 2018’s Rob Gore was named as one of The Root 100’s most influential African Americans. Check it out:


100 inspiring Hispanic/Latinx scientists in America

September 18, 2020 | Ricardo Correa Marquez (‘19)

Recently, Cell Press journal published 100 Hispanic/Latinx scientist in America. Class of 2019’s Ricardo Correa made the list – Take a Look:


Online platform connects teens and senior to form unlikely friendships

August 31, 2020 | Michael Hole (‘19)

Class of 2019’s Michael Hole and his team at the Dell Medical School recently launched the “Big & Mini” match program, which pairs seniors and teens to bridge generations and combat loneliness in COVID-19. Check out their highlight on the Today Show:


Pizza Hut Appoints First-Ever Chief Equity Officer

August 20, 2020 | Chequan Lewis (‘18)

Class of 2018’s Chequan Lewis, who formerly oversaw Pizza Hut’s domestic Express chain, was recently appointed as their first ever Chief Equity Officer. Learn more via Ad Week:


An Urgent Invitation to The Movies

August 13, 2020

PLS Class of 2015 Scholar Holly Gordon provides a list of movie recommendations to her fellow Scholars on the topic of democracy, race, and justice. As the Chief Impact Officer at Participant, a film production company in Los Angeles, I often describe my job as not making our movies, but making our movies make a […]