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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Cade Cross '15

This ongoing series introduces the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) program provides fellows with resources in leadership theories and practical skills. Selected their Junior Spring, these Seniors take part in the workshops, dinner discussions, and team-building exercises as they gain a better understanding of the qualities and responsibilities necessary for leaders and successful leadership styles. Throughout the program, fellows learn from the insight and experience of distinguished guests as well as from each other.

Photo by Thanh V. Nguyen

Cade Cross '15 is a Mandan, Hidatsa enrolled tribal member studying Government and International Relations. Following graduation, he expects to pursue a joint JD/MBA degree. His interests in government, investment, finance, and energy is reflected in his co-founding of Dartmouth's Native Organization of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (NOBLE). The organization promotes scholarship and engagement within the complex business environments in Indian Country. He is partnering with his tribe and NOBLE to assess the impacts of development in the Bakken oil field on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Particularly, he is looking at the different ways in which natural capital can be turned into human capital to increase the quality of life of his tribal people. Over the summer, he worked as an intern for Senator Heitkamp in Washington, DC with interests in assisting the senator with energy policy and legislation.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This winter, become the better leader you’re meant to be! MDLP Registration Deadline this Friday, October 31st

The Rockefeller Center's Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is a one-term program designed to develop citizen leaders among sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Dartmouth College.

You have recently stepped into a position of leadership in a student organization on campus, but you really don’t know where to start or how to contribute in the most effective way.
You’ve been running the same group for a while, but are having trouble maintaining a consistent following of people, and communicating a centralizing vision.

You’re preparing for an important internship for your upcoming off-term, but aren’t quite sure what all the aspects to proper ‘professionalism’ are. How exactly do you phrase that email to your supervisor? How do you interact with co-workers?

These are all situations that you as a Dartmouth student and as a leader on this campus may encounter. Have you ever wondered if there was a way to formally train and develop your leadership skills to be more effective at what you do?

This coming Winter term 2015, the Rockefeller Center is offering the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP), a co-curricular leadership program designed specifically to enable Dartmouth students to become more effective leaders on campus, as well as after Dartmouth, in any sector pursued. MLDP is not a conventional seminar where students sit down and listen to a speaker for an hour. Instead, it uses experiential learning techniques and interactive workshop-style sessions to help develop skills, both in theory and practice, to best equip participants with the knowledge and skills they need.

Students in MLDP will learn how to write that e-mail to communicate with professionalism in the workplace as well as the skills needed to more effectively engage with individuals while networking. Participants will learn skills to become more effective as both a manager and a leader, along with gaining an understanding of how certain situations call for different approaches. Effective management and leadership skills can be immediately implemented on this campus and used throughout life. The program meets once a week, and free dinner is provided. Connect with others who are also actively seeking to develop their management and leadership skills as well, make an investment, and sign up today!

Learn more about MLDP by visiting our webpage. To register for MLDP this winter, please click here to complete the online registration by Friday, October 31st.

For more info about additional leadership development programs offered by the Rockefeller Center, see our Student Opportunities page.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Notes from the Field: Austin Boral '16

Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our Notes from the Field series. The Rockefeller Center helps students find, fund, and prepare for a leave-term internship experience in public policy research, public policy analysis, issue evaluation, or activities which help shape and determine public policy.

Student Intern: Austin Boral '16

Internship Organization:
The Clinton Foundation

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
The mission of the Clinton Foundation is to strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. The Foundations focuses on five primary issue areas within the civic sphere: climate change, economic development, global health, health and wellness, and women and girls. With an emphasis on collaboration, the Foundation strives to convene businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to craft and implement effective solutions to these global problems.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?
As an Executive Office Intern, I am responsible for supporting the Special Assistant and Personal Assistant to the President at his personal office in Harlem. My day-to-day responsibilities include policy research, various administrative tasks, and miscellaneous errands. Each week, I am tasked with crafting a political compilation of important news articles and midterm election updates relevant to President Clinton's interests. I also work closely with the Legacy Department, which deals primarily with research requests from the principals' offices and the multimedia team. Our briefings and memos are used to prepare for events, interviews, speeches, and meetings. The majority of these memos are collaborative, as each team member within our department takes on a different responsibility to achieve a common goal.

What is your favorite part of the internship so far?
The most rewarding part of the internship experience has been working with such incredible peers and staffers at the Clinton Foundation and the honor of meeting President Clinton himself!

What challenges have you faced so far?
One challenge has been juggling various responsibilities with different departments. Since I am working with both the Executive Office and Legacy Department, I report to two different supervisors for various projects and assignments. Thus far I have been able to effectively allocate my time and effort between both departments, however it remains important for me to have a strong sense of prioritization among the tasks and projects I am assigned.

