July 20, 2017

Dr. Albright took part in the launching of the Bloomberg Harvard CIty Leadership Initiative on July 17th and 18th at Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York City with 40 mayors from around the country and the world.  She was asked by Bloomberg to write a piece for their blog describing some of her key insights.  You can read it here.

March 7, 2017

Hollis L. Albright, MD ’31 Annual Symposium


David M. Altshuler, MD ’90, PhD ’90 
Executive Vice President, Global Research and Chief Scientific Officer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Laurie H. Glimcher, AB ’72, MD ’76 
President and CEO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

George Q. Daley, AB ’82, MD ’91, PhD
Dean, Harvard Medical School

Presentation: 2017 Albright Scholar Award: Irene Y. Zhang, HMS 2017

Dr. Albright spoke of the accomplishments of MIT Collaborative Initiatives over the past thirteen years.  Based on the successful completion of systems based projects on Acute Ischemic Stroke, Childhood Obesity, Post-Traumatic Stress in the Active Military and the ongoing Clinical Trials project; as well as 8 New Models meetings and 3 Albright Challenges, Dr. Albright will focus on encouraging others to apply systems thinking principals and widespread collaboration to address complex issues.  


July 25, 2016

Dr. Albright joins the Executive Advisory Board of World.Minds.  World.Minds' "goal is to improve the quality of our decisions as private individuals, as role models and as citizens of this planet – and to inspire others to do so."


November 3, 2015

We apologize that we are currently unable to link to any of our video presentations.  MIT TechTV houses our media content and is currently experiencing technical difficulties.  We hope to have the content available soon.

November 2, 2015 to November 6, 2015

During the first week of November, 17 "rising leaders" from around the country gathered at MIT for the 2015 Albright Challenge.  MIT Collaborative Inititiatives welcomed new Sponsors, Ahold USA and Cisco, who joined Lead Sponsor Coca-Cola and IBM to make this year's Challenge possible. The 2015 Albright Challenge focused on the unique opportunities posed by a rapidly aging population - with emphasis on living "better" not just longer. 

September 22, 2015

In a Boston Globe article, Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Bella English of the Globe Staff writes about Dr. Albright inanticipation of her induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame on October 3, 2015.      

Photo Credit: Jim Davis/Globe Staff






June 11, 2015

MIT-CI celebrates 10 Years!  96 leaders from a broad range of backgrounds gathered at the Whitehead Institute to help mark the tenth year of MIT Collaborative Inititiatives.  The day was focused on advances in the science, delivery and business of healthcare over the past decade and where we are headed.  The morning session was facilitated by Linda Hill from Harvard Business School (HBS) and led by a panel including Bob Langer, Don Ingber, Rick Young and Nick Wagle.  In the afternoon, facilitated by Bill Sahlman of HBS, discussion moved to the business of healthcare with an introductory panel including Don Berwick, Dana Safran and Tom Feeley.  During lunch the group was treated to a brief glimpse into the work of five researchers working on the frontiers of healthcare: Jing-Ke Weng (Whitehead Institute), Gio Traverso (Langer Lab, MIT Koch Institute), Todd Coleman (UC San Diego); Col Todd Rasmussen (USAF, US Combat Casualty Care Research Program) and Anna Waterhouse (Wyss Institute.)  Video and transcript will be available on the New Models Project Page shortly.

May 6, 2015

On May 6, 2015 Dr. Albright spoke to a gathering of Graduate Students as a part of the MIT Presidential Fellows Lecture series.


November 1, 2014

On November 1, MIT-CI officially launched the Clinical Trials System Project.  The project, being done in partnership with a research team from the Systems Institute at Johns Hopkins University led by Dr. Takuru Igusa and the design leadership of Enrique Martinez, will focus on getting drugs to patients who need them in a timely and efficient manner.  As with our other projects, this project will take a broad perspective view looking at the system and recognizing and working with other organizations who are doing great work addressing individual components of the process.  Current Strategic Advisors to the project include, Clayton Christenson, Elazer Edelman, MD, Robert Langer, T.E. Schlesinger, Lawrence Summers and Maria Zuber.  Funding was lead by a $1 million dollar challenge grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies.

October 1, 2014

dmi: design leadership conference;  Lab Culture:       Dr. Albright, Speaker with Scott Kirsher, Author & Journalist   Session: "From Surgical Lab to Design Lab, the Unexpected Power of Unique Collaborations." 

