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Posted on: July 23, 2018

Mayor Marian Orr Joins City Leaders In Second Class Of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

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CHEYENNE – City of Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr is going back to school this summer to study leadership and management practices, as one of 40 mayors chosen for an intensive education program with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.


As a participant in the Initiative’s 2018 program, Mayor Orr is part of a class of dedicated mayors attending 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 in New York City beginning Sunday, July 22, 2018, which Mayor Orr is attending at no cost to the City of Cheyenne. 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 have been selected for this wonderful opportunity not only personally but for Cheyenne as well,” Orr said. “We have real challenges facing our community and the knowledge gained from the Harvard Leadership Initiative -- not to mention the networking with other city mayors from across the globe -- will be invaluable for Cheyenne moving forward.”


“I’m especially pleased to be representing the smallest community of all the cities selected,” she added.


Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City, collaborated with outgoing Harvard University President Drew Faust to create the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative in 2016.


Collectively, Harvard University and Bloomberg Philanthropies aim to help mayors and their leadership teams manage the complexities of running a city, and to have opportunities to learn from one another. The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative will connect Mayor Orr 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 best practices and learn from fellow mayors about the promising ideas that are already helping to enhance the quality of life in cities around the world.


After the mayors convening, two senior-level city officials nominated by each mayor will attend a similar convening in August. From Cheyenne, Chief of Staff, Eric Fountain, and Assistant Attorney, Alessandra McCoy Fakelman, will participate in the yearlong program, as well, and help Mayor Orr translate what they learn into organizational changes that improve life in Cheyenne.


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


The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is a collaboration among Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Kennedy School. Its mission is to inspire and strengthen city leaders as well as equip them with the tools to lead high-performing, innovative cities.


Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative:

Warren Dent, Warren_Dent@harvard.edu, +1-617-496-4219

Anna Burgess, Anna_Burgess@harvard.edu +1-617-496-4293



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