Cohort XV Project Teams Tackle Tough Issues

Each NPLI resident executive education program culminates in the presentation of team meta-leadership projects, developed and executed over six months between the opening and closing on-campus sessions. Students from public, private, and non-profit sectors work collaboratively to identify critical leadership challenges and identify solutions. This year’s teams tackled timely and difficult issues ranging from improved interventions to prevent deaths from opioid overdose, to developing a platform for “whole community” participation…

Aviation Meta-Leadership Summit Held at Boston’s Logan Airport

Addressing the need to meet emerging threats through a “whole of airport community” approach to security, Massport—in partnership with the NPLI and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)—presented the first Aviation Security Meta-leadership Symposium on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at The Hilton Boston Logan Airport. The event brought together more than 160 leaders from federal, state and local agencies and organizations, including representatives from police, fire and emergency medical services, Airlines…

Integrating Children’s Needs into Preparedness

NPLI Distinguished Visiting Fellow Richard Serino co-authored a piece for The Hill making the case for including the needs of children in all preparedness plans. Serino and his co-author, Jeff Schlegelmilch, argued: Children represent nearly a quarter of the U.S. population — a massive cohort impacted by a disaster that is dependent on the rest of the community. Children lack the capacity to advocate for, and in some cases, event…

Meta-Leadership and Cyber Security

In late 2016, the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the United States Air Force Cyber College co-hosted a one-day dialog on the leadership challenges in cyber security at Harvard Law School. The participants included representatives from the private sector as well as various federal agencies. The dialog was facilitated by the NPLI’s Dr. Leonard Marcus and Eric McNulty. The overarching take-away was that the greatest challenge is not technical, but…

Jane Cage Named Meta-Leader of the Year

When Cohort XV came to Cambridge for their opening session in early December, they had the chance to meet a special alumnus: Jane Cage (Cohort XI). Jane is chairman of the Joplin (MO) Citizens Advisory Recovery Team and was a tireless volunteer in the aftermath of the EF-5, multi-voretx tornado that ripped through Joplin hard on May 22, 2011. The tornado killed more than 150 people and injured more than…

Leadership Challenges in Crisis Communications

Crisis and disaster response are laden with communications challenges for leaders: within agencies, across the response enterprise, with political officials, and with the general public. Get it right and everything goes much more smoothly. Rich Serino (Cohort I and current Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the NPLI) recently sat down with Anthony Mangeri, an advisor to DomPrep Journal, to discuss best practices and challenges for leaders in communications in the midst…

How Do You Make Tough Decisions?

On September 29, the NPLI partnered with Domestic Preparedness on a round table discussion on high stakes decision making held at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, MA. Participants included numerous NPLI alumni including Geoff Bartlett (Cohort XII) Tufts University; Kathryn Brinsfield (Cohort I), Department of Homeland Security; Bill Christensen (Cohort XI), MA State Police;Joe Duggan (Cohort XII), MA State Police, and Ed Gabriel (Cohort IV), Department of Health and…

CBS’ Code Black to Promote “Stop the Bleed”

“Stop the Bleed” is a Department of Homeland Security program to promote awareness, understanding, and capacity among the general public to save lives by stanching bleeding in emergencies.  The initiative includes placing Bleeding Control Kits with items such as gloves, bleeding control dressing and a tourniquet in public spaces to be used in case of emergency.The program has connections to the NPLI through Dr. Rick Hunt (Cohort I) who has…

Remembering 9/11, 15 Years On

Every NPLI alumnus, faculty, and staff member has a connection to 9/11. Some were in at or close to sites of the attacks. Others were in the thick of the response and recovery efforts. While each anniversary of 9/11 is a time to pause and reflect, this one is generating greater interest in lessons learned and progress made in keeping the nation and its people safe. NPLI Founding Co-director Leonard…

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…