September 27, 2014 to September 28, 2014

Nanobiosym Global Initiatve Summit in collaboration with Scientific American on the Harvard University Campus.  Dr. Albright presented in a panel titled "Fixing" the America Healthcare System" and, with Dr. Anita Goel, Chairman and CEO, Nanobiosym, facilitated "The ROAD Ahead" open discussion

September 14, 2014 to September 19, 2014

2014 Challenge Participants

MIT-CI held the second Albright Challenge, bringing a new group of Participants together in Cambridge, MA.  This year's topic centered on the confict and opportunity new technology focused on gathering individual data brings to existing systems, particularly education and healthcare.

The 2014 Albright Challenge was sponsored by thought leaders; The Coca-Cola Company, State Street, Nexenta and IBM.

June 27, 2014

JK and Army Surgeon General P. Horoho3 Questions: Jayakanth Srinivasan on mental health in the military

Researcher earns U.S. Army’s “Outstanding Civilian Service” award for helping restructure medical care.

Jayakanth Srinivasan stands with Army Surgeon General Patricia Horoho after receiving the U.S. Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal on June 27.  Courtesy of Jayakanth Srinivasan

Jayakanth Srinivasan, a research scientist in the Organizational Studies Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, received the U.S. Army's "Outstanding Civilian Service" award for the work he has done through the Post-Traumatic Stress Innovation Project, initiated by MIT-CI.



October 30, 2013

New Models 6  On October 30, a group of thought leaders gathered to continue the discussion on Log-Jams. This session was titled Log Jams: A Springboard to Innovation.  The day included brief presentations by Lars Albright, Norm Augustine and Robert Langer, PhD as well as an ongoing report out of the first Albright Challenge.  The majority of the day was spent in facilitated discussion among the entire group led by Amy Edmondson, PhD of the Harvard Business School in the morning and Scott Stern, PhD and Georgina Campbell Flatter, Sm, MEng of MIT's Sloan School of Management in the afternoon.

October 1, 2013 to October 4, 2013

MIT-CI hosted a second gathering of the 2013 Albright Challenge Participants in Cambridge.  After working together virtually through the summer, the group came together to polish their recommendations in preparation for the October 30 New Models meeting.

April 7, 2013 to April 12, 2013
2013 Albright Challenge participants

Phase 1 of the 2013 Albright Challenge was held in Cambridge at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. 18 Participants from across the country gathered together for an intense 5 day session. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, State Street, Dell-Wyse Corporation and EMC Corporation.  


May 15, 2012

MIT Collaborative Initiatives hosted New Models 5 – Breaking Log Jams II in Washington D.C.  Hosted by NationalJournalLive, the meeting was a follow-up to the discussion held in Cambridge on November 29, 2011. This meeting focused on examples of log jams, some that have been overcome and some that are still posing a challenge. 80 innovation leaders from medicine, business, military, and academia attended.

January 19, 2012
2012_01_19_RM_BioscienceSymp_005 by AmherstCollege, on Flickr

Gerald R. Fink ’62 Bioscience Symposium 2012,  “Taking Risks and Advancing Your Career”, Amherst College   Keynote speakers: John Abele ’59; Tenley E. Albright, MD; Gerry Fink ’62; Peter Reddien; Jim Guest ’62; George W. Carmany III ’62,  and Alfred M. Sadler ’62.

January 10, 2012

State Street Inno-talk Series Inaugural presentation: Tenley E. Albright, MD, Director MIT Collaborative Initiatives; James S. Phalen, Executive Vice President and head of Global Operations, Technology & Product Development, State Street and Madge Meyers, Chief Innovation Officer, State Street discuss Innovation.


November 29, 2011

MIT Collaborative Initiatives hosted New Models 5 – Breaking Log Jams meeting at new MIT Medial Lab. Sponsored by State Street Corporation the meeting featured 85 innovation leaders from medicine, business, military, and academia and included keynote speeches from Gary Hirshberg, CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farms; Admiral Michael Mullen; and the Honorable Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City. 

October 28, 2011

Dr. Albright received the Jack Valenti: Friend of the White House Fellows Award for her “exemplary commitment and sustained support of the White House Fellows program” through which “she has directed her energies and enthusiasm for excellence through empowering individuals and encouraging their participation in a broad range of issues and forums.” 

