Agenda: Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombings

Tentative Agenda

Plenary Session

Welcome: The Honorable Thomas Menino, former Mayor, City of Boston (confirmed)
Summary of Key Findings: Dr. Leonard Marcus, Founding Co-Director, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health (confirmed)

Whole Community Resilience: It’s not an Accident
Preparation for a terrorist incident targeting a major public event had been years in the making and was critical to the effectiveness of response to the bombing and subsequent manhunt. Central to these events were partnerships: public-private as well as local, state, and federal. From training and exercises to live events such as the 2004 Democratic National Convention, leaders across sectors were intentional about building relationships, identifying gaps, and then closing them. The resulting confidence and professionalism helped reassure the general public and foster the attitude that came to be known as Boston Strong. This panel discussion will feature leaders discussing how partnerships bolster resilience, how to build them, and how to overcome the inevitable obstacles.

Speakers include Deputy Administrator (ret.) Richard Serino, FEMA (confirmed), Commissioner William Evans, Boston Police Department (confirmed), Director of Safety & Security Alan Snow, Boston Properties (confirmed), and Director (ret.), Boston Field Office Steven Ricciardi, U.S. Secret Service (confirmed), Juliette Kayyem, Kennedy School of Government (confirmed), and Dr. Leonard Marcus, Harvard NPLI (moderator)

Leadership Insight Break Out Sessions

Leading the Medical Response: Clinicians as Leaders
Invited speakers include: Associate Clinical Director and Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness Dr. Eric Goralnick, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (moderator), Dr. Jonathan Gates, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (confirmed),  Dr. Alok Gupta, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (confirmed), Dr. Paul Biddinger, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Calvin Brown, Faulkner Hospital (confirmed)

Leading Across: Coordinating First Responders
Speakers include: Superintendent in Chief (ret) Daniel Linsky (confirmed), Boston Police Department, (confirmed), Chief of Department James Hooley, Boston EMS (confirmed), Kieran Ramsey, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, FBI (confirmed), Leighton Jones, Chief Disaster Officer, Red Cross of Massachusetts (confirmed), Dr. Leonard Marcus, Harvard NPLI (moderator)

Leading Across Sectors: Public-Private Collaboration in Action
Invited speakers include: John Tello, Boston Properties (confirmed), Tom Grilk, Boston Athletic Association (confirmed), Brian Correia, Target Corporation, and Eric J. McNulty, Harvard NPLI (moderator)

Leading the Message: The Role of Traditional and Social Media
Speakers include Mike Bello, The Boston Globe (confirmed), Lisa Hughes, WBZ-TV/CBS Boston (confirmed), Christina Sterling, U.S. Attorney’s Office (confirmed), and Barry Dorn, Harvard NPLI (moderator)

Networking Lunch

Leadership Insight Break Out Sessions

The morning sessions will be repeated to allow participants to attend one in their area of specialty and one outside of their specialty. This will enable all participants to engage both in targeted learning and perspective broadening.

Plenary Session

Looking Forward: A Mayoral Perspective: The Honorable Martin Walsh, Mayor, City of Boston (confirmed)

Looking Forward: Leadership Lessons Applied on July 4, 2013
Boston officials have long used major public events as opportunities for “live” training. In 2013, they had to digest and deploy lessons learned from the bombings in less than three months when the city hosted its celebrated July 4th extravaganza – the event that was the original intended target of the bombers. Leaders will share what stayed the same and what changed in their preparation for the next test of their collaboration and resilience.

Speakers include: former Commissioner Ed Davis , Boston Police Department (confirmed), Colonel Timothy Alben, Massachusetts State Police, (confirmed), Major General Scott Rice, Massachusetts National Guard (confirmed), Rene Fielding, Director, Office of Emergency Management, City of Boston (confirmed)