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Recap

MLDP Recap: "Presentation Design for the User Experience" with Dave Uejio

This week at MLDP, we welcomed Dave Uejio, the Acting Chief Strategy Officer at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, for a session entitled “Presentation Design for the User Experience.”

MLDP participants explored the ways they could make their presentations more effective. Photo by Philip Son '16.

Mr. Uejio opened the session with a discussion of why learning how to present information effectively is an important skill for leaders. He showed us examples of various presentations that creatively used visual tools to bring data to life, as well as instances of presentations that failed to convey data in a captivating and informative way. After this, Mr. Uejio split students into several groups, and assigned them to create short PowerPoint presentations utilizing the advice he provided at the beginning of the session. Mr. Uejio and the participants provided specific feedback on each slideshow.

RGLP Recap: Capoeira with Fabio Nascimento (3)

This is a session recap of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) from a participant's perspective.

Pooja Sikka '18 saw a different perspective on intimacy during the capoeira session. Photo by Philip Son '16.

This session was one of my most fun and unique experiences yet in RGLP. It really challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone and completely immerse myself in another culture. The instructor, Fabio "Fua" Nascimento, told us in the beginning that our behavior shows a lot about who we are, determines how other people perceive us, and how we identity ourselves. If we slouch, for example, and speak quietly all the time, then we may come off as insecure, depressed, anxious, and not sexually confident. This behavior can cause us to feel negatively about ourselves as well.

RGLP Recap: Capoeira with Fabio Nascimento (2)

This is a session recap of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) from a participant's perspective.

RGLP Recap: Capoeira with Fabio Nascimento

This is a session recap of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) from a participant's perspective.

RLF Recap: "Creative Collaboration" with Peter Robbie

On October 22nd, Engineering Professor Peter Robbie joined the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows meeting to lead a discussion on creative collaboration. “We live under the illusion of normalcy” was one of his first few messages, challenging us to think today instead as a time of revolution, empowering us to think critically about issues, and recognizing the importance of cultivating effective collaboration between thinkers.

RLF Recap: "Effective Delegation and Empowerment in Leadership" with Alison Fragale '97

The Rockefeller Leadership Fellows recently had the chance to learn from Alison Fragale ’97 about effective delegation and empowerment in leadership. After graduating from Dartmouth, Dr. Fragale went on to work at McKinsey & Company for two years before pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She is now a professor of Organizational Behavior and Strategy at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Dr. Fragale teaches courses on leadership and management to undergraduates, MBAs and executives, and she researches the consequences and formation of interpersonal hierarchies in groups and organizations. Dr. Fragale also currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College. 

MLDP Recap: "Being an Effective Team Player" with Steven Spaulding

Students participate in an activity demonstrating the need for effective leadership. Photo by Hung Nguyen '18.

For this week’s session, MLDP welcomed Steven Spaulding, the Assistant Athletic Director for Leadership at Dartmouth Peak Performance. Steven led our most interactive activity yet, taking participants outside the Rockefeller Center for a group exercise that helped show students how to put leadership skills into practice.

Mr. Spaulding kicked off the session with a brief overview of how leaders develop, and what qualities successful teams must possess to achieve their goals efficiently and effectively.

RGLP Recap: Understanding Identity with Dottie Morris (3)

This is a session recap of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) from a participant's perspective.

Dottie Morris explains that the participants had made certain assumptions by turning their chairs towards her in the opening exercise of the session. Photo by Philip Son '16.

During today’s session, we welcomed special visitor Dr. Dottie Morris, Chief Officer of Diversity and Multiculturalism at Keene State College. Dottie discussed cultural fluency and methods of facilitating intercultural understanding and interaction, particularly in the context of leading a group. I was struck by the opening exercise of the session, which caught me off guard by identifying certain assumptions and preconceived notions I possess. Although I was at least partially conscious of these assumptions, I had failed to recognize how pervasive and permanent they are within my thought process.

RGLP Recap: Understanding Identity with Dottie Morris (2)

This is a session recap of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) from a participant's perspective.

Dottie Morris explains the impact of self-identification on interactions with others. Photo by Philip Son '16.

Every time I walk away from one of these sessions, I find myself thinking about interactions in new light, whether it is the interactions in my own life (i.e. among peers, with professors) or the interactions I imagine others in positions of power have on a daily basis. Tonight’s session with Dottie Morris was no different, and yet I think it was the most impactful so far for me personally, because it gave me a reason to think more deeply about the things that I convey to the people with whom I interact.

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