October 25, 2011

NEWS RELEASE   MIT Collaborative Initiatives (MIT-CI) and the Urban Design Lab at the Earth Institute, Columbia University (UDL) Announce Completion of a Three-Year Look at Nation’s Obesity Crisis: National Food System Infrastructure Identified as a Primary Culprit (PDF).

May 5, 2011

Dr. Albright attended Washington Post sponsored sustainable agriculture conference The Future of Food at Georgetown University with   Keynote Address by The Prince of Wales and participated in small private group meeting with Prince Charles and other leaders in the NGO and Corporate fields.


September 2, 2010

On the second evening of HDL Global 2010, Helsinki Design Lab (HDL) honored Tenley E. Albright, MD for her leadership in advancing a better approach toward solving large-scale societal challenges. 

Says HDL, “We believe that our future depends on our ability to break down today’s informational silos in order to address large-scale societal challenges from a more holistic perspective—a process called strategic design.  This will require that longstanding institutions—governments, universities, corporations—learn to be flexible, to adapt to the new demands that today’s world presents.  First as a figure skater and Olympic gold medalist, then as a renowned surgeon, and now as the director of the MIT Collaborative Initiatives, Dr. Tenley Albright personally embodies this ability to change, to innovate from within.  In her work today, Dr. Albright not only forges a path toward the development of realistic solutions to the most critical global challenges; she also serves as a leader uniting this important, emerging community of strategic designers and the decision-makers who rely on them.”

September 1, 2010 to September 3, 2010

Helsinki Design Lab and Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, hosted HDL Global 2010, an international gathering of the world’s top designers and decision makers in Helsinki, Finland.  The Collaborative Initiatives’ Tenley Albright and Ken Kaplan were among ten American invitees who joined global leaders from the public and private sectors as well as renowned international designers for a cross-discipline examination of the world’s most pressing large-scale challenges.  Areas of focus included climate change, education, and caring for our aging populations. HDL 2010 was not a thought experiment, but a demonstration of the power of design as a strategic tool.  Participants tackled concrete, existing problems, and decision makers in Finland will go on to see these projects through to prototype and delivery. 

June 24, 2010

MIT Collaborative Initiatives, in partnership with MIT LEAN Advancement Initiative, led by Deborah Nightingale, Professor of the Practice for Engineering Systems and Aeronautics and Astronautics, kicks off a system-based analysis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

June 17, 2010

“Shaking it Up, Making it Last: A Real Food System For All”
June 15-18, 2010
Philadelphia, PA
SAFSF 8th annual forum

Dr. Albright, Ken Kaplan, and Kubi Ackerman of the MIT/Columbia National Integrated Regional Food System (NIRF) Team; Fred Kirschenmann, President, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Project Advisor and Dr. Reed Tuckson, Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group; member, Board of Directors, United Health Foundation and Funder of the MIT/Columbia Team’s Childhood Obesity project.

April 29, 2010

Social Enterprise Alliance
Summit 2010

Plenary Session: Engaging all Sectors — Can systems thinking help us gain traction? A cross-sector approach to tackling the challenges.

Ken Kaplan, Chief Strategy Officer MIT Collaborative Initatives participated on a panel with Alan Webber, Founding Editor, Fast Company Magazine (Moderator), and Rosanne Haggerty, President & Founder, Common Ground.

April 29, 2010

Former Senator Tom Daschle has agreed to join the Advisory Group for the forthcoming MIT Collaborative Initiatives/Columbia University National Integrated Regional Food System: A New Model for Health (NIRF) project.  He joins an illustrious group of Advisors which includes Michael Pollen, Fred Kirschenmann, Steve Ells and Ray Goldberg among others.

April 28, 2010 to April 29, 2010

Almaden Institute 2010
Smarter Health through Modeling and Simulation

On the Front Lines of the Food Revolution, Presentation by Dr. Tenley Albright with Fedele Bauccio, CEO Bon Appetite Management Group

April 13, 2010

On Tuesday, April 13, 2010 MIT Collaborative Initiatives held a briefing on Capitol Hill during which Marco Steinberg, former Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Current Director of Strategic Design for the Finnish Innovation Fund, explained the power of strategic design in decision-making and presented his work on the Stroke Pathways project.

April 9, 2010

Dr. Albright participated in the White House Childhood Obesity Forum on April 9, 2010. The Forum was an opportunity for the White House team to bring together experts to discuss opportunities for combating childhood obesity.