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Monday, January 31, 2011

Gregg Fairbrothers '76 and Rocky Leadership Fellows Discuss "Leadership in Decision Making"

Gregg Fairbrothers '76 opened his session on "Leadership in Decision Making" by asking Fellows to reflect on the most important decision they have made to date and on the most important decision they will make in their lives.  He stressed the importance of being decisive in leadership positions and introduced a variety of decision making models. 

Fairbrothers then discussed the inherent uncertainties of decision making in the real world and elaborated on the role of emotion.  The key to successful decision making is a willingness to take risks and the ability to weigh multiple options for an adequate length of time. 

Fairbrothers opened the discussion up for questions ranging from his background in the oil and gas industry to financial decision making.  He left Fellows with the advice that no matter what path they chose they should find a strong mentor in their respective fields and seek to learn everything they can from that person.

-- Karen Doster '11

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Rockefeller Center Funding Supports Ten Public Policy Interns during Winter 2011

The Rockefeller Center is one of several Dartmouth Centers that grants funding support for unpaid internships to undergraduates.  Rockefeller Public Policy Internship Grants are designed to enable students to work in an unpaid non-profit or governmental agency on issues of public policy research, public policy analysis, issue evaluation, or activities that help shape and determine public policy - whether at the local, state or national level. Grants of up to $4,000 are awarded to students through a competitive application and interview process each term.

Congratulations to the 10 interns funded by the Rockefeller Center, and working in a variety of host organizations during the Winter 2011 term. 

TIP:  Expand the slideshow above to full-screen (the button on the bottom right), then click "show info" to view the student's name and bio.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Kate Hilton '99 Presents MLDP Students a Framework for Developing a Public Narrative

On January 18th, as Hanover was buried by yet another snowstorm, the Management and Leadership Development Program convened for a session on “The Art of the Public Narrative.” Kate Hilton ’99, who is the Principal in Practice for Leading Change at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and a leadership coach, began the session by recounting her own Dartmouth experience.

Compelled by her experiences on the Environmental Studies Foreign Study Program to Kenya, Hilton relayed how she abandoned her pre-med intentions to embrace her passion for non-profit leadership. Hilton then described the fundamental components of effective public narrative, pointing to her own anecdote as an illustration of the key tenets of powerful public narrative. As Hilton explained, an effective public narrative is defined by “the challenges we faced, the choices we made to overcome them, and the outcome.”

Hilton asked participants to spend some time constructing their own public narrative, and invited Max Gelb ’11 to share his story about the difficulty he encountered in arranging for a pro-Israeli speaker to come to campus. Hilton then showed the group Barack Obama’s “Audacity of Hope” narrative at the 2004 DNC, and led a discussion of the art of non-verbal communication. She asked students to incorporate Barack Obama’s narrative skills and non-verbal cues by breaking down into small groups and practicing their narrative deliverance on each other. Hilton wrapped up the session by asking the group to offer a recap of the qualities of effective public narrative that they learned.

-- Kristen Clifford '13

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Rocky Leadership Fellows Discuss Power of Philanthropy with Dartmouth Senior VP of Advancement Carrie Pelzel

Carrie Pelzel, Senior Vice President for Advancement at Dartmouth College, discussed the power of philanthropy and its connection to leadership on Thursday night in the first session of 2011.  Pelzel introduced the discussion by challenging Fellows with a quiz that tested their knowledge of the who, what, where, and why of philanthropy.  She shared with the group that according to current research and her own personal experience most charitable givers are motivated by a desire to give back rather than a desire for recognition.  

Pelzel discussed the roots of philanthropy in America dating back to the early settlers and continuing to the wealthy financiers of today such as Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.  The discussion provided a solid background for fellows to engage in a case study in which the ultimate goals were to develop a list of criteria for a charitable organization they would consider before donating, and to design a means to leverage their gift to create maximum impact for the organization.

