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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. More than 50 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.


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.

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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.

NEW! Episode 06: Combating the Opioid Addiction

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.

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.

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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