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Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Make Presentions to Peers

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During the October 21st RLF session, the focus turned from guest presenters to the six Fellows that kicked off the first student-directed sessions. 

Dan Van Deusen used concepts from Northouse's Leadership: Theory and Practice to clarify the poor leadership displayed by Michael Scott, the fictional boss on the popular TV show The Office. Nick Downer presented on a leader of personal significance to him, his grandmother, who emigrated from rural China at the age of 42 and worked to put her children through school. Fernando Rodriguez-Villa looked to the world of sports to find his leader, Alex Ferguson, longtime coach of the British soccer team Manchester United. 

Media mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey was the focus of Chris Han's presentation because of her enormous influence and empathetic leadership style.  Maria Fillas presented a case study of the leadership exhibited by David Breashears during a challenging expedition to the summit of Mount Everest.  Maya Granit concluded with a presentation on Banksy, an anonymous British graffiti artist who uses art to express often radical political views.

-- Karen Doster '11

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