Seven DFW executives selected as Presidential Leadership Fellows


The sixth class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program consists of seven DFW residents out of this year’s 60 scholars. They were all chosen based on the candidates’ leadership development potential and their personal leadership plans aimed at improving civic engagement or social good, according to a statement.

Since 2015, the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program has aimed to bring together a diverse network of mid-career professionals and past presidents, administrative officials, academics, and corporate and civic leaders to create change in the country and the world. .

The program kicked off in Washington DC on January 28 and will engage researchers in a six-month program focusing on four core leadership skills: vision and communication, decision-making, persuasion and influence, and strategic partnerships.

During the program, academics will learn about leadership based on the experiences of Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW 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 impacts on the community.

Upon completion of the program, fellows will be able to better accomplish their personal leadership projects through acquired leadership skills and working in any geographic, professional or economic field.

The seven DFW-based Presidential Leadership Fellows 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 of 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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