What is a Hauser Leader? Leni Robredo joins distinguished leaders at Harvard

September 1, 2022 - 11:38 AM
Leni Robredo was the guest speaker at the commencement exercises of the Global Reciprocal Colleges on August 31, 2022 (Facebook/Atty. Leni Robredo)

Former Vice President Leni Robredo is set to join a roster of distinguished leaders around the world at a prestigious school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In a post on Facebook on September 1, Robredo announced that she has been chosen as among the five Hauser Leaders of Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership for its semester this fall 2022 in the United States.

She also accompanied her post with a link to the page where her name was listed as a Hauser Leader.

“A huge honor to be invited to Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, as one of its Hauser Leaders for the Fall 2022 semester,” she said.

Robredo further described this opportunity as a “blessing.”

“What a blessing it is to be returning to Cambridge for this opportunity,” she said.

What is a Hauser Leader at Harvard? 

Robredo explained that Hauser Leaders provide lectures and engage with the Harvard community. This includes the students, faculty and alumni.

“As Hauser Leaders, we will engage with students, faculty, alumni, and the wider Harvard community during our stint on campus. I’m both thrilled and humbled to be given this space to share my advocacies and experiences, alongside this roster of distinguished leaders from various fields and sectors,” she said.

The following are her fellow Hauser Leaders as listed on Harvard Kenny School’s website:

  • Jane Harman JD ’69
    Distinguished Fellow and President Emerita, Wilson Center; U.S. Representative (CA-36) (1993-1999; 2010-2011)
  • David Ignatius AB ’72
    Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Washington Post; novelist; Fisher Family Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project (2010); Visiting Professor, HKS (Spring 2012)
  • Michael Lomax
    President and CEO, United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
  • Dov Seidman JD ’92
    Founder and Chairman of LRN and The HOW Institute for Society

Deval Patrick, co-director of the Center for Public Leadership and professor of the practice of public leadership, said that these personalities were chosen “at a time when many challenges stem from leadership shortcomings.”

“At a time when many challenges stem from leadership shortcomings, these Hauser Leaders bring to campus living examples of principled and effective public leadership,” Patrick said in a statement.

“Though from different experiences, these leaders share values, values applied in practical ways, that they can now share with the Kennedy School community,” he added.

The Hauser Leaders Program, which is in its eighth year in the coming semester, offers the community “a unique portfolio of high-profile leaders and practitioners from across public, nonprofit, and private sectors.”

“By teaching skill-building and leadership development workshops, engaging key external stakeholders, and advising students and alumni, Hauser Leaders enact the Center for Public Leadership’s mission to develop principled, effective public leaders who make positive change in the world,” its description on the website reads.

“Hauser Leaders also inform Harvard curriculum by speaking in the classroom, engaging in research and case development, and sharing expertise with lead faculty,” it added.