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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuck School of Business Prof. Betsy Winslow '83 Leads 1st Session of Rocky Leadership Fellows

Betsy Winslow '83 of the Tuck School of Business kicked off the first Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) session of 2011-2012 with  an interactive lecture on Leadership, Personal Development, and the Feedback Cycle.  The session began with the Fellows sharing a time when they exercised leadership: paying mind to who their followers were, what type of leadership they were using, how well it went, and what they would have done differently. This was followed  by a review of leadership theory, which encompassed directly discussing various  theories and different leadership types. After the review, Winslow then discussed  ways to build the framework for accessing leaders, the importance of situational  management, ways to give and receive feedback, and best practices for providing feedback.

Through role-playing exercises, cold-calling, and direct lecture, Winslow successfully  conveyed to the Fellows the importance of personal excellence, developing  a library of personal yet flexible leadership styles, managing work relationships, and most importantly, how critical the feedback cycle is to both professional and personal success.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Monday 9/26 Workshop: Tools & Techniques for Facilitating Group Leadership Discussion and Activities: Sign up for remaining seats

We've got some exciting workshops coming up this Fall term, including the following which is a great option for anyone who works with student organizations!

Tools & Techniques for Facilitating Group Leadership Discussion and Activities
Monday, September 26th
5:30 - 7:45 pm
The Class of 1930 Room at the Rockefeller Center

This workshop is designed to showcase and practice tools for effectively facilitating group process. Campus student organization leaders (current or future), discussion group leaders, and student staff are highly encouraged to attend.

Open to all students, including first-year students. You do not need to be a current MLDP participant to attend this free workshop. If you do participate in MLDP during the 2011-2012 academic year, this workshop will "count" towards your participation.

Dinner is provided.  Hope that you can join us - register below or on the event web site.

Guest Speaker: Darin Eich

Dr. Darin Eich is a professional speaker, facilitator, consultant, & entrepreneur from Madison, WI. He is the founder of many organizations includingProgramInnovation, CollegeMotivation, ThroughCollege, and BrainReactions, an innovation and idea generation company established with a leadership program student that has gone on to be recognized by US News and BusinessWeek.

He has his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and has been a graduate student and developer of programs at the University of Maryland & William and Mary. His dissertation research involved constructing a grounded theory of high quality leadership programs through interviewing over 60 students, teachers, and administrators from different leadership programs. Darin’s passion involves helping people to become themselves, find and live their strengths, and become more creative, innovative & successful leaders.

Professionally, Darin does projects around the globe ranging from hundreds of college speeches to helping institutions develop leadership programs & retreats to facilitating professional brainstorm innovation sessions for the most innovative Fortune 500 companies. You can email Darin at or find out more information at  

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall 2011 Rockefeller Center Newsletter

Vol. 17, No. 1 -- Fall 2011

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

" Building good leaders is a goal that Dartmouth can achieve through more experiential learning." -- comment from Rockefeller Leadership Fellow Alum who attended the August 2011 Alumni Conference.

In his Fall 2011 Direct Line, Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick asks the question:   Why does it matter that our culture of leadership is not as well developed as our culture of learning?  Professor Samwick's address was delivered at the 10th Anniversary Alumni Conference of the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Program, one of the Summer 2011 highlights you will find below.

What you might have missed during Summer 2011:

What to look forward to during the Fall 2011 Term:

Rockefeller Student Discussion Groups begin the week of September 26th.  We have three groups that will be meeting during the 2011-2012 year, and are led by students.  Join us for dinner and a casual forum to talk about politics, leadership, public speaking and Dartmouth current events.

Upcoming Deadlines:

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Rockefeller Center Direct Line - Fall 2011

This Fall's Direct Line comes from the Opening Remarks for the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Alumni Conference: Learn. Reconnect. Reflect. that were given on August 19, 2011 by Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick.

