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In Public Leadership

The Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership provides public officials and community leaders with the tools and skills needed to make informed decisions and manage responsive organizations effectively. Our custom programs enable state and local leaders to access university-level education in innovative leadership practices while engaging in robust discussion with their peers.

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Leadership Voices

“The Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership is quickly becoming the public policy voice that is so desperately needed in Rhode Island. It is helping to elevate public policy and public service to its rightful place in our state.”

~ Scott Avedisian, CEO of RIPTA and former Mayor, Warwick, RI

Recent Publications

2018 RI Voter’s Guide Now Available

What are the qualities of a great leader? The Hassenfeld Institute has published the 2018 Rhode Island Voter’s Guide to help voters rate the six candidates for governor based on essential leadership criteria, including the ability to focus, mold public opinion, unite rather than divide, put the right people in place, solve problems and uphold ethical standards. Download the 2018 Voter’s Guide.

Institute Releases State Rankings Primer

Americans are obsessed with rankings. We have an unquenchable thirst to understand who is up and who is down. The Hassenfeld Institute’s new report, “State Business Rankings: A Primer,” evaluates commonly cited indices used to measure the business climate of states, with current rankings for Rhode Island and its New England neighbors.

Read the 2018 State Rankings Report.

Upcoming Events

Crisis of Confidence:
RI Credit Union Collapse

Tuesday, November 13, 7 – 9 pm
Stepan Grand Hall, Bello Center, Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI

On January 1, 1991, RI Governor Bruce Sundlun began his first day in office by shutting down 45 financial institutions and freezing $1.7 billion in assets of Rhode Island depositors.

Join us for this free public event featuring a new case study produced by the Hassenfeld Institute, a mini-documentary featuring key voices from the crisis, and a response panel featuring John Marion, Executive Director, Common Cause RI; Ross Cheit, Professor of Political Science, Brown University, and Chair of the RI Ethics Commission; and John Kostrzewa, former Business Editor of The Providence Journal. The panel will be moderated by Elisabeth Harrison, News Director, The Public’s Radio.

Please register in advance.