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Each academic year up to 15 individuals are accepted into the Emerging Leaders Program. Interested candidates apply during the summer application cycle, and those chosen are notified in early September of their acceptance.

Programming includes a mix of leadership development workshops, community service, and other events. A major component of the Program is one-on-one mentoring. Halfway through the year cohort members are paired with a participating program mentor they request. Mentors consist of HLS senior leaders and some professors.

Each month, there are roughly 1-2 mandatory sessions cohort members must attend. In addition there are optional lunchtime sessions and other events. These are typically facilitated by HLS faculty and staff, with some being conducted by outside instructors. Three times a year, cohort members can also partake in voluntary community service opportunities.

At the end of each academic year cohort members are celebrated at an official graduation ceremony, and presented with certificates of completion of the Emerging Leaders Program.

See below Past Years’ Programs for more information on schedule and content.

 

Past Years' Programs

Past Years' Programs

2018-2019 Program

September 12, 2018: Welcome Lunch and Orientation

September 20, 2018: Teaming Effectively– Interactive Case
Guest Speaker: Professor Scott Westfahl, Faculty Director of HLS Executive Education

October 3, 2018: Lunch and Learn: Managing Up
Guest Speaker: Sue Kriegsman, former Associate Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

October 15, 2018: Emotional Intelligence Workshop
Guest Speaker: Valerie Earnshaw, BlueEQ

October 24, 2018: Community Service Activity
Cambridge Dept. Public Works – Mass Ave. to Porter Sq. Beautification

November 2, 2018: Lunch and Learn: Peer-to-Peer Coaching
Guest Speakers: Jacquelyn Kenahan, EL Advisory Board & Kim Harris, Director of Human Resources, HLS 

November 16, 2018: Practical Leadership
Guest Speaker: Sherif Hashem, Associate Director of Enterprise Infrastructure Group, HLS

November 29, 2018: EL Happy Hour with Alumni

December 7, 2018: Creating a Successful Mentoring Relationship
Guest speaker: Kim Harris, Director of Human Resources, HLS

December 17, 2018: Mentor Panel – Meet the 2018-19 Mentors

December 3 through December 14, 2018: Community Service Activity
Holiday Gift Drive for Chelsea Soldiers Home

January 10, 2019: Difficult Conversations Workshop
Guest Speaker: Rachel Viscomi, Lecturer on Law and Acting Director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

January 31, 2019: Emotional Intelligence follow-up session with BlueEQ

February 12, 2019: Situational Leadership
Guest Speaker: Jessica Soban, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Admissions, HLS

February 20, 2019: Meals with Manning
Guest Speaker: Dean John Manning

March 4, 2019:  Lunch and Learn: Networking
Guest Speakers: Jeff McNaught, Senior Director of Student Affairs and Administration, HLS & Johnny Earle, CEO at Johnny Cupcakes 

March 26, 2019: Career Story Panel featuring EL Alumni
Guest Speakers: Nathan Cleveland ’17, Steve Foote ’14, Naomi Schaffer ’17, Amy Soto ’13, Caroline Wright ’15

April 10, 2019: Harness Your Voice – Effective Presenting and Public Speaking
Guest Speakers: EL Advisory Board members Kerri Brummel (President, Crimson Toastmasters) & Jennifer Minnich

April 24, 2019: Spring Community Service Activity
Organization: Cradle to Crayons

April 24, 2019: Spring Happy Hour – with EL Alumni and Mentors

May 10, 2019: Applied Leadership
Guest Speaker: Sherif Hashem, Associate Director of Enterprise Infrastructure Group, HLS

June 3, 2019: Closing Ceremony and Reception
Keynote Speaker: Rana el Kaliouby, CEO and co-founder at Affectiva
Remarks from Dean John Manning, Dean Matt Gruber & Sherif Hashem

2017-2018 Program

September 14, 2017: Welcome Lunch and Orientation
Guest speaker: Juliet Bowler, Senior Program Manager, Harvard Project on Disability

October 19, 2017: A Career Story
Guest speaker: Amy Soto EL ’13, Administrative Director, Criminal Justice Institute

November 1, 2017: Community Service Activity with Cambridge Department of Public Works

November 1, 2017: EL Happy Hour

November 9, 2017: Emotional Intelligence
Guest Speaker: Valerie Earnshaw, BlueEQ

December 7, 2017: Mentor Panel – Meet the 2017-2018 Mentors!

December 13, 2017: Difficult Conversations Workshop
Guest Speaker: Rachel Viscomi, Lecturer on Law

December 14, 2017: Holiday Happy Hour with EL Alumni

December 2017: Community Service Drive for Home for Little Wanderers – Big Wishes Gift Drive

January 17, 2018: Meals with Manning
Guest speaker: Dean John Manning

January 30, 2018: Mentoring and Coaching Workshop
Guest Speaker: Kim Harris, Associate Director of Human Resources

February 21, 2018: Practical Leadership
Guest Speaker: Sherif Hashem, Associate Director of Enterprise Infrastructure Group

March 6, 2018: Situational Leadership
Guest Speaker: Jessica Soban, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Admissions

March 21, 2018: Teaming Effectively – Interactive Case
Guest Speaker: Professor Scott Westfahl, Faculty Director of HLS Executive Education

March 30, 2018: Emotional Intelligence follow-up with BlueEQ
Guest Speaker: Valerie from BlueEQ

April 11, 2018: Harness Your Voice – Effective Presenting and Public Speaking
Guest Speakers: Harvard Toastmasters with Michèle Biscoe, SPH (president, Crimson Toastmasters) and Anja Anliker, HBS (fellow Crimson Toastmasters member).

April 25, 2018: Community Service Activity with the Salvation Army Cambridge Corps

May 18, 2018: Closing Ceremony and Reception
6th Annual Emerging Leaders at HLS Closing Ceremony. Remarks from guest speakers including Dean Manning, and Dean for Administration Matt Gruber, and EL Alum Tricia Woodward.

2016-2017 Program

September 21, 2016: Welcome Lunch and Orientation
Guest Speaker: Matthew McMahan, Public Engagement Specialist

September 28, 2016: Fall Happy Hour

October 19, 2016: Emotional Intelligence and Coaching
Guest Speaker: Kathy Baron, Center for Workplace Development

November 9, 2016: Workshop: Developing Your Career Story
Guest Speaker: Ben Gaucherin, Chief Technology Officer, Harvard University IT

December 8, 2016: Meet your 2016-17 Mentors!

December 2016: Holiday Happy Hour/Social

January 2017: Mentoring Workshop

February 14, 2017 : Emotional Intelligence – Relationship Management
Guest Speaker: Kathy Baron, Center for Workplace Development

March 2017: The Power of Categories
Guest Speaker: Professor Jon Hanson, Harvard Law School

March 2017: Difficult Conversations Workshop
Guest Speaker: Rachel Viscomi, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

April 2017: Situational Leadership
Guest Speaker: Jessica Soban, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Admissions

May 10, 2017: Closing Ceremony and Reception

May 2017: Human Resources Session
Guest Speaker: Kevin Moody, Assistant Dean and Chief Human Resources Officer, HLS