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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Class of 1964 honors Nate Fick ’99

On Friday, November 6, 2015, during a reception at the Rockefeller Center, the Class of 1964 presented its second Outstanding Leadership Award to Nathaniel C. Fick ’99. The Class established the Outstanding Leadership Award at its 50th reunion in June of 2014 to honor those individuals who share the Class’s belief in the importance of developing young leaders to take on today’s challenges.

Nathaniel C. Fick ’99.
Fick has demonstrated outstanding leadership in all stages of his life. As a Dartmouth undergraduate, he graduated with High Honors in Classics and won a U.S. National championship in cycling. As a military officer, he served with distinction as a Marine Corps infantry and reconnaissance officer including combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also authored a New York Times bestseller, One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer. A graduate from both the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School, he is now an operating partner of Bessemer Venture Partners and has served as the CEO of two companies. He also serves as a director of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In 2007 he joined the Board of Visitors of the Rockefeller Center and was influential in outlining the case for leadership development on campus and helped the Center develop its initial programs for teaching leadership skills. He continued that advocacy when he joined the College’s Board of Trustees in 2012 in support of President Hanlon’s vision “to prepare our students to be leaders who will meet the world’s great challenges.”

The leadership exhibited by Fick resonates with members of the Class of 1964 who have long been campions of leadership training through experiential learning. The class shares in President Hanlon’s vision of creating citizen-leaders, who will not only engage in debate but actually shape public debate, and chose Fick for this award because of his demonstrated dedication to not only becoming the best leader he can be but also to teaching others what it takes to be an effective leader.

Nate Fick '99 meets with Rockefeller Leadership Fellows prior to his session on "Leadership in Action."

Fick has annually led one of the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program sessions, where each year he challenges the students to push themselves beyond their comfort zone, advocating strongly that leadership development is best accomplished while doing something “real.” He describes the Fellows as “eager to hear, eager to listen, eager to talk and to share, [and] eager to learn.” Like any good educator, he is energized by his work, and his enthusiasm for leadership is infectious. Students routinely rate Fick’s presentation as the best of the year.

A reception took place prior to the award ceremony in Hinman Forum at the Rockefeller Center.
The reception co-hosted by the Class of 1964, Dartmouth College Athletics, and the Rockefeller Center was part of a week-long series of events Dartmouth coordinated in honor of Veterans Day, and included a formal military retreat and drill ceremony conducted by Dartmouth ROTC, a remembrance breakfast at the Hanover Inn, the fourth annual Veterans Day banquet, and a ceremony to dedicate the monuments to Dartmouth service men and women at Memorial Field.

Director Andrew Samwick ’64a welcomed guest and read the award citation aloud. Bob Bartles ’64 presented the award to Fick along with an engraved bowl from Simon Pearce. Steven Spaulding concluded the formal remarks with a few words about the effective leadership the Class of 1964 has demonstrated in supporting the leadership development efforts by both the Rockefeller Center and Dartmouth Athletics. Amongst those in attendance at the reception were President Phil Hanlon ’77 and Gail Gentes, former President Jim Wright ’64a, members of the Class of 1964, members of the Class of 2016 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows, members of the Athletics Department, and the Faculty and Staff of the Rockefeller Center.

Award citation
Award ceremony video
Award ceremony picture album

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Writing and Workplace Etiquette with Professor Jennifer Sargent

Professor Jennifer Sargent returned to MLDP this week to talk about workplace etiquette. Photo by Weijia Tang.
This week, Professor Jennifer Sargent returned to MLDP to lead a session entitled, “Writing and Workplace Etiquette.” Ms. Sargent began the session with a discussion of how leadership qualities carry over to tasks in the workplace generally, and writing specifically. She also gave an overview of the different types of writing typically encountered in the workplace, ranging from sticky notes to long reports. She explained to students how each type of writing has a different set of standards for formatting, but a similar approach when determining the message, audience, and tone of the writing. Then, she began an interactive activity to help emphasize the points she presented in the beginning of the session.

Ms. Sargent gave each team a fictional scenario in which they were interns at a governmental entity, and their supervisor gave them a somewhat vague assignment to write a memorandum. Students were asked to come up with the most important clarifying questions they would ask to ensure they knew enough to create a memo with the correct information, and turn it in on time. Once each team shared their results, they moved on to the second part of the activity, in which the fictional interns had to send an email to their supervisor after the supervisor had read their memo and contacted them. Ms. Sargent thoroughly critiqued the results of each part of the activity, and students left with a clear impression of the best way in which to approach the writing for each part of the scenario.

Students felt that Ms. Sargent was a captivating presenter, and that the information she provided was highly relevant to their future jobs and internships. Sean Fahey ’17 commented, "I think Professor Sargent did a great job tonight of commanding the attention of our MLDP section in a way that involved everyone and got the group excited to learn about proper workplace writing. Her insight regarding how to excel as a young professional in the workplace was invaluable and I know it will help me tremendously in my upcoming internship."

