Decision-Making: Voices from the Field

The Voices from the Field webcast leadership discussion series at Harvard School of Public Health invites decision-makers to speak about their experience making policy decisions that affect global health. Highly interactive and candid, this series is produced in The Leadership Studio for a student audience. The events are webcast live in high-definition, and are posted for future viewing. Students learn from experienced leaders about decisions that were effective, decisions that failed, and which decisions, if any, could have been made differently.



Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Anthony Fauci

Tune in for the last webcast of the academic year on Thursday, April 17 at 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET featuring Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Fauci will speak on “A Leadership Lesson: Turning the Tide Against AIDS.” Watch the webcast here.  


Coming soon – Lois Gibbs, Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, is a leader in the grassroots environmental health movement. She spoke on April 10, 2014 on The Love Canal Story of Leadership. Video will be posted soon at

Coming soonGabriel Jaramillo, former head of The Global FundMr. Jaramillo lead the broad transformation of The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. His session on “If It Works – Fix It: Leading Transformation at The Global Fund,” will be posted soon.

Valerie B. Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama

Valerie Jarrett speaks at “Voices from the Field”

 Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obamaspoke on March 13 on Leadership in the White House. Topics she discussed include reflections on taking risks, advice for women embarking on their professional careers, and making tough decisions. View video of the session here. 

Elaine Kamarck

Elaine Kamarck speaks at “Voices from the Field”

Elaine Kamarck, senior fellow in the Governance Studies program at Brookings, spoke on March 11 on Leading Change: The Convergence of Politics and Policy. Dr. Kamarck spoke about how her career evolved between academia and politics, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She also discussed changes in the nature of politics from the early 1990′s to now. The on-demand video is posted here.

Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation

Bill Strickland speaking at “Voices from the Field”

Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, spoke on The Art of Leadership on March 4th. Strickland discussed how his career evolved into starting Manchester Bidwell to educate inner city youth in Pittsburgh. He also discussed lessons he has learned in how to communicate with diverse people, and the importance of creating a positive environment to support at-risk young people. The on-demand video is posted here.


Frank Nyonator speaking at "Voices from the Field" series, which was moderated by David Williams

Frank Nyonator speaks at “Voices from the Field” series, which was moderated by David Williams

Frank Nyonator, Senior Leadership Fellow at HSPH and Dean of the School of Public Health, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ghana, spoke on February 25 on “Championing Leadership: In Pursuit of Universal Health Coverage.” Dr. Nyonator discussed leading organizational change at the Ghana Ministry of Health.



Ron Pollack, Executive Director of Families USA spoke on Developing Leadership in Consumer Health Care

Ron Pollack speaks at "Decision-making: Voices from the Field"

Ron Pollack speaks at “Voices from the Field”

Mr. Pollack spoke on February 4, 2014 on developing leadership in consumer health care. He discussed the politics of the ACA and other critical health care legislation, and the skills that particularly helpful for those interested in careers in advocacy.


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