Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo Joins City Leaders From Around The World In Fifth Class Of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

Yearlong Program Provides Mayors With World-Class Executive Training And Coaching To Help Deliver Results For Cities

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX –Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo is ready to explore the latest in leadership and management practices as one of 38 mayors chosen for an intensive education program with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

As a member of the Initiative’s Class of 2021-22, Mayor Guajardo is part of a class of mayors 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 yearlong program launches with a three-day convening for mayors in New York City beginning Sunday, September 26, 2021, which Mayor Guajardo is attending at no cost to the city. Each day of the convening, mayors will attend classroom sessions focused on the latest management and leadership practices, using case studies and workshops developed at Harvard.

“I am honored to be one of 38 mayors from four continents selected for this Bloomberg Harvard Leadership Initiative,” said Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo. “I’m looking forward to learning from leaders within Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Kennedy School. Through this global network, I am confident I will bring back innovative solutions for Corpus Christi.”

The mayor said she believes this program will “help enhance our leadership team’s capabilities in these areas, not to mention, connect me with other mayors with innovative approaches to similar issues in their own cities.”

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 2017.

Collectively, Harvard University and Bloomberg Philanthropies aim 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 Guajardo to some of the university’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 helping to enhance the quality of life in cities around the world.

After the mayor's convening, two senior-level city officials nominated by each mayor will attend a convening in October and attend virtual classes throughout the year. From Corpus Christi, Mayor Guajardo’s Chief of Staff, Arlene Medrano, and Corpus Christi City Manager Peter Zanoni will participate in the yearlong program and help Mayor Guajardo translate what they learn into organizational changes that improve life in Corpus Christi.

Mayor Guajardo’s participation in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and that of her senior leaders – including tuition, accommodation, meals, and airfare – is fully funded by the program, thanks to Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is the Flagship Program of the newly announced Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University, and collaboration between Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, and Bloomberg Philanthropies to equip mayors and senior city officials to tackle complex challenges in their cities and improve the quality of life of their residents. Launched in 2017, the initiative has worked with 400 mayors and 1,300 senior city officials in 478 cities worldwide. The initiative has also advanced research and developed new curricula and teaching tools to help city leaders solve real-world problems. For more information, please visit the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

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