Broadly speaking, what do you hope to achieve by the end of your internship?
By the end of my internship, I hope to build meaningful relationships with my coworkers and supervisors. The Clinton Foundation is an exciting workplace that attracts very talented and hardworking people. I've enjoyed learning from the experiences of both my peers and my supervisors, and I hope to continue to do so for the remainder of my time there.

Monday, October 27, 2014

RLF Recap: "Leadership in Civil Society" with Professor Ronald Shaiko

This ongoing series explores sessions of the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) program. RLF provides fellows with resources in leadership theories and practical skills. Selected their Junior Spring, these Seniors take part in the workshops, dinner discussions, and team-building exercises as they gain a better understanding of the qualities and responsibilities necessary for leaders and successful leadership styles.

Professor Ronald Shaiko, a Senior Fellow and the Associate Director for Curricular and Research Programs at the Rockefeller Center, joined the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows to discuss challenges to leading civil society. While the existence of civil society and an attitude directed at helping others in need is often taken for granted in the United States, Professor Shaiko drew from his extensive experience to illustrate how rare this “other-regardedness” is around the world. Citing his assistance to a driver whose car had broken down in Warsaw, he turned to the role of the US government in ensuring the survival of a strong civil society. This background served to underpin Professor Shaiko’s call to action.

Professor Shaiko

In order to impact social change, we need not join the government, though we may. Instead, the role of nonprofit leadership in the maintenance of a strong civil society is key. Nonprofit leadership should not and is not limited to career nonprofit workers, however. Strong leadership in civil society requires a range of experience from nonprofit volunteer work to corporate wherewithal.

All of us will play a role in American civil society, but Professor Shaiko was careful to bring us back to the present. He called for us to judge Dartmouth’s civil society, and how well it works to build bonding and bridging social capital. Bonding social capital, described as connections within like groups of individuals, grows naturally, and at Dartmouth, the case is no different. One real challenge of collegiate civil society, which Professor Shaiko has written on, is facilitating bridging of social capital, or bringing together groups that have different backgrounds from one another. Nudging individuals into interactions outside of their comfort zones is difficult in a transient group like Dartmouth’s student body, but is essential to our own civil society

-Written by John Howard '15, 2014-2015 Rockefeller Leadership Fellow

Ronald G. Shaiko is in the midst of his 25th year of university teaching and his eleventh year at Dartmouth College as a senior fellow and the associate director for curricular and research programs at The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center. In November of 2007, he received the Linda ’82 and Paul Gridley Faculty Fellow Award from the Dean of the College; the award recognizes exemplary faculty involvement outside the classroom. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Shaiko was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Politics in the American Studies Center at Warsaw University in Poland during the 2000-2001 academic year. Throughout the decade of the 1990s, Shaiko taught at American University, where he founded and served as the academic director of the Lobbying Institute. During his 10 years at American, Shaiko served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1993-1994 and as a Democracy Fellow at the United States Agency for International Development in 1998-1999. During his academic career Professor Shaiko has received more than $1.3 million in grants, fellowships, and awards.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Public Program: The Brooks Family Lecture - "The Coming Battles over Social Security" with Michael Astrue

Please join us for the Brooks Family Lecture presented by Michael Astrue entitled, “The Coming Battles over Social Security,” in Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall at 5:30 pm on October 27, 2014.

Social Security has remained a source of controversy as the United States considers how it can reconcile the program’s increasing costs with budgetary demands. The current gridlock raises questions as to how we can address disability and retirement in the United States. Additionally, it is important to discuss what will happen with Social Security looking forward.

Michael Astrue, the former Commissioner of Social Security, will discussing the implications of the insolvency of the disability trust fund in 2016 and the insolvency of the retirement and survivors trust fund in 2033. How will we fix disability? How will we fix retirement?

Former Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue

Michael Astrue has split his career between public service and the biotechnology industry. He led one of the most successful turnarounds in the history of the industry as CEO of Transkaryotic Therapies and served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. He also worked for thirteen years in senior positions in four Administrations. Among other positions, he served in the Reagan and Bush White Houses as Associate Counsel to the President, and as General Counsel of HHS (1989-1992), where he personally litigated the first federal HIV discrimination and patient dumping enforcement cases.

As Commissioner of Social Security (2007-2013) he reported directly to Presidents Bush and Obama. He overhauled the agency’s antiquated IT systems and electronic services, reduced backlogs, created fast tracks for patients with severe rare disorders, and significantly improved the economic information provided to the public, particularly to women, as they make retirement choices. A graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School, he has received two honorary degrees and numerous awards, including the Public Health Award from the National Organization of Rare Disorders and Humanitarian of the Year from the Alzheimer’s Association.

This event is hosted by the College Republicans.