Good evening and welcome back. My name is Andrew Samwick, and I have been the director of the Rockefeller Center for the past 7 years. It won’t surprise you to learn that I think that the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program is one of the best opportunities at Dartmouth or that the feedback we have gotten from each successive year of students to experience the program confirms that I am not alone in my assessment.

As the purpose of your gathering this weekend is to learn, reconnect, and reflect, I want to share with you one or two of my reflections on 17 years on the faculty at Dartmouth. It starts with Dartmouth’s mission statement, which was articulated in April 2007 as follows:

Dartmouth College educates the most promising students and prepares them for a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership, through a faculty dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge.
It is a good mission statement. It could – and perhaps should – be the mission statement of every liberal arts college or university. But is it accurate? I can see Dartmouth’s culture of learning everywhere around me – it is in the curriculum, the classroom, the laboratories, the libraries, and the seminar rooms. And in those places, the culture of learning is developed in a very intentional way – with graduation requirements, course syllabi, and the like.

I cannot see the culture of leadership in quite the same way. Yes, there are things that happen at Dartmouth that are the building blocks of a culture of leadership, but they are not required, they are offered episodically, and they are not assessed or even discussed with anything like the same intensity as the building blocks of the culture of learning.

Why does it matter that our culture of leadership is not as well developed as our culture of learning?

As I told the RLF students this past year, and as is true for all of you here as well, yours is the generation of crises. If you thought the financial crisis and the Great Recession were the end of something, think again. We as a nation, and you as the generation that will come of age professionally in the next two decades, will face crisis upon crisis. Not just challenges – crises in which you have to act immediately in order to resolve decades of indifference, neglect, and corruption. You didn’t make the mess, but you are going to have to clean it up – over and over again in fields as diverse as health, education, the environment, and international relations. Or, as we like to say at the Rockefeller Center, all that stuff we do.

The absence of a culture of leadership at Dartmouth hinders your ability to face those crises in the world beyond Dartmouth, and here I will speak from my own experience. I spent the year before I came back to Dartmouth as the Rockefeller Center director as the chief economist on the staff of the Council of Economic Advisers. This was July 2003 through June 2004. I was occasionally the person who briefed senior White House officials on economic issues. I can tell you only what I saw – it didn’t take much of a briefing to get senior leadership up to speed. The scarce resource in the room, and in the policy making process in Washington, was not knowledge of the subject. Enough people know enough about the issues to craft sensible policies. The scarce resource – the weak link in the chain – is the ability to mobilize a sufficiently large group of policy makers in the same direction to effect better policy. In other words, the scarce resource is leadership.

That year in Washington was a turning point for me. I had spent the previous decade focused solely on building the culture of learning. This was no longer acceptable. My role in fulfilling Dartmouth’s mission needed to focus equally on building a culture of leadership. And I am pleased to say that although much work remains, we have made tangible progress in building a culture of leadership. We have introduced four new courses with leadership as their unifying intellectual theme into the public policy curriculum. We have built on the success of our senior-year leadership fellows program and our off-campus internship training programs to design the Management and Leadership Development Program. MLDP is offered as a weekly co-curricular program in each of the fall, winter, and spring terms. It introduces about 150 Dartmouth students each year to the building blocks of leadership. And it really is only the beginning.

So let me conclude by saying thank you to all of you. It was the experience gained by offering RLF to you over the years that convinced us of the value of our programming and the need to expand it. It is the feedback we get from you this weekend that will enable us to develop new programs to better support Dartmouth students and young alumni as they aspire to positions of leadership in the world beyond Dartmouth.

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.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Students meet Rockefeller Center Faculty and Learn about Public Policy Minor, Other Curricular Opportunities

Public Policy Minor Open House - Friday, September 16, 2011

Approximately 100 new Dartmouth students spent some of their Friday morning with Rockefeller Center faculty and staff to learn more about the Public Policy Minor and other curricular opportunities.  Interest in public policy here at Dartmouth continues to be strong, as the crowd in The Class of 1930 Room made evident.  We also distributed about 90 pocket-sized copies of The US Constitution to kick-off our Constitution Day events. 

