Passing the Torch: Calling a New Generation to Leadership


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Deval Patrick
David Gergen
Shoshana Chatfield
Bill George
Center for Public Leadership

In the Spring 2022 Harvard Youth Poll, 56% of young Americans agreed that “politics today are no longer able to meet the challenges our country is facing.” Last year, more than half said that our democracy is “in trouble” or “failing.” The country is seeking new leadership to carry us through some of the greatest crises of our time, including climate change, pandemics, and threats to democracy. Please join the Center for Public Leadership and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School for a conversation with leading experts in government, the military, public service, and the private sector on why it is time for those in power to pass the torch and support the next generation of American leadership.

Panelists include:

  • Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick HLS '82 (moderator), professor of practice and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School
  • David Gergen HLS '67, former White House adviser to four U.S. presidents, CNN senior political analyst, professor of public service and founding director of the Center for Public Leadership, and author of the book: Hearts Touched with Fire: How Great Leaders are Made
  • Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield HKS ’97, president of the U.S. Naval War College and career naval helicopter pilot
  • Bill George HBS '66, senior fellow at Harvard Business School, former CEO of Medtronic, and author of True North: Leading Effectively in Today’s Workplace

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