21-22 MAY 2024

Keynote Speakers from the NPLI

Dr. Leonard Marcus

DR. LEONARD MARCUS is founding Co-Director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a collaborative effort of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School, Center for Public Leadership developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House, and the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense. In recent years, Lenny‘s research, teaching, and consultation have played a key role in national and international preparedness and emergency response.

Lenny and his colleagues pioneered development of the conceptual and pragmatic basis for “Meta-Leadership”- overarching leadership that strategically links the work of different agencies and levels of government;  “Connectivity” – the coordination of people, organizations, resources, and information to best catch, contain, and control a terrorist or other threat to the public’s health and well-being; and “Swarm Intelligence” as it applies to crisis leadership.

Mr. Eric McNulty

ERIC MCNULTY serves as Associate Director for the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. He is responsible for research, writing, and teaching relating to leaders and leadership in high stakes, high pressure situations. McNulty is also an Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health and works with the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Harvard Chan School where he teaches negotiation and conflict resolution in addition to leadership.

Eric is the principal author of the NPLI’s case studies on leadership decision making in the Boston Marathon bombing response, innovation in the response Hurricane Sandy and the professional/political interface in the Deepwater Horizon response drawing upon his first-hand research as well as extensive interviews with leaders involved in the responses.

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