Seven DFW Leaders Selected as Presidential Leadership Scholars

The chosen scholars will travel across the nation to visit presidential centers and learn from former presidents and business and civic leaders.

The sixth class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program includes seven DFW residents out of this year’s 60 scholars. They have all been chosen based on applicants’ leadership growth potential and their personal leadership projects geared to improve civic engagement or social good, according to a statement.

Since 2015, the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program has aimed to bring a diverse network of mid-career professionals and former presidents, administration officials, academics, and business and civic leaders together to create change at home and worldwide.

The program began in Washington D.C. on Jan. 28 and will engage the scholars in a six-month program focused on four core leadership skills: vision and communication, decision making, persuasion and influence, and strategic partnerships.

Over the course of the program, the scholars will learn about leadership based on the experiences of Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson as they travel to participating presidential centers. They are expected to study and practice various leadership approaches, while also exchanging ideas to help improve their community impacts.

After the program ends, the scholars will be able to better accomplish their personal leadership projects through gained leadership skills and to work across any geographic, professional, or economic lanes.

The seven DFW-based Presidential Leadership Scholars include:

  • Rebecca Feickert, co-founder, Trey Athletes
  • Pellagia Gambiza, executive director, Shine on Sierra Leone
  • HaeSung Han, co-founder and CEO, POETIC
  • Jerry Hawkins, executive director, Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
  • Jin-Ya Huang, founder, Break Bread, Break Borders
  • Shareefah Mason, Distinguished Teacher, Dallas Independent School District
  • Adam McGough, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, City of Dallas


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