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Management and Leadership Development Program

Rocky and Me: Kaina Chen ’18 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Allison Anderson ’20 on Management and Leadership

The Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is a one-term program that prepares students to succeed in all of their management and leadership endeavors.

Allison Anderson ’20, a major in Engineering, took MLDP in the winter of 2018.

Allison designed a personal leadership challenge intended to teach herself how to vocalize opinions when they may conflict with those of others. She recounted that during her senior year of high school, being the captain of the school track team was a bit harder for her whenever she had to address conflict. Now a sophomore in college, she recognized that she would need to overcome this obstacle in order to further pursue leadership positions at Dartmouth.

One of the ways Allison set out to accomplish this was by speaking more in one of her classes in which many students were afraid to speak. Allison remarked that the professor’s teaching style engaged students to voice opinions that were not shared by the professor herself.  This approach sometimes pushed students beyond their respective comfort zones, as they were less willing to express opinions that seemed to not agree with those of the professor.

Natalie Mendolia ’19 on Management and Leadership

The Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is a one-term program that prepares students to succeed in all of their management and leadership endeavors.

Natalie Mendolia ’19, an Anthropology major modified with Economics, signed up for MLDP at the suggestion of a friend who completed the program last spring. Natalie was eager to meet new people — she is an ENFJ Myers-Briggs personality type, characterized by charisma, compassion, and extraversion.

Natalie decided to use her time in MLDP to craft a personal leadership challenge around her involvement with the Dartmouth Power Lifting Team. One part of the challenge was to talk with two senior members of the team and convince them that she should hold a leadership position going into her senior year.

Winter 2018 MLDP Students in Excellence

Each session, participants from our Management and Leadership Development Program nominate their peers for excellence. When nominating, students are asked to explain why their nominees made their experience in MLDP more beneficial and/or how their nominees provide an excellent example of leadership in the program. At the end of the term, students must have perfect attendance and be nominated by their peers a number of times to pass MLDP with excellence. Below are the collaborated comments about those who completed the Management and Leadership Development Program with excellence in Winter 2018. Congratulations to you all!

Allison Anderson ’20 earned excellence in winter of 2018 because of her thoughtful feedback and participation. She is a great listener who encouraged others to step out of their comfort zone.

Yusuf Olokoba '20 on Management and Leadership

The Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is a one-term program that prepares students to succeed in all of their management and leadership endeavors. Yusuf Olokoba ’20, a participant in Winter 2018’s MLDP, looks back on his experience. 

Yusuf Olokoba ’20, is a Computer Science major from Lagos, Nigeria, who signed up for MLDP after being recommended by a friend. One of the things he wanted to learn from the program were the skills needed to meet new people. He believed that too much of his time at Dartmouth was spent delving deeply into computer science, and not enough time was spent getting to know others.

Yusuf crafted an ambitious personal leadership challenge, setting out to meet ten new people every week for six weeks. He fell short of his quota, meeting only about fifty people in total.

Management Leadership Development Program Fall 2017 Excellence

Front row: Allyssa Austin ’19, Sydney Johnson ’20, Alexandra Fricke ’18, and Sunny Drescher ’20; Back row: Nayib Asis ’20, Hailey Nicholson ’19, Omkar Sreekanth ’20, Ryder Stone ’18, and Shawn Ohazuruike ’20; Missing from Photo: Roshni Dugar ’20 and Jenny Peterlin ’20.

Management Leadership Development Program provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their leadership experience and build the skills to be more effective leaders. Each session, participants from MLDP nominate their peers for excellence. When nominating, students are asked to explain why their nominees made their experience in MLDP more beneficial and/or how their nominees provide an excellent example of leadership in the program. At the end of the term, students must have perfect attendance and be nominated by their peers a number of times to pass MLDP with excellence. Below are the collaborated comments about those who completed the Management and Leadership Development Program with excellence in Fall 2017. Congratulations to you all!

Fall 2017 MLDP Students Reflect on Leading A Cohesive Team at Northern Stage

Management Leadership Development Program provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their leadership experience and build the skills to be a more effective leader both on and off campus. Crucial to this experience is the off campus visit where students travel to an organization to see how these essential skills are implemented in different fields and workplaces.

Fall 2017 MLDP students visited Northern Stage and had the opportunity to explore the back-stage area with Alek Deva, Development Manager & Institutional Relations. Northern Stage is a nonprofit organization located in White River Junction, Vermont that puts on shows and performances designed to have a lasting impact on audience members.

At Northern Stage, students explored leadership predominantly through discussions and activities with actors as well as with Deva and Amanda Rafuse, the Gurley Brown Associate Director & Interim Director of Development. From these interactions, students saw how abstract leadership concepts, such as the ability to promote group cohesion and effectively work together, manifested themselves in real world scenarios.

Fall 2017 MLDP Students Reflect on Leading Through Change at the Hanover Coop

Management Leadership Development Program (MLDP) offers students the unique opportunity to reflect on their definition of a leader and build essential skills to be a more effective leader. An integral part of this program is the off-campus visit. Through this visit, students meet with leaders within the Upper Valley community and learn about other aspects of leadership.

In September, MLDP Fall 2017 students visited the Hanover Coop to see leadership in action. After touring the site and exploring the various components of successfully running a grocery chain, students sat down to talk with Jacob Vincent, Director of Merchandising, as well as other managers within the organization. Vincent discussed his path that led him to the role as a Director for the Hanover Coop, remarking that he did not expect to be working at the Coop. However, he truly enjoys coming in each day to work with such a dedicated team.

Preparation Meets Opportunity

If, as the Roman philosopher Seneca observed, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” then the Rockefeller Center is all about creating moments of luck for Dartmouth students. 

Although funding is a key ingredient that makes a leave-term internship experience possible for many students, the Rockefeller Center is equally focused on offering programs that fully prepare students to succeed in those opportunities.

For many students, a leave-term internship experience is their first time in a professional environment.

“Navigating an internship can be nerve-wracking for a college student,” says Barbara Olachea ’19. “Rocky helped me acquire new ways of thinking and habits that proved useful during my internship. I came into my internship confident of my abilities to communicate efficiently with my supervisor and co-workers, as well as empowered to make the most of my time in the office by advocating for myself and showing initiative, especially at the beginning.”

Joshua Schiefelbein ’14 on Management and Leadership

During my four years at Dartmouth, I spent over half of my undergraduate career serving as a student program assistant for the Management & Leadership Development Program. Now that I’m four years removed from my senior year and can reflect on my time working on the program, it’s safe to say I learned many valuable lessons from both the weekly speakers we had and from the day-to-day logistics required for a successful term.

The program advertises itself as an undergraduate experience designed to help expose students to the skills that employers seek. At the time, when I myself was enrolled in the program, I couldn’t connect the dots between the knowledge I acquired and the real world. I did my best to remember the concepts that had been introduced, but more specifically, I paid attention to how the material was delivered, tucking the knowledge into the back of my mind in case I needed it for a rainy day. I didn’t realize it the time, but my experience as a student and a facilitator of MLDP greatly shaped my professional life and laid the seeds that would form the roots of my academic and personal interests.

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