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Journalist and television legend Barbara Walters recently sat down with CPL co-director David Gergen as part of the Institute of Politics' annual speaker series. From musings about her own career and wisdom gathered along to way, to her read on the upcoming presidential race, Ms. Walters engaged CPL students and members of the Harvard community in an incredibly frank conversation. You can read more about her interview here.
Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced today a gift of $15 million from the government of the UAE to establish the Emirates Leadership Initiative. The five-year program will deepen HKS’s engagement with the peoples and countries of the Middle East through a wide array of new leadership, research, executive education and fellowship programs.
A collaboration between the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) and the Middle East Initiative (MEI) at HKS, the program will be composed of four elements: fellowships for up to ten exceptional graduate students from the Arab world to study at HKS, a major research initiative focused on the Middle East, executive education for senior officials from the region, and an interactive field visit to the UAE for HKS students. The gift will also contribute to the Campaign for Harvard Kennedy School, a multi-year effort to raise $500 million for financial aid, campus improvements, and key research initiatives.
On October 1, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint former CPL George Fellow, Maura Cory Sullivan, to the post of Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs.
Maura Corby Sullivan is a former Marine Corps Captain and veteran of the Iraq War, serving in Fallujah in 2005. Ms. Sullivan has served in a number of general management roles at PepsiCo, most recently as Zone Director for Frito-Lay’s Central New England Zone business. In 2013, Ms. Sullivan was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts to serve on The Board of Trustees of the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea, MA. She was appointed to serve as Member of the American Battle Monuments Commission in 2010. Ms. Sullivan received a B.A. from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.