Center for Public Leadership

Gleitsman Award winner, HKS alum, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson, returned to campus to share his four elements for shaping change and inspiring social justice. Read more about his remarkable talk and listen to his speech in its entirety here.


  • CPL and HKS Executive Education Collaborate with Schwab Foundation | 03/27/15
  • CPL and HKS, together with the Schwab Foundation, have launched the first-ever executive education course for late-stage social entrepreneurs. From March 22-27, forty leading social entrepreneurs in the Schwab Foundation network, the largest network of late-stage social enterprises in the world, participated in an intensive executive education module focused on creating systemic change. Read more.


  • Women Entrepreneurs Shaking Up the Start-up Scene in the Middle East | 03/19/15
  • Huffington Post spotlights Harvard Kennedy School's 10,000 Women collaboration with the Goldman Sachs Foundation and U.S. Department of State. Chaired by Hauser Institute Lecturer in Public Policy Nathalie Laidler-Kylander, HKS' Executive Education program convened 29 outstanding women entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa for a week long session devoted to building strategies for start-up success. Read more.



  • CPL Co-Director David Gergen: Three Ways We Can Create Jobs from the Bottom Up | 03/09/15
  • Speaking at the World Post Future of Work Conference, CPL Co-director David Gergen spells out three ways we can "unleash human creativity" and generate jobs.


  • Los Angeles Philharmonic President Deborah Borda Announced as Hauser Leader-in-Residence | 03/02/15
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda will join the Center for Public Leadership community as a Hauser Leader-in-Residence. Borda, the first arts executive to hold the post, will begin her appointment in September 2015, at which time she will take a four-month sabbatical from the Philharmonic. Read more.


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    Last week, the Harvard Kennedy School Armed Forces Committee, in conjunction with CPL and the Belfer Center, was honored to host Admiral Robert F. Willard, Commanding Officer of United States Pacific Command, as the guest of honor for its annual Veterans Day Recognition Breakfast. In attendance at the breakfast were over 60 current Kennedy School students and National Security Fellows who have served or who continue to serve in every branch of our nation’s Armed Forces.

    During his keynote address, Admiral Willard thanked the veterans for their service and commended each of them for their pursuit of academic excellence that will allow them to continue serving our nation in the future. He shared unique insights into the strategic importance of the area within the Pacific Command area of responsibility and what he saw as the critical issues in the future of the region.

    At the conclusion of the breakfast, the veterans were joined by David Ellwood, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School, who thanked the students for their service to our nation and who also thanked Admiral Willard for his contribution to their learning. It was a memorable event for all involved, and a fitting tribute to the many Kennedy School veterans whose service in the military marks only the beginning of a lifetime of public service to our nation and world.

    Regan Turner is currently an MPP/MBA candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School and is a Dubin Fellow.

    On a recent visit to CPL, professor Dean Williams spoke with Gordon Brown about leadership challenges he faced as U.K. Prime Minister (2007–10), as well as factors that all contemporary leaders need to manage.

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    We were honored to welcome back Nate Fick (MPA/MBA '08), last month, to speak with current George Leadership Fellows about his experience as CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a defense and national security think tank in Washington, D.C.

    A former Marine Corps officer, Fick served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and received great praise for his memoir about the experience, One Bullet Away—a New York Times bestseller. After receiving a joint degree from Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School in 2008, Fick joined CNAS as a fellow and Chief Operating Officer. He assumed his current leadership role in 2009.

    Hear what Fick has to say about leadership lessons learned in the military, future threats to American security, and his portrayal in HBO's Generation Kill in an interview with CPL.

    For more information on Nate Fick and the Center for a New American Security you can peruse their YouTube channel, follow them on Twitter @CNASdc, and check out their website for a number of different ways to connect.