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.


Notes from the Field: Q&A with Michael Hole

April 27, 2020 | Michael Hole (‘19)

Michael Hole, MD, MBA is a first-generation college graduate and former social worker turned Harvard- and Stanford-educated physician, professor, author, researcher and serial entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. See below for excerpts from our conversation with Dr. Hole about his efforts, especially during COVID-19. Tell us about your job at The University of Texas. I’m very […]


Notes from the Field: Even Though We’re Apart, We’re Together In This Fight

April 14, 2020 | SreyRam Kuy (‘17)

In the middle of lockdowns and social distancing, it can feel like the world has shut down.  It hasn’t.  Filled with bursts of ingenuity, compassion and collaboration, life still goes on. I was operating on a perforated colon cancer, and in the midst of my rapid fire shouts of “6 more liters of sterile irrigation” […]


COVID-19 + Cyber Crime

April 8, 2020 | Kristin Judge (‘17)

During my journey with the PLS class of 2017, I was able to obtain a 501c3 status and funding to start the Cybercrime Support Network. Our public-private partnership is giving a voice to victims of cybercrime and online fraud and providing resources to report, recover and reinforce security after an attack. PLS Scholars continue to […]


What Matters Most?

April 6, 2020 | Jane Henzerling (‘17)

Prioritizing time to support our children’s education during COVID-19 closures. We can’t do it all.  That much has become clear, if it wasn’t already.  Managing our work and home lives is challenging enough in typical times; throw a pandemic into the mix, and it can be enough to tip the scales to “unmanageable,” even if […]


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 […]