Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston

With his last term winding down, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino spoke about the importance of communicating with constituents, his account of the Boston Marathon violence in spring 2013, and advice for Boston’s next mayor.

Beverly Perdue, Former Governor of North Carolina

Former Governor Perdue discussed her career path, strategies for making decisions when the results will be unpopular, ethical leadership, and how she worked to decrease teen smoking in a state with a prominent tobacco industry.

JudyAnn Bigby, Former Massachusetts Secretary for Health

In this session entitled, “Behind the Scenes with the Secretary of Health,” Dr. Bigby discussed health policy implementation at the state level including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), critical decision-making, and how she approached challenging budget cuts.

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

Leading the Fight for Education Reform [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] 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 … Continue reading “Michelle Rhee, Former Chancellor of Washington D.C. Public Schools”