The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Management and Leadership Development Program

Introducing Eric Janisch, Rockefeller Center Program Officer

Eric Janisch is the Rockefeller Center’s newest Program Officer, having joined the Center’s staff in January of 2017. As a Program Officer for Co-Curricular Programs, Eric contributes as a co-manager to both the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) and the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors program (D-LAB) and aids in organizing a variety of public programs – including the Rocky Student Veteran lunch as well as the campus visit by the 22nd Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning.

Eric is also working to organize a vocational seminar over sophomore summer through the Professional Preparation Program (P3). Specifically, he is helping connect students with likeminded alumni who have non-traditional career paths they reached after completing traditional liberal arts majors.

“We’re hoping to give them an understanding of what they can do outside of the normal corporate culture or traditional industries,” said Eric.

Hassan Hassen ’18 Named Pickering Fellow

Hassan Hassen ’18, a sociology major from Marietta, Ga., has been named a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow—one of 10 undergraduates from across the country selected by the U.S. State Department-funded program for students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in U.S. Foreign Service careers.

The fellowship, administered by The Washington Center, provides two years of financial support and mentoring as Hassen completes his Dartmouth degree. It also offers internships at the U.S. Department of State and an overseas posting at a U.S. embassy.

Hassen is aiming for a career in the Foreign Service as an economic officer specializing in international trade, economic development, and energy.

“I hope to use the fellowship to gain a deeper understanding of the global economy and of what policy measures can facilitate more conducive economic environments that will lead to sustainable impacts on the lives of people through an increase in foreign and domestic investments, wages, and jobs,” he says.

Jimmy Fair '18 on Management and Leadership

The Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is a one-term program that prepares students to succeed in all of their management and leadership endeavors.

Jimmy Fair ’18, an economics major and public policy minor, embraced the co-curricular programs offered at the Rockefeller Center shortly after matriculating and never looked back. During his first year, Jimmy was selected to be part of the Class of 2018 First-Year Fellows and participated in Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors (DLAB) and the Rockefeller Peer Mentoring Program (RPMP). As a Sophomore he both participated and worked as a student program assistant for the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program and the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI).

Notes from the Field: Noah Goldstein '18

Noah Goldstein '18 interned at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the 2016 Fall Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report

During the fall of 2016 I worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce – Trade Administration & Commercial Services in the U.S. Embassy at London as an international trade assistant. The organization is the trade branch of the government and, as this one was based in the UK, was responsible for encouraging U.S. exports to the UK. Through the Obama administration’s SelectUSA policy, the organization also has the added responsibility of encouraging FDI, or foreign direct investment, from the UK going into the US. Thus, any UK companies looking to set up an office in the U.S. can go to Commercial Services to receive support. Commercial Services acts as a middle man between interested US companies and actors in the markets in the UK, often coordinating meetings between the two. For example, firms trying to sell a product in the UK are often able to get in a room of around 30 potential clients/distributors and pitch their product, thanks to the efforts of my office.

Winter 2017 MLDP Students In 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 Winter 2017. Congratulations to you all!

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant: Ashley Dotson ‘18

Ashley Dotson ’18 first became involved with the Rockefeller Center by participating in the Global Leadership Development Program (RGLP) her sophomore winter and then participating in the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) the following spring. She found her experience with RGLP to be “interesting and rewarding.” Thus, she continued staying involved with the Rockefeller Center and now works as a Student Program Assistant for MLDP.

Ashley remembers a conversation she had with Sadhana Hall, Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Center, her sophomore fall about the importance of leadership and the different ways she can become more involved with Rocky. According to Ashley, she was drawn to MLDP because “it is a unique program at the Rockefeller Center that reaches out to a variety of students. MLDP influences all of campus, especially within student organizations because many student leaders choose to participate in MLDP.” Ashley also enjoys how her position allows her to meet people from different areas of Dartmouth’s community, which shows the vast impact the program has on campus.

Community Leaders Share Leadership Lessons

This article was written by Ed Fox, General Manager of the Co-Op Food Stores and originally appeared in The Cooperator on February 28, 2017. Click here to read it on The Cooperator.

Since starting at the co-op last fall, I’ve been consistently impressed with the quality of leadership throughout our organization. Some people lead with strong, bold voices. Others are quiet and stoic and lead by example. In short, there are many ways to lead. And your co-op is so well-known for leadership that the best and brightest visit us to learn by our example.

Archer Chapin ’19 on Management and Leadership

The Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is a one-term program that prepares students to succeed in all of their management and leadership endeavors.

Archer Chapin ’19, an engineering major, signed up for the MLDP program during his sophomore year, because he wanted to improve his communication and management skills and apply these skills to his engineering education.

This past November, Archer attended the SPARK Entrepreneurship Conference at Harvard Business School to learn more about the entrepreneurial process. The conference reinforced skills learned through MLDP and presented the opportunity to use them. Prior to MLDP, Archer was wary of networking, because for him it carried a utilitarian, even disingenuous connotation. Yet Kate Hilton’s MLDP session, “Authentic Exchanges: The Science & Art of Building Relationships,” showed that “networking” should be rephrased as “relationship-building”. “I now see that relationship-building opens up the possibility of a two-way endeavor, rather than networking’s seemingly one-way exchange,” said Archer.

Young Jang ’19 on Management and Leadership

Young Jang ’19, reflects on his participation in the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) during the 2016 fall term.

I joined MLDP due to a friend’s recommendation, and I learned numerous important skills and aspects about being an efficient and dependable leader.

The most important thing that I learned is that true leadership does not exist in a vacuum. While I learned many skills and tips on becoming an efficient leader, none of it matters until I actually put it to use in everyday life.

I realized this truth during an MLDP session with Steven Spaulding, Assistant Athletics Director for Leadership. Spaulding covered the essentials of team communication through a formal presentation. During the presentation, I smugly thought to myself, “I know all of this.” However, when I had to put my team communication skills to the test in an outdoor activity, I failed miserably. Once I stepped outside, I defaulted to my “normal” behavior, and I stopped thinking and acting like a leader.

Leadership Requires Confidence and Innovation

The Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) begins the term with opportunities for participants to get to know each other. Casual Thursday, an on-campus improv group, set the tone for a learning environment that rewards individuals for pushing the boundaries of their comfort zones in order to grow as individuals. One of the activities introduced by Casual Thursday was called Freeze.

"This activity was a really fun and innovative way to get that message across," according to Sarah Gupta '19, "and to remind us that many things we're proud of are the things that challenge us the most."

"It was a way for me to step a little out of my comfort zone and to think creatively on my feet," says Akiirayi Ademoyo '18. "Although, it was a silly game, it conveyed leadership qualities such as confidence and innovation. It was also a great bonding experience with my fellow MLDP peers because it was quite an engaging game.”

Deputy Director Sadhana Hall concluded the session with an interactive exercise that explored the program’s personal leadership challenge and how to craft SMART goals to achieve the challenge.


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