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Finding Your Purpose: Leadership, Public Policy, What Matters and Why

Confirmed as of April 19, 2019

Banquet Keynote Speaker

Neal Katyal '91

Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP

Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, focuses on appellate and complex litigation. In December 2017, American Lawyer magazine named him The Litigator of the Year; he was chosen from all the lawyers in the U.S. At the age of 48, he has also already argued more Supreme Court cases in U.S. history than has any minority attorney, recently breaking the record held by Thurgood Marshall. Neal has extensive experience in matters of patent, constitutional, technology, securities, criminal, employment, and tribal law. He has orally argued 37 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.


Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Neal served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States, where he argued several major Supreme Court cases involving a variety of issues, such as his successful defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his victorious defense of former Attorney General John Ashcroft for alleged abuses in the war on terror, his unanimous victory against eight states who sued the nation's leading power plants for contributing to global warming, and a variety of other matters.

Neal has also served as a law professor for over two decades at Georgetown University Law Center, where he was one of the youngest professors to have received tenure and a chaired professorship in the university's history. Neal is the recipient of the very highest award given to a civilian by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Edmund Randolph Award, which the Attorney General presented to him in 2011.


Neal earned his A.B. (Government) from Dartmouth, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Nu, and the Dartmouth Forensic Union. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Workshop Facilitators and Session Descriptions
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Dave Ager

Senior Fellow in Executive Education; Managing Director, Executive Development at Harvard Business School

Effective Leadership in Action

On August 5, 2010, 700,000 tons of some of the hardest rock in the world caved in on Chile’s century-old San Jose mine.  The collapse buried 33 miners at a depth almost twice the height of the Empire State Building.  Never had a recovery been attempted at such depths, let alone in the face of challenges like those posed by the San Jose mine.  Could the trapped miners and rescue workers mobilize before air and resources were depleted?  In this session, participants will explore strategies to support breakthrough innovations, collaboration, and building a learning organization in the midst of uncertainty and ambiguity.


David Ager is Senior Fellow within Executive Education at Harvard Business School. Professor Ager's research focuses on the leadership and organizational challenges that firms face as they lead through large organizational change processes. 


Professor Ager designs and chairs executive programs for global firms and associations that seek to prepare their leaders for the challenges of the future.  Professor Ager is active the family business portfolio at HBS.  He co-chairs the Families in Business and Family Office Wealth Management executive education programs.  In addition, he has advised large, family-controlled businesses around the world.

From 2004 to 2012 Professor Ager served as a faculty member and the director of undergraduate studies in the Sociology Department at Harvard University.  Harvard University awarded Professor Ager the Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize for excellence in teaching and dedication to undergraduate education.  He was also awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for excellence in teaching at Harvard University by the Alpha-Iota of Massachusetts Phi Beta Kappa chapter.  His career has spanned the for-profit, government and higher education sectors.  Professor Ager holds a Ph.D. in Organization Behavior from Harvard University, an A.M. in Sociology from Harvard University, an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University, and an Honors B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Belinda H. Y. Chiu, Ed.D., ’98

Principal, Hummingbird Research Coaching Consulting

Finding Your Why

Finding meaning in what we do is critical to our engagement, motivation, and performance. Join in an interactive workshop that provides a roadmap to help your personal mission. We will explore what drives you and what derails you to bring greater clarity to your “Why,” as well as how to bring greater alignment in all that you do and identify steps to put your “Why” into action.


Dr. Belinda Chiu is a coach and strategist, focused on helping individuals and organizations thrive with authenticity. Grounding her work in Emotional Intelligence and resilience, she incorporates a strengths-based approach. In addition to her work with Hummingbird research coaching consulting, she is also the VP of Social and Educational Innovation for the Goleman Emotional Intelligence (EI) program and Chief Learning Officer for Ignition Coaching LLC. Having served in Dartmouth’s admissions office, Belinda continues her work with the Rockefeller Center, for which she served as a student intern.

