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  • DEE DEE MYERS | Glover Park Group, former White House Press Secretary

    Policy Pioneer

    The most important leadership lessons are pretty simple, former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers explained. “Maybe the most important aspect of leadership is listening,” said Myers, who served as Bill Clinton’s press secretary during his 1992 election campaign and for the first two years of his presidency.
  • JIM WEBB | U.S. Senator (VA, 2007-2013), Secretary of the Navy (1987-1988)

    Citizen Leadership

    Jim Webb is the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Medalist in Citizen Leadership. Webb is a former U.S. Marine Corps officer who served as secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan and served one term as a Democratic senator representing Virginia. A lawyer by trade, he also has written nine books, taught literature at the U.S. Naval Academy and wrote the story of the 2000 film “Rules of Engagement.”
  • HARRY HARDING | Dean, Professor of Public Policy and Politics

    One Size Does Not Fit All

    Successful leaders possess a combination of personality traits, values, and skills that fit the specific context in which they work. Context helps explain why leaders who succeed in some settings encounter far greater difficulties in others – and why leaders who have struggled in one assignment may find their “sweet spot” elsewhere.
  • SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP | Chitenges 4 Change

    Batten Students Win UVA E-Cup

    Five Batten MPP students won the University-wide 2013 Entrepreneurship Cup, receiving $20,000 in seed money for their nonprofit which distributes washable, reusable sanitary pads in Africa. For women at the bottom of the global income pyramid, disposable sanitary products are too costly to use regularly, and the issue forces women to regularly miss school and work.
  • ERIC M. PATASHNIK | Professor of Public Policy and Politics

    Learning What Works

    More than half the medical treatments that Americans receive lack evidence of their effectiveness. When the government attempts to learn what treatments work best, critics complain about "rationing." How can we implement evidence-based medicine in a way that physicians and patients can embrace?
  • CHRIS RUHM | Prof. of Public Policy & Economics, Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs

    Producing Good Health

    Good health does not just happen. It is "produced" by a combination of genetics, lifestyle and medical care. A major challenge for the United States, and other countries, is to choose policies that promote good health while maintaining freedom of choice and financial viability of government budgets and the health care system.
  • CHLOE GIBBS | Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education

    Measuring Social Impact

    Policymakers and practitioners operate under constraints. How do we evaluate programs and policies to provide the strongest evidence for making decisions? In particular, how can social science research inform policy approaches to addressing early childhood disadvantage?

Batten Connections

WASHINGTON — Few doubt that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s nomination for president would be good for women. But her candidacy would also likely block the paths for other women running for the White House, and, notably, for those who would like to be vice president.

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The most important leadership lessons are pretty simple, former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers explained Monday at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

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Class experience: Having real money, and a deadline for giving it away, lets students feel both the power and the challenge of charitable donations. Since 2011, the Once Upon a Time Foundation has provided some $2.5 million for hands-on learning at 13 campuses, including the University of Virginia and Princeton.

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