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MLDP Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios

  1. 1. 10/2014 Darin Eich, Ph.D. Founder, Author, Root Down & Branch Out: Best Practices for Leadership Development Programs 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 for more of Darin’s resources. 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 500 students have participated in MLDP. For more information about MLDP, including registration deadlines for the 2013-14 academic year, please visit us at: Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) Session Descriptions & Speaker Bios Fall 2014
  2. 2. 10/2014 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 Manager or Leader? Understanding Your Strengths in the Context of Management and Leadership Managers and leaders are critical contributors to the success of any organization. They each offer a unique set of strengths that enhance organizational performance. This session provides an overview of key concepts (management and leadership) and challenges the participants to evaluate their strengths in those two areas. Through an interactive group activity, the participants assess 34 strengths and determine the degree to which they fall under the manager and/or the leader side of a continuum. Dr. Gama Perruci is the Dean of the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business and McCoy Professor of Leadership Studies at Marietta College in Ohio. He is the co-author of Understanding Leadership: An Arts and Humanities Perspective (Routledge, forthcoming). 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. 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. Jennifer Brooke Sargent Visiting Associate Professor of Writing, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric Faculty, National Judicial College Former Associate Professor of Law, Vermont Law School Former District Court Special Justice, NH Judicial Branch Writing in the Workplace You will encounter many writing opportunities in your workplace, and there are many rules and best practices that apply to every piece of writing you’ll do. You want your words to make a good impression, to make sense and convey appropriate and excellent content , and to reflect upon you as a young professional with leadership potential. In every workplace you may encounter in this program, writing hazards lurk behind every corner. Technology and the typed/transmitted word can blur the lines between appropriate and inappropriate, professional and unprofessional, inaccurate and accurate. Moreover, your writing in the workplace must be targeted at an audience and serve a specific purpose, so clarity is imperative. This lecture will start you out on the right foot no matter what type of writing assignments or tasks you’ll face in your workplace.
  3. 3. 10/2014 Jennifer Sargent is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Dartmouth College. Professor Sargent is also a faculty member at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. Professor Sargent served as a District Court Judge in New Hampshire for eight years. She resigned from the bench to serve as Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the New Hampshire Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office. Professor Sargent graduated from Emory University in 1989 and Suffolk University Law School in 1992. After law school, she served as a judicial law clerk to the judges of the District and Superior Courts of Vermont. She then spent eight years as a criminal defense trial and appellate attorney in New Hampshire with the New Hampshire Public Defender and New Hampshire Appellate Defender. Professor Sargent taught as an Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School and a Visiting Associate Professor of Writing at Dartmouth during the years she was on the bench. David Uejio 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. Jennifer Brooke Sargent Visiting Associate Professor of Writing, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric Faculty, National Judicial College Former Associate Professor of Law, Vermont Law School Former District Court Special Justice, NH Judicial Branch Communicating with Professionalism In this session, we will explore how to speak and orally communicate effectively in the workplace. First, we will learn about psychological communication preferences generally. We will then dissect our own communication strengths and areas of needed growth. We will learn how to utilize our strengths in oral communication to speak in a clear, cohesive and concise manner that recognizes our audience and our situation. We’ll learn how others can listen to us best, and we’ll learn techniques for delivering information that make other hear what we are saying and not just that we are saying something. Not only will we cover the basics of posture, voice modulation and intonation and body language, but we will also talk about what to do in silence and while we wait our turn to speak. We will learn what the difference is between listening and active listening, and why the latter is critical to effective communication and presentation.
  4. 4. 10/2014 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 everyday life. 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.” Steven Spaulding Assistant Athletic Director for Leadership, Dartmouth College Athletics Hilary McNamee ’13 Nordic Assistant, Dartmouth Ski Team, Dartmouth College Athletics Kate Anderson Alpine Assistant, Dartmouth Ski Team, Dartmouth College Athletics Being an Effective Team Player 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.
  5. 5. 10/2014 Kate Hilton ’99 Director, ReThink Health Faculty & Strategic Advisor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Principal in Practice, Leading Change Project at Harvard University Dream Teams v. Scream Teams: The Science & Art of Building Effective Leadership Teams We have all been a part of teams that work well – “dream teams” – and teams that function poorly – “scream teams.” The good news is that research tells us what it takes to develop a dream team: we just have to learn how to put the conditions into place that will generate successful collaboration. This session will introduce students to strategies for leading and managing effective leadership teams. Kate Hilton is a Director at ReThink Health and a subject matter expert in the field of community engagement and mobilization. She designs organizing efforts, teaches leadership skills, and strategizes with multi-stakeholder teams to take collective action. Her clients include Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the National Health Service of England. Kate is also Faculty and Strategic Advisor to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School and a Principal in Practice for the Leading Change Project at Harvard University. Kate received an undergraduate degree in environmental ethics from Dartmouth College in 1999; a Masters degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School in 2004; and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2008. She licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Massachusetts. In past lives, Kate 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 in Kenya; led wilderness adventure and community service trips in East Africa, the Colorado Rockies and the South Pacific; founded a conference for international community leaders at Harvard; and worked with rural Indian women in microfinance and with social entrepreneurs at Ashoka. Kate’s husband, Andrew, is also a ’99 and serves as the Managing Director of the Dartmouth College Fund Fellows Program. They live in Lyme, New Hampshire, with their sons, Hans and Hugo, and black lab, Jethro. 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