Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird is one of 41 U.S. mayors chosen for an intensive year-long education program with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. She’ll be participating in a program delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School and experts from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The program launches this week with a three-day meeting in New York City. The mayors are attending classroom sessions on the latest management and leadership practices, using case studies and workshops developed at Harvard.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the program’s mission is to inspire and strengthen city leaders and equip them with the tools to lead high-performing, innovative cities.

“I am honored to be chosen for this program, and I look forward to applying what I learn to tackle Lincoln’s challenges,” Mayor Gaylor Baird said.  “The program is also a great opportunity to network with other Mayors to exchange ideas and innovative approaches to the common issues all cities face.”

After the mayors’ meeting, two senior-level City officials nominated by each mayor will attend a meeting in August and attend virtual classes throughout the year to help the mayors translate what they learn into organizational changes.  Their participation is also fully funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

This Isn’t Lincoln’s First Interaction With the Bloomberg organization: Lincoln – Not A Winner of Bloomberg Grant