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

Class of 1999

First-Year Fellow Mentor: Danni Downing '99

The First-Year Fellows program is a unique opportunity for first-year students to engage meaningfully in public policy early in their Dartmouth careers. Each year, around 20 students are selected and placed in fellowships with Dartmouth alumni in Washington, D.C., who are willing to take on a significant mentoring role.

First-Year Fellow Mentor: Deborah Hanmer '99

The First-Year Fellows program is a unique opportunity for first-year students to engage meaningfully in public policy early in their Dartmouth careers. Each year, around 20 students are selected and placed in fellowships with Dartmouth alumni in Washington, D.C., who are willing to take on a significant mentoring role.

Leadership in Action with Nate Fick '99

Nate Fick '99 talks to the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows about concepts he deems essential for the development of a leader. Photo by May Nguyen '18

Nathaniel Fick’s ’99 November 6th session with the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows emphasized five main concepts that he deemed essential for the development of a leader. These ideas included the difference of legal and moral authority, the fact that indecision is a decision in and of itself, the role of resilience, that being effective is much more important than being right, and that being risk acceptant (particularly with one’s human capital) is also crucial in being an effective leader. Elucidating the distinction between moral and legal authority was particularly relevant, as Bill Kerin ’16 had presented on the subject a week prior—within the context of how authority was a critical dynamic in hierarchical organizations, such as the military. Mr. Fick spoke in depth on each of these five points, adding that leadership development along such lines was best accomplished while doing something “real”.

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