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Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Shivam Chadha '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.

Two experiences during my Junior year radically transformed my view of leadership, and are why I now think about adaptability as a key leadership skill needed for many different industries and situations.

The first experience was at the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial forum where a Tuck alumnus, founder of TripAdvisor and CarGurus Langley Steinert, spoke about the challenges of leading his own company. In his presentation, he relayed to us that both TripAdvisor and CarGurus were only months away from running out of money after their first few years of operation. In response, Mr. Steinert tore up his previous business models and started anew. Mr. Steinert showed the necessity of being adaptable in the face of adversity.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Nicole Castillo ’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 aspect of leadership I find most interesting is how to create a motivational and non-hierarchical structure. Leading by example is not always possible, thus in those cases how can you help shape the atmosphere of an environment? My interest in RLF stems from my desire to expand how I define leadership, explore different leadership styles, and experience personal growth.

For the past three years, I have served on the executive board of La Alianza Latina in various capacities. La Alianza Latina is meant to cater to all self-identifying Latinz students. My tenure as club president presented me with the challenge of finding a way to appeal to a large group of people, while also uniting an executive board under one vision.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Jonathan “Nathan” Busam ’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.

I love being part of creative change, and I want to help lead creative change in healthcare. I see the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Program as an important step towards that goal, because I will gain a greater understanding of the values, skills, and experiences that shape the thoughts and actions of successful leaders. This growth will help me in my journey to becoming a practicing physician leader, researching consumer-focused health systems and consulting on health system organization.

Helping to establish the Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Delivery Living Learning Community (LLC) has been one of my most meaningful leadership experiences while at Dartmouth. Rui Zhang '16 and I co-founded this residential Healthcare LLC to provide Dartmouth's first space for students to explore healthcare through informal conversations in an interdisciplinary fashion.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Brendan Barth ’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 an excellent opportunity for continuing to develop my understanding of leadership, which has been an essential part of my time at Dartmouth. I want to better understand my own strengths and weaknesses as a leader and be exposed to my fellow peers’ various approaches to leadership.

Although leadership is often interpreted as a position of power, I am fascinated by the service aspect of leadership. Leadership comes with great responsibility and the leader’s ability to place primary importance on the needs of the group is critical. If the leader is able to look beyond his/her own needs, the rest of the team will develop this same mentality, and the group will become a more positive, cohesive unit progressing towards a common goal.

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant: Will Buell ’17

Will Buell ’17 first became involved with the Rockefeller Center after his experiences abroad inspired him to participate in the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP).

“I had just come back from Barcelona in the spring, where I had some really interesting conversations and thoughts, and I was worried I would forget about them when I came back,” said Will. “RGLP stood out to me as a way to continue some of the learning that I got to experience in Europe.”

After completing the program his sophomore spring, Will knew he’d like to become more involved with the Center and RGLP, specifically. Throughout the program and through a mutual friend, Will had the opportunity to get to know Vincent Mack, Program Officer at the Rockefeller Center, and was happy to step up when he heard Vincent needed a Student Program Assistant for RGLP.

Dartmouth Oxford Exchange Student: Eric Jung '17

This past winter, Eric Jung ’17 participated in the exchange program sponsored by the Rockefeller Center to Keble College in Oxford University to continue his studies as a government major and public policy minor.

While at Keble, Eric really appreciated the depth of the tutorial system and the classes at Oxford. “They get straight to the application and analysis… I definitely learned a lot in a very short amount of time,” Eric says.  Eric especially enjoyed learning to think logically. “[Classes] definitely taught me new ways of thinking that I’ve never thought about before—like how to find flaws in an argument, or logical fallacies,” Eric says.

Outside of the classroom, Eric enjoyed Oxford’s housing system. “Oxford has these different colleges, and you’re kind of insulated in that college.” He especially loved the fact that each college at Oxford has its own library. During the term, Eric also took advantage of the opportunity to travel in Europe, flying to Sicily with the other Dartmouth students in the program.

Dartmouth Oxford Exchange Student: Devyn Greenberg '17

Devyn Greenberg '17 participated in the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program at Keble College during 2016 Winter Term. Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant for Communications, Niki Bakhru '17, interviewed her once she was back on campus about her term abroad.

NB: How would you describe your overall experience at Oxford? What did you enjoy the most?

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant: Sarah Ogren ‘16

Sarah Ogren ’16 is the student program assistant for the Rockefeller Center's Student Mini-Grants, leading a biweekly committee of other student program assistants through discussions on student funding proposals to attend conferences and hold campus events. “I appreciate the opportunity to lead a committee that makes an impact on campus,” Sarah says.  “Mini-Grants supports campus events and allows students to attend conferences that help people learn more about their passions.”

Prior to her work with Student Mini-Grants, Sarah worked for the Rockefeller Center as the VoxMasters student program assistant for two years.  She says that she has served in a facilitator role for both jobs, even though they are very different programs.  “VoxMasters is about helping individuals become better at public speaking, whereas in Mini-Grants I lead the committee to decide on applications.” 

Dartmouth Oxford Exchange Student: Megan Mishra '17

According to Megan Mishra ’17, participating in the Dartmouth Exchange Program at the University of Oxford’s Keble College was part of her D-Plan from the very start after talking to then senior Jonathan Pedde ’14 who had gone on the exchange the previous year.

As a fully integrated member of the Oxford community, students take courses in the British tutorial system that count towards their majors. Megan took two tutorials, one in public economics and one in microeconomic theory and policy. She found the specificity and depth of discussion each week challenging yet really rewarding. “The anticipation of an in-depth exchange with the professor, often one-on-one, pushed me to thoroughly study the material ahead of time,” explained Megan. “I think the tutorial system of learning really forces you to master the subject.” 

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant Yoon Kim '16

In this series, the Rockefeller Center features our Student Program Assistants, student staff who contribute significantly to the success of the Center’s events, programs, and activities.

Yoon Kim ’16 began working for the Rockefeller Center during 14F under Joanne Needham’s supervision as a Student Program Assistant for Public Programs.  Yoon had always known about Rocky programs, but had never interacted with the Center until she began working.  “If I were a freshman, I would definitely get more involved in other Rocky programs such as First-Year Fellows and the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program,” Yoon said.  While working with Public Programs, she designed a few posters, and the following term was asked if she would be interested in doing graphic design for the Center’s broader communications. 


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