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.

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 2018 Workshop Schedule

October 1 & 2: Leadership of Self: Personal Capacity Building for Change Agents

Tim O'Brien, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

November 5 & 6: Transforming Self, Teams, and Organizations

Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer, Work and Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School

November 26 & 27: In the Tranches: Leading Through Community Engagement

Nancy Oriol, Faculty Associate Dean for Communty Engagement in Medicine Education and Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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.

2017 DLFE trips concentrated on issues relating to education innovation reform in Memphis, Tennessee, inclusive metropolitan growth in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and organizing across differences in red states in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Click here to see our recently-announced 2018 trips.

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.

Application information will be sent to the HKS student body at the start of each semester.


Amy Dennison MC/MPA 2019
Amy DennisonAmy supported Justice Rachel Pepper in an independent scientific inquiry into unconventional gas development in the Northern Territory of Australia. She wants to ensure the sustainable development of energy and resource projects in the Australia so that they are in line with community expectations.


Anna Schmidt, MC/MPA 2019
Anna SchmidtAnna Schmidt started a supra-partisan collaboration in Brazil for effective people management in government supported by the largest philanthropy in Brazil, Lemann Foundation. Having worked with leadership development in fellowship and educational programs, Anna joined the LD cohort to bring new knowledge about leadership development and people management to the Brazilian government post-HKS while also developing her own skills.

Ayushi Gummadi MPA 2019
Ayushi GummadiAyushi Gummadi is a dual degree student with HKS and Wharton and is interested in the intersection of public and private sectors. She was previously a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa and a leadership consultant at McChrystal Group. Ayushi is interested in further honing her leadership skills and learning from faculty and classmates’ experiences to become a more effective leader.

Clarisa Yerovi, MPP 2019
Clarisa YeroviClarisa Yerovi is political science major from Peru and currently an MPP2 concentrating in Political and Economic Development at HKS. Before HKS she worked in various ministries of Peru’s public sector. Her last job was to defend university reform in Congress.  She came to HKS to gain more management skills and considers leadership as a key aspect of this skill set.

Daniel Acheampong MPA 2020
Daniel AcheampongDaniel Acheampong is pursuing a joint MBA-MPA at the Wharton School. Daniel was an associate at Summit Partners, a premier investment firm, where he managed the firm’s due diligence process to raise investment funds. Daniel hopes joining the CPL community will sharpen his leadership framework on Urban Policy and Development.

Devashish Chandra, MPP 2019
Devashish ChandraDevashish Chandra is concentrating in Democracy, Politics, Institutions MPP concentration at HKS. Prior to HKS, he worked for five years on improving access to quality education in India. Over the summer, he worked with the Education Directorate, OECD on creating an online platform dedicated to teachers. He is drawn to the LD cohort to gain leadership skills to support his work in education.

Erica Licht, MPA 2020
Erica LichtErica comes to the LD cohort with a Masters in Justice Policy from the London School of Economics. Prior to HKS, she served as Assistant Director at the Center on Culture, Race, and Equity. She is drawn to the cohort to enhance her leadership skills to mobilize others around racial equity and inclusion initiatives with American and international non-profits.

Georgina Hernandez-Yang, MC/MPA 2019
Georgina Hernandez-YangGeorgina Hernandez-Yang is a public servant who spearheaded national programs for the economic empowerment of the poor. She was Director of the government’s livelihood program and most recently the Spokesperson of the Vice President of the Philippines. Through the CPL, she hopes to gain insight on the most relevant and effective leadership practices for public sector reform.

Jennifer Gottesfeld, MPP 2019
Jennifer GottesfeldJennifer Gottesfeld is excited to join the CPL cohort to continue to learn, iterate, and hone her leadership skills and philosophy and help others grow as well. Most recently, Jennifer served as National Ebola Survivor Services Manager for Partners In Health in Sierra Leone, focused on health system strengthening after the Ebola epidemic.

Korn Lapprathana MPA/ID 2020
Korn LapprathanaKorn Lapprathana was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he served governments and businesses across Southeast Asia and East Africa. Through the LD cohort, he hopes to develop a clearer vision of how he can best lead diverse groups of stakeholders to achieve positive social change.

Emilia Reyes MC/MPA 2019
Emilia ReyesEmilia Reyes is a Program Director in a feminist organization in Mexico City and has been a global coordinator of the Women’s Major Group for four years. As a member of the LD Cohort, Emilia hopes to enhance her role as an activist and further develop her ability to establish bridges between progressive actors concerned with sustainable development, human rights and gender equality.

Mohammed Abu Asaker MC/MPA 2019
Mohammed Abu AsakerMohammed Abu Asaker has over 15 years of working experience in the humanitarian field. For the past six years, he served as the senior regional spokesperson for UNHCR at the MENA region. His concentration at HKS is leadership, management and decision making. He aims to exercise these skills by joining the LD cohort.

Ori Pleban, MPP 2019
Ori PlebanOri studies government innovation and technology at HKS. Ori served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. After that experience, Ori worked for a government technology start-up where he helped government agencies of all sizes organize, analyze and surface insights from their data. Ori hopes to apply his LD Cohort experience drive digital transformation in local government.

Rebecca Kersch, MPA 2020
Rebecca KerschRebecca comes from the Netherlands and the Philippines and brings business, non-profit, and writing experience to the LD cohort. Prior to HKS, Rebecca lived in the UK, where she wrote two books for the Oxford Saïd Business School. Before that she was a consultant in Amsterdam. Rebecca is eager to grow as a leader to improve education in the Philippines.

Ruha Shadab MPP 2020
Ruha ShadabRuha is concentrating in International and Government Affairs in her MPP program. She is a Saudi Arabia-born, Spanish learning, Indian doctor. Her interests are many, ranging from medicine and health care to minority empowerment and social cohesion, but can be summed up as “making the world a better place”. She is keen to learn, from cohort mentors and peers, ways to spark leadership potential in a community and also, means for inter-sectoral convergence to solve health access issues.

Shen Zheng MPA 2019
Shen ZhengShen Zheng is a concurrent degree candidate at HKS (MPA’19) and MIT Sloan (MBA’19). He previously worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, program-related investment at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and management consulting. Shen aims to take advantage of the LD Cohort to help him become a leader at the intersection of private and public sectors.

Yonge Qian MC/MPA 2019
Yonge QianYonge Qian is the Founder and President of A Better Community (ABC), a HKS' case studied social enterprise. He wants to reflect on his leadership and improve his leadership skills to take ABC to the next level.


YunJung Yang MPA/ID 2020
YunJung YangYunJung Yang is from South Korea who joins the LD Cohort with an interest in public-private partnerships and BOP market in solving challenges in developing countries. Prior to HKS, YunJung worked in a broad range of areas from road transport to overseas construction and international cooperation at Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. YunJung hopes to take her leadership to a next level through the program to drive dynamic and innovative public service.


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.