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…

Leading through Crisis and Empowering Meta-Leaders: Lessons from Cohort XVI

Harvard's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Cohort XVI, June 2018

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 federal, state, and municipal agencies, international governments, as well as the private and non-profit sectors gathered in Cambridge, Mass., from June 19 to 22, for the concluding session of the NPLI meta-leadership experience. Cohort XVI included participants from the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Defense,…

Inaugural Master Symposium Held in DC

The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative held its first Master Symposium in Washington, DC in early November. The program, open to alumni of NPLI executive education programs, attracted approximately 50 participants for two days of discussion. Sessions included updates on the dimensions of meta-leadership (the person, the situation, and connectivity) as well as new curriculum modules on organizational transformation, developing emerging leaders and leading across the “arc of time.” NPLI faculty…

Cohort XV Project Teams Tackle Tough Issues

Each NPLI resident executive education program culminates in the presentation of team meta-leadership projects, developed and executed over six months between the opening and closing on-campus sessions. Students from public, private, and non-profit sectors work collaboratively to identify critical leadership challenges and identify solutions. This year’s teams tackled timely and difficult issues ranging from improved interventions to prevent deaths from opioid overdose, to developing a platform for “whole community” participation…

Dr. Leonard Marcus Wins Teaching Award

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has given an Executive and Continuing Professional Education Excellence in Teaching Award to Dr. Leonard Marcus. Marcus is the founding co-director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and directs the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. In addition to his teaching in NPLI programs and graduate-level courses at the Harvard Chan School, Marcus co-teaches the Leading in Health Systems executive…

Cohort XIV Returns to Cambridge

Cohort XIV of the NPLI’s flagship executive education returned to Harvard for its concluding session on June 14-17. Team projects ranged from cyberspace to the Arctic. They addressed the meta-leadership challenges of coordinating services for homeless vets, catalyzing preparedness for coordinated multiple terror attacks, and improving critical infrastructure resilience, creating crisis leader advisor certification and support networks,and more. Final projects will be posted to our website over the summer. Guest…

Leaders in Cohort XIV are Off and Running

Fifty senior professionals from across the public, private, and non-profit sectors gathered in Cambridge last week for the opening session of NPLI Cohort XIV program on crisis leadership. The week began with the naming of Alice Hill (Cohort VIII, at right with Dr. Lenny Marcus) of the White House National Security Council Resilience Policy Directorate as Meta-Leader of the Year 2015 for her work with President Obama on climate change.…

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…

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…

Welcome Back, Cohort XI

The NPLI is proud to welcome Cohort XI back to campus this week for their concluding session. They will be presenting group projects completed over the past six months on topics as diverse as response to active shooters, solving “wicked” crises, and better leveraging volunteers in preparedness and response. Among those who will be addressing the group are General Charles Jacoby, Commander of theNorth American Aerospace Defense Command and United…