About Us

Leaders everywhere recognize that lifelong learning is no longer an option—it's a necessity. In the public, private, and nonprofit sectors alike, leading effectively requires a continuous commitment to building new skills, networking, and keeping up with innovative ideas and the latest research.

Harvard Kennedy School addresses these needs by offering the most comprehensive range of Executive Education programs in public leadership available anywhere in the world. For over 30 years, we have brought together experienced professionals, a world-class faculty, and a dynamic curriculum in a setting where the common denominator is a shared commitment to public value.

Executive Education programs are designed specifically for public, private, and nonprofit sector executives who want to expand their skills in a highly collaborative, academically rigorous environment. Classroom sessions draw extensively on participants’ experience and offer opportunities to address current leadership challenges.

Participants build skills through group interaction in case study discussions, simulations, and team exercises. The personal relationships forged during these highly interactive programs enable lifelong professional opportunities and friendships. For many participants, these lasting networks become the most valuable legacy of their Harvard Kennedy School experience.

All Executive Education programs are led by full-time Harvard faculty members who design courses that engage and challenge participants in every aspect of public leadership, from strategic management and performance measurement to communication and negotiation.

Executive Education offers more than 30 open enrollment programs in six portfolio areas:

-Executive Skill Development Portfolio
-Federal Portfolio
-Global Portfolio
-National Security Portfolio
-Nonprofit/NGO Portfolio
-State and Local Portfolio


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