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Hillary proudly watched her husband and George W. Bush launch this initiative at the Newseum in Washington today.


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President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush Launch Presidential Leadership Scholars Program

Washington, DC
Press Release

Program is designed to teach practical leadership skills through an unprecedented collection of resources and faculty from four presidential centers

September 8, 2014 (Washington, DC) — Today, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush launched the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a partnership between the presidential centers of William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson. The goal of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program is to help participants develop the skills needed to become highly-effective leaders. The inaugural class will begin in February 2015. Online applications and referrals will be accepted at www.presidentialleadershipscholars.org through October 27, 2014.

“Effective leadership is an important skill for individuals looking to make a positive difference in the world and change lives,” said Bruce Lindsey, Chair of the Clinton Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The Presidential Leadership Scholars Program is designed to foster the next generation of leaders, whether they choose to work in government, business, or philanthropy. The program’s unique curriculum includes an unprecedented assembly of leaders across four presidential administrations, spanning over 45 years.”

The program’s interactive and dynamic curriculum incorporates:

  • Pre-eminent scholarship and best practices;
  • Distinguished faculty from the presidential centers’ affiliated universities: SMU, Texas A&M, University of Texas and the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, and other renowned academic institutions, including Georgetown University;
  • Leadership examples and participation from the private, public, non-profit, and military sectors; and,
  • Active engagement from guest speakers across a number of presidential administrations.

The Presidential Leadership Scholars Program will focus on a variety of facets of leadership skills, including vision and communication, decision-making, persuasion and influence, and coalition building. The program will also benefit from periodic participation of former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The curriculum draws from presidential centers’ archives and other resources related to leadership and decision-making moments from each administration.

“Leadership is always a critical need,” said Margaret Spellings, president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. “I’m excited about the opportunity that lies before us:  a program that will train highly motivated people with a track record of leadership from across all sectors and backgrounds – private, public, non-profit, military and academia – to apply the lessons, concepts and ideas they learn through the program to the complex opportunities and challenges that lie before them.”

Throughout the program, scholars are encouraged to form long-term relationships with one another and to learn from each other’s divergent views and backgrounds. By connecting a new class of scholars each year, the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program also aims to build a strong and diverse alumni network that can put the lessons of cooperation and collaborative problem-solving to use in a variety of sectors.

The program begins with an intensive four-day instructional program held at Mt. Vernon, where participants will learn about leadership models in general, and presidential leadership in particular.

In the months following, an extended weekend class sessions will be held at each of the participating presidential centers: the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas; the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas; and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.  Scholars will be able to maintain their full time employment while participating in the program. Spread over six months, the sessions encompass approximately 120 hours of instruction.

The first class of scholars will be selected by the end of the year. Applicants may come from the private, public, non-profit, and military sectors and should generally have 10 years of professional experience.  Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong record of professional and community achievement, a commitment to continued growth as a leader, a passion for serving an even broader role in society and a collaborative spirit that is open to new ideas and approaches.

The four presidential centers are committed to offering this opportunity to selected participants regardless of their financial means. To honor this commitment, program tuition, accommodations, meals and travel to the course sessions are funded by generous contributions from foundations, individuals and corporations, including the Moody Foundation, the Miles Foundation, and the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation. The Presidential Leadership Scholars program also benefits from an Advisory Committee, made up of notable alumni from each presidential administration, which contributes to the breadth and depth of expertise supporting this innovative leadership program. Members of the advisory committee are:  The Honorable Joshua Bolten, Chair;  The Honorable Alexis M. Herman, Co-Chair;  The Honorable  James W. Cicconi;  The Honorable Carlos Gutierrez;  The Honorable Tom Johnson;  The Honorable Vilma S. Martinez; General (Ret.) Stanley A. McChrystal;  The Honorable Constance Berry Newman;  The Honorable Lyndon Olson;  Dr. Roger B. Porter;  The Honorable Donna E. Shalala;  Dr. Laura Tyson;  The Honorable Bruce Lindsey, Chairman of the Board for the Clinton Foundation; and, The Honorable Margaret Spellings, ex-officio.

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Hillary Clinton, former FLOTUS, former senator, and former secretary of state accompanied by her husband, the former president, attended the  dedication this morning of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.  She appeared to enjoy the event thoroughly.  The relaxation shows.  She was glowing as she stood with the current and other former FLOTUSes.  She is once again wearing kitten heels.

It was a huge event, historic, and fun.  Quintessentially American.  The elder Bushes drew attention – he with his pink socks and she with her always surprising remarks.  When Matt Lauer asked her before the ceremony about Jeb Bush running in 2016, she said there are more qualified people than four families and the country has had enough Bushes.  Bill Clinton referred her as “my mother” so it is possible her message was not only for Jeb but also for her adopted daughter-in-law.  From the looks of things Barb and Hillary get along especially well.

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I love this one!



This picture was provided by the Bush family.




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On Wednesday, Hillary is set to deliver the first of her paid speeches which are booked via the Harry Walker Agency.  She will be the keynote speaker at this event.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton will keynote the National Multi Housing Council’s (NMHC) 2013 Spring Board of Directors Meeting dinner in Dallas on April 24.  Clinton served as Secretary of State from January 2009 until February 2013.   She joined the State Department after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, first lady and senator.

The 2013 NMHC Spring Board of Directors Meeting will be held April 24 and 25 at the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Dallas.  The Spring Board Meeting brings together senior apartment executives from the industry’s leading firms.  This meeting provides Executive Committee and Board members with an invaluable opportunity to candidly share information and insight on issues of common interest.  The Spring Board Meeting immediately follows the 2013 NMHC Apartment Strategies/Finance Conference being held at the same location on April 23 and 24.

The Spring Board Meeting is open to NMHC Executive Committee and Board of Directors members only.

The dinner is scheduled for 7 p.m., and, in what has become an instant tradition, the Ready for Hillary Super PAC has planned a rally to greet her at the venue and encourage her to run in 2016.

On Thursday both Secretary and President Clinton will attend the inauguration of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University.

President and Mrs. Bush look forward to sharing this historic day with all living Presidents, dignitaries and supporters of the Bush Center. President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama, President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter will participate in this special ceremony.

Due to space limitations, attendance at the Dedication Ceremony is by invitation only.

The Bush Center welcomes you to join President and Mrs. Bush for the live webcast of the Dedication Ceremony.  With world leaders in attendance for this historic day, the event is expected to enjoy internationally-televised coverage.  Please refer to your local listings for news coverage.  The webcast will begin at 8:00 a.m.

There are no plans for a rally at this event as far as we know.

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