The 2024 Public Safety Summit
Becoming Future-Ready
When & Where
April 5-7, 2024
Harvard University | Cambridge, MA

Enacting a New Vision

In a turbulent and politicized world, forward-thinking public safety leaders are mobilizing to turn change and disruption into levers for building greater trust, value, and legitimacy. These progressive leaders are not only shifting their vision and mindset but also cultivating culture change, activating new policies and practices, and redefining what it means to lead and create a future-ready public safety organization.

Redefining what leadership means is pressing for the world in general, yet for the pivotal role public safety officials play, the factors are vastly more complex. From the dramatic shifts in community trust and expectations, to the political landscape, to the impact of deep economic disparities and rising mental health issues, to the transformative traction of AI and digital technologies – the factors that leaders must understand, redefine, and rebalance are vast. 

Becoming future-ready will require public safety leaders to foster the energy, creativity, and endurance within themselves and their teams to learn and apply new capabilities, embrace data-driven insights and decision-making, collaborate in more robust and agile ways, and design and scale new operating models at a faster pace than ever before.

To help public safety leaders learn about and become more future-ready, Leadership for a Networked World at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, in collaboration with Mark43, are convening the 2024 Public Safety Summit: Becoming Future-Ready, to be held April 5-7, 2024, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Public Safety Summit is a chance to step away from everyday responsibilities to explore ideas and network with an exclusive group of peers in a non-attribution environment. Programming focuses on personal enrichment and practical approaches for leaders to:

  • Explore pressing issues with fellow public safety leaders, industry experts, and leading academics.
  • Collaborate on ideas to bring back to their organizations and teams.
  • Reflect on personal leadership paradigms, strategies, and opportunities for growth.
  • Network with public safety leaders from national and international organizations and maintain relationships going forward.

This eighth annual Summit will bring together innovative and progressive chiefs, sheriffs, commissioners, and other senior-level officials to learn and share ideas on what a future-ready organization looks like, and how to lead their teams and ecosystem partners there efficiently and effectively.  

Who Should Attend?

Summit participants are senior-level public safety executives (Chief, Commissioner, Superintendent, Sheriff, etc.) in function, as well as “Chief Transformation Officers” in practice, who seek to improve organizational performance in the near term and redesign public safety for the long term.

Admission & Participation

The Summit is an invitation-only program for senior-most officials in public safety. Other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis, and according in part, to space availability. This event is supported by the hosting and collaborating organizations, so there is no tuition or fee to attend. Travel and hotel arrangements, and related expenses, are the responsibility of individual participants.

About Leadership for a Networked World

Leadership for a Networked World (LNW) creates transformational thought leadership and learning experiences for executives building the future.

Via design and delivery of executive education for senior-most executives, research and development of real-world case studies, and curation and sharing of best-practices, Leadership for a Networked World helps leaders and policymakers across disciplines and sectors improve organizational outcomes and value.

Founded in 1987 at Harvard Kennedy School, LNW is now an initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Since 1987, LNW has delivered more than 250 learning events and gathered more than 15,000 alumni globally.

Past Events from LNW

Through in-person Summits and virtual Session Series, LNW has delivered more than 200 learning opportunities and gathered more than 12,000 alumni globally. Below is a sample of events similar to the Catalyst Collaborative.

Paul Bottino
Executive Director of Innovation Education
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Michael Cox
Boston Police Department

Peter Koutoujian
Middlesex County, MA

Kathy Lester
Chief of Police
Sacramento Police Department

Robert Luna
Los Angeles County

Harold Medina
Chief of Police
Albuquerque Police Department

Celeste Murphy
Chief of Police
City of Chattanooga

Brian O'Hara
Chief of Police
Minneapolis Police Dept

Insights from Past Events

The Summit Series has consistently attracted and showcased leaders and vanguards in their field, whose insights and lessons have proven invaluable and inspiring to those they've reached. Below are a sample of lessons gleaned from past Summit sessions.

Pursuing Transformation in the “Tug of War” in Policing: Leadership Insights from Baltimore Commissioner Michael Harrison

In the course of more than three decades in law enforcement, Michael Harrison, the Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, has had to navigate a wide array of challenges. After joining the New Orleans Police Department in 1991, he gradually climbed through the ranks of the organization before becoming the department’s Superintendent in 2014. In that role, Harrison helped the agency navigate a federal consent decree at a time when the Department of Justice had...

Leveraging Technology To Become A Learning Organization: Lessons from the Los Angeles and Seattle Police Departments

Thanks to advances in digital technology, law enforcement organizations increasingly have access to more and better data. Yet there is a difference between acquiring technology and information versus leveraging it to become a “learning organization” that is “skilled at creating, acquiring, and transferring knowledge, and at modifying its behavior to reflect new knowledge and insights.” In the case of policing, becoming a learning organization...

Creating “A Force Multiplier”: Lessons from Denver on Developing a Comprehensive Alternative Response Program

In 2020, the Denver Police Department (DPD) was confronting a challenge. As Chief Paul Pazen noted, DPD had experienced dramatic increases in its workload. Yet the organization had barely grown. This meant that DPD needed to increase efficiency and impact, particularly when it came to responding to mental health-related service calls, which were up 17 percent. Fortunately, the department had a model for success. In 2016, it had introduced a co-responder program that paired mental health...

Navigating the Arc of Policing: Leadership Insights from Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore

Since joining the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 1981, Chief Michel Moore has navigated extraordinary change along what he describes as the “arc of policing.” Concretely, this has involved adapting as the department evolved in the aftermath of major challenges, including the Rodney King riots in 1992, the introduction of a federal consent decree in 2001 after the discovery of a chronic series of failures in supervision and command oversight within the department, and increasing unrest...

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Leadership for a Networked World’s applied research, student innovation challenge, and on-campus summit programs are an initiative of Dr. Antonio M. Oftelie, Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), part of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. TECH is a hub for students, faculty, alumni, and government and industry leaders to learn together, collaborate, and innovate. LNW accelerates these efforts by connecting leaders across sectors and developing cutting-edge thought leadership on innovation and organizational transformation.


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