NPLI EEP Cohort XVIII Addresses Major Challenges

The concluding session of the NPLI’s Executive Education Program Cohort 18 was held on the Harvard campus on June 18-21, 2019. Participants returned for engaging sessions with guest speakers as well as to present their meta-leadership team projects. NPLI EEP team projects provide participants the opportunity to practice the meta-leadership concepts, skills, tools, and techniques presented in the opening session in December 2018. Each team is charged with making tangible…

The Most Frightening Threat Yet? An NPLI Team Explores What to Do

Not everyone is familiar with a potential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event. Those who are can lose sleep over them. An EMP could result from significant solar activity or the intentional work of a malicious actor. No matter the cause, the effects would be extraordinary: the power grid would go down and anything with unshielded electronic components–from vehicles to ATMs to the cell phones–over a wide area would be permanently damaged.…

Dr Gregory Ciottone Named WADEM President

Dr. Gregory Ciottone, who serves as the NPLI’s director of medical preparedness, has been named incoming president of WADEM, the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine at their recent conference in Brisbane, Australia. Ciottone  also an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is the Director of the Division of Disaster Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he works clinically in the Department of…

Harvards’ NPLI Program Celebrates Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductees

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative recently announced its Meta-Leadership project Hall of Fame.  Projects were chosen for their positive impact on critical issues of public safety, disaster preparedness, and disaster response. In each of the NPLI’s 17 cohorts, participants’ form into multi-organizational teams to develop projects intended to make a tangible difference on a real-world problem confronting communities and those responsible for their preparedness and resilience. Two of the initial…

NPLI Profiled for 15th Anniversary

The Harvard Gazette ran a feature story to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative: The NPLI is a joint program of the Harvard Chan School and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). The annual executive education program has been attended by 750 leaders from 95 organizations in more than 30 states and 10 countries. It has reached thousands more leaders through symposia…

Leadership Key to Florence Response

NPLI alumni are once again at the front lines of responses to massive storms. Hurricane Florence, described as “the storm of the century” is dumping millions of gallons of rain on the eastern seaboard and driving significant storm surges. Coastal and inland flooding is widespread. Through the media, NPLI Distinguished Senior Fellow and former FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino has been noting the importance of leadership to the success of…

NPLI Alumni Present Team Project to California Emergency Services Leadership

Last month, NPLI associate director Eric McNulty joined the members of the Executive Education Program Cohort XVI in Sacramento to visit with the leadership of the California Military Department and the California Office of Emergency Services on preparing for and responding to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) incident. The NPLI alumni were members of Team Space Weather Acute Response Measures (SWARM), the meta-leadership team that as a part of their NPLI…

NPLI Faculty Peter Neffenger Featured in ‘Resilient World’ Podcast

Peter Neffenger, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative alumni and faculty, was recently featured in the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience “Resilient World” podcast. It’s hosted by Christine Wormuth, director of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience. In the episode, Neffenger describes the importance of building resilient systems, sharing wisdom from his experience as former Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and as the former…

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…