-- Karen Doster '11

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Professor Julie Kalish '91 Leads "Writing in the Workplace" Session for MLDP

Winter 2011 Management and Leadership Development Program Participants
Professor Julie Kalish ’91 joined the 53 MLDP participants for a session about “Writing in the Workplace.“ As a Vermont attorney and lecturer in both Dartmouth's Institute for Writing and Rhetoric and Vermont Law School's Legal Writing Department, Professor Kalish has encountered a considerable amount of deficient workplace and student writing and shared many of her personal experiences with the session attendees. Professor Kalish began her session by reviewing the fundamental elements of good writing, which can be summarized by 3 C’s—“clarity, correctness, and concision.”  She illustrated these tenets empirically, explaining the deficiencies of several “bad sentences” drawn from government and academic documents, and offering ways to better the “disasters.”

Kalish then turned to the topic of email communication in the workplace. She highlighted the fact that although email is an incredibly prevalent form of workplace communication, many employees are still utterly unaware of email etiquette and conventions. Kalish had the group erupting in laughter as they discussed various email styles such as the “all-caps writer,” the “exclamation point” user, the “crazy font color” fan.

Professor Kalish charged the MLDP participants with putting their newfound understanding of workplace email writing to use. They were given handouts of real life workplace emails, and were asked to write appropriate responses and to send them to Professor Kalish. Professor Kalish reviewed a few of the responses she received in the session, asking students to explain their rationale in what they wrote, and pointing out what could be improved upon.  It was a very comprehensive and enjoyable session for all, as attendees commented on how essential email-writing skills are professionally.

-- Kristen Clifford '13

Dartmouth/Oxford Exchange At Keble College - Applications due on February 1st

"The time I spent at Keble College during my junior winter was my favorite experience as a Dartmouth student. I was immediately welcomed into the Keble community and made multiple friends I am still in contact with today. The academics at Keble were equally as rigorous as those courses at Dartmouth and the tutorial system was a different but beneficial educational experience. The transition to student life at Keble was mostly seamless and there was constant communication with professors and administrators to ensure that we were having positive cultural and academic experiences. I cannot communicate enough how great of an experience I had while on the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange program." -- Brian Dunne ‘10

Want to spend a term at Oxford University?

APPLY NOW FOR Dartmouth/Oxford Exchange At Keble College

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 (for all terms of the 2011-2012 academic year)

Apply online at Off-Campus Programs

"The Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program has made me grow in so many ways. The tutorial system forced me to read critically, write with a strong thesis and possible counter arguments in mind and learn how to defend my work confidently and gracefully. Outside of the classroom, Keble has a fun, thriving community that I loved being a part of through the women's soccer team, discussions and performances around the city and social outings with my new British friends. Oxford is a stunning, historical and inspiring location, and I feel very privileged to have seen and lived it for myself. From the Cambridge-Oxford Varsity rugby game to Sandra Day O'Connor at the Union, I found myself constantly impressed by the tradition echoing throughout my surroundings."  -- Elena Falloon ‘11
Information is also available online or in the Rockefeller Center’s 2nd floor resource area.

Professor Ronald Shaiko, Rockefeller 204, Ph: 646-9146
Jane DaSilva, Rockefeller 203, Ph: 646-2229

Monday, January 17, 2011

Winter 2011 Rockefeller Center Newsletter

Vol. 16, No. 3 -- Winter 2011

The Rockefeller Center electronic newsletter is published at the beginning of each term, and is a summary of news and notes.

The 112th Congress is now in session and as focus turns to the national policy agenda, Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick discusses the continued importance of local and state issues, such as underfunded defined benefit pension plans, in his Winter 2011 Direct Line.

Another Dartmouth student with Rockefeller Center connections recently completed a White House InternshipRead about the experience and reflections of Fall 2010 intern Ariel Murphy '12 here.  Murphy is back on campus and is now co-leading the PoliTALK Student Discussion Group on Thursday evenings.

The Rockefeller Center welcomes Professor Ellen Meara to to the Public Policy Faculty this winter.  Meara is teaching a health policy seminar.  Read more...

