Corpus Christi mayor chosen for Bloomberg Harvard leadership training


Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo (front row, third from right) was one of 38 mayors chosen from around the world to learn the latest management practices as part of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo will join more than three dozen mayors from around the world in learning the latest management practices as part of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

Guajardo was one of 38 mayors chosen to participate in the intensive education program, which is delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, as well as experts from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network.

Each day, 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 be one of 38 mayors from four continents selected for this Bloomberg Harvard Leadership Initiative,” Guajardo said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to learning from leaders within Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Kennedy School. Through this global network, I am confident I will bring back innovative solutions for Corpus Christi.”

Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo was one of 38 mayors chosen from around the world to learn the latest management practices as part of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

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Launched in 2017, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative is a collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Business School that aims to equip mayors and senior city leaders with tools and expertise to effectively lead cities.

The program began Sunday in New York City.

Other Texas mayors in this year’s class include Trey Mendez of Brownsville and Ginger Nelson of Amarillo.

Guajardo was sworn in as Corpus Christi’s 58th mayor in January after serving on the City Council for four years. 

Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo (center) was one of 38 mayors chosen to participate in the intensive education program, which is delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, as well as experts from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network.

Two senior-level city officials nominated by each mayor will attend a conference in October as part of the program. 

Arlene Medrano, Guajardo’s chief of staff, and City Manager Peter Zanoni will participate in the yearlong program and help Guajardo translate what they learn into organizational changes.

Tuition, accommodations, meals, and travel expenses for Guajardo and her senior leaders were paid for by the program. 



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