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The World Bank cites the research of CPL's Behavioral Insights Group (BIG) in its Development Report for 2015. Of particular interest is the application of different decision-making processes in developing countries with the goal of increasing productivity, social mobility, and education opportunities.

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  • Wexner Israel Program Manager Elisha Gechter named to Boston Influencers List | 11/21/14
  • Combined Jewish Philanthropy's Chai in the Hub recently named CPL's Wexner Israel Program Manager Elisha Gechter one of Boston's most inspiring young adults.

    The Chai in the Hub contest highlights the faces of Boston's Jewish future, identifying 18 influential young adults from a nominated pool of inspiring rabbis, dedicated lawyers, Jewish educators, and social entrepreneurs.

    Elisha will be honored at a community event in January with special guest Jeffrey Tambor. Read more.



  • Announcing 2014 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award Winner Eric Greitens | 11/07/14
  • CPL is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award, Eric Greitens. A decorated veteran, accomplished scholar, and longtime humanitarian, Mr. Greitens donated his combat pay to found The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that empowers veterans to serve in communities across America. In 2013, TIME magazine named him to their list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and most recently, Fortune magazine recognized Mr. Greitens as one of 50 greatest leaders in the world. Read more about the award and Eric's work with veterans here.


  • Congratulations CPL Alumnus Seth Moulton! | 11/05/14
  • Congratulations Seth Moulton, HKS alum, Zuckerman Fellow ('11), and newly-minted representative-elect for Massachusetts' 6th congressional district. Writes David Gergen, "Seth has three degrees from Harvard and four tours in Iraq as a Marine infantry officer. More than that, he is a model among a rising generation of leaders who I believe can transform our politics."

    You can read more about Seth's victory, including an interview with the Boston Globe, here.

    Photo credit: Chris Evans


  • Calling all CPL Alums | 10/29/14
  • Are you an alumnus of a CPL fellowship program? Don't forget to sign-up for our new networking site. Share and learn valuable information about your peers, explore career opportunities, and tap into CPL's tradition of community and leadership excellence!


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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.