Founded by H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt, The Holdsworth Center partners with public school districts in Texas to cultivate a pipeline of effective leaders so that students in every classroom and campus thrive under inspired and dynamic leadership.
Charles Butt, Founder
H-E-B Chairman and CEO, Charles Butt has been a longtime advocate for public education and has directed much of his personal philanthropy towards programs and practices that have proven to positively impact student outcomes.
Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt
The Holdsworth Center is named after Charles’ mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, an educator, philanthropist and lifelong leader for social justice. Many of her years were spent advocating for children and those with mental illness.
The Holdsworth Center
Charles organized a group of advisors from around the country to study best practices in leadership development within the education sector, the private sector and the military. After 18 months of travel that included places as far away as Singapore, this group concluded that those who approached the cultivation of internal talent as a strategic imperative had greater impact than those with fragmented systems and structures and a heavy dependence on outsourcing.
With that, The Holdsworth Center was born with the belief that in order to create lasting change in culture and strategic talent planning, districts must build their own capacity to successfully identify future leaders, train them through a range of experiences and then support them once placed into the role.
‘‘It’s not for my mom, but for the kids. And she was for the kids.— Charles Butt
‘‘She was focused on other people about as much as anyone I’ve ever known. That inspired me.— Charles Butt
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Over the years, Charles has developed a number of well-known initiatives, including the annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, the Read 3 early literacy program and Raise Your Hand Texas, an advocacy organization focused on public policies that support and improve our public schools. The Holdsworth Center builds on those efforts by getting to the heart of education — strengthening our schools by strengthening both current and future leaders.
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