01 | Inspiration

In the face of challenge, a leader gets stronger

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Principal Josh Leonard greets a student with a fist bump on the campus of Blanton Elementary school in Arlington ISD.
02 | Inspiration

Strong leaders influence by example

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Charles Land and Aisley Adams of Aldine ISD are photographed on the Campus at Lake Austin during a Holdsworth Center program session.
03 | Impact

Video: Students thrive when leaders focus on their well-being

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Students at the School for the Highly Gifted elementary school in Grand Prairie ISD are photographed interacting in a campus classroom.
04 | Giving

Thank a leader who has impacted you

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A graphic of two leaders hugging during a Holdsworth Center leadership program session on the Campus at Lake Austin.

What we do

We help Texas public school districts grow their own outstanding leaders so that teachers thrive and students excel on every campus. We partner with districts for five years to not only grow individual leaders, but to help them build their own systems for developing a deeper bench of leaders who are truly ready for the challenges of the job.

Amy Garza of Southwest ISD, is pictured in a navy blue face mask interacting with a student in the classroom.

Why leadership?

The ripple effects leaders’ actions have on the 720,000 staff members and 5.5 million students in Texas schools is nothing short of incredible. Decades of national research backs this up.

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Who we serve

By 2028, we are projected to reach more than 4,500 Texas education leaders – including teacher leaders, assistant principals, principals and central office administrators – through the Holdsworth partnership alone. We anticipate serving even more educators through events and additional program offerings.

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Portait of Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth in the 1960s

I named the center for my mom because she was for the kids.”

— Charles Butt

Chairman of H-E-B and founder of The Holdsworth Center

Charles Butt, Chairman of H-E-B, founded The Holdsworth Center in 2017. He named it for his mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth, a former school teacher who inspired in her son a great admiration for educators and a passion for helping all students succeed.

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Anitra Crisp, Principal in Southwest ISD, is pictured on campus wearing a black dress and black mask.