Bravo! To 2017 Hispanic Chamber Chair-Elect, Dr. Esteban López

Bravo! To our 2017 Hispanic Chamber Chair-Elect, Dr. Esteban López for being selected among the 2016 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars.  Dr. Esteban López and the other candidates were chosen for their desire and capacity to take their leadership strengths to a higher level in order to help their communities and our country. 


Over the course of several months, scholars will travel to each participating presidential center to learn from former presidents, key administration officials, and leading academics. They will study 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.

Scholars will visit the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in March, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in April, the George W. Bush Presidential Center in May, and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in June. The class will graduate at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas in July.


At each Presidential Center, sessions will focus on a specific core component of leadership and will include an in depth case study that is illustrative of the many competencies of that president. The curriculum draws from presidential center archives and other resources related to each administration, and provides insight into how each president addressed pressing challenges. The curriculum also relies upon analysis of how leaders across all sectors address similar types of challenges.

Sessions and case studies include:

  • Strategic Partnerships (German Reunification, George H. W. Bush Presidential Library)
  • Vision and Communication (Balanced Budget Act of 1997, William J. Clinton Presidential Center)
  • Decision Making (The 2008 Financial Crisis, George W. Bush Presidential Center)
  • Influence and Persuasion (Voting Rights Act, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library)


In addition to interactive faculty-led sessions, scholars will hone their personal leadership development through work with coaches and mentors. Leadership development learning groups will offer support and partnership as they develop personal leadership projects designed to achieve positive social impact through the application of the skills they learn through the program.


The second cohort of 61 scholars was selected during a rigorous process that began with more than 600 applications. Scholars were selected based on their leadership growth potential and the strength of their personal leadership projects aimed at improving the civic or social good by addressing a problem or need in a community, profession, or organization.

The second cohort joins the alumni network of the first cohort of 60 scholars in the program. They include individuals from diverse backgrounds and geographies, coming from a variety of sectors, including private, public, non-profit, military, and academia.


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