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Recap

1st Annual Policy Research Shop Open House: Recap with Organizer Mariel Wallace '16

This week, the Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop (PRS) held its first annual open house. Organized by 2013 First-Year Fellow Mariel Wallace ’16, the open house sought to showcase the work that the Policy Research Shop conducts both for public policy in the surrounding community and for the education of Dartmouth students. In an interview, Wallace described her inspiration to organize this event and involvement with the PRS.

YALI at the Rockefeller Center: Putting it All Together with Sadhana Hall and Vincent Mack

This is part of an ongoing series of articles on the Rockefeller Center's participation in the Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI.

Sadhana Hall, Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Center, and Vincent Mack, Program Officer at the Rockefeller Center, led the final leadership component of the Center's visiting YALI fellows in a session entitled "Putting it All Together: Translating Theory to Practice." The fellows were encouraged to create Personal Leadership Development Plans throughout their six week learning experience that identified different aspects of being a leader and how these new ideas would impact their lives once they return to Africa.

YALI at the Rockefeller Center: Conflict and Negotiation with Roy Lewicki '64

This is part of an ongoing series of articles on the Rockefeller Center's participation in the Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI.

Dartmouth's YALI fellows continued their leadership program at the Rockefeller Center with a session directed by Roy Lewicki '64, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Professor of Business Ethics and Professor of Management and Human Resources at the Max M. Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. This fifth session, entitled" Conflict and Negotiation," started with Professor Lewicki asking the YALI fellows if they had experienced any personal conflicts recently. Fellows began citing familial and work conflicts that resulted from personality differences, asymmetry of information, cultural differences and expectations, and language barriers.

YALI at The Rockefeller Center: Leadership and Self-Awareness with Beatrice Selotlegeng

This is the fifth in an ongoing series of articles on the Rockefeller Center's participation in the Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI.

This past week, Dartmouth's visiting YALI fellows continued their leadership program at The Rockefeller Center with a session directed by Beatrice Selotlegeng entitled "Leadership and Self-Awarenes." Leading the fourth in a series of six sessions, Selotlegeng, who was raised in Kenya, talked about being self-aware with passion, enthusiasm, and charm. This spurred personal discussion and reflection for the YALI fellows on their strengths and weaknesses as leaders. Her knowledge of leadership as a professional academic adviser for the College of Business at Ohio University and her experience in aviation management in Botswana provided insights to the importance of self-awareness when leading an organization.

YALI at The Rockefeller Center: Leading High Performance Teams with David Ager

This is the fourth in an ongoing series of articles on the Rockefeller Center's participation in the Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI.

YALI at the Rockefeller Center: Leadership in Context with Dr. Gama Perruci

This is the third in an ongoing series of articles on the Rockefeller Center's participation in the Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI.

This past week, Dartmouth's visiting YALI fellows continued the leadership portion of their program at The Rockefeller Center. The session, entitled “Leadership in Context,” was led by Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business and McCoy Professor of Leadership Studies at Marietta College. Dr. Perruci began the session by defining the word “leadership” and highlighting three constituent elements: leaders, followers, and a goal.

YALI at the Rockefeller Center: Leadership Presence and Storytelling with Sean Kavanagh

This is the second in an ongoing series of articles on the Rockefeller Center's participation in the Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI.

Financial Inclusion and Women Empowerment with Chetna Sinha, Founder of the Mann Deshi Mahila Bank

What does it take to change the lives of 1 million low-income women? Chetna Sinha, the founder and president of the Mann Deshi Mahila Bank, aims to find out. With a goal of impacting 1 million female entrepreneurs by 2020, the Mann Deshi bank is a micro-enterprise development bank that operates in some of the poorest and most drought-stricken areas of rural India. The bank currently has seven branches, more than 185,000 clients, and conducts over 10,000 transactions daily, impacting the lives of women and their families all over India.

“I found that the low-income women weren’t asking for subsidies from the government – they just wanted to save for themselves and their families,” Sinha remarked.

Sinha founded the bank as a way to help illiterate low-income women understand financial planning. She cited a memorable anecdote about a girl in high school who wanted to save up money for university.

“Financial literacy is a sort of a freedom right for young women. We can help young girls open the roads to education, especially higher education,” Sinha said.

Discussing Income Inequality with Greg Mankiw and Jared Bernstein

Greg Mankiw is a professor of economics at Harvard University, a New York Times columnist, and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush. A former graduate of Princeton University and MIT, he has taught macroeconomics, microeconomics, statistics, and principles of economics. You may recognize him as the author of your textbooks. In addition to teaching, his research includes work on price adjustment, consumer behavior, financial markets, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth. His published articles have appeared in academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Pop-Up Learning: How Technology is Changing and Challenging College with Jeff Young

For current full-time residential students, it’s difficult to imagine what it’s like to learn in a classroom without a teacher. However, this is where the state of higher education is currently headed: to massive open online courses, or MOOCs. Jeffrey R. Young, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, as well as a technology editor for the Chronicle of Higher Education, is an expert on MOOCs and shared with us his knowledge of them in his lecture entitled, “Pop-Up Learning: How Technology is Changing and Challenging College.”

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