"Building Bridges: One Leader at a Time," is a collection of essays by 34 Eisenhower Fellows and trustees, which explores core values and leadership across geographies and sectors. 

“In these essays, Eisenhower Fellows speak from the heart about the personal convictions that drive them. From Brazil to Liberia, Russia to Jordan, South Africa to New Zealand, they invoke universal values with words like compassion, justice, and trust. They share their innermost thoughts about the importance of humility and passion, authenticity and purpose. They explore issues both momentous and common—historic national transitions from dictatorship, the life-transforming experience of overcoming cancer, the joys of doing even the smallest job with excellence. They speak of the promise of disruptive innovation, the existential importance of lifelong education and of the ultimate, eternal power of love.”
George de Lama
President, Eisenhower Fellowships

Meet the essayists


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EF published Building Bridges in collaborative partnership with 'This I Believe', which was created in 1951 to solicit essays on the core values that guide people’s daily lives, and to distribute these widely. More than 125,000 such essays have been published in various online and books, with editions in the United Kingdom and an Arabic version in Egypt.

This I Believe reached 39 million listeners weekly on CBS in its early days and, more recently, was a popular regular program on National Public Radio. Tens of thousands TIB essays have been submitted over the years. This I Believe is being used as a teaching tool in a number of high schools and colleges throughout the United States. More information is available at www.thisibelieve.org.


With a donation to EF of $25 and up, you can request a copy of Building Bridges, One Leader at a Time

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November 15, 2016 saw the launch of the book at City College in New York City. Guests were joined by Keith Wheelock, longtime EF trustee and inspiration for the book, and enjoyed a thought-provoking panel discussion with several of the Fellow essayists.

See pictures of the event here.

  • keith and george at the launch
  • bacher at book launch