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

Sadhana Hall

Deputy Director

Sadhana Warty Hall’s commitment as both a teacher and practitioner of leadership reflects a deep dedication to justice and empowerment, both locally and globally.

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As the Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Center, Hall oversees the overall operations of the Center and is a member of the senior management team that develops the overall vision and strategic planning initiatives for the Center. She conceptualized the curricula of high-impact co-curricular leadership and mentoring programs and now oversees them. Over the past few years, over 25 students in the Center’s leadership programs, who have also participated in other organizations throughout Dartmouth, have gone on to receive awards including the Rhodes, Truman, Fulbright, Knight Hennessey, Schwarzman, and Pickering scholarships.

In 2019, Ms. Hall was one out of 45 individuals worldwide to receive the Endeavour Executive Leadership Award, presented by the Australian government to leading professionals to undertake research and professional development in Australian institutions. With support from the Endeavour award, Hall worked at Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training, the country’s oldest independent Indigenous education provider serving the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Hall, working with the team at Tranby, created approaches to adapt leadership curricula developed at Dartmouth’s Rockefeller Center for indigenous learners in Australia.

In June 2015, Ms. Hall was the recipient of a staff award given by Dartmouth College - the Sheila Culbert Distinguished Employee Service Award - in recognition of a decade of work during which she built, broadened, and brought academic rigor to experiential learning programs that deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of public policy and strengthen their leadership skills. Her work has included further developing the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows, initiating the Management and Leadership Development program in 2009 to provide sophomores, juniors, and seniors with learning and leadership opportunities focused on understanding and practicing principles that leaders follow in corporate, public, and not-for-profit sectors, and launching the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program in 2012 in response to what she perceived as a need for students to communicate across personal and cultural differences. 

Sadhana Hall is the co-author of Teaching Leadership: Bridging Theory and Practice and her second book, Leadership Blueprints: Adopt, Adapt, and Adjust will be available in April of 2021.

Prior to her appointment at the Rockefeller Center, she worked for more than 20 years with communities around the world in strategic planning, staff and program management, financial planning, and program development. In Tuvalu, Bhutan, and the Caucasus, she helped implement programs in health, agriculture, economic development, and water supply. In the US, Ms. Hall's experience includes managing primary healthcare programs and extending health services to disadvantaged communities in the state of New Hampshire. She served as director of international relations with the Global Health Council, where she also directed three annual global health conferences with 1,500 participants representing 80 countries.

She holds a B.S. from the University of Delhi, India, a M.A. from the University of Rajasthan, India, and a M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Public Health.

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B.S. University of Delhi, India
M.A. University of Rajasthan, India
M.P.H. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Selected publications

Perruci, G., and Hall, S.W. (2018) Teaching Leadership: Bridging Theory and Practice. New Horizons in Leadership Studies Series. Edward Elgar Publishing.

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