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 […]


What to read, watch, and listen to this Women’s History Month according to Presidential Leadership Scholars

March 3, 2022

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Presidential Leadership Scholars shared recommendations for books, podcasts, and films that highlight women’s history, advocate for gender equity, and celebrate the power of women.


2022 Module Two Recap: Strategic Partnerships

March 1, 2022

Module two focused on strategic partnerships and the leadership of President George H.W. Bush.


Leaders to Celebrate This Black History Month: Shareefah Mason

February 21, 2022

Presidential Leadership Scholar Shareefah Mason (2020) is diversifying and strengthening the teacher pipeline with a specific focus on increasing the number of Black and Latinx candidates. Shareefah joins us for a Q&A on what motivates her to do this work, reflections on Black History Month, and more.


Leaders to Celebrate This Black History Month: Jerry Hawkins

February 11, 2022

Jerry Hawkins (PLS 2020) gives an update on his PLP, Young Leaders Strong City, reflects on what Black History Month means to him, and shares who has influenced his life and work.


Scholar Spotlight: Q&A with John Coleman

February 4, 2022

Presidential Leadership Scholar John Coleman gives an update on what he’s been working on since graduating from PLS in 2018 and shares his advice for the 2022 Scholars.


2022 Module One Recap: The Leadership Foundation

January 28, 2022

In January, the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) Class of 2022 convened for the first time virtually. Check out a recap of the week’s activities.


2022 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars Announced

January 18, 2022

Seventh annual class composed of 60 Scholars including veterans, educators, physicians, public servants, and corporate professionals; program begins Jan. 18 Jan. 18, 2022 – The Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program today named the 60 Scholars who will form the program’s seventh annual class. PLS serves as a catalyst for a diverse network of leaders brought […]


Presidential Leadership Scholars Year In Review

December 23, 2021

The Presidential Leadership Scholars continue to increase the breadth and depth of their impact around the world. From sharing stories of triumph and devastation in Afghanistan to advocating against COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, the work of our Scholars has never been more important than in 2021. Take a look back at some of the most important and impactful moments.


Presidential Leadership Scholar Stories of Gratitude

November 22, 2021

As we enter the holiday season, the PLS team is reflecting on our incredible Scholars who continue to be catalysts for action and positive change around the globe. We recently asked the Presidential Leadership Scholars to share their thoughts on gratitude and what they are most thankful for as they think back on the past year.


In the News|Hispanic Impact Fund to Surpass $1M Given to Local Nonprofits

October 25, 2021 | Gerardo Interiano (‘17)

Class of 2017’s Gerardo Interiano gives an update on his Personal Leadership Project, the Hispanic Impact Fund, and reflects on how PLS has contributed to its recent success.