Our Impact – FY 2011 Highlights
In 2005 the CDC Foundation board adopted a new strategic initiative to strengthen the nation’s collective capacity to respond to disasters like Hurricane Katrina and 9/11. The result was the Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness, a five-year initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Summit connected thousands of business, government and nonprofit leaders in communities nationwide to foster greater cross-sector collaboration during emergencies. The CDC Foundation partnered with CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative-Harvard School of Public Health and community partners to host the Summits. The CDC Foundation was able to leverage philanthropic support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to attract 100 sponsoring organizations at the state and local level. The initiative concluded in FY 2011. Planning guides for organizing meta-leadership activities in your community are available online at www.cdcfoundation.org/meta-leadership.
- Connected more than 5,000 business, government and nonprofit leaders
- Reached 36 U.S. communities representing 139 million Americans
- Engaged a total of 2,601 leaders in post-Summit meetings
- Established a Meta-Leadership Online Community with more than 3,000 members
A Special Thank You
At the conclusion of this successful initiative, we especially acknowledge our partners and colleagues at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative-Harvard School of Public Health and CDC.
In addition to adapting the meta-leadership training they had been conducting at Harvard for government leaders to provide the basis for the Meta-Leadership Summit series, Harvard faculty members Leonard J. Marcus, Ph.D., and Barry C. Dorn, M.D., M.H.C.M., traveled nationally, interviewed leaders to tailor the Summits to address local concerns, and presented at the Summits with consistently positive feedback from participants. CDC continued the work started at each Summit by developing and leading post-Summit activities and designed and implemented the evaluation framework for the Summit. Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation made the five-year initiative possible.