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Spring 2017 MLDP Students in Excellence

17S, Management and Leadership Development Program

The Spring 2017 students completed the Management and Leadership Development Program with excellence. 

Each session, participants from our Management and Leadership Development Program nominate their peers for excellence. When nominating, students are asked to explain why their nominees made their experience in MLDP more beneficial and/or how their nominees provide an excellent example of leadership in the program. At the end of the term, students must have perfect attendance and be nominated by their peers a number of times to pass MLDP with excellence. Below are the collaborated comments about those who completed the Management and Leadership Development Program with excellence in Spring 2017. Congratulations to you all!

Asaad Al Raeesi ’19 was always coming up with engaging questions and taking the time to be an active listener. He enjoyed turning criticisms into action and brought new and strong ideas to the group. This is why he has earned excellence in MLDP this term.

Lauren Bishop ’19 has received excellence in the program because of her ability to create and facilitate diverse conversations. She was always extremely active in discussions and came up with insightful ideas to engage in activities with others. She was always trying different ways to provide feedback in order to better others’ experiences.

Charlie Blatt ’18 earned excellence in MLDP this term because she was candid and active in all activities. She was always asking engaging questions, and providing insightful responses to others’ questions. She constantly volunteered for activities and was willing to participate even when it required her to step outside of her comfort zone. She was often noted as being “engaging, logical, witty, and quick” with her ideas and participants said that she was inspiring to be around because of her constant positivity.

Tara Burchmore ’19 has received excellence in the program because she was always very welcoming and supportive of everyone. She constantly came up with creative solutions to problems and her group members often complimented her on her insightful ideas and natural leadership abilities.

Isis Cantu ’19 was nominated for excellence in the program because of her ability to engage with others. She was always providing insightful comments and would take the initiative to step outside of her comfort zone and bring others with her. She cared about every activity in the session and utilized her great communication skills to get tasks done and goals met. Her attentiveness and enthusiasm inspired many other participants in the program.

Dominic Carrese ’19 has received excellence because he was always very active and vocal especially when it seemed like others were not willing to create discussion. He was constantly engaged and took the time to listen to everyone’s thoughts in order to provide valuable feedback.

Kaina Chen ’18 made an impact on her peers because of how reflective she was about not only her ideas but also what others shared. She was a wonderful facilitator during discussions and often was the reason conversations flowed so easily.

Puja Devi ’19 was often noted as one of the more inspiring participants due to her willingness to push herself outside of her comfort zone. She worked diligently to incorporate the quieter people in her group into conversations and always brought meaningful, well thought out feedback to discussions.

Else Drooff ’18 was very engaging and always provided perceptive comments that kept her groups attentive and excited. She always participated in discussions and tried to keep everyone on task. Her continuous involvement and desire to ask questions during sessions helped to keep activities engaging and this is why she has earned excellence in the program.

Skye Herrick ’17 was nominated for excellence in the program because she was always providing creative, astute comments. She is “an example of faithfulness to the program that participants looked up to and admired.”

Madeline Hess ’19 has received excellence for always doing a phenomenal job of propelling conversations forward and asking compelling questions. She was constantly providing counter-arguments, feedback, and enthusiasm that kept group discussions on track. She worked diligently and contributed in a way that helped make everyone’s learning experience better.

Weiling Huang ’19 was always facilitating conversations in a way that made every participant feel welcome. He was great at keeping groups on course in fun ways while providing meaningful comments and feedback. This is why he has received excellence in MLDP this term.

Rachel Inman ’19 has received excellence because of her ability to have meaningful, productive conversations. She was great at working in groups and pacing tasks so that the end goal was met on time and successfully. She was always very involved and provided new ideas during discussions.

Douglas Kern ’19 was often given compliments about his positivity and forward thinking. He provided valuable insight into conversations and was constantly bridging gaps to help himself and others achieve their end goal. Doug constantly stepped up, took initiative, and created action where needed. This is why he has received excellence in MLDP this term.

Rachel Kesler ’19 has received excellence for always being an active and engaging speaker. She was always creating conversations and making astute observations that were new and interesting. Also, she was great at turning criticism into action, facilitating discussion, and just being a natural leader in the group.

Tony Kirumba ’19 was often noted as being “extremely insightful and attentive to details and conversations.” He provided novel and exciting contributions to conversations, took time to make responses meaningful for others, and always asked questions. He was a wonderful team member and worked hard on his tasks to make sure every goal was always accomplished.

Morgan Quental ’19 has received excellence for always being attentive in the program. She took the time to both listen to feedback and give meaningful feedback. She was great at problem solving and contributed to the team in productive ways.

Claire Rafson ’19 has received excellence for always being an active and engaging participant. She was a phenomenal facilitator during dinner discussions because she always helped make conversations interesting. She put time and effort into everything she said and always kept things upbeat.

Mariah Reese ’17 was nominated for excellence because she was a leader in MLDP. She was a fun, productive, and engaging facilitator during discussions and always helped keep conversations going in the right direction.

Marc Sevastopoulo ’19 was always taking on leadership roles during activities. He did a great job bringing everyone’s ideas together and went above and beyond to provide meaningful feedback to everyone he interacted with. He also always took time to understand the program material and the opinions of other participants. This is why he received excellence in the program this term.

Thuyen Tran ’19 has received excellence because of her original ideas and ability to create connections between people. She was clear and engaging in one-on-one activities and often helped facilitate discussions. She was a natural leader.

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