Gearing up to Welcome the 2023 Harvard LEAD Fellows to Cambridge

The Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) in partnership with the Department of Global Health and Population (GHP) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health offer the Harvard Learn, Engage, Advance, and Disrupt (LEAD) Fellowship for Promoting Women in Global Health. LEAD is a transformational fellowship designed to promote leadership skills in women from low- and middle-income countries. The fellowship aims to provide women global health leaders dedicated time to reflect on their careers, refine their leadership skills, and chart a new path post-fellowship. During the year-long program, Harvard LEAD fellows work closely with Harvard faculty, immerse in a tailored leadership training program, engage in speaking and networking opportunities across the University, and build a custom course curriculum that speaks to their unique interests. 

The 2022-2023 cohort includes Ifrah Abdi of Somaliland, Choolwe Jacobs of Zambia, Flora Nwagagbo of Nigeria, and Ana C. Gonzalez-Veléz of Colombia. Learn more about the fellows.

HGHI and GHP are thrilled to host the LEAD fellows in Cambridge this spring for the on campus portion of the fellowship, which will build off of the virtual programming from fall 2022. Over the past four months, the fellows engaged in 1:1 leadership coaching with Jacqueline Franklin, an Executive Leadership Coach with Coach2Growth, who has worked with all four cohorts of LEAD fellows since the fellowship’s inception. The fellows also connected with their Harvard faculty mentors and mapped out plans for leadership growth and exploration, which will guide their in-person time this spring. Fellows Ana Cristina Gonzalez-Velez and Ifrah Abdi had the opportunity to share their global health research and experience with the Harvard community through participation in the GHP Brown Bag Seminar Series at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health 

Ifrah Abdi, Associate Dean of Nursing at Edna University Hospital, speaks to the Harvard Community on Assessing Factors that Impact Maternal Health Outcomes in Maroodijeh Region, Somaliland

Dr. Ana Cristina Gonzalez-Velez, an expert in the fields of health, sexual and reproductive rights, and gender equality, spoke to Harvard community on the Biolegitimacy and Restrictive Abortion Regulations in Latin America: Overview and Perspectives

In the spring, the fellows will complete multidisciplinary and executive leadership courses across Harvard University as well as exclusive workshops led by Harvard faculty. Examples of some of the courses and workshops the fellows will take include:

Courses: (linked)

  1. Negotiation Strategies: Building Agreement Across Boundaries
  2. Women and Power
  3. Strategic Leadership: Enhancing Your Personal Effectiveness
  4. Strategy Execution for Public Leadership
  5. Organizational Leadership
  6. Women Leading Change

Workshops:

  1. Self-Promotion – Led by Dr. Kathy Rexrode 
  2. Public Speaking and Effective Communication – Led by Professor Jill Slye 
  3. Decolonizing Global Health – Led by Professor Jesse Bump
  4. Negotiation – Led by Professor Daniel Shapiro 
  5. Navigating Bias and Designing Equitable Organizations as a Women Leader – Led by Professor Siri Chilazi 
  6. Policy Writing and Analysis for Effective Communication – Led by Professor Lauren Brodsky 

HGHI is honored to host these four women leaders this spring. We look forward to the opportunity to connect more deeply, learn from their wealth of knowledge and experience, and collaborate on innovative global health solutions.

For media inquiries or questions about the fellowship program, please contact Fellowship Manager, olivia_mulvey@harvard.edu

The Harvard Global Health Institute is dedicated to health equity and social justice. We are also committed to individual autonomy and bodily integrity. Our belief in these core values does not stop at city, state, or country borders. As such, we believe it is critical in this moment to recognize the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision today in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

We condemn the 6-3 ruling that rolls back decades of protections for those seeking safe reproductive health choices, that includes the right to terminate a pregnancy. Not only does this decision end reproductive freedoms in the U.S., it undermines public health and the right to privacy.

A women’s right to choose is a fundamental human right that is protected under numerous international and regional human rights treaties and national-level constitutions around the world. By grounding safe abortion within the rights to privacy, life, equality, and non-discrimination, human rights bodies have consistently recognized that restrictive abortion laws are incompatible with human rights.

970 million women live in countries that broadly allow abortion. This represents 59% of women of reproductive age. The United States is no longer part of the majority, and it will be left up to the states to decide who will be able to access safe reproductive healthcare. According to the World Health Organization, 23,000 women die of unsafe abortions each year and tens of thousands more experience significant health complications.

Today, we stand in solidarity with leaders of the reproductive rights movement as we continue the fight for health equity for all.