Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Announces 2017 Fellows

December 15, 2016

46 global leaders selected for a yearlong fellowship to solve significant social problems

Cambridge, MA – December 15, 2016 The Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University announced the selection of 46 ALI Fellows to take part in its intensive, multi-disciplinary program.

ALI taps the experience of a socially conscious generation of accomplished leaders and provides them with tools to address complex challenges. These challenges often have multifaceted political and technical dimensions that cannot be solved with a single approach.

ALI Fellows participate in a core course, intensive deep dives on social issues (health, environment, and education), and field experiences, culminating in a capstone event where they present their plan to make a lasting difference in the world. Following the program year, fellows join the ALI Coalition, a group dedicated to ongoing social impact.

“At ALI, leaders find their calling. As successful as they were in their primary career, they narrowed their focus to the challenges of their profession. ALI provides these leaders the time to rediscover what they were interested in earlier in their career and find sophisticated ways to impact positive change within these areas,” says Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Chair and Director of the Advanced Leadership Initiative and Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor at Harvard Business School. “Real change and impact must come from ‘outside the building,’ not just from those already in traditional roles, and requires not just great leadership, but advanced leadership. Advanced leaders distinguish themselves in their ability to work and thrive in complex systems where authority is scattered, goals and measures of success are nebulous, and obstacles to change abound,” she added.

Meet the 2017 Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellows

This year, ALI welcomes its ninth cohort of fellows, bringing to the program extensive experience in law, medicine, technology, finance, manufacturing, government, the military, social enterprise, and more. Seventeen ALI Fellows are international, and many others have had significant professional experience abroad. To read more about the 2017 ALI Fellows, please visit: http://advancedleadership.harvard.edu/fellows

Nominate Today       

The search for the 2018 Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellows at Harvard University is underway. To learn more about the Advanced Leadership Initiative program and fellowship year, please visit http://advancedleadership.harvard.edu/introduce-yourself

About the Advanced Leadership Initiative

The Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) is a new stage of higher education uniquely designed to enhance and leverage the skills of highly accomplished, experienced leaders tackling some of the world’s most complex problems. Launched in 2008 at Harvard, ALI rigorously prepares Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellows by providing access to Harvard’s extensive educational and intellectual resources. Today, nearly 300 ALI Fellows are working around the globe to make lasting social impact. For more information please visit www.advancedleadership.harvard.edu.


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