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Serena Zhu '19 Conquers Her Fear of Public Speaking and Presents Her Work As a UGA

Serena Zhu '19 shares her experience after attending the Annual NASPA Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This past Winter term, I had the extreme pleasure of presenting my work as an Undergraduate Advisor (UGA) for the Thought Project Living Learning Community at the 100th year anniversary of the Annual NASPA Conference. (The Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education was previously known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.) This opportunity was made possible, in part, through generous funding from the Rockefeller Center. My experience at the conference was immensely beneficial to my personal growth as an individual because it provided me the opportunity to conquer my fear of public speaking.

Notes from the Field: Henry Goodwyn '19 

Henry Goodwyn '19 interned at the Communications Department of the House Republican Conference in Washington DC for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

Over the course of the winter 2018 term, I interned with the Communications Department of the House Republican Conference in Washington DC. The organization is the leading arm of the Republican Party in terms of messaging, coordination, and outreach with updates on legislation and events that are taking place. The role that I played as an intern allowed me to gain a clearer idea of the day to day life of a politician and allowed me to interact personally with over 75 different members of the House of Representatives.

Winter 2018 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 2018. Congratulations to you all!

Allison Anderson ’20 earned excellence in winter of 2018 because of her thoughtful feedback and participation. She is a great listener who encouraged others to step out of their comfort zone.

Notes from the Field: Genna Liu '19

Genna Liu '19 interned at U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of East Asian Affairs, Office of Regional and Security Policy (EAP/RSP) for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This winter I interned at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of East Asian Affairs, Office of Regional and Security Policy (EAP/RSP). EAP/RSP is responsible for strategies in the Indo-Pacific region, including the new free and open Indo-Pacific strategy of the administration. Working in the public sector on foreign affairs, especially on Asia, has been a longstanding dream of mine. Participating in the development and implementation of foreign policies and strategies, representing one’s country on the international stage, and serving and protecting the public were some of the most humbling and honorable responsibilities I have ever had.

Yusuf Olokoba '20 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. Yusuf Olokoba ’20, a participant in Winter 2018’s MLDP, looks back on his experience. 

Yusuf Olokoba ’20, is a Computer Science major from Lagos, Nigeria, who signed up for MLDP after being recommended by a friend. One of the things he wanted to learn from the program were the skills needed to meet new people. He believed that too much of his time at Dartmouth was spent delving deeply into computer science, and not enough time was spent getting to know others.

Yusuf crafted an ambitious personal leadership challenge, setting out to meet ten new people every week for six weeks. He fell short of his quota, meeting only about fifty people in total.

Rik Abels '21 Attends the 2018 Winter United Nations Youth Assembly

Rik Abels '21 shares his experience after attending the 2018 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquaters in New York.

This was an incredible experience that not only gave me an incredible look into the United Nations’ efforts to combat our world’s biggest problems, but also allowed me to meet incredible people from almost a hundred countries all around the world.

The Dynamic Women in Business conference at Harvard Business School

Cindy Li '18, attended the Dynamic Women in Business conference at Harvard Business School, and shares her experience here. 

The Dynamic Women in Business conference at Harvard Business School was an empowering experience. My friend Briana Tang '19 and I were lucky enough to have received funding from Rocky and the Division of Student Affairs in order to attend this year’s conference. As a senior at Dartmouth with plans to go into management consulting in San Francisco next year, I hoped to learn more about different career paths for women in business.

The conference was a one-day event. I attended three keynote speeches and several amazing panels led by women from various walks of life that all lead tremendous careers. Each session was short, but powerful – leaving me with the eagerness to learn more and room to investigate further.

The first keynote speaker was Alison Wagonfeld, VP Marketing & CMO of Google Cloud. She talked about the blessings of having a non-linear career path, in which she was able to gain invaluable experience from the different roles she’s held – in marketing, technology, education, and as a mother.

Rocky Hosts a Student and Alumni Reception in Boston

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center hosted a Student and Alumni Reception in Boston, MA on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The occasion provided an opportunity for area alumni to meet the current cohort of Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) participants, who were in Boston for their off-campus cultural immersion experience.

“RGLP intentionally prepares students to be comfortable in situations and cultural circumstances unfamiliar to them and how to communicate effectively across cultural barriers,” says Sadhana Hall, Deputy Director.

Rockefeller Center Director, Andrew Samwick, attended the reception along with Deputy Director Sadhana Hall, Professor Herschel Nachlis, and Program Officer Tatyana Gao.

In addition to those students involved with the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program, the reception welcomed Dartmouth students currently interning in Boston and area alumni and friends with a connection to the Center.

The reception took place at Legal’s Harborside Restaurant. Over sixty guests were in attendance.

Dartmouth's Chapter of GlobeMed Hosts Its 6th Annual Benefit Dinner

Lauren Mitchell '18 shares her passion for exploring health inquity by sharing her experience organizing GlobeMed’s 6th Annual Benefit Dinner.

UN Youth Assembly on Innovation and Collaboration

Colleen O'Connor '19, attended the 2018 United Nations Youth Assembly on Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable Future, and shares her experience here. 

The 2018 United Nations Youth Assembly on Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable Future allowed me to engage with student delegates from over 100 countries who all share one common interest: to make the world a better place. The three-day conference, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, welcomed students and esteemed guests for a whirlwind weekend of workshops, panels, keynote speeches, and networking.

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