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Roberto Lopez '17 on Management and Leadership

Professor Jennifer Sargent, Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Dartmouth College, facilitates one of the most popular Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) sessions, "Writing and Workplace Etiquette." MLDP is a one-term program designed to engage students through hands-on learning of core managmeent and leaderhsip skills.

I have found myself using what I learned in Professor Jennifer Sargent's session on a daily basis. Sargent explained how leadership qualities carry over to writing tasks and etiquette, and she gave us a full breakdown of the do’s and don’ts of writing in the workplace to effectively execute those actions.

"You can't be too professional - ever," says Sargent.

It is hard to believe that I went so long without considering how to best write a correspondence to my employers or my professors. I have since utilized this skill innumerable times in my jobs and in my classes, and I have been able to share these tips with my friends. Because of MLPD, I can help my friends, and from time to time, my co-workers write appropriate e-mails to potential employers, program volunteers, and professors.

First-Year Fellows Recap: Teamwork with Melissa Herman

For the third session of Civic Skills Training, the First-Year Fellows learned about teamwork between roommates. The fellows sat with other flatmates they would be living with in WISH Woodley Park, Washington DC to learn about what would make a great team and the situations in which the group dynamic may be affected.

First-Year Fellows Recap: Etiquette Dinner with Robert Shutt

During the second session of Civic Skills Training, the First-Year Fellows learned the etiquette of networking and business dinners. With occasional background information on the history of certain etiquettes, Shutt guided the fellows through the dinner and answered questions that fellows had on dining etiquette.

The Management and Leadership Development Program: Spring 2015 MLDP Recap

Congratulations to the students who completed the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) with distinction in the spring term of 2015. 

To complete MLDP with distinction, a participant is asked to complete a personal case study. This case study begins with the students identifying a leadership or management challenge in an organization or group they are currently involved in. They identify the resources available to them in MLDP and apply the skills learned in the weekly sessions to take action on a solution for their challenge. Then, they reflect on their experience in writing. This is a great example of the type of experiential learning that students experience in MLDP. Click here for more information about MLDP.

Public Program: Q&A with Harvard Professors Matthew Blackwell and Maya Sen

Before their talk, "Southern Slavery and Its Political Legacy: How America’s Peculiar Institution Continues to Affect American Politics Today,"on Monday, June 1, Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Matthew Blackwell and Maya Sen for an interview.

Mini-Grants Recap: Link Up's Sister to Sister 2015 Conference

Students reflect on the opportunities provided to them by the Rockefeller Center's Mini-Grants program through this ongoing series. The Mini-Grants program funds registration fees for students attending conferences relevant to the Rockefeller Center's mission as well as the costs of bringing speakers to the Dartmouth campus.

Link Up's Sister to Sister conference is a day-long retreat for seventh grade girls to discuss the many issues confronting young women such as health and fitness, self-confidence, and relationships with friends and family. This year’s conference focused on the theme of "Standing up and Speaking Out." 2015's conference included 122 girls from six middle schools in the Upper Valley, which was a large increase from the 2014 conference, which had only four middle schools. We included new activities including interactive skits for the girls to present a right and wrong response to different situations of bullying.

Public Program: Q&A with David Leonhardt, Editor of The Upshot for the New York Times

Before his talk, "Struggling Toward Meritocracy: The Need for Economic Diversity at Top Colleges," on Wednesday, May 20, Courtney Wong ’15 sat down with David Leonhardt for an interview.

David Leonhardt is a columnist at The New York Times and the editor of The Upshot, a Times website covering politics, policy and other subjects. The recipient of the Pulitzer Price for commentary in 2011, David joined The Times in 1999 as a staff writer and then became the newspaper’s Washington Bureau Chief. He is also the author of the e-single, "Here’s the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth," an Amazon.com and New York Times bestseller. He graduated with a degree in applied mathematics from Yale University, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News. 

Mini-Grants Recap: Annual Multidisciplinary Conference at Harvard University

Students reflect on the opportunities provided to them by the Rockefeller Center's Mini-Grants program through this ongoing series. The Mini-Grants program funds registration fees for students attending conferences relevant to the Rockefeller Center's mission as well as the costs of bringing speakers to the Dartmouth campus.

Public Program: Q&A with Henry Chu, London Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times

Before the Bernard D. Nossiter '47 Lecture, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Europe in Crisis," with Henry Chu on Monday, May 11, Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Henry Chu for an interview.

The London Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times, Henry Chu has traveled all over the world, reporting from various countries about unique stories of the human condition. He has reported from more than 30 countries for the Los Angeles Times alone and has covered Europe since 2008. In addition to London, he has also been posted in Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, and New Delhi. Having received his B.A. from Harvard University, Chu returned to his alma mater 25 years later as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

 

 

Los Angeles Times London Bureau Chief Henry Chu speaks on the future of the European Union. Photo by Abigail Chen '17.

Courtney Wong (CW): After having been to so many countries, do you have a favorite place to travel?

Rocky and Me: Mahnum Shahzad '15 Senior Profile

The Rockefeller Center encourages its outgoing seniors to reflect on their experiences at Dartmouth as part of a series called Rocky and Me.

I had very grandiose notions about leadership and growth when I came to college. College applications had me convinced that I was destined to change the world. Of course I had no clue what any of it meant or how I would eventually get there.

Mahnum Shahzad '15. Photo by Philip Son '16.

Perhaps that is why I decided to participate in the Management Leadership Development Program (MLDP). The experience taught me about the constant process of developing leadership skills and how leadership is a vision as much as the skills that one needs to become an effective leader. It redefined leadership for me as something less hierarchical and situation-driven to something that one could practice personally.

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