Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development: Lunch with Professor Dana Born and CPL Hauser Leader Nadja West


Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Darman Room (Taubman 135), Harvard Kennedy School

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12:00-1:00 p.m.
Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135
Harvard Kennedy School


Please join CPL, Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D), and the Armed Forces Committee for a lunch discussion with CPL co-director Professor Dana Born, Brig. Gen. (USAF Ret.) and CPL Hauser Leader Nadja West, LTG (USA Ret.). The two will discuss what led them to pursue public service and they'll share leadership lessons from their remarkable military careers. All students are welcome to attend!

W3D is a student organization at the Harvard Kennedy School that, in collaboration with the Belfer Center, works to connect, mentor, and empower women whom aspire to enter or rise these traditionally-male dominated fields. We launched the Female Faculty Lunch Series to create a unique opportunity for professors and students to engage in robust conversations in smaller group settings. Past discussions have focused on current research projects, previous work experiences, navigating career paths, and empowering women in these fields. The series has been very popular among students as another avenue to connect with professors outside of the classroom. 

The Armed Forces Committee is a student-led organization that hosts discussions on national security institutions and issues, promotes volunteer work to support veteran's issues, and facilitates networking between military veterans and students interested in defense policy.

About the Speakers:

Dana BornBrig. Gen. Dana H. Born (USAF Ret.) holds many titles at Harvard Kennedy School. She serves as the co-director to the Center for Public Leadership, faculty chair of the Senior Executive Fellows Program, faculty advisor of the Black Family Graduate Fellowship, and is a lecturer in Public Policy. Gen. Born is a retired Brigadier General with 30 years of service in the United States Air Force. Prior to coming to Harvard, from 2004-2013, she served two terms as the Presidentially-appointed Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy where she was also the Professor and Head of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department. Previously, Dana served as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, Assistant Director for Recruiting Research and Analysis for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy), Deputy Chief of the Personnel Issues Team for the Department of the Air Force (DC/Staff Personnel), Aide and Speech Writer to the Secretary of the Air Force, Squadron Commander for 11th Mission Support Squadron at Bolling AFB, DC and in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

LTG Nadja WestLTG Nadja West (USA Ret.) is a boundary breaker in her own right and has accumulated a number of superlatives throughout her military career: the highest ranking female graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and the first Black Army Surgeon General, among other distinctions. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, and more. (To sign up for office office with LTG(R) West, please visit this link)


Questions? E-mail cpl_events@hks.harvard.edu.

Co-sponsored by Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (W3D), the Armed Forces Committee, and the Center for Public Leadership.