Student Leadership Blog

Voices in Leadership organizes Student Writers to attend the events as audience members and write articles capturing the dialogue’s context beyond the webcast. These reflection pieces are based on discussions the speaker has during the Voices program and are published on our Leadership Blog via Medium.

Published Articles

Articles from 2020-2021

Articles from 2019-2020

Protests, Police Brutality, and COVID-19: Governor Patrick L. Deval’s Call for Risk-Oriented Policy and Making a Plan to Vote, by Ayah Mohammed Hamdan

Truth and Reconciliation: Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Racism as a Public Health Crisis, by Elizabeth Alpert

Science, Politics, and Pandemic: Dr. Karl Lauterbach, Germany’s Leading Health Policy Expert, on Why There Has Never Been a More Crucial Time for Scientists to be Engaged in Politics, by Miranda So

Enough is Enough: Dean Michelle Williams and Representative Jeffrey Sánchez on the Need for a Public Health Lens in Addressing Systemic Racism, by Mahaa M. Ahmed

Balancing Act: Lessons in Best Pandemic Mitigation Practices from Malaysia’s Former Minister of Health, Dr. Subramaniam Sathasivam, by Kristina Lyons

The Time to Act is Now: Dr. Stephanie Ferguson on the Critical Role of Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic, by Harika Dasari 

Wisdom Versus Strength: Setting Leadership Priorities with Rosen Plevneliev, Former President of Bulgaria, by Katie Klatt

Influence Beyond Authority: Advice from Dr. Leana Wen on Meta-Leadership and Moving the Needle in Public Health, by Simone Wahnschafft

Articles from 2018-2019

The Power of Passion and Persistence: Dr. Stephanie Ferguson’s Global Health Journey, by Anshu Shroff

Fixing the Health Care System from Within: A Conversation with VT Governor Peter Shumlin (2011-2017), by A. Taylor Thomas

Building a Better City: A Conversation with Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, by Nadhira Nuraini Afifa 

Navigating the Course Set Before You: Lessons in Leadership from Juan Manuel Santos, by Ronke Olowojesiku

Moving Past Partisanship to Make Lasting Change: A Conversation with Jay Nixon, former Missouri Governor, by Shela Sridhar

To Serve, You Give Yourself Away: Insight on International Community Engagement with Dr. Jody Olsen, Director of Peace Corps, by Lakshmi Ramachandran

Leading with Latitude – What We Can Learn from Former Massachusetts State House Representative, by Monica Vohra

Taking the Lead in Higher Education: A Conversation with Harvard President Larry Bacow, by Gillian Christie

The Media, the White House, and Health Care: A Conversation with Veteran Journalists Joanne Kenen and Margaret Talev, by Kee Park

Culture Change, Flourishing, and Thriving: On Inclusive Excellence At and Beyond Harvard with John Wilson, by Sherine Powerful

Principled Leadership: Lessons from David Shulkin, Former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, by Eric Coles

Bringing Bipartisanship to Climate Change: Lessons from Robert Inglis, Former U.S. Representative for South Carolina, by Marlaina Rohmann

Translating Research for Better Policy: Advice from Dr. Patricia García, Former Minister of Health of Peru, by Justin Kaplan


Articles from 2017-2018

Taking the Jobs No One Wants: A Conversation with Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic, by Sohini Mukherjee

Reflecting on Inclusion and Activism with Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, by Dana Sievers

4 Lessons for Leading Through Troubled Times: A Conversation with Jackie Jenkins-Scott, by Jessica Huang

Transforming Rural Communities, One Girl at a Time – A Conversation with Kakenya Ntaiya, by Jessica Oh

Never Letting Losses Get You Down – A Conversation with Governor Ted Strickland, by Sohini Mukherjee

Policy Amidst a Plague: On Leadership During the Opioid Epidemic with Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, by Justin Kaplan

Summative Steps to Enact Change: A Conversation with Samantha Power, by Ali Lai

Making Decisions Under Pressure – A Conversation with Ash Carter, by Dana Sievers

Afghanistan: Reflections On My Journey – A Conversation with Dr. Suraya Dalil, by Chelsea Rice

Nature and Health – Inextricably Linked: A Conversation with Sally Jewell, by Lara Bertoia

Knowing People: A Conversation with Dr. Donna Shalala, by Lamees El-Sadek

Asking How You Can Help-A Conversation with Dean James Ryan, by Ameer Omar Farooq

Leadership in Effectively Communicating for Causes or Issues, by Ali Greatsinger

Taxes, Technology and Timing: Lessons on Single-Payer Health Care from Governor Peter Shumlin, by Justin Kaplan

On Universal Health Coverage and Equity: A Conversation with Dr. Somsak Chunharas, by Sohini Mukherjee


Articles from 2016-2017

Meet the Writing Fellows for 2016-2017!

