HKSNEAA Reception: The U.S.' Changing Role in the World
May
29
6:30 PM18:30

HKSNEAA Reception: The U.S.' Changing Role in the World

The Harvard Kennedy School New England Alumni Association and the Harvard Club of Boston are pleased to invite you to the HKSNEAA's Annual Dinner with keynote speaker Nicholas Burns, who has served as the Department of State's Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005-2008), U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), U.S. Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995-1997). Burns is currently the Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Professor Burns will discuss the changing nature of American power, expectations of the future global balance of power, changing cooperation and competition among the world's powerful nations, and ideas on how countries can collaborate to address major challenges. These challenges include the avoidance of conflict in the South China Sea, limiting nuclear proliferation, enhancing cooperation on energy and climate issues, addressing war in the Middle East, and building more effective economic cooperation. Register by May 26th at noon.

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Reception for New Graduates & Campus Open House
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Reception for New Graduates & Campus Open House

  • Harvard Kennedy School: R-414 (David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab) (map)
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The Harvard Kennedy School New England Alumni Association and the HKS Office of Alumni Relations and Resource Development invite you to see the new HKS campus and welcome the class of 2018 as the newest members of the HKS New England alumni community! Dean Elmendorf will offer welcoming remarks before you mingle and explore the new space during a cocktail reception.   Register

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LEADERSHIP SURVIVAL SKILLS Workshop Workshop XXX:  When a Husband Brings His Wife Flowers for No Reason
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

LEADERSHIP SURVIVAL SKILLS Workshop Workshop XXX: When a Husband Brings His Wife Flowers for No Reason

  • Harvard Kennedy School: Taubman Building, Room 301 (map)
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The Harvard Kennedy School has long stressed the importance of leadership in organizations, government, and business. Regardless of the leadership framework, theory, or practice one might embrace, continuing to explore leadership styles and capacity can be critical in becoming effective and balanced in our approach to those with whom we interact. The Harvard Kennedy School New England Alumni Association has developed a program focused on developing skills and strategies to use when addressing leadership challenges. This program, Leadership Survival Skills, is offered to all interested alumni and friends of the Harvard Kennedy School. More...

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Education Reform: The Public Policy and Politics of Closing Achievement Gaps
Apr
30
6:00 PM18:00

Education Reform: The Public Policy and Politics of Closing Achievement Gaps

Education reform initiatives in Massachusetts have garnered much public attention in recent years, especially those that seek to close racial achievement gaps. This event seeks to discuss the political and public policy challenges and successes surrounding two highly visible case studies: The Lawrence Public Schools Turnaround Plan and the Lexington Public Schools’ METCO Program. We’ll be joined by political leaders, academic experts, and practitioners who were directly involved in each. This event is sponsored by First Republic.  More...

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Leadership Breakfast:  Leadership through “Project-Based Policy Development”
Apr
24
8:00 AM08:00

Leadership Breakfast:  Leadership through “Project-Based Policy Development”

Please join us for a discussion with Bradford Swing, Director of Energy Policy for the City of Boston and Kennedy School alumnus (MC-MPA’94), who will use the Heifetz framework for understanding leadership.  He will discuss how a thematic sequence of public events related to the City of Boston’s first green building provided an example of project-based policy development.  The story behind the sequence and strategy—the complexity of green building policy and the complementary roles of Mayor and staff—illuminate Heifetz’s leadership framework, particularly two key theoretical distinctions, between leadership and authority, and between technical and adaptive problems.   The pilot project identified the adaptive nature of green building policy change, provided a framework for education and partnership, and created a process to keep politically viable progress on track.  More...

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Pollak Lecture Series with David Halpern
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Pollak Lecture Series with David Halpern

Halpern is the Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team and Board Director. He has led the team since its inception in 2010. Prior to that, David was the founding Director of the Institute for Government and between 2001 and 2007 was the Chief Analyst at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. Before entering government, David held tenure at Cambridge and posts at Oxford and Harvard. He has written several books and papers on areas relating to behavioral insights and wellbeing.  More...

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Why the party system has to go and what should replace it? A Discussion with David Berlin and Archon Fung
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Why the party system has to go and what should replace it? A Discussion with David Berlin and Archon Fung

  • Harvard Kennedy School: Wexner Building, Room 332 (map)
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The Party system, Washington wrote in 1797, "opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of political parties Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another".   Washington's remarks seem strangely compelling and prescient given Mueller's current Investigation into Trump's alleged ties with Russia.  One might have expected that the press and the pundits recall Washington's warning.  But they haven't. Perhaps because pundits worry that undermining the party system may undermine the Republic as a whole.  But perhaps there is a good alternative to the (two) party system. David Berlin will discuss an alternative system. More...

