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The Bush Institute's Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program 2021 Module 1 Recap

Recently, the 2021 Class of the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program convened virtually for their first module. Scholars learned about the foundations of leadership, the power of data, outcome-based investments, the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, and more. They also heard from a variety of speakers, who provided the below advice to the new class.

Article by Katie Kardell July 1, 2021 //   2 minute read

Recently, the 2021 Class of the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program convened virtually for their first module. Scholars learned about the foundations of leadership, the power of data, outcome-based investments, the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, and more. They also heard from a variety of speakers, who provided the below advice to the new class.

Christina Lowhorn, VLP Class of 2018

“This program changed my trajectory.

My advice - Jump into this journey. Dive in. Wring it out. Get everything out of it. The investment in you from the Bush Institute is not just a fixed point of time, you get what you put into it, and it lasts a lifetime.”

Seema Reza, VLP Class of 2019

“I didn’t know what to expect (when I started the program), but I knew what I needed to do was to listen radically. That really served me – and to be around people who I felt were willing to speak in a way that explained things I was already expected to know. Everything changed for me. It was the community of people around me – and that has lasted, and I know will continue to last.”

April and Jay Graham Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute Secretary Bob McDonald

“I’m a huge believer in the power of diversity and inclusion, because innovation occurs when people bring their whole self to the task. And their whole self means the layered experiences they’ve had through their lives.”

“Leadership is the scarcest quality in the universe, yet the one that is needed the most.”

“I don’t know of a great leader who isn’t humble. With humility, you really work hard to know your people and to create trust.”

Meet the Class of 2021.