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Mayor Sorace Joins City Leaders from Around the World in Third Class of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

July 15, 2019 | Mayor's Office
By: Amber Strazzo

Mayor Sorace is ready to explore the latest in leadership and management practices, as one of 40 mayors chosen for an intensive education program with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

As a member of the Initiative’s 2019-2020 cohort, Mayor Sorace 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 launches with a three-day convening for mayors in New York City beginning Sunday, July 14, 2019, which Mayor Sorace is attending at no cost to the city. 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 Sorace.

“I’m 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 citizens,” Mayor Sorace said. “When it comes to tackling priority issues for Lancaster like strong neighborhoods and safe streets, my team is invested in using data, working across sectors, and anything else that may help produce results.”

The mayor said she believes this program will “help enhance our leadership team’s capabilities in these areas, not to mention connect me with other mayors with innovative approaches to similar issues in their own cities.”

Michael R. Bloomberg, founder Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City, collaborated with Harvard University leadership 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 give these leaders opportunities to learn from one another. The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative will connect Mayor Sorace 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 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 convening in August and attend virtual classes throughout the year.

Mayor Sorace’s participation in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and that of her two senior leaders – including tuition, accommodation, meals, and airfare – is fully funded by the program thanks to Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

Photo courtesy of Bloomberg Philanthropies