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HKS Volunteer Team at the 122nd Boston Marathon
Apr
15
2:00 PM14:00

HKS Volunteer Team at the 122nd Boston Marathon

For the fifth year in a row, the Harvard Kennedy School New England Alumni Association and current students are organizing an HKS Boston Marathon volunteer support team. Take advantage of the fact you are in Boston and participate in this world-renowned event! Due to class schedules, the HKS team volunteers on the Sunday (April 15th) before the marathon at either the runners’ expo or the pasta dinner. More...

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Gordon Lecture with Raghuram Rajan
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Gordon Lecture with Raghuram Rajan

Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth. He was the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India between 2013 and 2016. Between 2003 and 2006, Dr. Rajan was the Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund. Dr. Rajan’s research interests are in banking, corporate finance, and economic development, especially the role finance plays in it.  More...

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Wiener Lecture with Kevin Hassett
Apr
5
4:00 PM16:00

Wiener Lecture with Kevin Hassett

Hassett is an American economist and the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. He is known for his work on tax policy and for coauthoring the book Dow 36,000. Prior to becoming Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Hassett was the State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture and Director of Research for Domestic Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. He was John McCain's chief economic adviser in the 2000 presidential primaries and an economic adviser to the campaigns of George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election and McCain in the presidential election of 2008.  More...

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Pollak Lecture Series with Richard Locke: Labor Problem: Can we Create Just Supply Chains in the Global Economy?
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

Pollak Lecture Series with Richard Locke: Labor Problem: Can we Create Just Supply Chains in the Global Economy?

Locke is Provost of Brown University. He is an internationally respected scholar and authority on international labor rights, comparative political economy, employment relations, and corporate responsibility. Working with leading firms like Nike, Coca Cola, Apple, and HP, Locke and his students have demonstrated how corporate profitability and sustainable business practices can be reconciled.  More...

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Blockchain, Bitcoin, and Public Policy
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Blockchain, Bitcoin, and Public Policy

The decentralized digital ledger technology, Blockchain, has opened an incentive structure economy where everyone can participate, fostering democratization of wealth. Bitcoin was created by Satoshi Nakamoto on Blockchain technology as an act of defiance to the 2008 recession. $11 trillion in credit default swaps will be moving to Blockchain this year. We often hear how Bitcoin price volatility has made a few people rich on paper, but we seldom hear how regulations will come into effect. In this event, we will hear from public policy leaders how they are assessing the regulations to bring in effect the future of decentralized cryptocurrency. We will also hear from the venture capitalists and academics who are investing and researching, respectively, in this immutable technology, therein creating new generations of protocols and infrastructure. More...

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LEADERSHIP SURVIVAL SKILLS Workshop XXIX Intuitive Directions: An innovative approach to gaining clarity when you're stuck
Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

LEADERSHIP SURVIVAL SKILLS Workshop XXIX Intuitive Directions: An innovative approach to gaining clarity when you're stuck

  • Harvard Kennedy School: Littauer Building, Room 382 (Kahn) (map)
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The Harvard Kennedy School has long stressed the importance of leadership in organizations, government, and business. Regardless of the leadership framework, theory, or practice one might embrace, continuing to explore leadership styles and capacity can be critical in becoming effective and balanced in our approach to those with whom we interact. The Harvard Kennedy School New England Alumni Association has developed a program focused on developing skills and strategies to use when addressing leadership challenges. This program, Leadership Survival Skills, is offered to all interested alumni and friends of the Harvard Kennedy School. More...

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Leadership Reflections from the Mother Grizzly from Marblehead
Mar
27
8:00 AM08:00

Leadership Reflections from the Mother Grizzly from Marblehead

With the federal government in disarray, Americans are turning to state legislatures for effective lawmaking and leadership. What challenges does this present?  How does grassroots leadership differ from legislative leadership?  As a member of "House leadership" how do you motivate colleagues when they are by nature, independent, and ultimately only responsible to the voters in their district?  More...

