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5/23/19: NPLI EEP team presents at Public Health Service Scientific and Training Symposium

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.


5/22/19: Dr. Ciottone named incoming president of WADEM

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.


8/17/18: NPLI Faculty Peter Neffenger Featured in ‘Resilient World’ Podcast

Peter Neffenger, NPLI Executive Education Program 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. Listen here.


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7/13/18: NPLI Partners with a Life-Long Student of Leadership at the U.S. Air Force

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative faculty 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 apply to his career.


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Podcast Series: Lessons for Leaders

Join us every month for a new podcast episode on Leader ReadyCast! Featuring real-world lessons, best practices, and action-oriented insights for the “You’re It” moments when you are called to lead. Each concise episode features insights from frontline leaders and the faculty of the NPLI.

Your Host: Eric J. McNulty is the Associate Director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. He researches, writes about, and teaches leadership, crisis leadership, conflict resolution, and negotiation in graduate and executive education at Harvard and other institutions. He is a regular speaker at conferences and corporate events. McNulty is co-author of You’re It: The Pivot from Everyday to Crisis Leadership (forthcoming), Renegotiating Healthcare: Resolving Conflict to Build Collaboration, and author of numerous articles. He is a contributing editor to strategy+business magazine and past contributing editor at Harvard Business Publishing. McNulty holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.A. in Leadership from Lesley University.

Episode 12: Patty McCord on Creating the Netflix Culture Deck

Building a powerful culture on your team and in your organization can be tough, particularly in large institutions such as government agencies and legacy corporations. Yet there are steps that anyone can take that can make an enormous difference. Chief talent officer, Patty McCord at Netflix helped create the Netflix Culture Deck that has been viewed online more than 15 million times.


Episode 11:  Public Safety Leadership in Campus Settings

Universities are microcosms of the communities in which they reside and often present health, safety, and security issues as complex as those found in major urban areas. Darryl Darnell, Senior Associate Vice President for Safety & Security and Superintendent of Police at George Washington University and Kelly Nee, Chief of Police at Boston University discuss the issue with the NPLI.


Episode 10:  Combating Violent Extremism

Trucks ramming into crowds. Bombs in the marketplace. Active shooters in schools and workplaces. Passive and active security measures are ever more present. Violent extremism has become part of the fabric of our lives. In this podcast we discuss combating violent extremism with our guest, Farah Pandith. She’s going to share her thinking and counter-intuitive views on how we do that and give us a preview of her new book, How We Win.

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Alumni in the News


July 18, 2018: Scott A. Buschman, an NPLI EEP alumnus, was recently promoted from Rear Admiral to Vice Admiral in the United States Coast Guard and assumed the position of Atlantic Area Commander.

July 12, 2018: Kevin Smith, an alumnus from the NPLI EEP Cohort XIII, was recently promoted to Director of the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives. You can learn more about that division and work in Episode 05 of LeaderReadyCast: “Keep the Faith.”

April 16, 2018:  Live Stream Event on April 16 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM.  Wendy Smith-Reeve, NPLI EEP Alumni and Deputy Director of DEMA, to participate on a panel discussion topic: “Ethics of Dissent: Exit, Voice, and Loyalty in Public Service”

August 24, 2018:  NPLI “Swarms” with Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C.

August 15, 2018:  Team “Airport Too-Point-Ohh!” spreads CALM across Airport Incident Management Systems