On June 15, more than 180 regional business, government and nonprofit leaders gathered at Adelphi University to attend the Long Island Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness. Presented in a unique partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC Foundation, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Meta-Leadership Summit promotes greater cross-sector collaboration during emergencies. The curriculum is designed by Harvard University faculty and tailored to the challenges that business, government and nonprofit leaders face. Through the summit, leaders learn skills needed for effective action during times of crisis and build organizational connections to strengthen community preparedness for responding to and recovering from emergencies.
Opening remarks came from Adelphi University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Gayle Insler, Ph.D.; Peter Stokes, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation; the Honorable Edward P. Mangano, county executive of Nassau County; and John M. Searing, deputy commissioner, Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services of Suffolk County. Summit presenters were Dr. Barry C. Dorn, associate director, Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Department of Health and Policy Management, Harvard School of Public Health and Jarrod N. Bernstein, principal deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Adelphi University attendees included Department of Emergency Management Academic Director Kenneth C. Rondello, Ph.D., and Office of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Off-Campus Programs Executive Director James McGowan.
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