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What Values Should Public Leaders Hold? A Facebook Live Discussion with Dean Elmendorf
Mar
21
11:00 AM11:00

What Values Should Public Leaders Hold? A Facebook Live Discussion with Dean Elmendorf

Integrity. Truth. Respect. Service. Should all public leaders be devoted to these ideals? What values are important for public leaders? Tune in to this live discussion with Dean Douglas Elmendorf and Senior Director of Alumni Relations Amy Davies MC/MPA 2010. Hosted on the HKS Alumni Facebook page. Ask your questions in advance by posting a comment to the event page on Facebook. More...

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/198877557369768/

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Careers in Public Service – Alumni/Student Networking Night
Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Careers in Public Service – Alumni/Student Networking Night

  • Harvard Kennedy School: Malkin Penthouse (map)
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Join fellow students and HKS alumni for an evening of networking to launch Public Service Week at HKS. This is a great opportunity to learn what HKS alumni are doing and gain perspective on the diverse careers you can pursue in public service. Food and drink will be provided. Business casual dress suggested. RSVP  is required. Sponsored by the Student Public Service Collaborative.  More...

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The Implications of Tax Reform for US Business
Jan
23
5:30 PM17:30

The Implications of Tax Reform for US Business

  • MIT Sloan - Building E62, Room 223 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On Dec. 22, President Donald Trump signed a $1.5 billion tax-cut bill in the largest tax reform since 1986. The tax bill made sweeping changes to corporate and individual taxes, with policy implications that are still relatively unknown.  

Professor Robert Pozen, a tax policy expert and senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has agreed to help us dissect the tax reform, with a specific focus on what the newly passed Act means for US corporations and pass throughs. He will also explain the Act’s different approach to taxing foreign profits of US firms. More...

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Prepare Taxes for Low Income Boston Residents
Jan
20
9:00 AM09:00

Prepare Taxes for Low Income Boston Residents

  • Harvard Kennedy School - Taubman Computer Lab (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are looking for HKS alumni to join the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. After a one-day training, you will be equipped to help low income Boston residents file their taxes and maximize their Earned Income Credit, a significant part of annual take-home for many low income citizens. Tax returns for many of these families means that they can continue to meet rent payments or put food on the table. More...

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Museum of Fine Arts Meet-Up!
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Museum of Fine Arts Meet-Up!

  • Museum of Fine Arts - Cocktail Bar near Sharf Visitor Center (map)
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Come join your fellow alumni for a night at the Museum of Fine Arts during the holiday season! There is free admission every Wednesday at MFA after 4 p.m. We will meet near the cocktail/appetizers bar and icicle tower across from the Sharf Visitor Center at 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and can tour as a group after or individually.  More...

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Cambridge 5K - 2017 Yulefest
Dec
10
8:45 AM08:45

Cambridge 5K - 2017 Yulefest

  • Harvard Kennedy School - Taubman Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Long before Christmas, there was a quirky winter festival named "Yule" that people really loved. Join HKS Alumni on 12/10 for a 5K race that takes the holidays back to their old school roots! Yulefest starts & finishes in front of Harvard Yard and is immediately followed by a festive block party that's sponsored by three local brewers. Registration includes a cozy knit hat + a festive post-race block party (featuring DJ Ren Select & Mr Energy). Make sure to register under the HKS team-- “HKS Alumni”  More...

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LEADERSHIP SURVIVAL SKILLS XXVIII:  Dialogue Across the Political Divide
Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

LEADERSHIP SURVIVAL SKILLS XXVIII: Dialogue Across the Political Divide

Katie Hyten from Essential Partners will offer a unique approach to dialogue that promotes connection and curiosity between those who see one another as the “enemy”. Their approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world - but its principles are widely applicable for everyday conversation.  More...

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Leadership Breakfast: Paradigms in Leadership—Calm, Assertive Leadership
Nov
28
8:00 AM08:00

Leadership Breakfast: Paradigms in Leadership—Calm, Assertive Leadership

Laurence J. Stybel will discuss why people are attracted to calm assertive leaders and how you can become one through the words you use and the way you position your body.  He is a doctoral level (Harvard University) psychologist, co-founder of two companies, and a national figure on leadership.  He has done leadership development for Harvard University, the United States Coast Guard, Cybersecurity Industry Alliance, MITRE, and Raytheon.
 
He is co author of NAVIGATING THE WATERFALL, a book about career management and leadership in the 21st Century.  Larry is co founder of Stybel Peabody Associates, Inc. in Boston.  More...
 
