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Mayor Savage joins city leaders from around the world in second class of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

Mayor Mike Savage is going back to school this summer to study leadership and management practices, as one of 40 mayors chosen for an intensive education program with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

As a participant in the Initiative’s 2018 program, Mayor Savage is part of a class of dedicated mayors attending a program delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School as well as world-class experts from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network.

The yearlong program launched with a reception and three-day classroom session which convened in New York City on Sunday, July 22. The Mayor is attending at no cost to Halifax Regional Municipality. Each day of the convening, mayors will attend classroom sessions focused on the latest management and leadership practices, using case studies and workshops developed at Harvard.

“It is an honour to participate in this program, which is only in its second year,” said Mayor Savage. “The next few days and the year ahead will offer an unparalleled opportunity to draw deeply from the expertise of Harvard University, former Mayor Bloomberg’s passion for cities, and the shared experiences of fellow mayors from around the world.”

Michael R. Bloomberg, founder Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City, collaborated with outgoing Harvard University President Drew Faust to create the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative in 2016.

Collectively, Harvard University and Bloomberg Philanthropies aim to help mayors and their leadership teams manage the complexities of running a city, and to have opportunities to learn from one another. The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative will connect Mayor Savage to some of the university’s top educators, coaching from experts, a network of peers, and technical assistance. The program provides an opportunity to share best practices and learn from fellow mayors about the promising ideas that are already helping to enhance the quality of life in cities around the world.

After the mayors convening, two senior-level city officials nominated by each mayor will attend a similar convening in August. From Halifax, Chief Administrative Officer Jacques Dubé and Mayor’s Office Chief of Staff Shaune MacKinlay will participate in the yearlong program, as well, and help Mayor Savage translate what they learn into organizational changes that improve life in Halifax.

Mayor Savage’s participation in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and that of the staff members – including tuition, accommodation, meals, and airfare – is fully funded by the program.

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is a collaboration among Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Kennedy School. Its mission is to inspire and strengthen city leaders as well as equip them with the tools to lead high-performing, innovative cities.

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Source : Media Release

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