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Presidential Leadership Scholars

The Presidential Leadership Scholars program is a partnership among the Presidential Centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson and is designed for mid-career leaders from diverse backgrounds who share a commitment to helping solve society’s greatest challenges. Participants connect with some of the best minds in the study of leadership and benefit from the assets of the Presidential Centers and the insights of former Presidents and the people who served with them.

The Presidential Leadership Scholars program is made possible by the generous support of our founding partners: The Moody FoundationW.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation, and The Miles Foundation.

Core Components

  • Scholars travel to each Presidential Center to study and put into practice core leadership abilities illustrative of the many competencies from that President.
  • Drawing from the resources of each Presidential Center, the curriculum provides insight into how each President addressed challenges and issues during their tenure and incorporates analyses of how leaders across all sectors address similar types of challenges.
  • Scholars work on their own personal leadership projects, aimed at improving the civic or social good by addressing a problem or need in a community, profession, or organization.
  • Experienced professionals in positions of influence across all sectors – private, public, non-profit organizations, and the military – scholars learn from a vibrant network of peers, who help them make a greater impact in their communities.
Learn more at the Presidential Leadership Scholars site


of Scholars said their leadership abilities had grown significantly.

Meet the Scholars

In Her Words: Diana Mao, 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar and Founder, Nomi Network

“For the past 7 years, I have been dedicating my time to creating economic opportunities for vulnerable women. It is hard to believe that there are 32 million slaves in the world today. There are many reasons why this $99 billion industry exists. But the statistics were truly meaningless to me, until I had gone to Cambodia one summer to do some research on microfinance and became an unintentional witness to the risks of sex trafficking.

"I co-founded Nomi Network, named after an 8 year-old survivor of sex trafficking, which creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk. We provide entrepreneurship, leadership and technical training to women in Cambodia and India, linking their products to the global market, while working with retailers and consumers who seek to purchase ethically made products.

"The Presidential Leadership Scholars Program has been instrumental in enlarging my network, my tool belt, and leadership capacity, to help build ethical supply chains that empower women and girls so they can have a chance to live and thrive.”

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of Scholars were significantly more inspired to achieve more in improving society.