NPLI Alumni in the News: Vice Admiral Scott A. Buschman

We’d like to offer congratulations to NPLI alumnus, Scott A. Buschman. He was recently promoted from Rear Admiral to Vice Admiral in the United States Coast Guard and assumed the position of Atlantic Area Commander. Previously, Buschman was the Deputy Commander of the Atlantic Area. As part of NPLI Executive Education Program Cohort XI, Buschman was highly engaged in our meta-leadership framework and its application to his military service. At…

Communications Internship

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) is a joint venture of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.  We are a crisis leadership training and research program dedicated to preparing professionals from federal, state, and municipal agencies, international governments, as well as the private and non-profit sectors to lead preparedness, response, mitigation, and…

NPLI Partners with a Life-Long Student of Leadership at the U.S. Air Force

In the U.S. Air Force, the evolving reality of today’s world stage demands forward-thinking and innovative leaders that continue to evolve with the pressures of their environments. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative recently had a thought-provoking meeting at their offices in Harvard Square where they discussed Chief Wright’s passionate pursuit of leadership development and how the principles of meta-leadership…

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…

Leading through Crisis and Empowering Meta-Leaders: Lessons from Cohort XVI

Harvard's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Cohort XVI, June 2018

We had a remarkable culminating week with Cohort XVI from the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Executive Education Program. More than 50 crisis leadership professionals from federal, state, and municipal agencies, international governments, as well as the private and non-profit sectors gathered in Cambridge, Mass., from June 19 to 22, for the concluding session of the NPLI meta-leadership experience. Cohort XVI included participants from the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Defense,…

NPLI Faculty, EEP Alumni Share Leadership Lessons at Inaugural IAEM Canada Conference

It was a terrific week in Calgary at the inaugural IAEM Canada Conference, where attendees gathered together for thought-provoking discussions around crisis leadership, preparedness, and resilience. One of many NPLI Executive Education Program alumni in attendance was Greg Solecki (EEP Cohort XIV), IAEM-Canada President and an organizer of the conference, who invited our associate director Eric McNulty to give the Friday morning keynote. During his keynote, McNulty outlined how the…

A Novel Approach to Chemical Attacks

Dr. Greg Ciottone, Director for Medical Preparedness at the NPLI, recently published a piece in the New England Journal of Medicine addressing the challenges of responding to medical response to chemical attacks. Chemical attacks are on the rise and present an emerging challenge for first responders. The article reviews: …the toxidromes (constellations of signs and symptoms that are characteristic of a given class of agents) for known and suspected chemical-warfare…

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.…

Serino Shares Best Practices in Public Health Preparedness and Response

NPLI Distinguished Fellow Richard Serino recently shared proven techniques for leaders to positively influence preparedness and response for public health emergencies. Given the worse-than-expected flu season, this advice could not be more timely. Among Serino’s advice was the importance of transparency when communicating with the public: tell them what you know, tell them what you don’t know, and tell them what you are doing to close the gap. Serino noted…

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,…