Jake Harriman, CEO and Founder of Nuru International, has been selected to be a member of the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a unique leadership development initiative that draws upon the resources of the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. These presidential centers have partnered to bring together a select group of leaders who have the desire and capacity to take their leadership strengths to a higher level in order to help their communities and our country.
Sixty scholars from a variety of sectors – private, public, non-profit, military, and academia – were invited to participate in this year’s cohort, which will begin a six-month executive-education series at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, in late February 2015. Over the course of the program, scholars will travel to each participating presidential center to learn from former presidents, key administration officials, and leading academics to learn and put into practice varying approaches to leadership, develop a network of peers, and exchange ideas with mentors and others who can help them make an impact in their communities.
The program is non-degree bearing, entails approximately 100 hours of informative sessions and case studies, and covers expansive approaches to leadership theory, drawing upon examples from recent presidents.
The curriculum draws from presidential center archives and resources related to leadership moments from each administration. It includes insights from how each president addressed pressing challenges and benefits from the participation of President George W. Bush and President William J. Clinton. It also relies upon in-depth analyses of how leaders across all sectors address similar types of challenges.
“Having the opportunity to be mentored and developed as a leader by former Presidents and their teams is a humbling honor for me personally and for all of us at Nuru International,” says Jake Harriman. “At Nuru, we believe that raising up and empowering local community leaders is key to sustainable poverty eradication. The leadership principles and lessons I hope to learn as a Presidential Leadership Scholar will help us achieve our mission of ending extreme poverty in remote rural areas.”
To learn more, watch the video below and visit presidentialleadershipscholars.org.
Questions? Please contact Hannah Abney, Director of Communications at the Bush Center.