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Increasing Students' Intercultural Leadership Competencies

The Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) was first piloted in the 2012 spring term to develop the leadership competencies of students during intercultural experiences, both academic and professional, while at Dartmouth and beyond. RGLP begins each term on campus with weekly sessions. There is a culminating fieldwork excursion during its seventh week that helps students experience cultural diversity firsthand.

During the 2016 Winter term, 24 RGLP participants, along with the Center’s Deputy Director Sadhana Hall and Program Officer Vincent Mack, traveled to New York City for the off-campus portion of the program, organized in large part with the hands-on involvement of two Center Board of Visitors, Robert Tichio ’99 and Maya Wiley ’86, who work in the city.

“We have a unique opportunity to engage this generation of up-and-coming leaders to make a difference in the communities where they work and serve,” said Robert Tichio, Partner and Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings, who moderated a panel discussion of three fellow alumni on “Diversity in the Public and Private Workplace: Advancing Understandings of Race, Gender and LGBT Identities.”

Board of Visitors' Fall Meeting

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors (BoV) convened this month for their biannual meeting. The BoV is comprised of Dartmouth College alumni who serve as advisors to the Director of the Center. Drawing from a wide range of backgrounds, the members represent academia, business, non-profit organizations, and the law.

In addition to their regular agenda items, and time spent meeting with faculty and staff, Visitors had the opportunity to hear in more detail about two projects the Center has been piloting in collaboration with the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

The McSpadden Legacy at Rocky

The letters have been arriving at the end of each term for close to five decades now. The stories are individual, but the sentiment is always the same. One of thanks. One of transformation.

Dear Mr. McSpadden, I am so grateful that I was able to spend the summer learning and furthering my future career at a place with so many inspirational people doing important work... ~Ryan Shelley ’15

Dear Mr. McSpadden, This summer, thanks to your support, my knowledge of policy structure, purpose and development has been greatly boosted through my internship experience… ~Bridget Golob ’14.

Dear Mr. McSpadden, I am writing to thank you for your generosity in funding my internship. By doing so, you have taken an active role in helping me take advantage of this truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity… ~Ben Gettinger ’11.

Dear Mr. McSpadden, Thank you for making possible an internship opportunity that not only furthered my academic goals and career aspirations, but was also incredibly intellectually stimulating… ~Natalie Young’10.

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors' Spring Meeting

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors (BoV) convened this month for their biannual meeting. The BoV is comprised of Dartmouth College alumni who serve as advisors to the Director of the Center. Drawing from a wide range of backgrounds, the members represent academia, business, non-profit organizations, and the law.

The Board uses its time while back on campus to gain further insight on current events, such as the new house system, and to meet with faculty and staff members who collaborate on a daily basis with the Center.

Trustee Mort Kondracke '60 discusses Jack Kemp

With the presidential election coming up rapidly, politics has once again risen to the forefront of our thoughts. Especially as primaries and caucuses for party nominations go on, the media and the public alike are debating likely nominees and general election scenarios. One reason for this even more intense than usual scrutiny, perhaps, is the great divergence in the ideologies of the candidates running this time. From Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, the candidates run the whole gamut of political ideologies, and it seems that they are focusing on differentiating themselves from the other party more than ever. This extreme polarization of the candidates and the general populace supporting them is concerning to many.

On March 2, 2016, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center welcomed Dartmouth alum Morton Kondracke ’60 to discuss Jack Kemp and how his ideology may help turn the country away from such extremism. His remarks in particular focused on specific policies Jack Kemp suggested, and how those may help America revive growth, family prosperity and national morale.

RLF Recap: "Effective Delegation and Empowerment in Leadership" with Alison Fragale '97

The Rockefeller Leadership Fellows recently had the chance to learn from Alison Fragale ’97 about effective delegation and empowerment in leadership. After graduating from Dartmouth, Dr. Fragale went on to work at McKinsey & Company for two years before pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She is now a professor of Organizational Behavior and Strategy at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Dr. Fragale teaches courses on leadership and management to undergraduates, MBAs and executives, and she researches the consequences and formation of interpersonal hierarchies in groups and organizations. Dr. Fragale also currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College. 

CPD: Health Professions Opportunities, Needs & Diversity: A Conversation with Crystal Crawford '87

This is an opportunity from the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.

Chair of the Rockefeller Board of Visitors Curt Welling D '71, T '77 Joins the Tuck School of Business


This afternoon, Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business announced that former AmeriCares president and CEO Curt Welling D '71, T '77 join Tuck's Center for Global Business & Government and the Center for Business & Society as a senior fellow. Welling assumed the joint appointments on the first of the year following his 11-year tenure at the non-profit global health and disaster organization.

Welling has maintained several ties to Dartmouth, including serving as the Chair of the Rockefeller Center's Board of Visitors. He also facilitates a session on "How We Process and Make Decisions" for the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows.

RLF Recap: Filter Bubbles - How We Process and Make Decisions


RLF had the honor this week of welcoming Mr. Curt Welling '71, chair of the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors and CEO of disaster relief nonprofit AmeriCares. His presentation provided meaningful insights into how we can better understand ourselves and perceive the world around us. His session focused on a concept coined by Eli Pariser's Ted Talk “Filter Bubbles.” 

Essentially, the web is supposedly an open forum of idea exchange and knowledge acquisition, but with the implementation of market strategies like personalized searches, technology has actually filtered out the things we don’t want to see/read/hear from our online interaction space. In the real world, this translates into our group affiliations, cultures, political ideologies, self-images, etc. wrapping us in filter bubbles that prevent us from critiquing our assumptions and exploring information that is uncomfortable or contrary to our own beliefs. 

AmeriCares CEO Curt Welling '71 Tu '77 Facilitates RLF Session on "Leadership and the Importance of Perspective and Expectations"


Curt Welling ’71 Tu’77, President and CEO of AmeriCares and Chairman of the Board of the Rockefeller Center, joined us for our last session of the fall entitled, “Leadership and the Importance of Perspective and Expectations.” Welling opened with a brief background on his career and AmeriCares’ current work helping the areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. He used his career experiences, from investment banking to non-profit work, to frame his message throughout the session. Knowing that the Fellows are currently deciding what opportunities to pursue next year, Welling noted that this session would be important in bridging the transition from college, “where success is defined for you”, to the workplace and outside world “where you need to be the architect to define your own success.”

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