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A Strong Call of Duty: Jake Harriman's Presidential Leadership Scholar Graduation Speech

July 14, 2015 by George W. Bush Presidential Center

Last week the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars graduated in a ceremony at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. At graduation, Scholar Jake Harriman delivered an inspiring speech and introduction for the conversation with Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

As part of the PLS curriculum, each Scholar is required to develop a personal leadership project. Jake Harriman’s organization, Nuru, is creating lasting meaningful choices for impoverished farmers in conflict states to create greater global stability and security by combining special operations combat experience with a new poverty eradication model. Nuru seeks to become the “go-to” nation-building platform – enabling stability and choices in fragile nations. Presidential Leadership Scholars has enabled Nuru to elevate the visibility of their approach and gain the support needed to launch their first conflict state project, and it has helped Jake refine his communication skills to gain buy-in for Nuru among key stakeholders.

Watch Jake’s full speech below.

 


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George W. Bush Presidential Center

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GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

As the 13th presidential library, the Bush Library and Museum promotes an understanding of the American presidency, examines the specific time in history during which President Bush served, and provides access to official records and artifacts from the Bush Administration.

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THE GEORGE W. BUSH INSTITUTE

The Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization that cultivates leaders, fosters policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges, and takes action to save and change lives. Our work is inspired by the principles that guide President and Mrs. Bush in public life.

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