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July 16, 2019
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Diane Gonzolas, City Communications, 402-441-7831
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Warren Dent,, 617-496-4219
Anna Burgess,, 617-496-4293

Mayor Gaylor Baird Chosen for Leadership Initiative

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird is one of 41 U.S. mayors chosen for an intensive year-long education program with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. As a member of the Initiative's 2019-2020 cohort, Mayor Gaylor Baird is participating in a program delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School as well as world-class experts from Bloomberg Philanthropies' global network.

The program launches this week with a three-day meeting in New York City. The mayors are attending classroom sessions on the latest management and leadership practices, using case studies and workshops developed at Harvard.

"I am honored to be chosen for this program, and I look forward to applying what I learn to tackle Lincoln's challenges," Mayor Gaylor Baird said. "The program is also a great opportunity to network with other Mayors to exchange ideas and innovative approaches to the common issues all cities face."

Michael R. Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City, collaborated with Harvard University leadership to create the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative in 2016. Its mission is to inspire and strengthen city leaders as well as equip them with the tools to lead high-performing, innovative cities. The goal is to help mayors and their leadership teams manage the complexities of running a city, and to give these leaders opportunities to learn from one another.

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative will connect Mayor Gaylor Baird to some of Harvard's top educators, coaching from experts, a network of peers, and technical assistance. The program provides an opportunity to share practices and learn from fellow mayors about the promising ideas that are already helping to enhance the quality of life in cities around the world.

After the mayors' meeting, two senior-level City officials nominated by each mayor will attend a meeting in August and attend virtual classes throughout the year to help the mayors translate what they learn into organizational changes. Their participation is also fully funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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