MLDP Session Descriptions and Speaker BiosDocument Transcript
Darin Eich, Ph.D.
Author, Root Down & Branch Out: Best Practices for Leadership Development
Catalyze: MLDP Kick-off to Network, Connect, and Communicate
Network, communicate, zero-in on developing your interpersonal skills, and engage in
a new group dynamic during the MLDP kick-off session. We will be making rapid
connections with fellow student co-learners in the program to begin MLDP and set the
stage to take ownership of your own leadership development. During this opening
session, we will focus on making leadership practical and real world for you. You’ll
think about, construct, and share your own “leadership for what” ideas and explore
your call to leadership. Connect with Rockefeller Center Students and Staff to build community in our program.
Focus in on strategies and models for innovative and engaged learning, and to build a platform to focus on your
own leadership development. Strategize to take practical action to grow in the areas that you choose so you can
become a better leader in real-time during the duration of the program.
Darin Eich earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin
where his research focused on leadership development programs. He has been a graduate student and developer
of programs at the University of Maryland & William and Mary. 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 ranging from hundreds of college speeches to helping institutions develop
leadership programs & retreats to facilitating innovation sessions for the most innovative Fortune 500
companies. Darin has been consulting with Dartmouth since 2009 and is the founder of various leadership
development and innovation initiatives and organizations, including a global innovation generation company
called BrainReactions. He is the author of Root Down and Branch Out: Best Practices for Leadership
Development Programs and Innovation Step-by-Step. Visit www.InnovationLearning.org for more of Darin’s
The Management and Leadership Development Program (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. Participants work individually and in small groups throughout the
program to develop practical skills that they can apply immediately to their leadership roles in campus
organizations, internships, projects, and in their careers. Since beginning to offer the program in fall 2009,
more than 400 students have participated in MLDP.
For more information about MLDP, including registration deadlines for the 2013-14 academic year, please
visit us at: http://rockefeller.dartmouth.edu/studentopps/mldp.html
Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP)
Session Descriptions & Speaker Bios
Gama Perruci, Ph.D.
Dean of the McDonough Leadership Center, Marietta College (Ohio)
Board of Directors Chair, International Leadership Association (ILA)
“Leading Thoughts” Section Facilitator, The New York Times in Leadership Project
Leadership and Followership
What do we mean when we use the terms leadership and followership? What are our
expectations of leaders and followers? Why do we seek to be leaders and followers? This
session is designed to introduce the participants to the Rockefeller Center’s definition of
leadership, and in the process challenge us to answer these questions on a personal level.
This session will use a “Leadership Continuum,” contrasting leader-focused processes
(leaders “in charge”) versus group-focused processes (leaders and followers
collaborating toward a common goal). The main purpose of this continuum is to allow the participants to identify
how they lead and follow. This session will be highly interactive and will draw from the participants’ own
experiences and personal insights. Using a framework developed by Robert Bellah in his book, Habits of the
Heart, the session will end with an open dialogue about why people choose to participate in leadership
Dr. Gama Perruci is the Dean of the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business and McCoy Professor of
Leadership Studies at Marietta College. Aside from his research and administrative duties, Dr. Perruci also
serves as a consultant to colleges and corporations. He currently serves as a consultant for The New York Times,
focusing on the newspaper’s educational programming for leadership students. His most recent consulting
assignments also include a review of the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law (LEL) at the United States
Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland) and an evaluation of the leadership program at Zayed University in
Dubai, United Arab Emirates. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Dr. Perruci will be a visiting lecturer in the
Global Leadership Program at Dartmouth College’s Rockefeller Center for Public Policy. He currently serves as
the Chair of the International Leadership Association, Inc. (ILA) Board of Directors – a global nonprofit
organization focused on the study and practice of leadership. Dr. Perruci has been a frequent guest analyst for
the London-based BBC World Service and Paris-based Radio France International broadcast to Brazil. He
served as a member of the National Selection Committee (America’s Best Leaders Project, Top American Leaders
Project) convened by Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership in collaboration with the weekly
magazine, U.S. News & World Report (2009-2010), and The Washington Post (2011). A native of Brazil, Dr.
Perruci has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida and a master’s in international journalism
(M.I.J.) from Baylor University in Texas.