Upcoming Public Programs this term include Keith Hennessey, former Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council, who will give The Brooks Family Lecture on February 21, 2011.  See the full list of programs here, and on the Rocky Calendar.

The Center was represented by Professors Ron Shaiko and Andrew Samwick at a recent conference for FIPSE grant awardees in Wasington, DC hosted by the Department of Education.  Read more...

Fall 2010 lectures by Jeffrey Sachs, Barbara Kellerman, Sydney Freedberg, Jr., Leah Platt Boustan, and the NH Budget Panel can be found on YouTube if you missed them:

Upcoming Deadlines:

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We view the growth of our curricular and co-curricular programs as critical ways we support Dartmouth’s mission to educate the most promising students and prepare them for a lifetime of learning and responsible leadership.  The programs and events the Rockefeller Center offers are made possible through the generosity of those who believe that we can make a difference.  Consider making a tax-deductible gift to the support the work of the Rockefeller Center using this formYour participation and generosity are greatly appreciated.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Professsors Shaiko and Samwick Attend DC Conference for FIPSE Awardees

Professors Ron Shaiko, associate director of the Center, and Andrew Samwick, director of the Rockefeller Center, traveled to Washington, DC in December for a conference hosted by the Department of Education for awardees in the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program. The Center was notified in late September of its $750,000, three-year grant from FIPSE.  At the Washington, DC conference, Shaiko and Samwick learned that the Rockefeller Center was one of 38 awardees from a pool of 417 applications from colleges and universities across the nation.  Conference meetings provided information on federal regulations regarding the implementation of U.S. government-funded programs.  Samwick and Shaiko were joined by Virginia Reed, director of the Center for Program Design and Evaluation at Dartmouth. Reed will serve as the lead program evaluator during the three-year grant period.

Policy Research Shop students and staff ~ January 6, 2011 

The FIPSE grant received by the Center will support the expansion of the Policy Research Shop (PRS) at the Rockefeller Center.  To date the work of the PRS, a student-staffed policy research enterprise, has focused on providing useful policy analysis to state policymakers in New Hampshire and Vermont.  With the support of the grant, the PRS will reach out to local governments in both states in order to provide policy research on issues of importance to local government officials.  In order to participate in the PRS, students must take PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research, taught by Professor Shaiko or PBPL 48: Policy Analysis and Local Governance, taught by Professor Samwick.  In addition, the grant will allow the Center to disseminate the PRS model to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Public Program Preview: Keith Hennessey, The Brooks Family Lecture

Keith Hennessey
Former Director, National Economic Council
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

"The Size and Scope of Government in an Aging America"

Monday, February 21, 2011
4:30 PM • Room 3, Rockefeller Center

The Brooks Family Lecture

Keith Hennessey is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He teaches as a lecturer at Stanford Business School and Stanford Law School. He serves as a member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, a bipartisan commission created by Congress to examine the causes, domestic and global, of the current economic and financial crisis in the United States. He writes about American economic policy on his blog,, named one of the 25 best economics blogs by The Wall Street Journal.

Hennessey served as the senior White House economic advisor to President George W. Bush. He coordinated economic policy for the President, including financial market issues, tax policy, energy and climate change, health care, Social Security and Medicare reform, housing, technology and telecommunications, and agriculture. From August 2002 through the end of 2007, Hennessey served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. During the financial crisis of 2008 he was Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council.

Before working in the White House Hennessey spent eight years on Capitol Hill, most of it working as Economic Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS). He also worked for Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) on the staff of the Senate Budget Committee, and on the staff of the 1994 Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform.

Before coming to Washington in 1994, he spent two years developing software at Symantec Corporation and two years at Harvard where he earned a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He earned a BAS degree in math and political science from Stanford in 1990. Hennessey lives in Palo Alto, California and wishes he had a dog.

For an up-to-date listing of public programs and co-sponsored events, please visit our web site.

