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Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Julia Mariano ’17

This series introduces the 2016-2017 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

As a Rockefeller Leadership Fellow, I am learning and practicing the skills needed to insure that the co-curricular and residential program that I initiated – the Thought Project – becomes a permanent fixture on the Dartmouth campus. Through RLF, I will also learn important lessons that I can apply to my future career in academia and higher education administration.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Sarah Han ’17

This series introduces the 2016-2017 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

Beyond my previously positive experiences with the Rockefeller Center, my past leadership experiences sparked my interest in RLF since I have had not had the opportunity to reflect on how all of these experiences have shaped me as a leader. The continuity of the program throughout my senior year will provide a forum to critically review my needed areas of improvement as a leader and further develop my problem solving skills.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Terence Hughes ’17

This series introduces the 2016-2017 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

My interest in RLF is rooted in my leadership experiences. As a child, I grew up idolizing leadership. My father worked as a captain in the FDNY, and he was a first responder to 9/11. I admired his courage and acts of valor, specifically how he led silently, yet others listened nonetheless. I also admired the simultaneous respect he commanded and respect he held for others. My interest in leadership evolved from admiration to action as I encountered my own leadership opportunities.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Devyn Greenberg ’17

This series introduces the 2016-2017 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

RLF is the pinnacle of the reflection, collaboration, and growth that has characterized my desire to enact “transformational leadership” in both my personal and professional life. I have been heavily involved at the Rockefeller Center because I believe in the importance of reflection and collaborative learning.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Kevin Donahoe ’17

This series introduces the 2016-2017 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

RLF comes highly recommended as a program with a phenomenal representation of the diverse student body that exists at Dartmouth. The ability to collaborate with people from different backgrounds is a crucial element of great leadership, and RLF allows me to take advantage of Dartmouth’s unique student body. 

One aspect of leadership that significantly interests me is listening. In my view, the best leaders are not necessarily the best speakers or the people with the most innovative ideas, but they are the greatest listeners. Additionally, I also strongly believe in encouragement as being essential for leadership. In my experience, a team performs better when the leader emphasizes the positives rather than the negatives.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Cedar Farwell ’17

I am greatly interested in how a leader acts to foster a group’s dynamic, and I believe RLF will afford me the opportunities to better understand the “how” of leadership rather than just the “what” of leadership. I believe leadership is taking on the responsibility of recognizing the power of one’s actions in relation to others.

Several experiences here at Dartmouth have been particularly meaningful and instructive to me when it comes to leadership. I served as the President of the Dartmouth Outing Club and as the Director of Sophomore Trips (STRIPS). Directing STRIPS was both extraordinarily challenging and supremely rewarding. We designed 24 five-day itineraries for trips that spanned Vermont and New Hampshire and included hiking, biking, sailing, climbing, community service, and other activities. We organized the food, gear, transportation, and payments of over 200 trippees, and the recruitment and certification of 40 trip leaders.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Chileta Dim '17

This series introduces the 2016-2017 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

Leadership, as I have come to find it here at Dartmouth, is ultimately service. It is servicing communities, individuals and organizations that make positive change and also giving your talents in the service of a greater good. I am especially drawn to leadership that “meets people where they are,” and helps them on their journeys towards achieving their own goals. This type of leadership requires an understanding of the needs of others in order to create meaningful change.

First-Year Fellow Mentor: Michael Morris P'10 & ’14

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.

“At National Disability Institute, we are so pleased to again be a mentor to a First-Year Fellow. This summer, our Dartmouth student has again demonstrated a love of learning, strong analytical skills, and a motivation and commitment to advocacy, policy change and social justice. We have also benefitted from her time with us as we share insights about how policy evolves and she has shared her insights about government in action and the dynamic landscape we work in. Thank you for the opportunity to develop future leaders with such strong skills and values!” –Michael Morris, Executive Director of the National Disability Institute

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Alex Chivers '17

This series introduces the 2016-2017 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

The military teaches outstanding principles of leadership. As a young Non-Commissioned Officer, I had to learn how to synthesize limited or conflicting information quickly and make decisions under intense pressure. I learned that a leader is ultimately accountable for everything that the group succeeds or fails to do, a much easier principle to accept when things run smoothly. Yet even with these experiences, I realized that leadership takes many forms and facets. The authoritative leadership style developed by young combat leaders is excellent for many situations, but I hope to develop a more nuanced and balanced leadership style and philosophy in RLF.

First-Year Fellow Mentor: Judge John Mott '81

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.

 “Serving as a Rockefeller Center mentor has been an opportunity, a privilege, and a joy.  It has provided me the opportunity to give back to Dartmouth College for the education, experiences, and lifelong friendships for which I will always be grateful.  Mentorship has also allowed me the privilege of working with the fabulous Rockefeller Center staff in training and preparing young leaders.  And it has been a joy to mentor enthusiastic and bright students, to impart to them a sense of fairness and justice, and to help launch them with the understanding that they can make the world a better place through the law.” – Judge John Mott ’81, First-Year Fellow mentor since 2008.

First-Year Fellow Mentor: Judge John Mott ’81 

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