-Written by Jasper Bingham '17, MLDP Student Program Assistant 

This ongoing series explores sessions of the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) through participant narratives. MLDP is a one-term program designed to develop citizen leaders among sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Dartmouth College. Led by expert guest speakers each week, sessions employ experiential teaching techniques to engage students through hands-on learning of core management and leadership skills.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day banquet honors Rand Beers '64

On Saturday, Nov 7th, the Dartmouth Undergraduate Veterans Association and the Dartmouth Uniformed Service Alumni, along with the Rockefeller Center, co-hosted the fourth annual Veterans Day banquet in Collis Common Ground.
Guest speaker, Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families Inc.
The guest speaker was Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families Inc., an organization focused on helping military family members join with civilian communities and leaders to address the challenges of military life. Her remarks focused on the value of service and the notable growing absence of America's upper classes from military service and how it hurts our country.
Winnie Huang '92, Rand and Marion Beers, and former President Jim Wright '64a. 
Following Ms. Roth-Douquet's remarks, Winnie Huang '92 on behalf of the Dartmouth Uniformed Service Alumni (DUSA) presented Rand Beers ’64 with the third annual James Wright Award for Distinguished Service. DUSA presents the award each year to an individual member of the Dartmouth community who has served in the military and who, over the course of a lifetime, has exemplified the ideals of "Service - College - Country." Beers has been a selfless diplomatic and skilled public servant his entire career and most currently served as acting Secretary of Homeland Security until Jeh Johnson assumed office in 2013.

Guests from the Rockefeller Center, LTC (Ret.) Wallace & Elizabeth Celtrick,, Sam and Colette Williamson, Joanne and Andy Needham, and Sadhana Hall, Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Center.
Sponsors of the banquet were the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, Dartmouth Uniformed Service Alumni, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Tuck School of Business Alumni Services & MBA Program, The Office of the President, The Office of Human Resources, and Dartmouth Graduate Studies.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Negotiation with John Garvey

Professor John Garvey shared problem solving strategies with participants in MLDP this week. Photo by Hung Nguyen '18.
This week’s presenter was Professor John Garvey, the Director of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Professor Garvey’s talk was entitled “Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Negotiation.”

Professor Garvey began the session with an overview of what negotiation is, where we see it in everyday life, and why it is important for leaders to know how to negotiate effectively. He told students about concepts such as “BATNA” (Best Alternative To Negotiated Agreement) and the three F’s: Firm, Fair and Friendly. These three adjectives, Professor Garvey explained, are all necessary traits to have in order to obtain a favorable outcome in the short term and be respected in the long term as a negotiator.

MLDP participants share a laugh during John Garvey's session on Negotiation. Photo by Hung Nguyen '18.

After his introduction, Professor Garvey divided the students into groups of three, for more hands-on practice with negotiation. Each group was given the same scenario: three non-profit organizations, all working to help the homeless in a fictional city, needed to divide money between them given certain conditions. Each student represented a different organization. At the end, no group ended up dividing the money the same way, and Professor Garvey reviewed each group’s debates to exhibit the principles he laid out in the beginning.

Participants felt that Professor Garvey’s presentation was highly relevant to their roles on campus, and shed light on a facet of leadership that some had rarely taken the time to analyze or practice. One student commented: "Learning the intricacies of the art of negotiation was extremely helpful for me in thinking about how different student organizations interact with the administrators and other organizations to get their initiatives accomplished."

-Written by Jasper Bingham '17, MLDP Student Program Assistant 

This ongoing series explores sessions of the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) through participant narratives. MLDP is a one-term program designed to develop citizen leaders among sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Dartmouth College. Led by expert guest speakers each week, sessions employ experiential teaching techniques to engage students through hands-on learning of core management and leadership skills.

Monday, November 9, 2015

RGLP Recap: "Intercultural Communication" with Dr. Uju Anya '98

This is a session recap of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) from a participant's perspective.

Dr. Uju Anya '98 describes the role of language in intercultural communication. Photo by Hung Nguyen '18.
This Monday, the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program had a session with Dr. Uju Anya '98, a professor at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education on intercultural communication.

Before the discussion began, we were given a TedTalk by acclaimed writer and activist Chimamande Ngozi Adichie to watch, where she explained the concept of a single story. A single story refers to how a culture may be represented as a single story through media, books, and other sources of information. However that story does not fully capture the diversity in the said culture and offers an extremely narrow viewpoint.
RGLP participants discuss how they may use the nuances of language for intercultural communication. Hung Nguyen '18.

Single stories and stereotypes tied into the overall theme of the lecture, which was about how language is a huge component in how people of the same, and of different, cultures interact. Language is typically considered the spoken method in which humans communicate, but it actually covers an umbrella of actions, such as speaking, bodily movements, and how we convey ourselves.

Through language, we have learned to describe others of different cultures with our words, yet despite the abundance of our vocabulary, single stories are often formed of cultures where the stereotype may differ greatly from the actual way of life in the culture. Even as we focus on language in one culture, there are may different interpretations of words which becomes problematic. 

During the lecture, we mentioned the word "thug" and its different connotations in American culture: meaning criminal, an individual of a certain race, or someone who is simply breaking the rules. The fact that one word could bring harm to one group of people, yet used lightly as a joke by another in the same culture was useful in illustrating the idea that language is a complex subject used to describe, and hopefully integrate cultures.

-Written by Kimberlee John '18, Fall 2015 RGLP Participant

This ongoing series explores sessions of the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) through participant narratives. RGLP engages Dartmouth students who have demonstrated leadership skills and would like to extend these skills on a globally conscious level. In this program, students focus on and further develop international leadership competencies, which have become increasingly crucial in corporate, public and non-profit sectors today.