If you missed speaking with us at the Class of 2015 Information Expo or the Public Policy Minor Open House, we hope that you will join us on Monday, September 19th from 10-11:30 AM for our annual Rockefeller Center Open House.  We will have refreshments, giveaways, a chance to meet Rocky faculty and staff, and perhaps most importantly: speak with upper class students who have participated in our curricular and co-curricular programs to see how these opportunities have impacted their Dartmouth experience.

We hope that you will join us in welcoming some of the newest members of the Rockefeller Center staff:
  • Timothy Ruback is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy. Ruback received his B.A. from Bates College and did his graduate training at Arizona State University (Ph.D. 2008). His research interests focus upon the ways in which intersection of theory and methodology works to shape and enclose our understandings of global political life. These themes were addressed in his dissertation, titled The Thucydides Function: International Relations Theory as Interpretations of The Peloponnesian War. His current research addresses these themes in the context of border politics and militarized interstate manhunts. He is most recently the author of "'Let Me Tell the Story Straight On: Middlemarch, Process-Tracing Methods, and the Politics of Narrative" which won the British Journal of Politics and International Relations award for the Best Article in 2010. Before coming to Dartmouth, Professor Ruback taught courses in international relations and foreign policy at Smith College. His courses at Dartmouth will address themes of leadership and global public policy.

  • Benjamin Cole is a Post-Doctoral Fellow, Co-Manager of the Policy Research Shop, and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy. He received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University's School of Public Policy in 2011, and holds MA and BA degrees in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. His dissertation, "Reconceptualizing Democracy: Harnessing Social Complexity at the State-Society Interface," proposed a new theory of democratic governance, derived from complexity theory, and developed a quantitative measure of democratic governance quality on that basis. His teaching interests include comparative politics, comparative local and regional governance, and public policy/administration, particularly research design and methods. He taught full-time for the International Affairs dual major program at the University of New Hampshire from 2008-2011 while completing his dissertation. In addition to his research and mentoring at Dartmouth, Ben also maintains an active independent research agenda in democratic transition and state fragility/failure, and recently joined the DC-based Societal-Systems Research, Inc., and its affiliate non-profit, the Center for Systemic Peace, both funded by the US Political Instability Task Force, as Research Associate. Among other publications, since 2008 Ben has co-authored the annual "Global Report" series, which includes the unique "State Fragility Index," a cross-national time-series measure of state fragility.

  • Margaret Post is a Post-Doctoral Fellow, Co-Manager of the Policy Research Shop, and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy. Post holds a Doctorate in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, and a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. For over ten years, she has worked as a community organizer, educator, and scholar. Her research interests include the role of grassroots organizations in social policy change and the civic development of young people and new immigrants. In addition to teaching courses on organizing and public policy, Post conducts trainings for a broad range of non-profit and political organizations. In 2007, Post received the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Bailis Family Social Justice Award from the Heller School at Brandeis University. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the publication, Diversity and Democracy, and is a member of the Next Generation Engagement Project at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Center, Post was Director of the Donelan Office of Community Based Learning at Holy Cross (Worceseter, MA).

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rockefeller Center Hosts "Virtual Event" for Constitution Day 2011: Win $50 Gift Card, Watch Videos, Pick Up a Pocket Constitution

Constitution Day commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, the day when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Constitution Day is considered the birthday of the U.S. government.

In honor of Constitution Day 2011, the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College is taking the celebration in an exciting new direction, providing access at your convenience to previous Constitution Day lectures at Dartmouth via a custom YouTube playlist. To access the video playlist, along with educational resources related to the Constitution and Constitution Day, visit our web site.

Now through Wednesday, September 21st: one lucky person who takes our Online Constitution Quiz will win a $50 gift card to!

We distributed approximately 90 pocket-sized constitution booklets at our Public Policy Minor Open House.  If you didn't pick one up on Friday, look for them at our Open House on Monday, 9/19 at 10 AM.