BPC honors the extraordinary service of former Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole, two of America’s most prominent and influential leaders.
The Bob and Elizabeth Dole Series on Leadership is designed to help our country better understand what makes for effective, strong leadership across a variety of institutions. It features the work and ideas of prominent influencers with diverse viewpoints from across government, business, science, and other disciplines.
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Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP
In October 2017, the NAACP named Derrick Johnson President and CEO. Mr. Johnson formerly served as vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors as well as president for the NAACP Mississippi State Conference. Mr. Johnson is a veteran activist who has dedicated his career to defending the rights and improving the lives of Mississippians. As State President of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, he led critical campaigns for voting rights and equitable education. He successfully managed two bond referendum campaigns in Jackson, MS that brought $150 million in school building improvements and $65 million towards the construction of a new convention center, respectively. As a regional organizer at the Jackson-based non-profit, Southern Echo, Inc., Mr. Johnson provided legal, technical, and training support for communities across the South. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Johnson founded One Voice Inc. to improve the quality of life for African Americans through civic engagement training and initiatives. One Voice has spawned an annual Black Leadership Summit and the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute, a nine-month training program for community leaders.
Geisha Williams, Former CEO & President, PG&E Corporation
November 7, 2019
Geisha Jimenez Williams has more than three decades of experience in the energy industry. She was formerly Chief Executive Officer and President of PG&E Corporation, one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. She was the first and only Latina CEO of a Fortune 200 company and has been recognized as the highest ranking Latina leader in business.
We thank those who have been our past leaders for Dole Leadership.
September 13, 2018
“You have to accept the notion that no one has a monopoly on knowledge, wisdom, or the right course of action. And you have to constantly ask yourself, ‘am I doing the right thing?’ You have to force yourself to listen to the other side, even though you might not like the person, you might not like the party, you might not like the ideology, with an attitude that he may be right and I may learn something listening to him. At least you have to, in good faith, listen to contrary arguments.”
October 11, 2018
“We need to restore some of the traditions of the past, and one of them was a huge respect for truth. And when you get into a situation where it’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ I think it really does undermine peoples’ faith in the institutions that you’re trying to have lead the country.”
Lowell C. McAdam
October 25, 2018
“I think part of the problem with what’s going on in Washington now is we think only the good ideas are the things that rattle around in our head, and my belief is that a good idea can come from anywhere, you just have to listen enough to hear from it.”
Film Screening: Hesburgh
New York, N.Y.
November 29, 2018
BPC, in partnership with O’Malley Creadon Productions, an award-winning filmmaking team based in Los Angeles, will screen the new documentary film on November 29, followed by a panel discussion. The film showcases how an American priest, Father Ted Hesburgh, became one of the most influential and respected leaders of the 20th century – interacting with US presidents, Popes, students, and serving on numerous corporate boards. The film strongly aligns with BPC’s On Leadership mission of addressing critical problems from different angles and fresh perspectives.
December 14, 2018
“If somebody trusts in you and they give you a job, and you know they’ve had to work to get you that job, you’re going to do absolutely everything you can to be successful. Not only for yourself, but for them because they had the faith in you.”
January 25, 2019
“How do we help people to not allow themselves simply to give in to the anger of the moment? Because once you give in to the anger, you’re being controlled. This is what we work to say to young people and to ourselves.”
February 22, 2019
“Effective leadership is the ability to define reality and give hope.”
March 26, 2019
Hank Meijer is executive chairman of Meijer, Inc. in Grand Rapids. His biography of Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg was recently published by the University of Chicago Press.
April 16, 2019
“Later on I came to appreciate how strongly she [Barbara Bush] felt that kids should come first. I respect the way that she struggled with what we’ve all struggled with, balancing personal and professional life. How strongly she felt that kids should come first.”
May 6, 2019
“What I learned while serving in the military is that you’re not quite as smart as you thought you were. You meet people from all walks of life and you learn from them.”
July 9, 2019
“The fact in life is that we [minorities] do need to work harder, and work harder we shall.”
From National Security to Congress: Freshman Congresswomen Reflect on Leadership
Join us for an intimate conversation with five Women Warriors on how their background informs their leadership style in Congress.
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI)
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ)
Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA)
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA)
Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA)
One of the nation’s longest serving Senate Republican leaders, Bob Dole was known for his ability to work across the aisle and foster practical bipartisanship. He has been a life-long advocate for the disabled and was a key figure in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In January 2018, Dole received the nation’s highest civilian award — the Congressional Gold Medal — for his contributions as a soldier, legislator, and statesman.
Elizabeth Dole served in both the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush presidential administrations, as well as in the United States Senate. In addition to her many accomplishments, Dole was the first woman in our nation to serve as secretary of transportation and the first woman to win North Carolina’s Senate seat.
“The Dole Leadership Series will showcase great ideas and inspired leadership from Corporate executives, community activists, and public officials said BPC President Jason Grumet. “With these events, we seek to understand and celebrate the skills and circumstances that define great leaders like Bob and Elizabeth Dole.”