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Tom Burack ’82 Delivers Perkins Bass Distinguished Lecture

Environmental attorney, 2019 Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor and former Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Tom Burack ’82 arrived at the Rockefeller Center on Oct. 23, 2019 to deliver a talk, “Courageous Government: The Audacity of Collaborative Leadership,” about the importance of collaborative leadership in devising and implementing public policy. “It is only by working together, by collaborating in our efforts to find solutions, that we will find durable and lasting solutions that really allow us to address the big challenges that face us today,” Burack said.

During his time as the Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor, in addition to speaking to the Rockefeller Center, Burack has visited public policy classes, participated in a panel at the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, and even performed Daniel Webster’s acclaimed peroration in a reenactment of the famous Supreme Court case Dartmouth College v. Woodward

RLF Recap: Personality Assessments with Professor Sargent

During the 2019 Fall Retreat, the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows had the opportunity to hear from Jennifer Sargent, a Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Dartmouth College. Professor Sargent’s session revolved around using our individual strengths for effective professional communication. In order to better understand our own strengths and natural communication styles, all students took the MBTI Assessment, or Myers Briggs Type Indicator Assessment, to get a sense of our differing personalities, decision-making preferences, and general approaches to life. We used this information to explore our communication strengths, and the areas where we typically fall short. We also learned how best to communicate with people of different MBTI types, a highly useful skill in future workplaces that will surely be diverse. More specifically, we learned how to communicate to ensure others can listen to us best and we practiced techniques for delivering information effectively. 

Isabela Velasco ’21 RGLP Reflection: “Respecting Different Cultural Perspectives as a Recipe for Good Leadership”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

Throughout the term, RGLP has helped me expand my definition of culture. Before engaging in the different workshop and activities that composed RGLP, culture, in my perspective, was restricted to race, nationality, and costumes. Nevertheless, as we explored the different manifestations of culture, my definition expanded.

Sachin Shiva ’22 RGLP Reflection: “The Tools to Engaging in Dialogue Across Difference”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

The Rockefeller Global Leadership Program has showed me how to engage in dialogue across difference. To do this effectively, there are certain tools that are necessary: self-understanding, empathy, and adaptability. In the following post, I will explain how to use these tools effectively to bridge dialogue across difference.

Anamika Shah ’21 RGLP Reflection: “Reconciling and Integrating Cultural Identities”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

Owen Ritz ’21 RGLP Reflection: “Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone, While Stepping into Peru”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

Emily Pommier ’22 RGLP Reflection: “Learning to Adapt Means Being Open-Minded”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

Nitesh Pant ’22 RGLP Reflection: “Adapting to the Differences Between Us”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

Jeffrey Li ’21 RGLP Reflection: “Keeping an Open Mind and Adapting in Uncomfortable Situations”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

With any new cultural experience, there will be moments when you have no idea how to act or what to say. As such, adaptability is a crucial skill that will help global leaders know how to act appropriately in uncomfortable and new cultural situations. From my experiences in RGLP, I gained a better understanding of “being comfortable with being uncomfortable” and how this cultural competency applies to being a global leader. 

Ryan Kilgallon ’21 RGLP Reflection: “Learning to Embrace Ambiguity”

Each fall, winter, and spring, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) brings together student leaders to increase their understanding of global leadership and intercultural competency. Through weekly sessions with speakers and a culminating experience to either Boston or Montreal, the students are able to learn about themselves and cross-cultural leadership. 

Fall 2019 participants were asked to write a blog post, reflecting on the topics and lessons learned throughout the program. Below are reflections from the Fall 2019 cohort who spent a weekend in Montreal as part of their culminating experience.

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