UMass Boston’s McCormack Grad School Kicks Off New Leadership Lecture Series

McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies | October 11, 2013
UMass Boston’s McCormack Grad School Kicks Off New Leadership Lecture Series

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According to Dean Ira A. Jackson of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, “I want to bring the area’s top thought leaders in politics, education, public service, the nonprofit sector, and the business community to campus to share their ideas on leadership with our UMass Boston community of students, alumni, faculty and staff.”

To that end, Jackson has assembled an impressive list for the school’s inaugural McCormack Leadership Series.

Beverly Scott, PhD, general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) initiated the series with a lecture on October 9 on “Transportation for Growth and Sustainability: Investing in Our Region’s Future.” 

Scott’s lecture, co-sponsored by the Boston chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and the Massachusetts chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, drew an audience of more than ninety. She discussed financing strategies for transportation infrastructure that will meet the long-term needs of the metro Boston area. 

Eric Bourassa from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Stephanie Pollock from Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center served as discussants. They spoke on transportation policy issues and the need to support regional growth and improved quality of life for residents through effective investment in transportation infrastructure.

Michael Johnson, associate professor of public policy and public affairs who helped organize the event reflected on the messages from the event. “It was an honor to have Dr. Scott at McCormack Graduate School to share her thoughts on leadership in the public sector and future planning for our region’s growth. I am sure that the audience would agree that her speech was a terrific kick-off to the McCormack Leadership Lecture Series.”

In the coming weeks, McCormack will host several other local leaders. On November 4 at noon, Bill Shore, founder of Community Wealth Ventures and Share Our Strength, will speak on “When Good is Not Good Enough.” On the same day at 4 p.m., Eric Rosengren, CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, will deliver a major policy speech on the national economic outlook. On November 6 at 5:30 p.m., political guru Larry DiCara will reflect on the outcome of the mayor’s race, “The Day After the Election: What the New Mayor Means for Boston.” A lecture by Paul Grogan, CEO of The Boston Foundation, is awaiting schedule confirmation. 

All lectures are open to the general public.  Because seating is limited, RSVPs are required. 

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Posted by Chief mrs Ugo Nnachi | November 01, 2013 - 5:18 p.m.

This is a very good initiative. Can other people interested in the leadership series be invited from outside the United States to present on perspectives on leadership in Africa or to be part of the audience? I thank you once again for the initiative.