CPL’s co-curricular leadership development programming at Harvard supports students, many of whom arrive on campus with previous leadership experience, to practice and apply leadership within the Harvard Kennedy School context. Our impact is measured by the excellence exhibited by our graduates as they lead in challenging, complex, and ever-changing globalized contexts.

You can find the application for the fall 2020 Leadership Development cohort here. The application is due on Thursday, September 17 at 9:00 am ET. If you have any questions, please contact Neatric Norwood at .

Tryptich of student photos--in the classroom and walking in Chicago

Faculty-led Leadership Development Workshops

LD faculty workshops offer students the chance to engage with professors whose research, contributions, and leadership have shaped discourse in the public service arena. These workshops are open only to non-CPL fellows and student participants are chosen from a competitive application pool. Among the distinguished faculty who have taught our workshops are Max Bazerman (Behavioral Insights); Patricia Bellinger (Leading in a Diverse World); Dana Born (Authentic Leadership); Steve Jarding (Running for Public Office); and Brian Mandell (Art of Negotiation). Each workshop consists of two consecutive sessions, with preference given to HKS students who are not enrolled in the professor’s class.

Fall 2020

October 16: Finding and Using Your Voice in Uncertain Times

Allison Shapira
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

November 20: Cultural Humility

Aviva Luz Argote
Lecturer, Tufts University

Dubin Leadership Field Experience

The Dubin Leadership Field Experience (DLFE) allow student leaders, under the guidance of a faculty adviser and the LD team, to plan a domestic student service trip to one of the 48 contiguous states. Typically held in the spring semester, the DLFE affords students the ability to immerse themselves in regional policy issues they are passionate about, expand their networks, and engage in experiential leadership development in service of the host city or region. Three pre-trip study group sessions are organized by the team to prepare them for their leadership field experience trips.

The 2020 DLFE trips will be exploring voting rights in Georgia and Alabama, climate change and trade in Iowa and border issues in El Paso, TX.  

The Dubin Leadership Field Experiences are generously supported by Glenn Dubin and the HKS Degree Programs/Student Affairs Office

Leadership Development Cohort

The LD cohort is a group of 15-20 students from across HKS degree programs, all of whom are non-CPL fellows. The cohort is designed to provide its members with the following leadership growth opportunities: 1) peer-learning, reflection, and experiential leadership through cohort-led meetings with the LD team 2) deeper learning of critical leadership competencies through participation in faculty-led workshops 3) a sense of community with the wider CPL network, and 4) individualized coaching sessions with CPL Senior Fellows, Hauser Leaders-in-Residence, and staff.

The fall 2020 application is available here. The application is due at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, September 17.


Shreya AgarwalShreya Agarwal MPP 2021 is focusing her studies at HKS on Political and Economic Development. As a consultant with the Ministry of Human Resource Development, India, she previously worked on an education technology solution to improve learning outcomes in public schools in India. She hopes to learn from a diverse peer group at CPL so that she can build leadership and communication skills in order to amplify her work in development of societies.

Zack BaileyZack Bailey MC/MPA 2020, a United States Foreign Service Officer since October 2009, is currently undertaking the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration.  In his role as a U.S. diplomat, Zack has served in Mozambique, Vietnam, The Gambia, and Washington D.C.  In studying at HKS, Zack hopes to strengthen his leadership capabilities in pursuit of solving global challenges through diplomacy.

Gillian Cassell-StigaGillian Cassell-Stiga MC-MPA 2020 is focusing on civil rights, law, and technology at HKS.  Gillian's background is in federal civil rights litigation and she is interested in building a community of public service minded peers with whom she can explore methods to sustain leaders on the front lines.

Alice ChenAlice Chen MPA/ID 2021 is a joint degree student with MIT Sloan in MBA. Previously a BCG consultant, she worked across APAC with governments and technology & telecom industries on strategy and transformations. She also served as Strategy Manager at Teach For All, supporting the global network of 50+ country partners with organizational transformation. With the LD cohort, she hopes to hone her leadership skills that bring the private and public sector to push development progress forward.

Mie DahlMie Dahl MPA 2021 has degrees in International Business & Politics + International Management. Mie also worked at the Danish parliament for the past five years as a policy advisor, focusing on agriculture, environment, rural policy and education. Mie has a particular interest in Latin America, where she has worked for a number of NGOs in Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Brazil. With the LD cohort experience, she hopes to enhance her ability to lead social impact projects that bind private and public actors together.

Kadija DialloKadija Diallo MPP 2021 is concentrating in International and Global Affairs. Previously, she worked in Philadelphia around the causes of affordable housing, educational opportunity, and immigrant rights. She hopes to use her learning from the LD cohort to facilitate better cross-sector coordination in the promotion and protection of human rights.

Kareem EmaraKareem Emara MPP 2021 is an Egyptian activist and physician. At HKS, he focuses his studies on leadership in conflict resolution in the Middle East. As a physician, he most recently led the medical affairs team for an innovative cancer diagnostics lab. He hopes to build a network or leaders and make use of the mentorship opportunities of CPL.

Rami FarasinRami Farasin MC/MPA 2020 spent seven years of his professional career as a leader within Deloitte Consulting’s Energy practice, serving as a trusted advisor to executives of multinational organizations. He is excited to join the cohort to deepen his learning of critical leadership competencies and create personal and professional networks with diverse members of HKS community.

