Janet Napolitano, President, University of California

The Difference Between Management and Leadership Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Janet Napolitano was named the 20th president of the University of California on July 18, 2013, and took office on Sept. 30, 2013. She leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. She served as Secretary of Homeland Security … Continue reading “Janet Napolitano, President, University of California”

Challenges for Health Leaders Today: A Conversation with Ministers from Spain and Switzerland

A stimulating discussion with a Minister of Health from Spain (Bengoa), and an international public health expert from Switerland (Zeltner) on leadership at the top and the implications for being lonely in the position.

Paula A. Johnson, Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology

Building a Field: Leadership and Action in Women’s Health Dr. Paula Johnson is an internationally recognized women’s health specialist and a pioneer in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. She is head of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology and chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has been named one of Boston’s “Top Doctors” by Boston Magazine and was featured in the Boston Globe’s “IDEAS Boston 2005” as one … Continue reading “Paula A. Johnson, Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology”

Michelle Rhee, Former Chancellor of Washington D.C. Public Schools

Leading the Fight for Education Reform Michelle Rhee is the founder and CEO of StudentsFirst, a grassroots movement that seeks to mobilize parents, teachers, students, and administrators throughout the country in an effort to bring about meaningful results in education reform at both the local and national level. In 2007, Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty appointed Rhee as Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools, a school district serving more than 47,000 students in 123 schools. She was previously … Continue reading “Michelle Rhee, Former Chancellor of Washington D.C. Public Schools”

Yvette Roubideaux, Member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Director of the Indian Health Service

Challenges in Indian Health Leadership Yvette Roubideaux (MPH ’97), a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is the Director of the Indian Health Service. As the IHS Director, she administers a $4 billion nationwide health care delivery program. The IHS is responsible for providing preventive, curative, and community health care to approximately 2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in over 600 hospitals, clinics, and other settings throughout the United States. She most recently served as assistant professor of family … Continue reading “Yvette Roubideaux, Member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Director of the Indian Health Service”

Michael Dukakis, Former Massachusetts Governor

Views on Effective Governing Having served four terms in the Massachusetts legislature beginning in 1962, Michael Dukakis’ first term as governor of Massachusetts was from 1975 to 1979. He was reelected to an unprecedented third four-year term in 1986. In 1988, Dukakis won the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. Since 1991, Dukakis has been a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at UCLA. His research … Continue reading “Michael Dukakis, Former Massachusetts Governor”

Julie Gerberding, President, Merck Vaccines

Crises, Crossroads, and Credibility Julie Gerberding is president of Merck Vaccines. She is responsible for the commercialization of the current portfolio of vaccines, planning for the introduction of vaccines from the company’s vaccine pipeline, and accelerating Merck’s ongoing efforts to broaden access to its vaccines in the developing world. Before joining Merck, Dr. Gerberding led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as director from 2002 to 2009. In this position, she was responsible for coordinating more than 40 … Continue reading “Julie Gerberding, President, Merck Vaccines”