Center for Public Leadership
Here's a look at upcoming events and dates of note...
- 11/22 — Film screening: "Made in Dagenham" (WAPPP)
- 11/22 — Film screening: "Countdown to Zero" (Carr Center)
- 11/23 — "Corporate Social Responsibility's New Agenda" with Bryan Horrigan (M-RCBG)
- 11/30 — The W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture Series: The Honorable Condoleezza Rice (IOP Forum)
- 12/1 — Student Session with Patrick Lawler, CEO of Youth Villages
- 12/1 —"Future of Nuclear Weapons: Countdown to Zero" with Matthew Bunn, Valerie Plame Wilson, and Graham Allison (IOP Forum, Belfer Center)
- 12/1 — White House Fellowship application opens
- 12/2 —"Diplomacy Derailed: Assessing the impact of U.S.diplomatic disengagement"with Tara Maller (Belfer Center)
- 12/7 — Book conversation on "LEADERSHIP: Essential Selections on Power, Authority, and Influence" with author Prof. Barbara Kellerman
- 1/14 — LAST DAY to submit White House Fellowship applications
- 2/18 — LAST DAY to submit Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Graduate Fellowship applications
Last week, two groups of HKS students ventured off to southwestern Virginia and Detroit, Michigan for self-designed public service trips. As part of the second year of the Leadership Service Seminar program, these trips were selected from a number of student submissions at the start of the spring semester.
Zuckerman Fellow Dan Bowles and Hy Martin led their group in studying rural economic development issues in southwestern Virginia. Check out the team's daily journal on Blogger.
Both groups receive funding and guidance from CPL, the Office of Degree Programs and Student Affairs, the Office of the Academic Dean, and CPL’s Student Advisory Board, but they were student-led start to finish.
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.