Kelly Nee to Lead Boston University Police Department

Boston University has announced that Kelly Nee, NPLI Cohort XIV, will be the new chief of its police department. She will be the first woman to hold the post. Nee is a 33-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, most recently as deputy superintendent of its Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis. She has been active crafting training and deployment plans for terror attacks and other major incidents. In a news…

Meta-Leadership and Cyber Security

In late 2016, the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the United States Air Force Cyber College co-hosted a one-day dialog on the leadership challenges in cyber security at Harvard Law School. The participants included representatives from the private sector as well as various federal agencies. The dialog was facilitated by the NPLI’s Dr. Leonard Marcus and Eric McNulty. The overarching take-away was that the greatest challenge is not technical, but…

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…

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…

NPLI Team Tackles Cyber Challenges

Cyber threats are emerging as a distinct and persistent challenge requiring new thinking on policy and action. Leadership is a key component to enabling agencies to better work together across government and for the public and private sectors to coordinate and collaborate in their efforts. An NPLI Cohort XII project team took on this issue and recommended a new operating structure modeled after the joint interagency task force in South…

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…

Redd to Head CDC’s OPHPR

As of January 1, 2015, Rear Admiral Stephen C. Redd, MD, (Cohort IV) will serve as director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) according to an announcement from the agency. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Freiden said in the announcement: Dr. Redd’s leadership in helping prepare the US to respond to pandemic influenza, his epidemiological expertise, and his…

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…

NPLI Alum RADM Cari Thomas Profiled

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Cari Thomas (Cohort X), currently serving as commander of District 14 based in Hawaii, was recently profiled by MidWeek Oahu: Rear Adm. Cari Thomas is one of these rare female executives. Just the second woman commander of Coast Guard District 14 — an area that covers 12.2 million square miles and stretches from Hawaii to the Indian Ocean, and from the South Pole to Alaska…