CPL Leadership Forum Launched to Focus Attention on Challenges Ahead

May 12, 2008


Cambridge, MA — Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership (CPL) is launching the CPL Leadership Forum to highlight leadership issues relating to the 2008 elections. The Forum will take the form of a web blog, which is now accessible at: www.hks.harvard.edu/leadership/blog

The blog launched May 12th as CPL hosted a one-day program, "Leadership and the Next Presidency." On the day of the event a blogging station was available for attendees to comment on posts by guest bloggers such as Warren Bennis, a legendary figure in the world of leadership studies, and Col. Thomas Kolditz, Professor and Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The program is being hosted by CPL in partnership with The Ken Blanchard Companies.

More than 200 leaders from the public and social sectors, corporate world, academia, and the media gathered, with support from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust and The Charles Hotel, for a program whose focus was markedly different from many of the public discussions held so far in this presidential campaign season.

“A crisis is a defining moment of any presidency,” noted CPL director David Gergen. “When you look at the daunting challenges that must be addressed in the next four years, and the equally daunting impediments to taking meaningful action—the weakening economy and the increasing volatility in global affairs not least among them—then it becomes clear that the next administration will not lack for defining moments."

The Center for Public Leadership is committed to continuing this conversation up to and beyond the coming election through the web blog.

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