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Betty Sue Flowers
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BornFebruary 2, 1947
Waco, Texas
OccupationEnglish professor

Betty Sue Flowers (born February 2, 1947) is the former director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum (2002–2009) and an Emerita Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.[1]

Flowers is a native Texan and graduated from the University of Texas (BA, 1969; MA, 1970) and the University of London (PhD, 1973). She is the author of a number of texts, particularly relating to Christina Rossetti. She also edited the book and acted as a consultant to the 1988 documentary, The Power of Myth, a series of interviews between Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers.[2]

In the corporate world, Flowers has had a career as a veteran practitioner of scenario planning (a strategic foresight method) at Royal Dutch Shell.[3][4]

She also coauthored the influential book Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future (2004) together with Peter M. Senge, C. Otto Scharmer and Joseph Jaworski - a predecessor to Theory U: Leading From The Future As It Emerges.


Flowers first marriage ended in 2005, with one son, John, who graduated from her alma mater in 2009, at which she delivered the commencement address. She resigned from the LBJ Library that same summer and moved to New York to partner with former New Jersey Senator and NBA star Bill Bradley.[1]


  1. ^ a b Buchholz, Brad. "Betty Sue Flowers leaving behind 45 years in Austin to follow her bliss". Archived from the original on 2015-02-14. Retrieved 12 Jan 2015.
  2. ^ Flowers. "University website". Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  3. ^ Heffernan, Margaret (21 September 2021). Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future. Avid Reader Press. p. 127. ISBN 9781982112639. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  4. ^ Marcus, George (1998). Corporate Futures: The Diffusion of the Culturally Sensitive Corporate Form. University of Chicago Press. p. 141. ISBN 9780226504544. Retrieved 10 August 2022.