The Task Force Leadership Institute

As The Task Force for Global Health has grown, we have realized the need to be deliberately developmental in building the management capabilities of our employees in order to create a pipeline of global health talent. The Task Force Leadership Institute was created to help mentor mid- to senior-level managers in the global health sector in order to develop this pipeline.  

The Institute is led by Rick Gilkey, PhD, an Emory Goizueta Business School professor, and Ed Baker, MD, MPH, former assistant surgeon general, in collaboration with Task Force leadership. The curriculum consists of a seminar series focusing on the theory and practice of global health leadership. The curriculum is customized to reflect the values, ethics, and unique culture of The Task Force. Our “scholars” also participate in individual and peer group coaching, as well as dialogues with global health leaders. Here you will find resources from the Institute’s curriculum.


A Conversation with Global Health Giant, William H. Foege, MD, MPH

Foege, co-founder of The Task Force for Global Health, worked on the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. He was appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1977.

Foege served The Carter Center as its Executive Director for 6 years. As the Executive Director and co-founder of The Task Force for Child Survival and Development (now The Task Force for Global Health), he helped increase immunization rates from 20% of children getting one immunization to 80% of children, which has been hallmarked as one of the greatest peacetime collaborative efforts in history. Foege also served as Senior Medical Advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Here are sections of his interview with Ed Baker, MD, MPH, at The Task Force for Global Health on October 9, 2018.

  • Early influences – what were they and how did they shape you? 

  • During your time as CDC director, how did you decide who you would bring on to your team and what did that process look like?

  • What advice would you give to people in terms of developing their professional abilities?

  • How have you sought out mentors and how would you advise others to seek them out? 

  • What is your life philosophy? 

  • How did your mentors influence you? 

  • What has been your experience with learning from your mistakes? 

    Audience Q&A

    • “When you’re building a team, as a leader, how do you keep assessing yourself and constantly improve to be the best leader for your team?” – Miriam Alderman, Deputy Director, TEPHINET


    • “What advice do you have from your experience for finding the right people for your team?” – David Ross, ScD, President and CEO, The Task Force for Global Health


    • “There are more women than ever in the public health sector, can you reflect on what things we need to be mindful of in this changing work environment?” – Girija Sankar, Associate of Partnerships and Communications, Children Without Worms


    • “How would you approach difficult conversations with someone who isn’t right for the team?” – Daniella O’Connell, Deputy Director, Public Health Informatics Institute


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