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Management and Leadership Development Program

Jimmy Fitzgerald '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.

James “Jimmy” Fitzgerald ’20 is an Economics major from Champaign, IL, who took MLDP in the winter of 2018.

Jimmy implemented a Personal Leadership Challenge (a component of the program) which focused on the founding of his own student group, the Dartmouth Real Estate Club. According to Jimmy, the club’s framework already existed, but it had been dormant for the past few years. The challenge he gave himself was to revitalize the club by crafting a mission of purpose and setting goals for its new members.

The club officially launched at the end of the winter term.

Tony Ferrari ’18 on Management and Leadership

The Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is a one-term program offered three times a year that prepares undergraduate students to succeed in their management and leadership endeavors both on and off campus.

Tony Ferrari ’18, a Psychology Major from San Diego, CA, took MLDP in the spring of 2018. As his Dartmouth career came to a close, he applied to MLDP to serve as a student ambassador this past spring, eager to meet new people.

“I was excited to learn how to empower people by listening to their ideas, relate to them, and just have an open mind,” says Tony.

Rocky and Me: Estephanie Aquino ’18 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

When I was deciding between colleges during the spring of my senior year of high school I remember checking out Dartmouth’s website and instantly being drawn to the Rockefeller Center after reading about students only two years older than me being actively involved in the policy-making process, conducting research, and meeting legislators. As a student who was exposed to the intricacies of environmental policy and regulation through my high school’s Energy and Utilities Academy, I knew that I needed to enroll at an institution that could cater to my curiosity and would allow me to be directly involved in the policy-making process.

Rocky and Me: Abhilasha Gokulan ’18 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Recognizing Rockefeller Student Program Assistant: Kelly Caputo ’19

Kelly Caputo ’19, a Sociology major, has made an impact at the Rockefeller Center through her work as a Student Program Assistant for the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP). Kelly began her involvement with MLDP when she participated in the program her sophomore winter. She then joined the student leadership team as a Program Assistant her sophomore spring and has continued working for the program ever since. 

During the beginning of her sophomore year, Kelly first heard about MLDP and thought of it as a good way to start becoming more involved with the Rockefeller Center. During her term as a participant, she had different conversations with Rockefeller staff about leadership and decided to start working with Rocky as a Student Program Assistant for the program that initially attracted her to the Center. 

Rocky and Me: Kaina Chen ’18 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Allison Anderson ’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.

Allison Anderson ’20, a major in Engineering, took MLDP in the winter of 2018.

Allison designed a personal leadership challenge intended to teach herself how to vocalize opinions when they may conflict with those of others. She recounted that during her senior year of high school, being the captain of the school track team was a bit harder for her whenever she had to address conflict. Now a sophomore in college, she recognized that she would need to overcome this obstacle in order to further pursue leadership positions at Dartmouth.

One of the ways Allison set out to accomplish this was by speaking more in one of her classes in which many students were afraid to speak. Allison remarked that the professor’s teaching style engaged students to voice opinions that were not shared by the professor herself.  This approach sometimes pushed students beyond their respective comfort zones, as they were less willing to express opinions that seemed to not agree with those of the professor.

Natalie Mendolia ’19 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.

Natalie Mendolia ’19, an Anthropology major modified with Economics, signed up for MLDP at the suggestion of a friend who completed the program last spring. Natalie was eager to meet new people — she is an ENFJ Myers-Briggs personality type, characterized by charisma, compassion, and extraversion.

Natalie decided to use her time in MLDP to craft a personal leadership challenge around her involvement with the Dartmouth Power Lifting Team. One part of the challenge was to talk with two senior members of the team and convince them that she should hold a leadership position going into her senior year.

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.

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.

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