Kate Hilton ’99
Director, Organizing for Health, ReThink Health
Principal in Practice, Leading Change Project, Harvard University
How Do Leaders Motivate Others to Join Them in Action? The Art of Public
How do leaders recruit others to join them in action? What kind of stories do they tell,
and how do they tell them? Public narrative combines the art of public speaking and
communication with a story of self (why you’re called to act), story of us (why your
audience’s values reflect that they should join you), and story of now (the urgent and
hopeful action you’re asking them to commit to). In this session, we’ll practice public
speaking and communication skills while exploring our call to public leadership. The session will be interactive,
thought-provoking, and fun!
Kate Hilton graduated from Dartmouth College in 1999 with a degree in environmental ethics. After college, she
traveled across the U.S. by Volkswagen van to examine community-based conservation projects, lived on a
homestead in East Corinth, Vermont, worked with Maasai communities on community development projects in
Kenya, and led high school community service trips abroad. In 2004, Kate received a Masters in Theological
Studies from Harvard Divinity School where she focused her work on moral leadership. While at Harvard, she
founded a conference for international community leaders that is now in its ninth year and continues to be
organized by students. After that, she worked in microfinance in India and with social entrepreneurs in the U.S.
Program at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public In 2008, Kate received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin
Law School where she examined public leadership. She currently serves as the Director of Organizing for
Health, where she is leading a team to explore what community organizing can contribute to the transformation
of health and health care. She is also a licensed lawyer in Wisconsin and Massachusetts and a Principal in
Practice for Leading Change at Harvard University. She helps run campaigns, lead workshops on organizing
and leadership skills, and teach a distance learning course.
Sara Biggs Chaney
Lecturer in Writing, Institute for Writing & Rhetoric, Dartmouth College
Writing in the Workplace
Picture this: You are in the first week of your new internship and the agency you are
working for is facing a rhetorical crisis. Your supervisor recently sent out a letter to
clients explaining an important policy change. Unfortunately, clients misinterpreted a
key part of the letter, and the complaints are rolling in! Your busy supervisor tasks
you to write a short letter clearing up the misunderstanding. How can you effectively
craft such a document? What tone would be appropriate? What are the in-house rules
for letter writing? How do you balance the concerns of different audiences? In this
session, we will use interactive and engaging case studies to improve our strategic
writing skills. You will have an opportunity to work your way through a range of different sticky writing
situations. We’ll learn from the issues that arise from these cases and come away with a greater appreciation of
the workplace writer’s rhetorical situation.
Sara Biggs Chaney received her Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Composition, Literacy, and Culture
from Indiana University in 2008. She has been a Lecturer in Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric since
2005, where she teaches first-year and upper-level writing courses. Her scholarly writing has appeared in
Rhetoric Review, Composition Forum, Enculturation and The Journal of Basic Writing. Her poetry has recently
appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of literary magazines. Her first chapbook, Precipice Fruit, is forthcoming
from ELJ Publications in October, 2013.
Assistant Athletic Director for Leadership, Dartmouth College Athletics
Dartmouth Peak Performance at MLDP: Leading Through Action
Developing leadership skills takes practice. In this session, you will put into action the
concepts you have learned in MLDP to provide vision, direction, and motivation to
your peers. Drawing upon kinesthetic teaching techniques, this session will be focused
on helping you to develop strategies to maximize team performance while overcoming
obstacles under changing conditions.
Steven has a Bachelors of Science degree from The United States Military Academy at West Point where he
majored in systems engineering and human factors engineering within the department of Behavioral Sciences and
Leadership. He is an Airborne Ranger and a Veteran of the Iraq War. After serving in the military Steven
managed a small business, worked in the telecom industry and for the twelve years prior to his current position
served as the Director of college ministries in Texas and Dartmouth College. Steven has served in leadership
positions for over twenty years and brings his energy and passion to everything he does. He has completed two
half ironman competitions and enjoys time with his four children and wife of 15 years.
Strategy Program Manager, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Presentation Design for the User Experience
Few words provoke a more visceral negative reaction than “PowerPoint.” Learn how
to use this and other visual tools responsibly by engaging your audience, framing your
narrative and accentuating your story.
Dave Uejio is a Strategy Program Manager at the Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau in Washington, D.C.. In that role, he provides strategic support to help the
Bureau achieve it's mission: making markets for consumer financial products and
services work for Americans. Following his graduation from the University of
Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs with a Masters in Public Policy, Dave began his career at NIH
as a Presidential Management Fellow. Dave is well regarded as a public speaker, presenting on public service,
human capital strategy, recruitment, and 21st century competencies (networking, personal branding, and career
stewardship) at events across the country.
