Fellowship Experience

The Lead Fellowship Experience

Core Pillars

An HGHI LEAD fellowship is a transformative experience designed to empower and promote emerging leaders in global health. A highly personalized program, the fellowship is tailored to fit the unique goals and aspirations of each of our Fellows. Over a 12-month period, Fellows will have access to world-class faculty, classes, and executive education programs that will encourage and challenge them in new, inspiring ways.

The core pillars of the Fellowship include:

  • Executive Leadership training with a personal coach
  • 1:1 mentorship by Harvard Faculty with aligned interests
  • Speaking opportunities at Harvard and global events
  • Enrollment in Harvard courses acrosses different departments
  • Private Skill-building Workshops led by leading experts

1:1 Mentorship: 

Each fellow will be assigned two Harvard faculty mentors with aligned interests. After the introduction, Fellows meet monthly with their mentors throughout the 12 month fellowship period. These meetings will serve as an opportunity for Fellows to receive formal career advising, expand their networks and spark collaboration opportunities. Mentors that have been assigned to the 2019 and 2020 cohorts of LEAD fellows include:

Dr. Kathryn Rexrode, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Chief, Division of Women’s Health, Department of Medicine Director, Office for Women’s Careers, Center for Diversity and Inclusion Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health at the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Ana Langer, Director, Women and Health Initiative, Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr Rifat Atun, Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University and the Faculty Chair for the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program

Dr. Anne Becker, Dean for Clinical and Academic Affairs, Maude and Lilian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine

Dr. Salmaan A. Keshavjee, Professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and director of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Global Health Delivery–Dubai.

Dr. Wafaie W. Fawzi, Professor of Population Sciences and Professor of Nutrition, Epidemiology, and Global Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Chair, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Speaking Opportunities: 

Fellows will have the opportunity to speak at global health events throughout the fellowship period and beyond. In previous years, fellows have served as panelists, speakers, topic experts and have been involved in the planning and execution of LEAD fellowship events. Speaking opportunities will allow the fellow to build networks, showcase their work and enhance their public speaking skills as a leader. 

Harvard Courses: 

Fellows will enroll in a variety of Harvard courses, depending on their interests. Examples of classes that the LEAD fellows have chosen in cohorts 2019 and 2020 include:

  • Emerging Leaders Program – Executive Education at Harvard Kennedy School
  • High Potential Leadership – Executive Education at Harvard Business School 
  • Negotiation and Leadership – Executive Education at Harvard Law School 
  • Advanced Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Strategies – Harvard Extension School 
  • Leadership Development in Global Health- Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
  • Persuasive Communication- Executive Education at Harvard Kennedy School 

Workshops:

Fellows will attend leadership workshops exclusively designed for the LEAD Fellows. These small, highly interactive sessions address key leadership skills and are led by experts from Harvard and the global health community. The 2019 and 2020 program covered topics including:

  • Self Promotion– Dr. Kathryn Rexrode, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Negotiation– Daniel Shapiro, Founder and Director, Harvard International Negotiation Program, Associate Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital
  • Strategic communications and influencing others– Candace Bertotti, Candid Communications
  • Crisis management– Lenny Marcus, Director of the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Leading organizations through growth– Lisha McCormick, Chief Executive Officer, Last Mile Health
  • Women leadership in global health– Dr. Vanessa Kerry, Founder and CEO, Seed Global Health

Program Division: 

Fall Semester  – Virtual Fellowship Engagement

(September through December):  

During the fall semester, Fellows will engage virtually with HGHI to plan their unique personal growth and leadership plan. Fellows will also engage in 1:1 executive leadership coaching. Deliverables for this part of the fellowship will also include obtaining a J-1 visa, registering/ planning for spring semester courses, and participation in virtual events and mentorship meetings.

Spring Semester – Full Curriculum

(January through May):

During the spring semester, January through May 2022, Fellows will be in-residence, living in Cambridge, MA. Fellows during this time are engaged in a full curriculum of in-person Harvard courses. The curriculum during this time will include a blended format of Harvard courses, leadership workshops, mentorship, team-building opportunities and speaking opportunities. Fellows are required to take a leave of absence from their work responsibilities during this time.

Summer Semester – Leadership Development

(May through August)

During the final summer semester, Fellows will return home and re-engage with their home organizations to execute their unique personal growth and leadership plan, with full support from their employers and institutional mentors. Deliverables for this part of the fellowship include hosting training events for their peers on specific leadership skills, participation in virtual events, progress updates to the LEAD team and mentoring a future LEAD fellow.