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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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7/02/18:  Leading through Crisis and Empowering Meta-Leaders: Lessons from Cohort XVI

We had a remarkable culminating week with Cohort XVI from the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Executive Education Program. Fifty crisis leadership professionals from the public and private sector gathered in Cambridge for the concluding session of the NPLI meta-leadership experience.


6/15/18:  NPLI at Inaugural IAEM Canada Conference

It was a terrific week at the inaugural IAEM Canada Conference, where attendees gathered for thought-provoking discussions around crisis leadership, preparedness, and resilience. One of many NPLI Executive Education Program alumni in attendance was Greg Solecki, IAEM-Canada President and an organizer of the conference, who invited Eric McNulty to give the Friday morning keynote.

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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.

NEW! Episode 08: Building a Culture of Preparedness

How do you build a culture of preparedness, educate the public—what are the limits of relying upon the public in a response, and understand the dynamics of active shooter and other mass casualty events? Dr. Eric Goralnick, Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness, Brigham and Women’s Hospital will share with us his experiences in the Boston Marathon bombing response and expertise on the intersection of emergency medicine with disaster preparedness and response.


Episode 07: What’s Your Story? A Conversation with Dr. Murray Nossel

A continual challenge for preparedness and response leaders is communicating their story. Dr. Murray Nossel, author of Powered by Storytelling: Excavate, Craft, and Present Stories to Transform Business Communication, shares insights and examples from his 30 years of helping individuals and organizations become better story tellers. Hint: It starts with listening and emerges from “the inside out.” This is NOT about media strategy. It is a lively exploration of how to communicate more effectively and authentically with internal and external audiences.


Episode 06: Combating the Opioid Epidemic

Brian Hastings, Director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency discusses his NPLI EEP team project on combating opioid addiction. The team project has become an enduring initiative as he has transitioned from the military to leading a civilian agency.


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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