John Burwell Garvey
Professor and Director, Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program
University of New Hampshire School of Law
Problem Solving, Decision Making and Negotiation: You CAN get There from Here!
Everyone has problems, makes daily decisions and negotiates. But have you ever
thought about the process involved? Did you know that there are basic tools and
processes available which can allow you to: systematically identify problems
(including wants and needs); identify the desired outcome; decide what options are
available to best achieve the desired outcome, and; negotiate with those who must be
included in the process of obtaining the desired outcome? All leaders and managers
must acquire these basic tools and processes and become proficient in their use. This
session will introduce you these important skills and processes which will assist you in your career and in
Professor Garvey is the Director of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program at the University of New
Hampshire School of Law. This first in the nation program prepares law students for admission to the bar based
upon rigorous evaluation of their practical legal skills as well as substantive knowledge of the law. Initiated by
the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the program is a collaborative effort of the Court, the New Hampshire Board
of Bar Examiners, the New Hampshire Bar Association and UNH Law. This ground-breaking program has
already received national praise and encouragement from judges, lawyers and legal education scholars. Law
School Confidential calls it “the future of legal education.” Carnegie Report co-author Lloyd Bond calls it “...the
sea change we had in mind.”
Professor Garvey has been identified as a national leader in the evolution of legal education; he was selected to
serve on the Carnegie Foundation’s Initiative on the Future of Legal Education and is often asked to speak at
national and international conferences about the Webster Scholar Program and legal education. In recognition of
his work, he is this year’s recipient of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Award for Outstanding
Professionalism. In addition to his extensive experience as a teacher, he has over 30 years of trial experience and
is an accomplished mediator and negotiator. Professor Garvey’s courses include Pretrial Advocacy, Alternative
Dispute Resolution, Evidence and Client Counseling. Along with Professor Charles Craver of George
Washington University Law School, he is authoring ADR, a new book for the Lexis/Nexis Skills & Values Series.
Christianne Hardy Wohlforth
Director, Montgomery Endowment
Associate Director, Dickey Center for International Understanding
Developing a Global Mindset
Technical competency is absolutely essential in the workplace, but to be effective one
needs to be able to navigate cross-cultural differences. This session is designed to help
students to recognize cross-cultural experiences and associate them with learning
opportunities, to understand what constitutes a global mindset and how it influences
one’s effectiveness in working in different settings and to explore different ways to
enhance one’s cross cultural sensitivity and effectiveness.
Chris Wohlforth is an educator and academic administrator. She came to Dartmouth in 2000 to expand the
programmatic offerings of the Dickey Center for International Understanding where she worked for 13 years. She
is currently the Director of the Montgomery Fellows Program, which brings inspiring individuals from all fields
to Dartmouth to interact with students and faculty in informal and dynamic ways. In her time at Dartmouth she
has had the pleasure of working with the entire Dartmouth community, including students, faculty, alumni and
staff. She is a frequent cross-campus collaborator, serving on a wide range of committees, and is part of the
College's mentor program. A political scientist, Wohlforth has taught courses on European Politics in the
Government department where she holds an adjunct appointment, and on Social Science Field Research for the
International Studies Minor. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Chris served as the Associate Director of the Center
for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University, and was a member of the faculty of
the Department of Political Science at Fordham University. She holds a BA in International Studies from the
University of Washington, where she spent a year studying at the Institute d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, and MA
and PhD in Politics from Princeton. She is married to William Wohlforth, a Professor in Dartmouth's
Government Department, with whom she has two sons. They reside in Lyme, New Hampshire.
About the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center
The Rockefeller Center is a lively, intellectual gathering place for students and faculty, and a catalyst for
public policy research and education.
Through the opportunities it offers for discussion and interaction with scholars, policymakers and political
figures, the Center prepares students for lives of leadership and service in a diverse and globally
interdependent world. Students are encouraged to bridge their academic and personal lives through informal
discussions and structured, intentional programming.
Scholarly work of the Dartmouth faculty is supported through interdisciplinary workshops and seminars. The
Center also funds research and classroom enhancements. The community as a whole benefits from the
distinguished guests the Center brings to campus for public programs.
For more information, please visit our website at http://rockefeller.dartmouth.edu