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…

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.…

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…

Meta-Leadership in Action

Boston Marathon

Retired US Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen joined the NPLI’s Lenny Marcus and Barry Dorn to co-author a chapter in the new book, Tackling Wicked Government Problems: A Practical Guide for Developing Enterprise Leaders published by Brookings Institution Press. Based on a presentation that Allen and Marcus made at a Brookings event in 2012, the chapter presents the meta-leadership framework in the context of Allen’s leadership of the responses to…