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Jay Davis '90

Director, First Year Student Enrichment Program & Director, King Scholars Program, Dartmouth College

Facilitate Leadership: Blending individual Styles to Achieve Common Goals

Effective leadership of teams must honor individual styles and voices while simultaneously moving the group toward its collective goals and products. During this session, we will explore various strategies for becoming successful facilitative leaders.


 Jay Davis directs the First Year Student Enrichment Program for the Student Affairs Office at Dartmouth College, helping first-generation incoming students to thrive both inside and outside of the classroom.  In addition, he directs the King Scholars Program – a program designed to prepare exceptional undergraduates from developing countries to help alleviate poverty in their home regions.

Jay was previously the founder, and Executive Director for sixteen years,  for the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) program, a multi-year program that expands the educational opportunities for promising low-income high school students from under-resourced urban and rural schools.  He also directed and taught in the Secondary Teacher Education Program for the Dartmouth Department of Education, and was a high school and middle school English teacher for eleven years before, including work in an under-resourced urban public high school, a college preparatory boarding school, and in a school for students with learning disabilities. He is a National Facilitator for the School Reform Initiative and has conducted diversity trainings focused on developing collegial relationships, encouraging reflective practice around identity issues, and rethinking facilitative leadership in the restructuring of schools.

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Sarah-Marie Hopf '13

Entrepreneur, Thriving in a Noisy World

Thriving in the Digital Age: How Intentional Solitude Can Help You Be More Effective & Resilient

A world that is increasingly noisy, interconnected and complex calls for new ways of being and working. With the omnipresence of smartphones, the constant media cycle of bad news, and noise within and without, we are more distracted and inundated with the thoughts and expectations of others than ever. Without intentionally creating space for tuning within, we can miss out on the power of our intuition to inform our choices at work and in life.  


In this session, we will explore the connection between solitude and mindfulness and being an effective and resilient leader and professional in the digital age. Solitude provides the space for leaders and professionals to cultivate inner clarity, creativity, moral courage, emotional balance, and deeper connection to self and others. Our time together will be filled with exploring simple individual and interpersonal practices for integrating mindfulness and solitude into our work and life.


Sarah-Marie is a creative-analytical designer, entrepreneur, social innovation consultant, and integral coach. She is the founder of Thriving in a Noisy World LLC through which she supports innovators, entrepreneurs, educators, and creatives in cultivating practices and community for thriving in the digital age. Thriving in a Noisy World offers workshops, retreats, labs, and integral coaching for purpose-driven individuals and organizations. Previously, she led Changemaker Campus Selection at Ashoka U, supporting and equipping intrapreneurial educators and their teams at universities globally to embed social innovation into their culture, programming and operations. She also has experience in consulting, education and research at the intersection of human-centered design, social innovation, and global development in South and Southeast Asia.


Sarah-Marie graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth with a BA with Honors in Anthropology modified with Economics and Development Studies. A German-American, she has lived in the US, Europe and South and Southeast Asia and has worked with organizations and individuals globally. Sarah-Marie is a StartingBloc Fellow, Hive Global Leader, and Sandbox Fellow. She's a long-time yoga, Pilates and meditation practitioner and spends at least one week a year in silence on a meditation retreat. She is currently part of Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach's 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. Sarah-Marie is committed to creating space for authentic human connection and living the questions. 

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Kate Hilton '99, JD, MTS

Faculty, The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, ReThink Health & the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity at the George Washington University

The Psychology of Change: The Relational Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback

Giving and receiving feedback can either result in a positive shift in behavior - or serve as a barrier to change. In this session, participants explore the art of enabling others' leadership development through techniques such as appreciative inquiry, open honest questions, deep listening and coaching. By co-producing change in authentic relationship, we activate our own and other people's agency to act effectively and collaborate to achieve aims.


Kate is Faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She advises IHI's Open School, internal teams, and large-scale change efforts in the use of leadership, organizing and change management methods to advance and sustain improvement.


For over a decade Kate has equipped people around the world to build individual and organizational capability to address the adaptive, human-side of change to improve health, wellbeing and equity. She has authored white papers and peer-reviewed articles on the subject, including IHI's Psychology of Change Framework. Kate also supports the design and implementation of large-scale community and health system initiatives with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical System, and the National Health Service of England. 


