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Inaugural Class of Sheila C. Johnson Fellows Announced!

Read more about our trailblazing cohort here.

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Preparing Next Generation Leaders

Learn more about how CPL supports leadership development through fellowships, field trips, seminars, and student activities.

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2014 Commencement Urges Responsible Citizenship

UN Ambassador Samantha Power addressed Harvard Kennedy School's class of 2014 on May 29, urging almost 600 proud graduates “to ensure that democracy expands, deepens, and delivers."

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Leadership Across Diversity and Disparity

Zuckerman and Gleitsman Fellows recently travelled to Los Angeles for a four-day field visit to explore how a wide array of Angelenos are leading across diversity and disparity to forge a better city.

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28 August 2014

The recipients of the prestigious White House Fellowship for 2014-2015 have been announced and CPL and HKS are well represented. Three of the 15 selected, Jacob E. Donnelly, Jonathan M. Dorsey, and Edward Sheen, were former CPL fellows. Six of the 15 selected are HKS graduates and two others spent time at HKS as fellows. All together, 53 percent of the new fellows either graduated from the Kennedy School or participated in fellows programs at HKS. Read more.

28 August 2014

Applications for the 2015-2016 Zuckerman Fellowship are now available! For more information, as well as the application and guidelines, please click here.

04 August 2014

In an age as fluid and uncertain as ours, leaders must prepare for what has not yet been imagined… And Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership is one of a handful of places where prospective leaders at all stages in their careers can both study leadership as a part of a great university and develop their own leadership capabilities. It is a place for people who realize that the most visionary leaders must acquire specific skills and habits. In is a place for pragmatic dreamers. I invite you to join me in taking the Center for Public Leadership to the next level.

– Warren Bennis, 1925-2014

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29 July 2014

The Center for Public Leadership is pleased to announce our inaugural cohort of Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellows. The 10 fellows, selected for their outstanding potential and dedication to working in African American and other underserved communities in the U.S., will begin pursuing graduate degrees at HKS in the upcoming 2014-15 academic year. With a diversity of rich work and educational experience—ranging from Teach for America, to the Wharton School, and the AFL-CIO—our fellows represent the best of the next generation committed to fostering sustainable, tangible change in their communities. Read more.

21 July 2014

CPL’s Barbara Kellerman, the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard, remembers the seminal historian as a quiet but powerful voice for leadership scholarship in the United States. Hear her reflections on Burns as presidential adviser, historian, and prolific author here.