Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

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Today’s local government leaders are grappling with growing and complex challenges while trying to provide real results for citizens. While national governments around the world struggle, mayors must find new ways to use limited resources and deliver a wide range of services for growing populations. The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative equips mayors and their senior leaders with cutting-edge tools and techniques to more effectively tackle pressing management challenges faced in their cities. 

Through a $32 million initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University are collaborating to provide hundreds of city leaders customized executive education focused on leadership and innovation in governance. The City Leadership Initiative blends expertise in leadership, management, governance and innovation from both the Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network and experience in more than 200 cities. The world-class leadership program will also include:

·         Virtual-classes conducted through Harvard’s HBX Live to reinforce lessons and deepen learning.

·         An on-demand system for mayors and staff to call for support with policy research, identifying best practices, and requests for introductions to other city leaders. 

·         Student internships in the offices of participating mayors, where students are matched according to specific skills sought by the Mayor.

·         Executive coaching through which successful mayors coach newcomers.

·         Executive Education programs for mayors and their senior staff. 

To advance leadership, management and innovation in cities around the world, the City Leadership Initiative will make its curriculum available at no cost to individuals and institutions developing similar training programs. Case studies and other research outputs supported by the Initiative will also be accessible online.  

Read the op-ed by Mike Bloomberg and Drew Faust on Helping Mayors do their Job

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Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies