Eric McNulty

Associate Director and Program Faculty

National Preparedness Leadership Initiative

Eric J. McNulty holds an appointment as Associate Director and Program Faculty at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), a joint program of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as an Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health. His work with the program centers on leadership in high stakes, high-stress situations. McNulty is the principal author of several of the NPLI’s case studies of major incidents, both natural and human-caused.

McNulty has a particular interest in cybersecurity and related issues. In his role as Managing Director of Harvard Business Conferences, he worked with Visa on their 2007 Data Security Summit. He wrote the popular HBR case study, Boss, I Think Someone Stole Our Customer Data and on the leadership of the 2013 data breach at Target. He has served on the faculty of IANS (formerly the Institute for Applied Network Security). He is the co-author, along with Dr. Leonard Marcus, Dr. Barry Dorn, and Joseph M. Henderson, of You're It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When it Matters Most (PublicAffairs, 2019). He is co-author of a chapter on meta-leadership in the McGraw-Hill Homeland Security Handbook (2012) and of a chapter on the role of intuition in decision making in Bursting the Big Data Bubble.

McNulty writes a regular online column for Strategy + Business and has written multiple articles for the Harvard Business Review (HBR) as well as articles for MIT Sloan Management Review, and many others. He is also host of the NPLI's podcast, Leader Readycast. McNulty is a member of the Leadership Communications Council at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

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