Inter-Agency Connectivity Central to Meta-Leadership Team Projects

It’s the areas without policies and practices where leadership strategies become crucial. This is why a key part of NPLI’s Executive Education Program is the meta-leadership team project. Since our opening session in December 2017, these crisis leaders had spent the past six months back at their various agencies and roles incorporating meta-leadership into their work and team projects. Through a range of inter-agency collaboration and stakeholder analyses, Cohort XVI’s projects…

The Challenges of Extreme Hurricanes

The extraordinary wallop from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 tested the capacity and capability of the response system. There were many challenges as well as stories of resourcefulness, resilience, and courage from Texas to Puerto Rico. Recently, the Leadership Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health convened an all-star panel to discuss what we’ve learned about extreme hurricanes that should be carried forward for future planning and training.…

Jono Anzalone Named 2017 Meta-Leader of the Year

It was a year to remember for preparedness and response leaders: hurricanes, fires, floods, shootings, and more challenged leaders and their organizations again and again. This made it a challenge to select a 2017 Meta-Leader of the Year as National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) alumni were involved in many of these events. Each year, the Meta-Leader of the Year designation is conferred upon an outstanding leader whose breadth of thinking,…

What We Can Learn From Wildfire Fighters

NPLI Director of Research Eric McNulty wrote a piece for strategy+business in May 2016 on leadership lessons for any organization that could be derived from the practices of wildfire fighters. It was timely then because of the Fort McMurray fires in Canada. It is relevant again today as we watch brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way in California. We cannot imagine a more daunting situation in which to find oneself…

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria: Pivoting from Response to Recovery

The one, two, three punch of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have required enormous response efforts.Government agencies, non-profits, businesses, and the public have all demonstrated generosity of spirit and action. The fury of nature has been met with courage, persistence, and resilience. Having seen and been with NPLI alumni through multiple natural disasters, we’ve learned that now comes one of the most important pivots: from the immediacy of response to…

NPLI Confronts Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Hurricane Harvey has lashed Texas with significant winds and unprecedented rains. Thousands are homeless and rescue operations continue. Then Irma blasted across the Caribbean, across Florida, and into the southeastern United States. Marina wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico and other islands. We have heard from many NPLI alumni involved in the response and know that many more are working to help the affected communities cope. There are many opportunities for…

Drones in Disaster Relief

Robotics are increasingly part of the disaster response arsenal. The many uses are just now being discovered and both professionals and amateurs in the field are going to have to get used to working alongside mechanical colleagues. Among the uses are finding survivors in areas where humans may have difficult access, delivery of medical and other supplies, and improving overall situational awareness. The Field Innovation Team led by Desi Matel-Anderson…

Marking the Fifth Anniversary of Joplin

NPLI Founding Co-Director Dr. Leonard Marcus was privileged to deliver a keynote address at the Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit in May 2016 at Missouri South State University. The event was held to commemorate that fifth anniversary of the devastating tornado that ripped through the town and, more important, the resilience of the population and the kindness of individuals, organizations, and communities across the nation that rallied to support Joplin in…

Preparing for Hurricane Season

For some people, June means the end of school and the beginning of vacation season. For many NPLI participants, however, June marks the commencement of hurricane season. Leading the public is an essential component in preparing for large storms and resilience in their aftermath. Rich Serino, Cohort I, former Deputy Administrator at FEMA, and current Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the NPLI, recently sat down with Juliette Kayyem to discuss hurricane…

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…