Reflections of a Rockefeller Center Funded White House Intern: Ariel Murphy '12

“The Rockefeller Center's Internship Funding Program is phenomenal, and has provided me with an unforgettable opportunity to learn more about public policy and gain a better understanding of public service. Financially, it would have been extremely difficult to take part in the White House Internship Program, but through the generosity of the Rockefeller Center, I was able to take a huge step forward in the exploration of my professional and academic interests. As a former First-Year Fellow, I can also say that the Rockefeller Center has really helped to shape my Dartmouth experience.”  – Ariel Murphy ’12, in her internship self-evaluation 
During the fall 2010 term, Ariel Murphy ’12 had the opportunity to participate in the White House internship program with the support of a funding grant provided by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center. During her tenure as an intern for the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, Ariel had a chance to get an inside look at the Executive branch of the federal government, and served successfully as a community service project leader. In her internship report, Ariel reflects on this experience as she writes,
“In addition to developing our commitment to public service, the White House Internship Program also strives to ensure that interns walk away with a number of unique experiences, and I can appreciatively say that I have walked away from this internship having received countless opportunities. For example, gaining knowledge about the personal and professional paths of senior staff members, like Senior Adviser to the President Valerie Jarrett, and principals, like First Lady Michelle Obama, is one gift that I have been able to walk away with through the Speaker Series.”
Ariel had completed not only the Center's Civic Skills Training, but also the Management and Leadership Development Program.  The skills, tools and topics covered were put into good use in her time as a White House intern according to her final reflection report.  By working and volunteering at the White House, Ariel was able to gain new appreciation of civil servants. She noted that "the Executive Branch of the federal government is a place powered by the hard work and diligence of American citizens like you and me." 

Finally, although Ariel was physically far away from Dartmouth, she found that alums and her connections to the College were invaluable assets to her internship experience and stay in D.C. From the advice she received from a current Dartmouth student who was a  former White House intern, to working under the supervision of a Dartmouth alum in the Obama administration, Ariel’s connection to Dartmouth remained strong even while away. As she describes,
“I have learned is that Dartmouth is never too far away. In addition to reporting to Jodi Gillette ‘91, a Dartmouth Alum, I was given a rare opportunity to work at the September 20th CNBC Town Hall Event with President Obama as a temporary CNBC intern because of my affiliation with Dartmouth. Being able to reach out to and connect with other Dartmouth students and alumni in the DC area has truly been a comforting experience that I will always treasure."

Ariel was one of seven interns who completed Fall 2010 Public Policy Internships with funding support from the Rockefeller Center.  You can read more about the Fall 2010 funded interns at the Rocky web site.

Celebrate the Life and Legacy of MLK at Dartmouth Events 2011

The Rockefeller Center is a proud sponsor or co-sponsor of several events on campus that are part of the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.  You can see the complete list of events and a post on Dartmouth Now with more information. 

In particular, we wanted to highlight the following:

Friday, January 14, 2011

Rockefeller Center Co-Sponsors Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate Winter Invitational

The 12th Annual Dartmouth College Winter Invitational celebrates twelve years of excellence as a staple on the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) tournament series. American Parliamentary debate focuses on the art of rhetoric, persuasion, and impromptu thinking by challenging contenders to five "in" rounds of debate; in each round one team presents a topic for debate and the other opposes. Teams of two take turns debating in a sequence, and alternate proposing and opposing cases until the bracket leaves a single victor. Broken into a varsity and novice league, APDA tournaments allow for debate between new debaters and veterans, helping to holistically improve each member's ability to think quickly and critically.

Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate proudly hosts the Winter Invitational, with co-sponsorship by the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, in the hopes of fostering the development of well-rounded thinkers who will go on to use these skills in the workplace and in the public sector. Spanning January 14-15, 2011 at Dartmouth College, the tournament will have students from the Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate Team judging over forty teams from across the nation.

