Leadership Across the Political Divide

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NOVEMBER 21, 2016

During the 2016 election season, we’ve witnessed more political polarization than in recent memory. Tensions have seeped into all corners of our society and reached new levels. After an unprecedentedly divisive year, how can we move forward together as a country?

To get us started, we invited top national policy experts to share how they’ve worked across the political spectrum to deliver effective solutions.

Our panelists have successfully worked across political differences to create meaningful change on a range of issues, including health care, reproductive rights and poverty.

Speakers included:

  • Melody Barnes, NYU Leadership Initiative Advisory Council Chair and former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Barack Obama
  • Stephanie Monroe, Director of African Americans Against Alzheimer’s Network and former Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights under President George W. Bush
  • Laurie Rubiner, Chief of Staff to Senator Richard Blumenthal, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Wherever your career path leads, you will face conflicting ideas, values, and leadership styles. Creating real change requires both vision and the ability to work across difference to get results. Take a listen to this special conversation on leadership, bridging divides, and working towards a better future for all.


Women of Color in Leadership

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APRIL 6, 2016

Developing your leadership voice as a woman of color can be challenging, but it can also be a rewarding journey of self-discovery with the potential to create meaningful impact.  Melody Barnes, NYU Vice Provost of Global Student Leadership Initiatives, and Diahann Billings-Burford, Executive Director of Corporate Responsibility at Time Warner Inc sat down to discuss their journeys and how they have navigated leadership roles across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

These two powerhouse women spoke from their extensive experience on the importance of mentorship, empowerment and the confidence required to bring your most authentic self to each task and setting, even when that might make it difficult to fit in. They also offered advice on the particular challenges that face women of color navigating today’s complex and polarized landscape.

Moderator:

Ellen Schall, Senior Presidential Fellow at NYU and the Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy & Management at NYU Wagner; Former Dean of NYU Wagner from 2002 to 2013

Featured Speakers:

  • Melody Barnes, NYU Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives and Former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (2009 to 2012)
  • Diahann Billings-Burford, Executive Director of Corporate Responsibility at Time Warner Inc

Partners:

  • Center for Multicultural Education and Programs
  • Latinas on the Verge of Excellence (L.O.V.E)
  • Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc at NYU
  • Delta Kappa Delta at NYU

Leadership Careers In Public Policy

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MARCH 8, 2016

What does it take to establish a career with lasting impact on the public issues that concern you most?

The NYU Leadership Initiative and Wasserman Center for Career Development hosted a conversation about careers with impact on public policy. Prominent leaders shared the stories of their own development and divulged what it takes to be successful and have a lasting impact.

This event will included an introduction to the Truman Scholarship, a prestigious award for college juniors who show leadership potential and have an interest in a public service career.
This is sure to be a great night of lively conversation, learning and fun!

Moderator:

Ellen Schall, Senior Presidential Fellow at NYU and the Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy & Management at NYU Wagner; Former Dean of NYU Wagner from 2002 to 2013

Featured Speakers:

  • Melody Barnes, NYU Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives and Former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (2009 to 2012)
  • Linda Gibbs, Former New York City Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services (2005 to 2013)
  • Mark Brownstein, Vice President, Climate and Energy Program at the Environmental Defense Fund 

You Believe What?! Turning Disagreements Into Inclusive Discussions

February 8, 2016

When the going gets tough, how do you sustain your commitment? The key is to build your moral courage in all areas of your life. Best-selling author and educator, Professor Irshad Manji, introduced us to the key teachings of moral courage: that doing the right thing in the face of our fears makes us whole. Being whole, in turn, equips us to find our unique voices, overcome adversity, and steel our spines for the challenge of leading inclusively.

Irshad Manji teaches moral courage around the world. 60 Minutes journalist Lesley Stahl describes Irshad Manji as the "master of moral courage." And Oprah Winfrey bestowed on Irshad the first annual Chutzpah Award for "audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction."


Spotlight Series: Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Enduring Hydro Dr. Kristina Johnson 

OCTOBER 21, 2015

Former Undersecretary of Energy at the Department of Energy, Dr. Kristina Johnson, along with moderator Kris Day, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Administration at the Tandon School of Engineering, joined us for a conversation on clean energy, sustainable cities, and harnessing the power of hydro energy.

Dr. Johnson shared her key leadership lessons, advice for how to stay resilient when facing obstacles,  and much more!  

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Presentation

Collective Leadership: If Everyone Leads, Who Follows?

 

APRIL 24, 2014

This public event, part of the NYU Collective Leadership Research Workshop, will explore the challenges and opportunities of identifying, nurturing and assessing collective leadership and what that might mean for NYU’s efforts to nurture ethical and inclusive leadership among its students.

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Online Jam

 

APRIL 8, 2014  

 

We had a groundbreaking moderated online conversation that opened the entire NYU community to explore how students develop key capacities for ethical, inclusive leadership in a complex world, and how NYU can support this growth. The conversation was be moderated by over 20 members of the global NYU community and made over 1.6 million Twitter impressions.

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NYU students and alumni

World Café with NYU Alumni


MARCH 10, 2014

NYU alumni are making their mark on fields from the arts, to technology to social enterprise. Students can learn about leadership at its best through intimate small group conversations with notable alumni about key leadership lessons they have learned along the way.

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Leadership in Transformative Times

 

NOVEMBER 14, 2013

Highly regarded leaders across fields discussed the leadership needed in times of transformation at this event, which included a lively networking event for faculty, students and administrators passionate about leadership. 

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