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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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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.

14 July 2014

CPL co-director David Gergen and his research assistant Dan Katz offer their thoughts on dealing with the U.S. border crisis, calling for "creative, compassionate, and sensible" solutions to manage and best serve the thousands of children who arrive at our borders each year. Read more.

08 July 2014

Tufts President Emeritus Lawrence S. Bacow (M.P.P. 1976, Ph.D. 1978) joins the Center for Public Leadership as its inaugural Leader-in-Residence.

The newly launched Leader-in-Residence program at the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) invites practitioners at the top of their fields to Harvard Kennedy School for short-term academic appointments within the Center. Like distinguished senior fellowships at other leading academic institutions, the Leader-in-Residence program will foster new connection points between students and the work of CPL; offer students mentorship and career coaching; spur independent, compelling research supporting the efforts of CPL; and engage key external stakeholders.

Read more about Dr. Bacow's appointment here.


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03 July 2014

Harvard welcomes the Warrior-Scholar Project to campus this July 5-12. Launched in 2012, the initiative supports veterans transitioning from the military to college life through intense "academic bootcamps" at leading universities across the country. Read more about this pioneering program and the veterans it serves.