Setting Standards and Gaining Perspective: A Conversation on Government in Action with Dr. Margaret Hamburg, by Sohini Mukherjee

The Voice for the Voiceless: On Unity and Global Leadership with the Honorable Ban Ki-moon, by Sohini Mukherjee

Standing up for Science: A Conversation with Gina McCarthy, by Phillip Murray

Finding Strength in Difference: A Conversation with Senator Kelly Ayotte, by Chloe Slocum

Showing People You Care: A Conversation with Gil Kerlikowske, by Aude Richard

Daring to Fail: Steven Beshear on Leadership, by Junaid Nabi

Achieving Impact Through Collaboration: A Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, by Chloe Slocum

Guided By A Mission: Learning to Lead with Baroness Tessa Jowell, by Chloe Slocum 

Values and Actions: Lessons in Activism and Organizing from Peter Staley, by Junaid Nabi

Facing the Nation – On Media and Politics: A Conversation with Bob Schieffer, by Phillip Murray 

Never Waste a Crisis: Leadership Lessons from Senator Trent Lott, by Junaid Nabi

Communicating Leadership in Times of Crises: A Conversation with Ann Compton,
by Chloe Slocum

Leading Towards the Finish Lines in Global Health: A Conversation with Dr. Muhammad Pate, by Renzo Guinto


Articles from 2015-2016

Meet the Writing Fellows for 2015-2016

Men too, Can Be Good Women: A Conversation with Dr. Helene Gayle, by Michael Mensah

Try Harder: A Conversation with Senator Elizabeth Warren, by Kajal Mehta

Leading Through Unstoppable Energy, on Donna Shalala, by Quincy Nang

Common Ground Requires Uncommon Courage: A Conversation with Senator Thomas Daschle, by Michael Mensah

Chasing challenges: Pushing environmental health forward, on Gina McCarthy, by Jessica Lau

For Strength is But a Matter of Focused Will, on Belen Garijo, by Quincy Nang

Redefining Global Health: Dr. Nils Daulaire on Global Health for the 21st Century, by Kajal Mehta

Leadership Lessons from David Ensor, Former Director, Voice of America, by Quincy Nang

Preparing for the Unexpected, with Dr. Alan Garber, by Jessica Lau

How do aspiring servant leaders become purposeful pioneers in public health?: A brief reflection on a conversation with Dr. David Satcher, by Michael Mensah

The Heart of a Leader, on Dr. Howard Koh, by Kajal Mehta

Crossing Borders: Dr. Gerald Chan on building a multidisciplinary, international career, by Jessica Lau


Articles from 2014-2015

Redefining the Impossible: Dr. Debrework Zewdie on how to successfully drive a global health agenda, by Roosa Sofia Tikkanen

Turning the Wheels of Change: Dr. Trevor Mundel on how to train a new generation of global health leaders, by Roosa Sofia Tikkanen

Finding Simple Answers: Dr. Atul Gawande on how life as a surgeon inspired his passion for writing and solving problems, by Leo Brown

Championing Girls: Chelsea Clinton on how family and a love of data have shaped her journey in public health, by Roosa Sofia Tikkanen

From Desert to Sea to Shining Sea: University of California President and Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano offers leadership pearls from a distinguished career in public service, by Leo Brown

Learning Leadership: Eli Lilly Chairman, President and CEO John C. Lechleiter on Seizing the Opportunity at Hand, by Esther Velasquez

Making Headway on Big Dreams: Minister Leslie Ramsammy on transforming health care in Guyana, by Leo Brown

Bucking Expectations: Dr. Mark Smith on harnessing professional diversity, by Esther Velasquez

Withstanding the Unglamorous Path: Dr. Paul Farmer on being a global health champion, by Esther Velasquez

The Female Advantage in Leadership: Governor Christine Gregoire on women in politics, by Roosa Sofia Tikkanen

Leading to Deliver: Sir Michael Barber on data and public policy, by Roosa Sofia Tikkanen

Optimism in Times of Turbulence: Kathleen Sebelius on improving the nation’s health, by Roosa Sofia Tikkanen

Competence in the face of Uncertainty: Joanne Kenen on what it takes in health journalism, by Leo Brown