-- Jacob Hickson '13

EDITED TO ADD on 2/3/11:  Summary of event from the student organizers

Event Name: 12th Annual Dartmouth Winter Invitational
Sponsoring Organization: Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate Team
Co-sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

January 14-15, 2011 in the Rockefeller Center, 61 teams from 22 schools: American University, Bates, Brandeis, Brown, University of Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, Middlebury, NYU, MIT, UPenn, Providence College, Rutgers, Smith, Swarthmore, Tufts, UVA, West Point, William and Mary, Williams, and Yale teams; participated in paired debates. Debaters were judged primarily by Dartmouth students, alums, and visiting judges from other schools. Rounds operated under the regulations of the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA), with the first place team from Yale winning over the Harvard/Brandeis hybrid team by a 7-0 decision.

American Parliamentary Debate encourages participants to think quickly, analytically, and critically. The event synthesizes understanding of current events, philosophy, and constitutional and international law with public speaking and rhetorical strategies. These skills reflect qualities desirable in a well-educated citizen and foster participation in political discourse and civic engagement, as well as facilitate the intellectual growth of debaters and judges who must embrace challenging viewpoints and make complex value judgments.

Overall satisfaction from visiting participants and hosting Dartmouth students was high. Several members of the Dartmouth Parliamentary Debate team received compliments on the coordination of the event.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Professor Ellen Meara Joins Public Policy Faculty at the Rockefeller Center

During the Winter 2011 Term, Professor Ellen Meara joins the Rockefeller Center as an adjunct associate professor of public policy.  She is teaching a health policy seminar—PBPL 84.2: Health Policy Reform. The goal of her seminar is to analyze the likely strengths and weaknesses in U.S. health reform to address three major challenges in the health care system: access, cost, and quality of health care. 

In addition to her teaching in the Center, Meara is also an associate professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  Professor Meara is an economist whose research examines: 1) trends in medical spending and health outcomes in the U.S. and 2) the interaction of social policy and health outcomes. Much of her research has focused on medically vulnerable populations such as Medicaid enrollees, the uninsured and recipients of public income support with mental and substance use disorders.

Prior to her arrival at Dartmouth, she spent 11 years at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy. Dr. Meara is the recipient of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act award to study the impact of federal parity legislation on the behavioral health service use of children who are income-eligible for state Children’s Health Insurance Programs. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. Since 2000, Dr. Meara has been a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

We welcome Professor Meara to the Rockefeller Center.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bruce Rauner '78 to speak about "Public Private Partnerships in Education Reform" on January 12th

UPDATE:  The Rauner lecture has been POSTPONED due to inclement weather. 
An announcement about rescheduling will be posted here on the Rocky facebook page, our web site and on the posters around campus.  Please contact us with any questions, thanks.

The Winter term is underway, and this week The Rockefeller Center welcomes Dartmouth alum Bruce Rauner '78, as our first public program speaker of the winter term.  His talk, "Public Private Partnerships in Education Reform", will be held on Wednesday, January 12th at 4:30 PM in Room 3, Rockefeller Center.

For the most up to date information about Rockefeller Center public programs and co-sponsored events, please visit our web site.  The document below can also be printed out and shared with others.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Rockefeller Center Direct Line - Winter 2011

In years with Presidential or Congressional elections, we typically turn our attention to public policy at the national level. But many of the most pressing problems are occurring at the state and local level. An example is the underfunded status of many defined benefit pension plans for state and local public sector workers. According to a recent study by economists at Rochester and Northwestern universities, state-sponsored pension plans have unfunded liabilities of over $3 trillion and municipal plans have unfunded liabilities of over $500 billion when properly valued.

There is nothing inherently wrong with the design of defined benefit pension plans, but the way they have been sponsored shows some of the challenges of implementing programs that defer compensation over long periods of time. A defined benefit pension is a promise to pay income in the future in exchange for work done today.* To honor that promise responsibly, the plan sponsor needs to fund it adequately in the time interval between when the promise is made and when it is kept. Simply put, that hasn’t been happening in many large private sector plans and public sector plans. I conjecture that the problems are worse in the public sector because voters don’t pay as much attention to the financial bottom line as shareholders do and because the accounting standards are sharper for private sector plans than public sector plans.

