24 Jul 2017
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“I literally went home every night for the first three months and said, ‘Oh, my God, what have I gotten myself into?’”
That's how Boston mayor Marty Walsh summed up the beginning of his term in office. And it helps explain why he's happy to be attending a unique new program for big-city mayors organized by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (MBA 1966) in conjunction with Harvard’s Kennedy School and HBS, according to a report in the Economist.
Funded by a $32 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the year-long program, which kicked off in New York City on July 17, is bringing together 40 mayors, 30 of them from American cities, such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Phoenix, and Mobile. The concept behind the program is to teach the mayors how to think like a CEO in handling everything from potholes to policing, complete with case studies, data analysis, and lots of time for networking.
Class of MBA 1966, Section F