Center for Public Leadership

A Conversation with
The Honorable Patricia Wald,
2013 Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Moderated by Sarah Wald
Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to the Dean, HKS

Thursday, April 3
1:00-2:30pm
Darman Room, Center for Public Leadership, HKS

Please join the Center for Public Leadership Leadership in welcoming Judge Patricia Wald in a conversation with Sarah Wald this Thursday. We look forward to hearing about her vast experience in public service, from her appointment as the first woman to serve as Chief Judge (1986-1991) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, to receiving the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Refreshments will be provided

This event is co-sponsored by the Women and Public Policy Program.

Please RSVP for this event.

Read more...

  • Expanding Economic Opportunity: How Do We Grow the Middle? | 03/31/14
  • A Conversation with Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress

    Moderated by David Gergen
    with special guest
    John Deutch, Emeritus Institute Professor, MIT

    Tuesday, April 1
    5:00-6:30pm
    Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor, Taubman Building, HKS

    Please join the Center for Public Leadership for a conversation with Neera Tanden, exploring her views on how our budget priorities could expand opportunity for all Americans. Ms. Tanden will discuss the Center for American Progress’ belief that a robust and growing middle class is vitally important to growing a stronger, more resilient economy and a more competitive future.

    The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through pioneering new progressive ideas and shaping the national debate.

    Please RSVP for this event.

    Read more...

  • A Conversation on US Health Care: Why is spending more getting us less? | 03/24/14
  • Tuesday, March 24
    4:15 to 5:45pm

    Darman Room, Center for Public Leadership
    Taubman Building, HKS

    Join us as we host Dr. Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor, co-authors of The American Health Care Paradox. Dr. Nancy Oriol will moderate the discussion.

    Dr. Elizabeth Bradley is Faculty Director of GHLI, Director of the Yale Global Health Initiative, Director of Global Health Initiatives at Yale School of Public Health and Professor of Public Health. She is also Master of Branford College. Her research focuses on health delivery and quality improvement. Dr. Bradley has contributed major findings about organizational change and quality of care within the hospital, nursing home and hospice settings. She leads several projects related to health system strengthening around the world, including China, Ethiopia, Liberia, Rwanda, South Africa and the U.K. She is a member of the World Economic Forum, Network of Global Agenda Councils and the Steering Committee for the Open Educational Resources in Public Health Conference, aimed at developing ways to enhance health system delivery in global settings. Dr. Bradley has a B.A. from Harvard, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

    Lauren Taylor, a Masters of Divinity candidate, studies global health and medical ethics at Harvard Divinity School. Prior to coming to Harvard, she received a Masters in Public Health at Yale and worked as a program manager at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute for three years.

    Dr. Nancy E. Oriol is currently dean for students and an Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Until 1997, she was Director of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesia at the Beth Israel Hospital, where her research included pioneering the walking epidural, a technique for pain relief for women in labor; designing a device to resuscitate newborns; inventing a data-processing system that detects fetal distress; and was an original member of the national task force that established the Practice Guidelines for Obstetric Anesthesia. Her work in health services delivery included: being the founding executive director of the Family Van, co-PI on MobileHealthMap.org a collaborative research network of mobile clinics and co-creator of the online Return on Investment Calculator. Dr. Oriol, is a 2009 recipient of the American Medical Association’s Excellence in Medicine Award, the YMCA Black Achiever’s Award, the Massachusetts Medical Society Special Award for Public Service, the Dr. Louis Sullivan Award for Contributions to the Delivery of Quality Health care to Black Men, and the New England Women’s Leadership Award in Health. She was also selected for inclusion in Footsteps: Profiles of Forty Remarkable Health Care Leaders, Stephen E. Gordon, editor, Puritan Press 2004. For her role as a pioneer in mobile health care, Dr. Oriol received the Pri-Med 15th Anniversary Award, the 2006 Mobile Healthcare Leadership Award, Harvard Medical School's Community Service Lifetime Achievement Award and was selected a 2014 Game Changer by Chronicle WCCV-TV Boston.

    Read more...

  • VIDEO: Cultural Citizenship, a conversation with Yo-Yo Ma | 03/10/14
  • CPL and the JFK Jr. Forum hosted cellist Yo-Yo Ma on March 6 for a discussion about the importance of "cultural citizenship." In conversation with CPL co-Director David Gergen, he presented a compelling case for increased arts education and cultural entrepreneurship, and illustrated his ideas through two innovative cello pieces.

    Read more...

  • "New Orleans Nine Years Later: Reflections on Inequality in Post-Katrina Disaster Recovery" a conversation with Kimberly Rivers Roberts | 03/11/14
  • Filmmaker Kimberley Rivers Roberts was invited by the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School to join students for a morning discussion, “New Orleans Nine Years Later: Reflections on Inequality in Post-Katrina Disaster Recovery.” Tom Wooten, author of We Shall Not Be Moved: Rebuilding Home in the Wake of Katrina, moderated the discussion, which was attended by students from Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

    A lifelong resident of New Orleans’ Ninth Ward community, Kimberley Rivers Roberts is the protagonist of the Oscar-nominated documentary Trouble the Water. In 2008, the film won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. The documentary includes footage shot by Kimberley before, during, and after Katrina made contact with New Orleans. Trouble the Water also highlights the struggles residents like Kimberley faced after being displaced and obstacles that prevented a smooth recovery.

    The conversation, which took place in the Center for Public Leadership’s Darman Seminar Room, allowed students interested in public policy to learn from a ground-level perspective through Kimberley’s powerful story.

    After a brief presentation of the film’s trailer, Kimberley spoke about many of the hurdles she faced in her life before Katrina. Kimberley described growing up in survival mode on the streets of New Orleans with a young mother who died at an early age. She mentioned how this way of life prevented her from gaining the necessary tools to realize her dreams. In the months before the storm, like most of her late teenage years and early twenties, she was selling drugs to survive—earning much more than she was as a line cook in the city’s French Quarter.

    While Kimberley responded to questions about the consequences of limited opportunities, she also spoke to her practice of seizing opportunities, on a personal level and for the people of New Orleans. Kimberley also described the importance of politicians responding to the needs of the people. Instead of simply focusing on construction projects, she believes work must also be done to rehabilitate people who suffer from trauma and continue to face challenges.

    The conversation followed an evening screening of Trouble the Water with Kimberley in Harvard Yard in partnership with The Harvard Foundation, Phillips Brooks House Association, and the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research.

    Read more...

  • Here's a look at upcoming events and dates of note...

    Join the CPL mailing list for up-to-date information on CPL announcements, research, and event information. Got an event that you'd like us to list? Email suggestions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    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.

    For the latest leadership videos, subscribe to CPL's YouTube channel.

    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.