For many years, elected officials have been making promises that future (now, near-future) taxpayers may not want to keep. In contrast to prior years, the debts will not just be outstanding – they will be coming due. Resolving these debts will be a major public policy challenge that plays out in different ways across the country over the coming decade, as Baby Boomers continue to make the shift from their working years to their retirement years. Looking ahead, it is almost unavoidable that there will be “cram down,” defined by columnist Daniel Gross in a 2005 article in Slate as:
It’s what happens when stakeholders who have met their obligations are nonetheless forced to accept returns or compensation that are far less than they were promised. Frequently, cram downs occur because the entity charged with managing the investment has screwed up—it frittered away cash or went bankrupt. And this is the theme that is defining personal, corporate, and government finances this decade.
Gross went on to chronicle examples of cram down in the private sector at the time the column was written. That cram down was on the horizon for public sector employees has been anticipated for many years. New York Times reporter Mary Williams Walsh has been on the case, providing excellent coverage of pension underfunding and related issues.

As in many problems of default, a third party is often asked to intervene to avoid both the cram down to the employees and the tax increases to the local taxpayers. The most likely third party in this case is the federal government, with a bailout to the state or local government sponsor. A recent editorial in The Christian Science Monitor makes a very good point. To the extent that the federal government wants to get involved, it should offer loans -- not bailouts -- to avoid encouraging similar behavior by plan sponsors in the future. To support that goal as well as to protect the federal taxpayer, I would add that ideally, these loans would have the highest seniority in the borrower’s capital structure and be made at penalty interest rates.

At the Rockefeller Center, students can study issues of interest to state and local governments in Public Policy 45 and Public Policy 48, respectively, and conduct research on the challenges facing policy makers in New Hampshire and Vermont in the Policy Research Shop.

* The alternative to a defined benefit plan is a defined contribution pension plan, in which funding is not an issue but the adequacy of future income is typically less certain than if it were specified by a formula and sponsored by a responsible employer. For more than two decades, the growth in pension plans has been of this form, including 401(k) plans, so unlike analogous funding challenges in Social Security and Medicare, the challenge with employer-sponsored pensions will not get worse over time. In past research, my colleague Jon Skinner and I showed that the projected distribution of retirement income under defined contribution plans was at least as good as that under the defined benefit plans they supplanted.

Andrew A. Samwick is the Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, the Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving '72a, P'10 Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2003 and 2004, he served as chief economist on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Since joining the Dartmouth faculty in 1994, his scholarly work has covered a range of topics, including pensions, saving, taxation, portfolio choice, and executive compensation. Professor Samwick has been published in American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Finance, Journal of Public Economics, and a number of specialized journals and conference volumes. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He blogs about economics and current events at Capital Gains and Games.

Friday, January 7, 2011

MLDP Welcomes Winter 2011 Participants, Leadership Experts Darin Eich and Elizabeth Winslow '83

The Rockefeller Center welcomed students for the first Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) sessions of the winter this week.  Rocky hosted two trainings for small group facilitators as well as the first regular session of the term.

“What Makes a Good Leader? Vision, Confidence, Training and Commitment
The inaugural session for the Winter ’11 MLDP was designed to enable participants to examine leadership in a broad sense, as to lay the foundation for their entire MLDP experience.  Professor Elizabeth Winslow ’83, Associate Director of the MBA Program at the Tuck School of Business, presented a session on the fundamentals of leadership. First, she asked the group to offer suggestions of personal characteristics of a “good leader.” From there, she encouraged participants to think empirically about good leadership, drawing on a Harvard Business School case study that participants read before the session. Students broke into groups to discuss the quality of the leadership of the administrators of an inner-city magnet school, as presented in the case study.

