This course meets weekly for three hours from February through mid-May, picking up again for a two-day session in September. It includes short field visits tied to session discussions and involves multiple reading assignments or cases per session.
CONSULT. EMPLOY SKILLS. AUGMENT IDEAS
- 2-3 day "deep dive" sessions, each focused on one major global or community challenge (such as health care, education, and communities or environment) where ALI Fellows might fill a gap
- ALI Fellows will contribute ideas based on their experience and knowledge for immediate solution-seeking with major figures in the field under discussion and with affected constituencies
- Faculty-facilitated problem-solving discussions with useful frameworks and tools
Deep Dives generally are scheduled between COAL sessions in late February/early March, late March, and late April, with linkages to COAL themes (and vice versa). Deep Dives, themselves a pedagogical innovation, include readings, outside experts, often students from relevant Harvard programs, and a focus on problem-solving and practical applications of knowledge.
ENLARGE. ENRICH. REVISIT. GET UPDATED. FIND NEW IDEAS & TOOLS
- ALI Fellows may individualize their experience by auditing available courses in many areas of the University, with an instructor's permission
- Courses can be in fields relevant to ALI Fellows' projects or enriching ideas
- Choices can range widely-from humanities to science, professional schools to area studies
- ALI Fellows may audit up to two courses
Course audits are a highly valued and valuable part of the Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellowship and represent the individualized part of the program, in which ALI Fellows pursue knowledge relevant to their project domains. To help ALI Fellows work their way through course catalogues and master the process for getting instructor permission to register, students have been hired. ALI Fellows have registered to audit at ten different Schools at Harvard: Harvard Business School, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
REFLECT. RESEARCH. CREATE. REFINE. PLAN. WRITE. COMMIT
- ALI Fellows will develop their next-step plan or intervention, with access to Harvard's intellectual resources
- Many Faculty available for input and collaboration
- ALI Fellows may work with students to help them advance their projects
ALI Fellows are expected to engage with the intellectual resources of Harvard University to produce projects of significance that can serve as a central focus for their next productive years. This means a plan for action that will unfold over time, rather than a finished product such as a doctoral dissertation – although a few ALI Fellows’ projects take the form of books or films.
In May, current ALI Fellows present project ideas to past ALI Fellows who return for an exchange of ideas. During summer and fall, ALI Fellows develop their independent projects and ready them for presentation at November’s Final Symposium. Sometimes, ALI Fellows travel to conduct field research during the summer, or research independently, or with student assistance. ALI Fellows are encouraged to work independently, as the project will be their individual responsibility once they leave Harvard. There is also an option for ALI Fellows to enroll in additional Harvard courses during Fall term. However, the development of a coherent project or business plan is the prime focus of the second half of the year and the culmination of the Advanced Leadership experience.
EXPLORE. NETWORK. EXPERIENCE. BUILD ALLIANCE
- Opportunities to work with peers with equally distinguished careers
- ALI Fellows may choose to participate in many of the intellectual, social, and cultural events occurring on campus
- Events with past ALI Fellows promote exchange of ideas and amplify impact
Advanced Leadership Network membership continues beyond the Fellowship year. Gatherings occur at Harvard several times a year to multiply the impact of projects, form partnerships, and exchange expertise.
Post-Fellowship, our Advanced Leaders continue to transform the world in many different ways, including starting a new social venture, writing a book or other publication, or leading a cause or mission-driven organization. Past ALI Fellows are now part of a vibrant, global network of peers who continue to engage with the Harvard community as they collaborate on positively changing the world.