Climbing the Workplace

Miya Bernson-LeungBy: Miya Bernson-Leung, M.Ed '17

Designed by Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson and Bryant University professor Michael Roberto, the Everest Simulation is a team-based simulation that uses the dramatic context of a Mount Everest climb to teach group dynamics and leadership. Recently, Professor Edmondson ran the simulation for Harvard students at the Center for Public Leadership; participant Miya Bernson-Leung writes about her experience working across industries and sectors to solve problems and Professor Edmondson's work on teamwork in high-pressure situations.

Tackling Intolerance with Coalitions of Diversity


Written by: Hamada Zahawi, Mid-Career MPA Candidate and Emirates Leadership Initiative Fellow

On November 10, 2016, Khaled Beydoun, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit – Mercy School of Law, spoke to a diverse group of students across the Harvard community on the challenges facing Arab and Muslim identities, how those challenges intersect with those of other ongoing civil rights movements, and what the future holds for these communities in today’s America.

Moving The Energy Poverty Mountain, One Rock At A Time

Written by: Shauna B. Theel, Bacon Fellow

I’m writing this at night after working during the day. I just quickly microwaved some leftovers from the refrigerator, and began browsing a world of online resources. These activities may all seem unremarkable to you -- they are to me. However, for more than 1 in 5 people worldwide, each of these tasks would have been much more difficult and time consuming, particularly for a woman like myself.

Dubin Summer Internship: Fighting Human Trafficking Across the Globe

Written by: Aubrey Doyle, Dubin Fellow

My goal in coming to the Kennedy School was to end human trafficking. Much of my experience in this has been at a ground level—performing outreach for trafficking survivors on the streets of Chicago. This summer, I was inspired to volunteer for Yazda to apply these past experiences and the new skills I’ve learned at HKS and the CPL towards supporting female victims of ISIL slavery.

When What We See Is Not What We Say - Leading a Change in the World of National Security

Elisha Gechter talks with Gil Avriel

During his time at Harvard Kennedy School, Gil Avriel (WIF 26 and Legal Adviser to the Israeli National Security Council at the Office of the Prime Minister) published an innovative theory in the Harvard National Security Journal that hopes to change the way we understand ISIS and terrorism. A year after his graduation, Gil's "Civilitary Theory" is cited and commended by world experts, discussed at leading national security conferences and explored by governments. Elisha Gechter (Program Manager for Wexner Israel Programs at Harvard Kennedy School) asked Gil for his takeaways from the project and to share how his journey at Harvard can encourage Wexners and other Fellows at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership who wish to make a change and promote innovative ideas around the world.

Dispatches from a Warming Arctic

Written by: Harvard Kennedy School 2015 Bacon Fellows

In mid-October, several students from the Harvard Kennedy School, including the Louis Bacon Environmental Leadership Fellows from the Center for Public Leadership, had the unique opportunity to travel to Iceland where key issues about the future of our climate, our energy systems, and our security were being discussed by leading experts, government officials, and nonprofit leaders at the Arctic Circle Assembly.

The Demise of Speaker as Leader

Written by: Barbara Kellerman
James McGregor Burns Lecturer in Leadership, Center for Public Leadership

What’s happening in Congress right now boggles the mind. The very idea that the position of Speaker of the House is going begging beggars belief. The incumbent Speaker John Boehner is desperate to quit.

Dubin Summer Internship: Jess Newman

Written by Jess Newman
Dubin Fellow, MPP '16

“Environmentalist” can mean a lot of things. Do you do climate change? Resiliency? Energy? Forestry? Agriculture? Biodiversity? Etc. People in the environment/sustainability field are great at figuring out their keywords. Until this summer, I called myself a climate change and agriculture kind of girl. While I had taken classes on energy issues, I never considered it a true area of expertise. My summer fellowship at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability has helped me gain depth in this area and reshape my own identify in the sustainability field.

Dubin Summer Internship: International Development in Costa Rica

Written by: Verónica Olivera Sapienza
MPA/ID candidate

Working in a program to alleviate poverty in Costa Rica is just an incredible opportunity to gain experience advancing international development issues, which is the field that I have been passionate about since the very first volunteering experience I was involved in as a teenager.