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The HKS Executive Education Connection


Joseph Pfeifer

Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness, New York City Fire Department
Senior Executives in State and Local Government, 2006
MidCareer MPP Program, 2007

“After attending the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, I got this new passion to lead within city government. By talking to other people in the program, I realized that some of the things I dealt with in the fire department, they were also dealing with in their jobs. Coming to Harvard Kennedy School allowed me an opportunity not only to learn, but also to learn about myself, and even more important than that, to learn about my classmates. The HKS experience is really about who you meet here–the other students. The Kennedy School gives the opportunity to make connections and friendships that will last forever.”


Linda Langston

Linn County Supervisor, Iowa
Senior Executives in State and Local Government, 2007

“I enjoyed the contact I have had with my colleagues from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, but when disaster hit our community, my colleagues were so helpful in getting resources and assisting in keeping a clear head as I looked at the diverse issues facing a community in crisis. I’ll never forget the morning Linda Kaboolian called to offer resources that I so desperately needed. Marty Linsky’s advice and challenges both in class and in his book, Leadership on the Line, continue to be an ongoing resource. The program was not only a great learning experience, but it has given me connections I will value for a lifetime.”


Charlene Jones

Senior Inclusion Director, JumpStart Inc.
Women and Power, 2005

The Women and Power program is by far the most outstanding program that I’ve ever attended. The extremely impressive, engaging, and very powerful women (fellow participants and speakers) that you connect with let you know that you are with the best this world has to offer. I always look forward to our annual Women and Power Conference and Reunion, because staying connected to these talented women re-energizes me and gives me the feeling of being completely supported.

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