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Management and Leadership Development Program

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.

Ashley Dotson ’18 on Management and Leadership

One of the goals of the Rockefeller Center’s Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is to prepare students to succeed in their leadership roles on campus and beyond. A participant in Spring 2016’s MLDP program, Ashley Dotson ’18 looks back on her experience as one that helped shape her confidence in networking and working in a team environment.

“One of the biggest skills I learned came from networking-focused sessions, such as one on how to negotiate. I learned how to carry a conversation and how to invest in a mutual connection,” says Ashley. Because of these sessions, Ashley has found it to easier to navigate the process of applying for graduate school and making connections with faculty and professors.

As a student studying architecture, Ashley participated in a summer program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Architecture where she met a variety of Harvard faculty and Dartmouth alumni.

Spring 2017 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 Spring 2017. Congratulations to you all!

Asaad Al Raeesi ’19 was always coming up with engaging questions and taking the time to be an active listener. He enjoyed turning criticisms into action and brought new and strong ideas to the group. This is why he has earned excellence in MLDP this term.

MLDP Ventures Off Campus

The Rockefeller Center’s Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is a one-term program designed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors looking to make significant progress in their leadership and management development. Featuring weekly sessions led by expert guest speakers, MLDP employs experiential teaching techniques to engage students through hands-on learning of core management and leadership skills that employers have indicated are most important to them. Participants are encouraged to begin to immediately implement these skills in their leadership roles in campus organizations, internships, and academic team projects.

Introducing Eric Janisch, Rockefeller Center Program Officer

Eric Janisch is the Rockefeller Center’s newest Program Officer, having joined the Center’s staff in January of 2017. As a Program Officer for Co-Curricular Programs, Eric contributes as a co-manager to both the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) and the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors program (D-LAB) and aids in organizing a variety of public programs – including the Rocky Student Veteran lunch as well as the campus visit by the 22nd Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning.

Eric is also working to organize a vocational seminar over sophomore summer through the Professional Preparation Program (P3). Specifically, he is helping connect students with likeminded alumni who have non-traditional career paths they reached after completing traditional liberal arts majors.

“We’re hoping to give them an understanding of what they can do outside of the normal corporate culture or traditional industries,” said Eric.

Hassan Hassen ’18 Named Pickering Fellow

Hassan Hassen ’18, a sociology major from Marietta, Ga., has been named a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow—one of 10 undergraduates from across the country selected by the U.S. State Department-funded program for students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in U.S. Foreign Service careers.

The fellowship, administered by The Washington Center, provides two years of financial support and mentoring as Hassen completes his Dartmouth degree. It also offers internships at the U.S. Department of State and an overseas posting at a U.S. embassy.

Hassen is aiming for a career in the Foreign Service as an economic officer specializing in international trade, economic development, and energy.

“I hope to use the fellowship to gain a deeper understanding of the global economy and of what policy measures can facilitate more conducive economic environments that will lead to sustainable impacts on the lives of people through an increase in foreign and domestic investments, wages, and jobs,” he says.

Jimmy Fair '18 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.

Jimmy Fair ’18, an economics major and public policy minor, embraced the co-curricular programs offered at the Rockefeller Center shortly after matriculating and never looked back. During his first year, Jimmy was selected to be part of the Class of 2018 First-Year Fellows and participated in Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors (DLAB) and the Rockefeller Peer Mentoring Program (RPMP). As a Sophomore he both participated and worked as a student program assistant for the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program and the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI).


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