Last week, the 2018 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars met for the fifth time at the LBJ Presidential Library on the campus of the University of Texas.
Here, Scholars heard from Lynda Johnson Robb, former administration officials, and President Johnson himself on tape, to gain unique insight into President Johnson’s leadership style — specifically his approach to persuasion and influence while working with civil rights leaders, government officials, the media, and beyond. Scholars then worked with Dr Mike Hemphill and Professor Michael O’Leary to explore persuasive styles and tactics, and began applying lessons learned to their own projects to improve their community, country, and our world.
Scholars were joined by former members of the Johnson administration including:
- Tom Johnson, chairman emeritus, Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation Board, former CEO of the Los Angeles Times and CNN, and special assistant to President Johnson;
- Lynda Johnson Robb, president of the National Home Library Foundation and a member of the advisory board of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards, and founding member of Reading is Fundamental;
- Bill Moyers, broadcast journalist, founding organizer of the Peace Corps, and former Press Secretary to President Johnson;
- Larry Temple, chairman, Lyndon B. Johnson Board of Trustees and former special counsel to President Johnson;
- Mark Updegrove, president and CEO of the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation; and more.
Here’s what people are saying:
It was an honor to host the @PLSprogram @LBJLibrary earlier this week. The Scholars are doing remarkable things to better their communities, our nation and the world. https://t.co/xOvOwwUMhd
— Mark K. Updegrove (@MarkKUpdegrove) June 16, 2018
Always inspired when I’m with the @PLSprogram Scholars and alumni! Excited to welcome the new class to Austin into the alumni ranks! #PLScholars pic.twitter.com/Gw1fHKVwlH
— Gerardo Interiano (@gainteriano) June 16, 2018
#PLScholars, thank you for a great visit! We hope you enjoyed your time in Austin and at the @LBJLibrary and @LBJohnsonNPS. Onto the next stop! pic.twitter.com/vuRkkDiVW4
— LBJ Foundation (@LBJFoundation) June 16, 2018
An incredible session learning about civil rights era and the process of progress. Last time I saw Tom Johnson and @BillMoyers I was an intern at CNN in Atlanta and @BillMoyers was touring the newsroom because he was such a fan of what was being built https://t.co/OOrfQpE2eZ
— isabel gonzález whitaker (@isabelcgonzalez) June 15, 2018
I’m thankful to be a part of the @PLSprogram and look forward to applying the lessons learned to serve New Jersey. #PLScholars https://t.co/5YxzMafkqB
— Steven Llanes (@llanes_steven) June 15, 2018
This session concluded our visits to the four participating presidential centers — the George Bush Library in College Station, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, and the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin. Throughout the program, the Scholars apply the lessons learned from these four presidents to enhance their own strategic partnerships, vision and communication, decision-making, and persuasion and influence. Look out for our next update in July from graduation at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas!
Applications are now open for the 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholars program. To learn more, visit www.presidentialleadershipscholars.org. For updates about the Presidential Leadership Scholars, use #PLScholars or follow @PLSprogram on Twitter.