Carlos Adolfo GonzalezCarlos Adolfo Gonzalez Sierra MPP/JD 2023 is a passionate advocate and public servant who is committed to the empowerment of immigrants and communities in poverty. His background is in community organizing, policy advocacy, and nonprofit management. Carlos hopes to hone his negotiation, communication, and team management skills.

Katarzyna JakimowiczKatarzyna Jakimowicz MC/MPA 2020 as a former Senior Programme Advisor, European Innovation Council pilot, European Commission, she was responsible for design of new innovative blended instrument in support of disruptive breakthrough innovation for 41 European countries. Prior to that she was an Associate Director at the leading EU policy think-tank in Brussels, the Lisbon Council. During CPL cohort she wants to focus on honing skills that will allow her to lead local and global digital transformation initiatives.

Alejandro LozanoAlejandro Lozano MC/MPA 2020 is a political scientist with 13 years of public service experience. Until March 2019, Alejandro was the Head of the Political Affairs Section at the Embassy of Mexico to the Vatican City. If selected as a CPL member, Alejandro will continue learning and develop leadership qualities to achieve his goals.

David ManouryDavid Manoury MC/MPA 2020 served for more than ten years in different financial roles in the automotive industry. Most recently, as compliance officer, he established the governance process for 20,000 employees of Faurecia across North America. At HKS, David is interested in economic development and inequalities. He hopes to use the LDC to boost his leadership skills to bring human rights into the economic dialogue.

Aldo MartinezAldo M. Martinez MC-MPA 2020, has more than 12 years of management consulting experience at PwC, focusing in accounting fraud and anti-corruption. There, he led a team that helped build the US Treasury's CFPB agency in Washington DC from the ground-up. At Harvard, he has been transitioning to the healthcare/pharmaceuticals industry, and, most recently, he led Bayer's Top 20 strategic initiatives.  He is passionate about increasing healthcare access to all, primarily underserved populations.  

Na'Shantea MillerNa’Shantea Miller MPP 2021 is a proud Canadian with Jamaican heritage.  Prior to HKS, she had the opportunity to attend a session at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva where she discovered her interest in corporate citizenship. Concentrating in Business and Government, Na’Shantea hopes to be equipped with the tools to make a larger impact in this space.

Jessica RedmondJessica Redmond MPP 2021 is concentrating their HKS studies on Business and Government, particularly trade policy. Before HKS she was at the Bank of England for five years working on the negotiation and UK implementation of regulation safeguarding financial stability. They hope the LD cohort will enhance her leadership in creating inclusive platforms that empower others to face tough challenges.

Avantika Singh MC/MPA 2020 is a Civil Servant with 16 years of experience in public service in India. Her concentration at HKS has been in Leadership Development, Infrastructure, Finance and Development Economics. She was Commissioner, Technical Education and head of the Admissions Committee for Professional Courses at Government of Gujarat, before she came to HKS. She intends to join the Leadership Development Cohort, in order to become a more competent and confident leader who is able to contribute to effective solutions to policy challenges in India, especially, aimed at empowerment of women.

Stella TamStella Tam MPA/ID 2020 is hoping to switch her career from private sector management consulting to international development. She used to work in sectors including manufacturing, financial service and telecommunication. Now, she would like to dedicate her future career to tackling poverty and income inequality in Asia Pacific. Through CPL, she wants to overall her fear and eventually take up a leadership role.

Lindsey WangLindsey Wang MPP 2021 is concentrating her studies on Political and Economic Development, with an emphasis on data-driven policymaking. Prior to HKS, she worked as a program analyst with the Luminos Fund, an international education NGO operating in Liberia, Ethiopia, and Lebanon. A former engineer, Lindsey hopes to hone her leadership skills to bridge the gap between policymakers and implementers.

Ashley WhitlockAshley Whitlock MC/MPA 2020 began her career managing national brand and advocacy campaigns. A Gold Star spouse and Pat Tillman Foundation Scholar, Ashley is committed to helping trauma survivors build economically, physically, and emotionally secure lives for themselves. She joins the LD cohort to connect her personal and professional experiences and drive lasting positive change for survivor communities.

Helen Zhang MC/MPA 2020, focuses on the geopolitics of technology at HKS.  Prior to HKS, Helen served as an Australian diplomat in Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and Beijing.  Helen wants to join the Leadership Development Cohort to learn from its participants’ international experience and enhance her intercultural leadership skills. She aims to champion the liberal world order through impactful diplomacy.

Leadership Development Practitioner Workshops

LD practitioner workshops provide students with the unique opportunity to engage with high-profile practitioners leading across sectors in both domestic and international settings. Workshops offer an interactive environment in which students develop practical skills to help them navigate the communities they will serve post-HKS.

Past practitioner participants include Deborah Borda, former Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and recently-appointed Chief Executive Officer of the New York Philharmonic; Rand Wentworth, President Emeritus of the Land Trust Alliance; and Sophia MacLaren, Director of the Mindfulness in Business Program from the Said Business School at the University of Oxford. Topics covered included philanthropy and fundraising, board management, mindfulness in leadership, and non-profit leadership.