Mayor joins city leaders from around the world in Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

Mayor Eric Johnson
Mayor Eric Johnson

Special to The Dallas Examiner

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has been selected to participate in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, an intensive education program during which he will explore the latest in leadership and management practices with 40 other mayors from all over the world.

The 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.

As a member of the initiative’s 2019-2020 cohort, Johnson is part of a class of mayors participating in 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 three-day convening for mayors in New York City beginning Sunday, which Johnson is attending at no cost to the city. His participation in the initiative – including tuition, accommodation, meals and airfare – is fully funded by the program through Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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.

“Being chosen for the program is an honor,” said Mayor Johnson. “I am looking forward to the year ahead as a great opportunity for city leaders to meet, exchange ideas and discuss how best to approach solving pressing problems for our respective constituencies. When it comes to tackling priority issues for Dallas, like improving public safety and developing our workforce, I am focused on using data, working across sectors and anything else that will produce results. This program will enhance my ability to creatively address problems with data and will connect me with other mayors with innovative approaches to similar issues in their own cities.”

Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City, collaborated with Harvard University leadership to create the 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 give these leaders opportunities to learn from one another.

The initiative will connect Johnson 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 practices and learn from fellow mayors about the promising ideas


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