AFFIRM Book Club -- Forged in Crisis
Thursday, August 13, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

How many times have we heard that we are living through unprecedented times? COVID-19 has put unique and extraordinary challenges on government -- and on government workers. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could tap Abraham Lincoln's leadership lessons from the Civil War? Legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become a national leader of the abolitionist movement. How did he come to be a transformational leader? 

The AFRIRM Book Club offers a unique opportunity to tap some of the leadership lessons of people who faced unprecedented challenges. The book we will be discussing is Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times by Nancy Koehn, a professor at the Harvard Business School. The book profiles five significant but disparate figures in history -- and looks at the leadership lessons we can pull from each of their against-all-odds journeys. And we will learn that leaders are not born -- they are made. 

We are lucky to have Prof. Koehn join us for the discussion -- along with government executives as we discuss the challenges that government faces today -- and how we can apply these leadership lessons to the world today. And we invite your insights and questions during the discussion.