Center for Public Leadership

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.

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  • CPL's David Gergen and Dan Katz Tackle the Border Crisis in Op-Ed | 07/14/14
  • 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.

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  • Inaugural Leader-in-Residence Lawrence S. Bacow Joins CPL | 07/08/14
  • 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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  • Warrior-Scholar Project to Visit Harvard | 07/03/14
  • 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.

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  • George Fellow Roniesha Copeland Spotlighted in Forbes | 06/27/14
  • Former George Fellow Roniesha Copeland and Harvard Business School senior lecturer John Jong-Hyun Kim explore the burgeoning interest in "edtech", the use of technology in the classroom, to bolster learning and test scores.

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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.