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Rhode Island Alumni Dinner Discussion – Life After HKS
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

Rhode Island Alumni Dinner Discussion – Life After HKS

HKSNEAA arranges dinners themed around specific topics, and we are excited to announce our upcoming event focused on our HKS alumni in the Greater Rhode Island / Bristol County Massachusetts region.  You will dine with a small group of 10 to 15 HKS alumni and enjoy a casual and fun evening of discussion centering on Life After HKS.  More...

Please RSVP by November 13, 2017 to confirm your attendance: Click to RSVP

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Cocktails & Public Policy: Meet Stephanie Pollack – The state’s transportation czar
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Cocktails & Public Policy: Meet Stephanie Pollack – The state’s transportation czar

Come hear about the challenges Transportation Czar Stephanie Pollack confronted in her first year in office; proposed infrastructure projects including the north/south rail connection and the Green Line extension; and her thoughts about the future of transportation (such as driverless cars and hyperloops). More...

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HKS Alumni Trivia Nights at Kinsale
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

HKS Alumni Trivia Nights at Kinsale

  • Kinsale Irish Pub and Restaurant (map)
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Come out to test your knowledge and have some fun with your fellow HKS grads at Trivia Night!    Network and mingle from 6pm onward.  Trivia runs from 7-9pm.  Look for the HKSNEAA table when you arrive – we’ll form our own HKS team(s) and compete against as many as 20 other teams at the Kinsale.  Competition is fierce, but the HKS team took first place at our last Trivia Night. 

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Leadership Breakfast:  Paradigms in Leadership—A mindset shift to make you a better leader this year
Oct
24
8:00 AM08:00

Leadership Breakfast: Paradigms in Leadership—A mindset shift to make you a better leader this year

Tamara Tilleman (HKS’05) will review the role of paradigms in leadership, how to search for the next paradigm in your industry and how to become the person who can apply new ways of thinking to propel opportunity, growth and innovation.  This discussion will help will consider a different way of thinking about leadership, paradigms, and decision making.

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From HKS to Elected Office: The Hows and Whys from Those Who Serve
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

From HKS to Elected Office: The Hows and Whys from Those Who Serve

Learn about why they do it and how their HKS experience shaped their approach to public service and influenced their effectiveness as leaders.

Expected Moderator: HKS Professor David King: David C. King is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at The Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the Masters in Public Administration program. 

Expected Panelist to Include:

  • Tom O'Neill III, D: Former Lt Governor of Mass and son of legendary Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill. Founder of O'Neill Associates.  

  • Marilinda Garcia, R: NH State Rep and former 2012 candidate for US Congress

  • Jeffery Sanchez, D: Mass State Rep from Jamaica Plain and newly appointed chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee 

  • David Hess, R: Served 25 years in New Hampshire House of Representatives.

  • Marjorie Decker, R: Currently serving her third term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the 25th Middlesex District.

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The Art of Podcasting - With Matt Cadwallader
Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

The Art of Podcasting - With Matt Cadwallader

Join us at the Podcast Garage in Allston for a workshop on Podcasting.

In this 90-minute workshop, you'll learn the steps involved in putting together a Podcast and techniques to make the audio tell your story. You'll also hear from Matt Cadwallader, host of the Harvard Kennedy School PolicyCast, on interview techniques, podcast content, and the podcast's origin. 

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Volunteer with Community Action Partners
Sep
8
5:00 PM17:00

Volunteer with Community Action Partners

  • Community Action Partners of HBSAB (map)
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We have the cause. You have the effect!

Community Action Partners (CAP) of HBSAB is an alliance of local HBS and Kennedy School alumni working with local nonprofits on pro-bono management consulting projects. To volunteer, complete the CAP Volunteer Application before the deadline of Friday, September 8th. We will close popular projects to new volunteers so sign up early to get your top choice.

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Evening Canoe on the Charles
Aug
10
5:30 PM17:30

Evening Canoe on the Charles

  • Paddle Boston - Charles River Canoe and Kayak (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the HKS Alumni Association to explore the Charles River in Newton as the daylight draws to a close. Canoe or kayak under bridges and past shores you have never seen from the water and get to know this area in a whole new light. Bring food and picnic as you paddle. Watch for wildlife and enjoy the cool evening breezes across the water as you talk with other HKS alumni about infrastructure and environmental issues you are seeing in a whole new light as you paddle. 

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