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President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton to Participate in Conversation on Leadership

The July 13 event is part of graduation ceremony for third class of Presidential Leadership Scholars. Watch live on www.presidentialleadershipscholars.org and bushcenter.org

July 6, 2017

DALLAS, Texas -- On July 13, President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton will participate in a conversation focused on leadership moderated by financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. The event is part of the graduation ceremony for 60 members of the 2017 Class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program. 

The PLS program is a unique leadership development initiative that draws upon the resources of the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton and George W. Bush. Since its inception in 2015, 181 Scholars have gained greater inspiration and a stronger sense of purpose as leaders through their participation in the program.

The third class of 60 Scholars was selected during a rigorous process that began with more than 400 applications. Scholars were selected based on their leadership growth potential and the strength of their personal leadership projects aimed at improving the civic or social good by addressing a problem or need in a community, profession or organization.


The 2017 Graduation of Presidential Leadership Scholars including The Moody Foundation Conversation featuring President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton, moderated by David Rubenstein. This event is by invitation only, and press interested in attending can apply for credentials here.


  • President George W. Bush, Founder of the Bush Institute and 43rd President of the United States
  • President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States
  • David Rubenstein, financier, philanthropist and host of the David Rubenstein Show
  • The 2017 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

5:00 p.m. Program Begins

PRESS: The graduation ceremony is OPEN PRESS. Media who plan to attend must apply for credentials here

NOTE: This event is not open to the public, but will be streamed on www.presidentialleadershipscholars.org

George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas, Texas

About the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program:

The Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program is designed for leaders from varied backgrounds who share a commitment to facing society’s greatest challenges. The program seeks participants who have the desire and capacity to take their leadership strengths to a higher level in order to help their communities and emboldens them with the practical skills needed to drive solution-oriented action. By including a roster of presidential centers – two Republican and two Democratic –the program creates a rare opportunity to instill in Scholars a brand of principled leadership that transcends diverse backgrounds.

Through the PLS program curriculum, participants have connected with some of the best minds in the study of leadership and benefited from the assets of the participating presidential centers and insights of the former presidents and people who served with them. In addition to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, throughout the three years of the program Scholars also have had the opportunity to hear from speakers such as former First Lady Laura W. Bush; the Right Honourable Tony Blair; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Senator Rob Portman; Governor Terry McAuliffe; former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; former Secretaries of Commerce Don Evans and Carlos Gutierrez; former Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman; former Secretaries of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala and Sylvia Mathews Burwell; former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings; former Chiefs of Staff Joshua Bolten, Erskine Bowles, Andrew Card, Mack McLarty, John Podesta, and John Sununu; former Counselor to the President Larry Temple; and more.

During the program, Scholars work on a personal leadership project, intended to provide them with the opportunity to both apply the skills and competencies learned throughout the program and help achieve the program’s ultimate desired outcome of increasing social good. The Scholars have expanded the outreach and impact of their projects, including efforts to improve our nation’s schools, support transitioning members of the military, bring poverty relief to communities around the globe, and implement practical business solutions to enhance public and private partnerships; by leveraging their existing knowledge and experience with the skills and competencies learned throughout the program.