This webcast series invites leaders to speak candidly about their experience as leaders. Highly interactive, the program is produced in The Leadership Studio for a studio audience. Webcast live, videos with searchable transcripts are posted for future viewing. Learn about effective decisions and ones that failed. Hear behind-the-scenes stories and engage with experienced leaders as they share lessons learned and their own personal career reflections.
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Dr. Gawande is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, professor at Harvard Chan School and Harvard Medical School, bestselling author, and staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.
Leslie Ramsammy, Minister of Agriculture for Guyana, spoke on Leadership in HIV/AIDS in Guyana on January 22, 2015. In this session, he emphasizes the need for having vision to accompany strategy in achieving outcomes. He explains that he considers himself a dreamer–but how that’s not a bad thing.
Ramsammy is serving as a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in spring 2015.
Leading to Deliver, a discussion with Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor for Pearson. Barber reflected on what he learned about leadership in his positions under the Blair administration. He emphasized the importance of paying attention to the details, even at high levels of leadership, and provided illustrations of improving delivery such as how the UK measured traffic patterns.
Women Leaders in American Politics, a conversation with Christine Gregoire, former Governor of Washington State who spoke on November 20. In addition to the need for women leaders in government, Gregoire also discussed her experiences as the lead negotiator for the tobacco settlement between the attorneys general and the tobacco companies. She encourages young people to run for office, posing the question, “If not you, who?”
The Leadership Role of Foundations: Advancing Health Equity with Mark Smith, former President and CEO of California HealthCare Foundation, spoke on November 13. Smith discussed his unconventional career path, and ways that medicine can learn from the business world to improve how it provides care. Smith is currently serving as a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in 2014.
Paul Farmer on Leadership in Public Health for the Poor. Medical anthropologist Paul Farmer is a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Farmer spoke in Voices in Leadership on November 4, 2014.
Kathleen Sebelius, 21st U.S.Secretary of Health and Human Services, spoke in October on “Reflections on Leadership: 21st U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.” Sebelius discussed topics including strategies for communicating in a high-profile environment, reflections on the U.S. Affordable Care Act rollout, and her career path.
Joanne Kenen, health care editor for Politico, spoke in October on “Using Journalism and the Media for Public Health.” In this session, Kenen discussed the role of the media in public health, and the effects of the communications arena being faster paced than it had been in the past.
From White House Chef to Obama’s Nutrition Policy Advisor featuring Sam Kass, Executive Director, Let’s Move!, and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition in the Obama Administration. In this session from October, Kass discussed his career path, and the importance of marketing cooking more effectively to the American public.
[In May 2014, the series was renamed Voices in Leadership, from Decision-making: Voices from the Field.]