NPLI and Ebola

Leadership of the response to Ebola by and in the United States has been in the spotlight in Congress, the media, and kitchen tables across the country. Alumni of the NPLI are on the front lines of the response from West Africa to Boston, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and beyond. NPLI faculty have embarked on a series of interviews with alumni at the CDC and other officials at involved agencies to…

Welcome Back, Cohort XI

The NPLI is proud to welcome Cohort XI back to campus this week for their concluding session. They will be presenting group projects completed over the past six months on topics as diverse as response to active shooters, solving “wicked” crises, and better leveraging volunteers in preparedness and response. Among those who will be addressing the group are General Charles Jacoby, Commander of theNorth American Aerospace Defense Command and United…

Goralnick, Marcus speak at Summit on Hospital Shooters

On April 11 Dr. Eric Goralnick, NPLI faculty member and medical director of emergency preparedness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, along with Dr. Leonard Marcus, NPLI founding co-director, led a panel discussion as part of the first national symposium on response to an active shooter in a hospital or health care setting. The symposium was hosted by Johns Hopkins public health and emergency preparedness experts: Symposium organizers note…

Swarm Intelligence and the Marathon Bombing Response

The faculty of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative unveiled their preliminary findings on the leadership of the response to the Boston Marathon bombings at a special symposium on April 8, 2013. (Download the findings: NPLI Marathan Bombing Leadership Response Report dist). “Many reports and events have looked at what happened. Our objective has been to examine the ‘why’ questions,” said NPLI founding co-director Leonard Marcus. “The operational lessons are important.…

Leadership Lessons from Marathon Bombings, April 8

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region will present a symposium of the leadership lessons from the Boston Marathon on April 8, 2014 in Boston. The program will feature NPLI faculty as well as many of the front line leaders from the events that week. “There have been many meetings to look at the operational lessons learned,” said NPLI co-director Leonard Marcus. “We will examine…

Lushniak, NPLI Cohort V Alum, Serves as Acting SG

RADM Boris Lushniak, an alumnus of Cohort V of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, is serving as Acting Surgeon General of the United States. Lushniak is a Rear Admiral in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and is in charge of USPHS’s operations. Lushniak recently issued the government’s 32nd report on tobacco noting that “one in three cancers is caused by tobacco or other smoking products.” We…

Evans Named Boston Police Commissioner

William “Billy” Evans (Cohort X) has been appointed commissioner of the Boston Police Department by recently inaugurated Boston mayor Martin Walsh. Evans is a 31-year veteran of the force and recently served as interim commissioner. He has been praised for his leadership roles in the response to the Boston Marathon bombings and in the BPD’s response to the Occupy movement’s activities in the city. Evans has been generous in his…

Keenan Chairs Clean Gulf 2013; McNulty Keynotes

Gwen Keenan (Cohort VII), Director, Office of Emergency Response of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, was chairperson of the 2013 Clean Gulf conference held last week in Tampa, Florida. The conference gathered more than 2,000 people from industry, government, and non-profit groups to address critical issues in preparedness and response in the region. Eric McNulty, the NPLI’s Director of Research and Professional Programs, delivered the opening keynote address on…

Cohort XI Complete and Ready for Class

All open places in the 2013-2014 Cohort (XI) of the NPLI have been claimed. The incoming class includes participants from organizations as varied as the New York City Police Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, the Singapore Armed Services, and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The cohort of fifty students will meet on the Harvard campus for a week in December…

Meta-Leadership in Action

Boston Marathon

Retired US Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen joined the NPLI’s Lenny Marcus and Barry Dorn to co-author a chapter in the new book, Tackling Wicked Government Problems: A Practical Guide for Developing Enterprise Leaders published by Brookings Institution Press. Based on a presentation that Allen and Marcus made at a Brookings event in 2012, the chapter presents the meta-leadership framework in the context of Allen’s leadership of the responses to…