Marcus, Dorn Interview Fmr MA Governor Patrick

Former Commonwealth of Massachusetts Deval Patrick joined NPLI Co-Director Leonard Marcus and NPLI faculty member Barry Dorn, both lecturers on public health practice, for a conversation on leadership during the Boston Marathon bombing response. The talk was the keynote for the annual meeting of the School’s Leadership Council, which was held October 28-29, 2015. Marcus and Dorn noted that the NPLI’s extensive research on the Boston Marathon bombings response showed…

Cohort XII is Off and Running

Fifty leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sector gathered in Cambridge for the opening session of the NPLI’s Cohort XII. Participants explored meta-leadership through discussions, case studies, and presentations from guest speakers including US Coast Guard Commandant (ret) Thad Allen, former CBS News President Andrew Heyward, US Coast Guard Rear Admiral (ret) Mary Landry (Cohort VI), former US State Department Special Envoy to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith, and former…

Marathon Research has Broad Impact

The lessons learned through research on the response to the Boston Marathon bombings has generated a series of articles in academic journals. This helps ensure that professionals worldwide have access to both the conclusions and the underlying data that can inform practice and additional research. Dr. Eric Goralnick, program faculty at the NPLI and Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, has been central to…

Swarm Intelligence and the Marathon Bombing Response

The faculty of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative unveiled their preliminary findings on the leadership of the response to the Boston Marathon bombings at a special symposium on April 8, 2013. (Download the findings: NPLI Marathan Bombing Leadership Response Report dist). “Many reports and events have looked at what happened. Our objective has been to examine the ‘why’ questions,” said NPLI founding co-director Leonard Marcus. “The operational lessons are important.…

Leadership Lessons from Marathon Bombings, April 8

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region will present a symposium of the leadership lessons from the Boston Marathon on April 8, 2014 in Boston. The program will feature NPLI faculty as well as many of the front line leaders from the events that week. “There have been many meetings to look at the operational lessons learned,” said NPLI co-director Leonard Marcus. “We will examine…

Evans Named Boston Police Commissioner

William “Billy” Evans (Cohort X) has been appointed commissioner of the Boston Police Department by recently inaugurated Boston mayor Martin Walsh. Evans is a 31-year veteran of the force and recently served as interim commissioner. He has been praised for his leadership roles in the response to the Boston Marathon bombings and in the BPD’s response to the Occupy movement’s activities in the city. Evans has been generous in his…

Assessing the Response in Boston

The recent Boston Marathon bombings tested the city’s preparedness and response. These efforts included many associated with the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Here is a quick round up of some of the more interesting pieces: The Harvard School of Public Health Forum held a live webcast in conjunction with WBUR featuring NPLI Founding Co-director Dr. Leonard Marcus, The Department of Health and Human Services’ Don Boyce (Cohort IV), Massachusetts General…