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…

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…

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…