NPLI Faculty Peter Neffenger Featured in ‘Resilient World’ Podcast

Peter Neffenger, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative 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. In the episode, Neffenger describes the importance of building resilient systems, sharing wisdom from his experience as former Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and as the former…

NPLI Partners with a Life-Long Student of Leadership at the U.S. Air Force

In the U.S. Air Force, the evolving reality of today’s world stage demands forward-thinking and innovative leaders that continue to evolve with the pressures of their environments. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative 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…

Inter-Agency Connectivity Central to Meta-Leadership Team Projects

It’s the areas without policies and practices where leadership strategies become crucial. This is why a key part of NPLI’s Executive Education Program is the meta-leadership team project. Since our opening session in December 2017, these crisis leaders had spent the past six months back at their various agencies and roles incorporating meta-leadership into their work and team projects. Through a range of inter-agency collaboration and stakeholder analyses, Cohort XVI’s projects…

Leadership Challenges in Crisis Communications

Crisis and disaster response are laden with communications challenges for leaders: within agencies, across the response enterprise, with political officials, and with the general public. Get it right and everything goes much more smoothly. Rich Serino (Cohort I and current Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the NPLI) recently sat down with Anthony Mangeri, an advisor to DomPrep Journal, to discuss best practices and challenges for leaders in communications in the midst…

Preparing for Hurricane Season

For some people, June means the end of school and the beginning of vacation season. For many NPLI participants, however, June marks the commencement of hurricane season. Leading the public is an essential component in preparing for large storms and resilience in their aftermath. Rich Serino, Cohort I, former Deputy Administrator at FEMA, and current Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the NPLI, recently sat down with Juliette Kayyem to discuss hurricane…

Cohort XIII Tackles Tough Leadership Challenges

NPLI Cohort XIII returns to Cambridge this week to present the results of their team projects. Each team selected a real-world problem with leadership dimensions and worked for six months to improve the situation, increase knowledge, and boost connectivity. Cohort XIII’s projects ranged from exploring how to improve communication with the public in the face of an infectious disease outbreak to helping cities hosting major sporting events or National Special…