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Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

Rocky Board Member Nathaniel Fick '99 Leads RLF Session

Nate Fick '99, the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), spoke with Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) on October 14th about decision making and leadership both as it relates to his experience in the military and as it applied to their lives as students. 

He began by explaining the difference between formal and informal authority, and why that difference is so critical for leaders to understand.  After tracing for fellows his path from the military to graduate school and finally to a Washington D.C. think tank he opened up the discussion for questions.  Fellows had questions on everything from current events and defense issues to how his time at Dartmouth shaped the person he is today. 

Fick stressed the value of understanding the substance of one's field as opposed to only the managerial side.  In addition, he encouraged the Fellows to make sure to bring the right people into organizations they may one day lead.  The session concluded with a decision making exercise in which Fellows had to solve a real life situation from his service in Iraq.

Matthew Mosk '92 Leads RLF Session on “Speaking Truth to Power: Leaders and the Media”

As a reporter for ABC News, Matthew Mosk '92 knows a thing or two about asking important leaders tough questions.  At the October 7th Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) session,  Mosk discussed the role of the media in holding leaders accountable for their actions (or inaction in certain cases).  He began by airing a clip of an investigative report from Dateline to show the difficult situation that arises when a leader is put on the spot to explain their behavior.  Fellows discussed what the individual in question did well, and highlighted areas of improvement.  According to Mosk, good relationships with reporters are incredibly valuable to leaders in the public eye.  He warned against the false notion of many leaders that we must always be at odds with the press.  The session concluded with a Q&A period during which Fellows asked Mosk questions ranging from the differences between print and television news to his take on the hot stories of the day.

-- Karen Doster '11

Rocky Leadership Fellows Dedicate a Weekend to Program Retreat

The Rockefeller Leadership Fellows retreat was held at Lake Morey Resort on October 1 - 3, 2010.  The weekend kicked off on Friday night with a session led by renowned vocal trainer, Dr. Susan Miller.  An integral part of Dr. Miller's workshop was the self-assessment that Fellows completed prior to the retreat.  Already thinking about their strengths and weaknesses as public speakers, the Fellows had five minutes to each prepare a one minute speech on a topic of their choice.  Themes covered everything from athletics to the environment to philosophy, and Dr. Miller was excited to provide individual advice on areas of improvement.  After the session Fellows gathered for a social hour and an exciting talent showcase.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Host Kellerman for First Session

 Barbara Kellerman, the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, discussed concepts from her most recent publications in the inaugural session of the 2010-2011 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) program.  

They included what she considers to be “the social disease of bad leadership” and the idea of followership.  After encouraging fellows not to take a leader-centric approach to the conversation, but rather judge individuals based on the whole picture, Kellerman outlined the characteristics of bad leaders and briefly discussed what can be done about them.  She went on to note that bad leaders cannot exist without bad followers and expanded on the theory of followership.   

Class of 2010 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

Front Row: Benjamin Campbell, Louisa Pollard, Alexander Lloyd, Alison B. Miller, Joanne Schneider, Derikka Mobley, Matthew Applegate, Jessica Guthrie, Joseph Santo; Back Row: William Schpero, Frances Vernon (withdrawn), Maura Cass, Joanna Pucci, Charles W. Friedland, Michael Brasher, David Knight, Uma Mullapudi; Missing in the Photo: Sarah Alexander, Tilman Dette, Roselina Harmony Gbe, Jensen Lowe, Andrew Peisch. RLF Student Assistant: Alexander Rivadeneira

Class of 2009 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

Front Row: Dylan Nelson ‘09, Ashley Smith ‘09, Khiet Nguyen ‘09, Agatha Erickson ‘09, Radha Kulkarni ‘09, Lauren Farleigh ‘09

Middle Row: Sean Nelson ‘09, Taylor Dryman ‘09, Raymond Rodriguez ‘09, Brenna Hughes ‘09, Katherine Dutko ‘09, Annie Rittgers ‘09, John Beck ‘09

Back Row: Andrew Zabel ‘09, Lee Cooper ‘09, Adam Breuer ‘09, Lense Gebre-Mariam ‘09, Harshil Shah ‘09, Julian Thomas ‘09, Matthew Alkaitis ‘09, Jeffrey Kolovson‘09

Class of 2008 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

Front row (left to right): Yasmin Mandviwala, Tyler Frisbee, Jared Westheim, Ankit Rastogi, Janet Smith, Jenny Ratner, Nova Robinson, Anne Greengard, Jennifer Auerbach-Rodriguez

Second row (left to right): Michael Heslin, Latif Nasser, Brian McMillan, Benjamin Robbins, Essien Ukanna, Hayley Steplyk, Nicole Newman, Jean Ellen Cowgill, Michael Belinsky

Back row (left to right): Ian Tapu, Anne Kasitaza, Christopher Knape

Class of 2007 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

Front Row (left to right): Maryanna Quigless, Natalya Shulga, Whitney MacFadyen, Kirsten Murray

Back Row (left to right): Karan Danthi, DJ Wolff, Shala Byers, Nik Nartowicz, Alex Kehl, LaVon Morgan, Adam Shpeen, Sofia Faruqi, Jessica Chen, Amanda Brown, Rosie Hughes, Jack Groetzinger

Class of 2006 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

Front Row: Cate Birtley, Kristen Wong, Allison Caffrey

Second Row: Oyebola Olabisi, Hema Mohan, Samuel Jackson, Jonah Kolb

Last Row: Zachary Goldstein, Jordan Enright-Schulz, Sophie Ryan, Sarah Ayres, Echo Brown, Dean Drizin, Jeffrey Burns Woodward, Russell Herman, Ali Amrhein

Not in the photo: Amanda Prentice


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