Results & Highlights

WE Lead alumna Emna Ben Arab utilized her training to help Tunisian children. She and her business partner established two private secondary schools that provide children with global job market preparation.

I learned that I have to 'own' my own path. I learned to take thoughtful risks, and that I should always say, 'Yes, and...' and not 'Yes, but.'

– Emna Ben Arab (WE Lead 2015)

Conor French is General Counsel of Zipline International, the world's largest medical drone delivery service. Zipline's ultimate goal is to provide every human in remote areas with instant access to vital medical supplies.

PLS breathed new life into my sense of possibility. It scaffolded my makeshift leadership style, fortifying the critical DNA that had gotten me there and opening a path toward where I wanted to go. And PLS emboldened me to take the leap of a lifetime — embarking on a novel approach to aerospace and healthcare with the power to transform the lives of billions.

– Conor French (PLS 2018)

Participants in the three primary programs — Presidential Leadership Scholars, WE Lead, the Liberty and Leadership Program, and the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program — gave their experience an unparalleled net promotor score (NPS) of 92, meaning nearly every participant highly recommended the experience to their closest friends and associates.

The high satisfaction rates likely came from the many benefits the programs provided. Many participants said they experienced significant growth in a number of dimensions through their involvement in their respective programs (see figure below).

These benefits led 86 percent of program participants to experience an increase in their confidence and purpose as a leader, which will spur significant opportunities for greater eladership and impact on society.


indicated their exposure to and appreciation of a wider diversity of perspectives dramatically increased.


of Scholars and Fellows reported their participation propelled their personal leadership project forward.

Ninety-five percent said they were likely to achieve their long-term vision for impacting society thanks to the skills, resources, and inspiration they received by becoming a Bush Institute leader, whereas only 68 percent said the same prior to beginning the program.

Sector Spotlight: Education

In the forUs project, I have helped train 200 youth in the marginalized areas of Tunis to be prepared for a professional life. After the project, 80% of them have found jobs.”

– Siwar Douss (WE Lead 2016)

We recently led the successful charge on a common application system for high schools throughout Chicago Public Schools to ensure all students have access to high-quality educational opportunities. Already more than 80% of the rising 27,000 eighth graders have applied to schools through one comprehensive system.”

– Daniel Anello (PLS 2015)

Sector Spotlight: Veterans

VLP helped me jumpstart an expansion of Combined Arms to two new cities — Austin and El Paso. Before starting VLP, we had about 30 veteran service organization partners in the Houston area serving about 1,500 veterans. Now, we work with 47 organizations that have helped over 5,000 veterans connect to 14,000 social services they didn't have access to before.”

– John Boerstler (VLP 2018)

Over the past three years, Rally Point/6 served over 26,000 service members, veterans, and military family members. In the first full year of operations, we formed a strategic partnership with the USO scaling the model into five major military installations. In 2017, RP/6 was acquired by the USO. RP/6 was re-branded as the Pathfinder Program and is now expanding, serving military and military families globally.”

– Anne Sprute (PLS 2015)

Sector Spotlight: Health

Our organization, since we founded it in 2012, has created access to neighborhood-based primary care for over 35,000 adults on Medicare and Medicaid living in medically under-served communities. Presidential Leadership Scholars gave me a practical understanding of my values and a leadership framework that helped me, as an individual leader, become a better member of the team and a better advocate for our team’s mission: To rebuild health care as it should be, personal, equitable, and accountable.”

– Griffin Myers (PLS 2017)

Sector Spotlight: Technology

My conviction is that what's truly missing from veteran transition is an efficient, selfless, and unbiased platform for veterans to teach each other where they are finding post-military career satisfaction, and where they are not. Vet it is a social software company that empowers veterans to confidently ask and share professional insights about industries, jobs, employers, education, and service programs."

– Adam Davies (VLP 2019)

Through my goal of increasing education and employment opportunities for women and empowering children in evolving countries, I am developing the curriculum and structure for the first STEM school in Afghanistan.”

– Roya Mahboob (PLS 2019)

Sector Spotlight:
International Development

One of the most remarkable changes is my decision to widen the scope of my PLP. I initially intended to create more job opportunities for unemployed women in my country, Tunisia. Having been part of the program, and due to my interactions with my fellow scholars, I ended up designing a freelance platform that would reach women from the entire MENA region, not only Tunisia.”

– Hana Elghoul (WE Lead 2019)

My company, CrossBoundary, is focused on bringing private investment for sustainable development into underserved sectors and regions, such as off-grid solar energy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Participating in PLS was instrumental in helping me grow the firm from just twelve people to over 70 investment professionals and eight international offices across the world.”

– Jake Cusack (PLS 2019)

Sector Spotlight: Human Rights

I’ve impacted 2,000 women and their families through vocational training, jobs, and savings; graduated 40 leaders in our fashion incubator and school in Cambodia; and won a court case (a child was murdered) in one of the most corrupt states in India. PLS has given me encouragement from peers, expanded my network, support financially through Nomi Network’s gala, and advice from peers and peer affiliates.”

– Diana Mao (PLS 2015)