Professor Winslow then gave an overview of leadership theory, underscoring the best way to determine the ideal leadership approach is to “assess the situation, the people, and yourself. “  Professor Winslow allowed participants to put this theory to practice, again returning to the HBS case study, but this time, asked participants to evaluate the protagonists’ leadership abilities according to a leadership matrix. Professor Winslow then turned to the MLDP participants to explain the “take-aways” of the session. Sahil Joshi ’13 identified a good leader as someone who has “the ability to evaluate our own strengths and the strengths of others.” Richard D’Amato ‘13 added, “Leadership isn’t about your own qualities. It’s about the situations and the relationships involved."

"Tools & Techniques for Facilitating Group Leadership Discussion and Activities"
On Monday, January 3rd, and Wednesday, January 5th, MLDP hosted trainings for those program participants who were interested in facilitating the small groups. Dr. Darin Eich, who is a leadership consultant, motivational speaker, and founder of an innovation generation company called BrianReactions, taught attendees some tools and techniques for facilitating group discussion. Dr. Eich began the session by having participants reflect on why and how they intended to use their facilitation skills, while simultaneously demonstrating the discussion facilitation techniques that they would soon formally learn. Dr. Eich then identified some especially helpful facilitation techniques, and discussed how a group’s fundamental identity is established by its relationship and task.

Before the group broke for dinner, Dr. Eich introduced a game to help cultivate the group’s relationship. Called “This Is Not a Circle,” the icebreaker challenged players, to imagine what else a nine-foot nylon loop of mountain- climbing rope could be aside from a circle. Participants offered: "This is not a circle; it is an earring." "This is not a circle; it is a bowl of soup." "This is not a circle; it is a robot gorilla destroying Taiwan." The group reconvened to put their newly-acquired facilitation skills to use. The participants each facilitated a seven-minute discussion on the leadership topic of their choice. To wrap up, the session participants reflected on how they could best use what they learned to enhance their facilitations in the future.

-- Kristen Clifford '13

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Registration is Open for Management & Leadership Development Program Winter 2011 Special Sessions

The Rockefeller Center's Management & Leadership Development Program (MLDP) offers not only the one-term structured program that students apply for, but also several "Special Sessions" that are open to current and past participants of MLDP.  We also welcome students who are not affiliated with MLDP to register for these Special Sessions.  A simple registration is required, and is completed online.

Darin Eich, leading the "Tools & Techniques for Facilitating Group Leadership Discussion & Activities" MLDP special session on January 3rd

The list of Winter term offerings include:
  • Tools & Techniques for Facilitating Group Leadership Discussion & Activities - Wednesday, 1/5/11 at 5 PM
  • Thinking and Speaking with Precision - Friday, 2/4/11 at 4 PM =OR= Saturday, 2/5/11 at 10:30 AM
  • Etiquette Dinner - Friday, 2/4/11 at 6 PM
  • Pre-Internship Training - Saturday, 2/5/11 at 12:30 PM
  • Excel - Saturday, 2/26/11 at 1 PM
Students who would like to be a MLDP small group facilitator or a Rockefeller Center Discussion Group Leader must attend the "Tools & Techniques for Facilitating Group Leadership Discussion & Activities" session.

Students who would like to enhance their chances of receiving funding for an unpaid internship from the Rockefeller Center should attend the Pre-Internship Training, the Etiquette Dinner and ONE of the “Thinking and Speaking with Precision” sessions.

Students who receive funding for an internship, or just want to enhance technical skills, should attend the Excel session and ONE of the “Thinking and Speaking with Precision” sessions.

Please register only if you know that you can attend, as spaces are limited!  Room locations and reminders are sent out by email.  Please contact Danielle Thompson if you have any questions, and feel free to share this information with other students that you believe would be interested.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year from The Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth!

Students will be returning to campus in the next few days.  Public lectures for the winter term are already posted on our web site and on facebook.  We have student events and trainings beginning on Monday, January 3rd. 

Look for our Winter 2011 e-Newsletter to be released by January 12, 2011 for more specific details of our upcoming events and some of the exciting projects that our students, faculty and staff are working on.