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If the question is, “Who was the greatest American leader of the 20th century?” it would be hard to answer with any name other than “Dwight David Eisenhower.” Yes, admirers of Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt can make a case for their being the premier political leaders of their eras, but Ike can match the Roosevelt cousins in politics and then raise them one with his military accomplishments as the victorious Supreme Allied Commander in World War II.
Eisenhower’s granddaughter Susan has had a long run as an esteemed political consultant, historian, and think-tank leader. Now in her late sixties, she decided now was the time to write the equivalent of a textbook on leadership, as personified by the career of her historic ancestor, in How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions.
Interviewed by renowned attorney and author Talmage Boston, Susan Eisenhower will share her insight on how Ike led.
Baylor Law students will receive one hour of Professional and Leadership Development credits for attendance.
Susan Eisenhower is President and Chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc. (EGI), a Washington D.C. based consulting company founded in 1986. For more than thirty years, the company has provided strategic counsel on business development, public affairs, and communications projects. EGI has advised Fortune 500 companies, not just in the United States, but also abroad—in China, Russia, Central Asia, and Western Europe for such companies as American Express, IBM, Coca Cola, and General Electric. For the last fifteen years, Susan Eisenhower has focused mainly on energy issues, and has advised and consulted with such companies as American Electric Power and Centrus Corporation.
In addition to her work through EGI, Susan Eisenhower has also had a distinguished career as a policy analyst. She is Chairman Emeritus at the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College, where she served as president twice. She has also been a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and a Distinguished Fellow at the Nixon Center, now called the Center for National Interest.
Over the years, she has served as a member of three blue ribbon commissions for the Department of Energy for three different secretaries: The Baker-Cutler Commission on U.S. Funded Non-Proliferation Programs in Russia; The Sununu-Meserve Commission on Nuclear Energy; and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, which released its findings on a comprehensive program for the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle in the winter of 2012. She was also appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control, where she served eight years. After as many years on the NASA Advisory Council, she served as a commissioner on the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force. She is currently a member of MIT’s Energy Initiative Advisory Board and former co-chairman of NEAC, the Secretary of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Board.
In addition, Ms. Eisenhower has done extensive work in executive training on strategic leadership. She has spoken on this subject in many corporate venues, as well as at such distinguished institutions as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Foreign Policy Association in New York, the Army War College - Carlisle, Sandia National Laboratory, MIT, and Australia’s Science and Technology Organization, which is part of the Australian Ministry of Defence. Eisenhower holds a year-long seminar on strategy for competitively selected students at the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College.
Eisenhower has authored hundreds of op-eds for newspapers such as the Washington Post and the LA Times, appeared frequently on national television and radio, and her articles have appeared in such journals as the National Academy of Sciences’ Issues in Science and Technology and the Naval Institute’s’ Proceedings. She has written four trade press books, two of which were on regional best seller lists, and she co-authored or co-edited four other books on international security issues. Her fifth book, How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions was published in 2020 by St. Martin’s Press.
Talmage Boston is a partner in the Dallas office of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP. He handles commercial litigation in both trials and appeals. During his 40-year career, he has successfully represented clients in state and federal court lawsuits and arbitrations involving oil and gas, real estate, banking, intellectual property, and partnership disputes. He has successfully tried many jury trials throughout Texas and prevailed in appellate courts all over the state including the Texas Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In 2019, Talmage received the prestigious Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award from the Texas Bar Foundation which is given annually to the Texas lawyer who is “an accomplished, talented, and dedicated Texas lawyer who is a servant of the profession and a dedicated advocate.”
Boston is also an accomplished author. To view all of his books, visit https://talmageboston.com/portfolio-item/books/.