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MLDP Winter 2020 Excellence

Front Row: Shawdi Mehrvarzan ‘22, Jada Brown ‘21, Shelley Wang ‘21, Victor Wu ‘22, Amanda McIntyre ‘22, and Dom Repucci ‘20

Back Row: Femi Kola-Jebutu ‘22, Myles Schreck ‘22, Leeza Poselski ‘22, Seth Simmer ‘20, Jake Pallotta ‘20, Jordan McDuffie ‘20, and Conrad Crans ‘22

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Each term the Management Leadership Development Program provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their leadership experience and build the skills to be more effective leaders. At each session, participants are asked to nominate their peers for excellence. When nominating, students are asked to explain why their nominees made their experience in MLDP more beneficial and how their nominees provided an excellent example of leadership during the program. At the end of the term, students must have perfect attendance and be nominated multiple times, by multiple peers to complete the program with excellence. Below are the collaborated comments about those who completed the Management and Leadership Development Program with excellence in Winter 2020. We thank them for their effort and commitment to the program. Congratulations!

Jada Brown ‘21

Jada showed up every week by adding value to both dinner conversations and guest speaker sessions; this is reflected in the many complementary excellence nominations she received from her group mates this term. Her sincerity and dedication to this program has not gone unappreciated. Thanks to Jada for her commitment to MLDP.

Conrad Crans ‘22

Connrad showed exceptional dedication to MLDP this term. He contributed valuable dialogue to discussions he took part in, with group mates frequently noting that he “elaborated beautifully” on their points and “included various new ideas” when conversations began to slow down. He enhanced the experiences of those he interacted within these conversations, and he sparked new dialogues when necessary. Thanks to Conrad for his contributions to MLDP this term.

Femi Kola-Jebutu ‘22

Femi was an excellent example of a quiet leader. They made a very good impression on those they have worked with this term. Your courage in speaking up and finding your voice has empowered others to speak up. And you have made valuable contributions to the groups you have been part of. Student assistants, ambassadors, and other participants have described you as a joy to work with. Thank you for your contributions to MLDP.

Jordan McDuffie ‘20

Jordan consistently showed up by ardently participating in all aspects of MLDP this term, from dinner conversations to session activities. His engagement in group activities makes each session more exciting, proving to participants that work can be fun. He has exhibited leadership as an upperclassman in this program, and he was consistently a catalyst for meaningful and productive dialogue in this session. We thank Jordan for his commitment to the program! 

Amanda McIntyre ‘22

Amanda exemplified what it means to be an MLDP ambassador this term. She stepped into this role effectively, and it shows in the way her peers spoke of her. Each session, Amanda showed up and was friendly and personable, and she contributed to the depth and quality of her table’s dinner activities. In the sessions, she participated and enriched the experience for those around her. Thanks to Amanda for her contributions to MLDP.

Shawdi Mehrvarzan ‘22

Shawdi made valuable contributions to MLDP in her role as ambassador. The role of ambassador is not an easy one to step into, yet she has shown resilience in guiding other students in the program. Between facilitating dinner conversations and adding valuable input during the sessions, Shawdi proved herself an asset to the program. Thanks to Shawdi for her contributions to MLDP this term.

Jake Pallotta ‘20

Jake stepped up as an upperclassman in MLDP this term. His energy and willingness to participate enhanced the experience of his fellow students. At times when few others spoke up during sessions, Jake could be relied upon to participate and advance the conversation. Ambassadors and fellow students have frequently spoken highly of him and the quality of his contributions to the program during each session. Thanks to Jake for his contributions to MLDP.

Leeza Poselski ‘22

Leeza made many valuable contributions to MLDP this term. Her honesty, openness, and willingness to engage in deep, thoughtful conversation did not go unnoticed. Whether they be in small groups in dinner conversation or aloud to your entire section, her contributions have been meaningful and memorable. Thanks to Leeza for her contributions to the program this term.

Dom Repucci ‘20

Dom, you have added a lot to each session of MLDP this term. You were consistently highly invested in the conversations you had with each of the other participants. Your enthusiasm was exemplary, as was evident from your thoughtful survey responses. In fostering an environment of openness among participants, you have enhanced this program and played an important role in encouraging productive dialogue. You have stepped up in your role as an upperclassman in this program and we thank you for your contributions this term. 

Myles Schreck ‘22

Myles brought great enthusiasm to this program from the beginning of this term. He took each of the sessions and assignments very seriously, and he made sure to participate in meaningful ways. His preparedness for each session and investment in learning were exemplary. He helped facilitate conversations among his peers with his readiness to participate. Thanks to Myles for his contributions to MLDP this term.

Seth Simmer ‘20

Seth was consistently recognized by his peers as someone who brought valuable contributions to group work this term. His ability to foster productive and meaningful discussions is truly appreciated by his fellow participants. He brought great enthusiasm to each session that inspires those around him to participate and be fully engaged in the activities. Thanks to Seth for his participation in MLDP.

Shelley Wang ‘21

Shelley has made an impression on both those facilitating MLDP and taking the course this term. She impressed the ambassadors by researching each guest speaker prior to their respective sessions. Her consistent participation throughout the term during dinner activities and speaker sessions have distinguished her as someone who enriched the program for both herself and those around her. Thanks to Shelley for all she have brought to MLDP this term.

Victor Wu ‘22

Victor impressed those he worked with this term at MLDP. His commitment to and engagement in his dinner conversations did not go unnoticed by his peers. During sessions, he brought a thoughtful enthusiasm and openness that helped spark participation and engagement with the guest speaker. Thanks to Victor for his enthusiastic participation in MLDP this term.

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