President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush came together at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock to speak with inspiring leaders who are working together to tackle pressing challenges of our time.

At the 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) graduation, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush held a conversation with the 59 Scholars to discuss the pressing challenges of our time. From national service to immigration, the conversation focused on the work Scholars are doing to address current issues faced in our nation and around the world.

This 2018 class is comprised of doctors, veterans, corporate…


Meet four changemakers from diverse backgrounds who share a commitment to facing society’s greatest challenges.


Scholars tour the “Texas White House” at the LBJ Ranch. Photo by Jay Godwin for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

Lessons in leadership from the Presidential Leadership Scholars program: Session 5

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. …


President Bill Clinton, Presidential Leadership Scholar Class of 2017 SreyRam Kuy, and President George W. Bush at the 2017 graduation ceremony. Photo by Grant Miller for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

A one-of-a-kind opportunity to join a network of leaders making a difference in the world, and learn from the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson

Applications are now open to join the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program — a one-of-a-kind partnership among the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson.


President George W. Bush speaks with Presidential Leadership Scholars about the value of leading with compassion and creating clear decision-making processes as a leader. Photo by Grant Miller for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

Lessons in leadership from the Presidential Leadership Scholars program: Session 4

“As a leader, your instincts matter a lot. But if the goal is to have people around to make you look good, you will fail. If your goal is to have experts there to lend their knowledge, then you’ll make good choices.” -President George W. Bush

This month, President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush welcomed the 2018 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars to the Bush Center in Dallas, Texas.

Scholars learned about the leadership style and strengths of President Bush, and how to apply the decision-making processes…


President Bill Clinton speaks with Presidential Leadership Scholars about his core values of opportunity, responsibility, and community, and the moments that shaped his commitment to public service. Photo by Grant Miller for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

Lessons in leadership from the Presidential Leadership Scholars program: Session 3

This month, the 2018 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars met for the third time at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

There, Scholars received unique insights from former administration officials on what it meant to work for President Bill Clinton, and how his gift for communicating, and the core values of opportunity, responsibility, and community, made him an effective leader.

In addition to President Bill Clinton, Scholars were joined by:

  • Stephanie Streett, executive director of the Clinton Foundation, and former director of scheduling in the Clinton administration;
  • Rahm Emanuel, 55th mayor of the City of Chicago, former chief…


Scholars gather with Luci Baines Johnson during a visit to the “Texas White House” at the LBJ Ranch. Photo by Grant Miller for Presidential Leadership Scholars Program.

Scholar Spotlight: How Judge Scott Schlegel is improving his community

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 67.8% of released prisoners in 2005 from 30 states were arrested for a new crime within 3 years, and 76.6% were arrested within 5 years. Judge Scott Schlegel believes these statistics are unacceptable and that it is our responsibility to do everything within our power to prepare those under community supervision for the challenges ahead. …


Presidential Leadership Scholars engage with each other and experts to advance the work they are doing in their communities. Photo courtesy of Butch Ireland for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

Class of 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholar, Tynesia Boyea-Robinson reflects on lessons learned from our first session in DC

The premise of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program is that if you are a leader committed to making the world a better place, you must be willing to listen to and learn from those with opposing viewpoints to create sustainable change.

Do you prioritize freedom or safety? What if I asked “do you prioritize lives or guns?”

Each of these questions leads with and taps into our values. Depending on how the question is worded, your response is visceral as is your surety of the “right” answer. And what often follows is a polarizing debate filled with ugliness and hate…


Presidential Leadership Scholars are joined by President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush at the Bush Presidential Library Foundation in College Station, Texas. Photo courtesy of Butch Ireland for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

Lessons in leadership from the Presidential Leadership Scholars program: Session 2

Last week, the 2018 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars met for the second time at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

Here, Scholars received unique insights from former administration officials on what it meant to work for President George H.W. Bush, and how his authentic relationships with those around him — from foreign leaders to his staff — made him an effective leader.

In addition to President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush, Scholars were joined by:

  • Andy Card, former secretary of transportation to President George H.W. Bush…


Lessons in leadership from the Presidential Leadership Scholars program: Session 1 in D.C.

By Mike Hemphill, Director, Presidential Leadership Scholars & Director for Academic Programming, Clinton Foundation

Last week, the 2018 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) kicked off the fourth year of the program with a week full of sessions in Washington D.C. There, the impressive group of Scholars — comprised of doctors, veterans, corporate professionals, scientists, public servants, educators, and more from across the country — came together to embark on a six month journey to collaborate and make a difference in the world as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill…

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