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January 19, 2021 Tuesday 03:32:36 PM IST

Advanced Leadership Initiative welcomes its most diverse group of fellows

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Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) announced the selection of its 2021 cohort which includes 61 distinguished leaders. The cohort is made up of 53 fellows­ — its largest number of fellows ever — and eight partners, who will take part in ALI’s multi-disciplinary program during the coming year. ALI aims to unleash the power of experienced leaders to solve society’s most pressing challenges. Under the leadership of Meredith B. Rosenthal, ALI Faculty Chair and C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, ALI has committed to prioritizing diversity and racial justice in both programming and operations.

This year’s cohort will make history as the most diverse cohort to date. The group represents a 78 percent increase in participation of people of color from the U.S. compared to past years, including the greatest representation to date from both the African American and Latino communities.

ALI welcomes 26 female fellows, the greatest number in its history. The cohort also comprises the largest number of both African and European countries in an ALI cohort to date. All members of the cohort will bring diverse professional leadership experiences in law, finance, arts, education, communications, public affairs, and more to campus this January. In response to the current pandemic, the fellowship program will engage these social impact leaders through expanded virtual programming during Spring 2021 and will continue to promote innovation and collaboration through virtual engagement with on and off-campus partners.