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6/15/18:  NPLI 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.


5/1/18: 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.


3/15/18:  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.


2/14:  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.


2/2:  Jono Anzalone Named 2017 Meta-Leader of the Year

Each year, the Meta-Leader of the Year designation is conferred upon an outstanding leader whose breadth of thinking, direction and work has achieved wide and significant impact. The selected are truly “leaders of leaders,” serving as role models and inspiration for the many people touched by what they do and accomplish.


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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.


About 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 05: – Keep the Faith

Marcus Coleman, Jr., Acting Deputy Director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, shares his leadership experience, dispels false assumptions, and points to opportunities to increase the impact of these vital organizations through programs such as FEMA’s Voluntary Agency Liaisons.


Episode 04: The Evolving Roles of NGOs in Preparedness and Response

Join us as we explore the evolving role of non-governmental organizations in disaster response with Jono Anzalone, Vice President for International Services at the American Red Cross. He shares his first-hand leadership experiences in both domestic and international response efforts. Anzalone is an alumnus of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and was the recipient of our 2017 Meta-Leader of the Year Award.


Episode 03: Thinking About Trust and Risk

Today, leaders confront declining trust and escalating risk in a time of seeming constant turbulence. In this episode of Leader ReadyCast, we discuss how leaders can prepare for and deal with these vexing challenges with Harlan Loeb, Global Chair for Crisis and Reputation Risk at Edelman, the global public relations firm. Loeb, also a professor of Crisis Litigation and the Court of Public Opinion at Northwestern University and a lecturer and Ford Scholar at the Kellogg School of Management, offers concrete insights useful for leaders in any sector.


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Alumni in the News


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