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March 11, 2017 3:22PM

The Harvard Business School Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 was attended by students, entrepreneurs, and investment professionals. The event kicked off with a morning keynote address by Seth Klarman, author of the famous value investing tome, Margin of Safety, and founder of the Baupost Group. Mr. Klarman is still CEO and President Baupost, the now 35 year old hedge fund that has made one of the highest returns of any fund in history. One dollar...

March 05, 2017 5:25PM

Chris Rowan Kouekem ’19 is from New York City, NY and graduated from Democracy Prep Charter School as the highest achieving scholar for Math and Civics. While at Democracy Prep, Chris participated in student government for all four of her high school years. Chris is fluent in French and worked as a teacher intern helping to build a curriculum for high school and middle school teachers that improves the quality of linguistic and cultural education for bilingual students.

As a First-...

March 03, 2017 12:00AM
17W Student Coffee Hour

The Rockefeller Center hosted a Student Coffee Hour with Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and Law School. Amar has been awarded several honors from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society. He has also been favorably cited by Supreme Court justices in more than 30 cases, has regularly testified before Congress for both Republicans and Democrats, and has written for popular publications such as the New York Times, The...

March 02, 2017 10:40AM

Yoga Acharya '19 interned with Senator Casey's Foreign Policy and National Security Team during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

I interned with Senator Casey’s Foreign Policy and National Security Team on Capitol Hill for the summer of 2016. During my internship, I attended hearings led by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Armed Services Committee briefing senior legislative officers on violent extremism and global...

March 01, 2017 2:45PM

Claire Rafson ’19 hails from Highland Park, Illinois, graduating from Highland Park High School.

Claire spent her First-Year Fellowship interning in the Chambers of Judge John Mott ’81 at the District of Columbia Superior Court. As a Judicial intern, she learned to prepare case briefs, bench memorandum, studied case law and assisted the Law Clerk during a trial.

“Being able to watch some of DC’s best lawyers in their environment is something I will never forget,” says Claire. “...

February 28, 2017 12:22PM

Victoria Chi '17 interned at the policy office of the Center for Global Health at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Over the summer of 2016, I interned at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the government agency that works to protect the health of Americans and of populations worldwide. Within CDC, I was in the policy office of the Center for Global Health (CGH...

February 27, 2017 5:30PM

Kate Hilton ’99, a senior faculty member at ReThink Health, spoke to the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows on February 9, 2017. Kate is an expert in issues such as designing organizing efforts, teaching leadership skills, and strategizing with multi-stakeholder teams to take collective action.

Kate’s session began with a reading of her father’s high school graduation speech, as well as his eulogy. The two readings, although far apart in time, displayed the importance of consistency. Her...

February 25, 2017 6:24PM

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Ryan Spector ’19 graduated Glenbrook North High School and he continues to serve as Glenbrook North Debate Team’s assistant coach.

As a First-Year Fellow, Ryan was placed at the Congressional Research Service with alumnae Mentor, Mary Beth Nikiti ’96 in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division. During the 8-week experience, Ryan was tasked with research and analytic tasks and had the opportunity to work with multiple members of staff.  


February 24, 2017 3:31PM

The 2017 D-LAB program concluded with session 6, titled “Leadership in Practice.” The focus of this session was to allow participants the opportunity to reflect on ways to apply their values to different campus organizations. The session was structured differently from past sessions; participants first met with their groups, then all participants mingled with representatives from campus organizations.

In the first part of the session, participants discussed how they could use the...

February 23, 2017 9:51AM

Steven Jiang '19 interned at the Cabinet Relations department of the Massachusetts State House during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

During the summer of 2016, I interned in the Cabinet Relations department of the Massachusetts State House. The goal of the Cabinet Relations department is to work with the secretariats to research best-practices in government and develop policy to promote the agenda of the Governor and Lt...



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