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 […]


NASA astronaut Captain Victor Glover on leadership, breaking barriers, and what’s next in space exploration

February 10, 2023

What many people don’t see are the countless lessons, tireless hard work, and little enlightening moments along the way in Captain Glover’s story. He recently joined a conversation with the 2023 Presidential Leadership Scholars to explore these lessons.  


In the news|How videos of police brutality can traumatize many Americans

February 1, 2023

2022 Presidential Leadership Scholar Riana Elyse Anderson, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Stanford University Fellow, joined PBS NewsHour to discuss how videos of police brutality traumatize many communities and individuals, raising real questions for a person’s mental health. She shares ideas on how those who watch can cope […]


In the news|Let’s be with each other even if we don’t agree with each other

January 23, 2023

Presidential Leadership Scholar Sarah Cotton Nelson, Consultant and Founder of High Flying Strategy, writes that active participation in faith communities might be an answer to our Nation’s division in a recent op-ed for the Dallas Morning News. “In our current siloed world of news-you-choose and social media algorithms that serve us up what we most […]


2023 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars announced

January 12, 2023

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


Achieving success in rural schools

December 5, 2022

This interview with 2022 Presidential Leadership Program Scholar Elisabeth Luevanos was originally published in The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute. Urban and suburban school districts garner most of America’s attention. Still, nearly 10 million students are enrolled in the nation’s rural schools. Their districts are building partnerships with colleges, developing curricula […]


Presidential Leadership Scholar discusses ongoing protests amidst atrocities in Iran

September 30, 2022

As a seven-year-old, Mariam Memarsadeghi saw the life her parents built shatter around her during the Iranian Revolution of 1979. While her family had no intention of leaving their home country, it was clear to Memarsadeghi’s parents that their daughter could no longer have the life they had hoped for her in Iran’s new state of […]


In the News|A new approach to domestic violence

September 23, 2022

Presidential Leadership Scholar Anita Ravi was highlighted in Politico for her work providing quality, trauma- and survivor-informed health care at no cost to gender based violence survivors and their children through PurpLE Family Health. “For me, the work that I have been doing, nearly for the past decade or so, has really shined a light […]


Presidential Leadership Scholar influences nationwide rollout of health care tool 

September 20, 2022

Health care workers around the world are increasingly looking beyond medical conditions to address other factors that can affect people’s health – things like income level, education, housing status, food insecurity, and work conditions.   That’s where Vidya Ayyr’s work comes in. As the Director of Community Social Impact at Dallas’ Parkland Health, BrainCharge Founder and […]


In the News|Wildfire season is here. California needs to fight back smarter

August 11, 2022

Presidential Leadership Scholar Donnie Hasseltine, CSO of Xenon Partners and Veteran Fellow at The Hoover Institution, recently co-authored an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle on the serious threat of life and property loss this wildfire season. “Although technological advances are improving firefighting capabilities, most innovations focus on identifying and responding to fires after they […]


In the News | Presidential Leadership Scholar named Director of Illinois Department of Public Health

July 14, 2022

Gov. JB Pritzker has appointed Dr. Sameer Vohra (PLS 2020) to lead the Illinois Department of Public Health beginning Aug. 1.  “I am humbled that the Governor has entrusted me to serve the people of our State as the 20th Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Governor Pritzker, along with the dedicated staff […]