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Leadership Matters

There is a popular yet dangerous myth about politics in the United States: Choices and leaders don’t really matter. Since events will inevitably unfold regardless of the public’s voice, engagement in the political process, let alone leadership, might just as well be left to others.

This is a false perception. Qualified leaders are essential to civic success. The dedication, courage and persistence of individuals are essential to accomplishing anything in public affairs. In short, leadership matters.

Although some individuals are born with instinctive leadership qualities, there are leadership skills that can be taught and learned, practiced and mastered.

“Leadership Matters,” a partnership between the Pell Center and the Public Sector Consortium, seeks to contribute to the development of public leaders in Rhode Island. The long-term goal is to provide a center of continuous leadership development that will ensure professional competencies and best practices are continually developed and refreshed.

Recent Public Policy Blog Posts

Recap: “How Did We Get Here? A Conversation with Robert Dallek”

Polarization is a major issue in American politics, but Robert Dallek is still optimistic. On October 1st, 2020, Dallek had an in-depth conversation around his most recent book “How Did We Get Here? From Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump.” Dallek was joined by Pell Center Executive Director Dr. Jim Ludes and Salve Regina University history professor and Pell Honors Program Director Dr. William Leeman. Dallek reminded us that there have … Read More

2020 Fall Event Series Announced

The Pell Center is pleased to announce its 2020 fall event series.  Tickets to these events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date.  Please RSVP for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page and call 401-341-2927 or email [email protected] with questions.  Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and be notified when tickets become available.  All events will … Read More

Rising: A Live, Social-Distancing Conversation with Elizabeth Rush

Newport RI—On April 2, 2020, the Pell Center’s Facebook page become a virtual lecture hall, welcoming hundreds of viewers for a live conversation with Elizabeth Rush, co-hosted by the Pell Center and the Rhode Island Center for the Book.  Rush is the author of “Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore,” this year’s Reading Across Rhode Island state-wide read, a Rhode Island Center for the Book program.  Pell Center executive … Read More

Pell Center and League of Women Voters, Newport County to Celebrate Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

See the Newport Daily News’ Coverage of this event. Newport, R.I. – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University and the League of Women Voters, Newport County will host Susan Ware, historian and leading feminist biographer to present “Why They Marched: Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage” on March 3, 2020 as part of the Pell Center’s spring lecture series. The struggle for women’s suffrage raised fundamental questions about women’s roles … Read More