Kate is a member of the Leadership Team and an Engagement Advisor to 100 Million Healthier Lives, an unprecedented health equity social movement. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she serves as faculty in the Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning & Evaluation (SCALE). Kate is also Engagement Advisor to the John A. Hartford Foundation's Age-Friendly Health Systems movement, with a goal to rapidly spread an age-friendly health system model to 20 percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems by 2020. In addition, she is an member of IHI’s Maternal Health Advisory Network with Merck for Mothers, which seeks to improve outcomes for all women and babies in the U.S. and reduce disparities in maternal health.


Kate is Lead Faculty of IHI's Leadership & Organizing for Change online course and Psychology of Change Expedition. She is also Leadership Faculty in the Atlantic Leaders for Health Equity at the George Washington University. She is a Founding Director and Senior Consultant at ReThink Health. Kate serves as Faculty in the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows and Management & Leadership Development Program at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute for Public Policy at Dartmouth College; and she is a Principal in Practice for the Leading Change Network at Harvard University. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with her husband (’99) and two sons.

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Emily Esfahani Smith '09


Finding Meaning in Life and Work

Human beings have a need for meaning that's as vital for their psychological well-being as food and safety are for their physical well-being. But in our age of fragmentation, many of our culture's default sources of meaning have withered away. So we each face a daunting challenge: figuring out how to craft a life that matters on our own. But how? Join journalist Emily Esfahani Smith '09 for a lively discussion and workshop on finding meaning in life and work.


Cover topics like whether you have to "find your passion" or "do what you love" to have a fulfilling life and career; why so many people in the United States seem to be in the grips of a crisis of meaning; the identities we glom onto hoping to find meaning; and how the democratic capitalistic system in which we live helps and/or hinders us in our pursuit of meaning. By the end, you'll leave with a clearer sense of what your sources of meaning are and how you can harness them in your life and work.   


Emily Esfahani Smith is a journalist in Washington DC. Her book The Power of Meaning was published in 2017 by Crown and has been translated into 16 different languages. Smith is also a reporter for the Aspen Institute's Weave project, an initiative founded by the New York Times' David Brooks to address the problems of isolation, alienation, and division. At Weave, Smith finds and tells the stories of people who are working to rebuild the social fabric. Smith majored in philosophy at Dartmouth. She received her master’s degree in positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. 

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Luke Katler '15

Theatre Producer, Barbara Whitman Productions

Telling Your Story: Connecting To Others Through Personal Narrative and Vulnerability

This session will challenge participants to tell their stories through three distinct but related competencies: 1) Expressing vulnerability by participating in activities outside of their comfort zones 2) Exploring the art of personal narrative 3) Using theatrical performance/ public speaking techniques to express individual stories to a broader audience. The session aims to teach participants what personal narrative is, how they can best tell an effective personal narrative and how the vulnerability created by personal narrative helps leaders to connect to those who they are trying to lead.


Luke Katler ’15 is a Theatre Producer living and working in New York City. After an enriching Dartmouth career as a performer, theatre director and Rocky Leadership Fellow studying History and Italian Modified with Theatre, Luke spent the 2015-16 academic year teaching Italian in Rome, Italy through the Dartmouth LSA and LSA+. Upon returning stateside, Luke began work in the Theatre Department at William Morris Endeavor as the assistant to Susan Weaving, representative for Broadway-level directors, choreographers and writers. Luke currently works as the Associate Producer to the multi-Tony-winning Barbara Whitman and helps her shepherd plays and musicals to Broadway. Along with fellow Dartmouth alumni Deby Xiadani ’15 and Alec Ring ’15, Luke produces and co-hosts a monthly food-focused sketch comedy show in New York City called Good Cooks. Luke has spent his life as a performer and director in everything ranging from Shakespeare, musical theatre, and improv comedy at Chicago's Improv Olympic. Luke is excited to be back on campus with Rocky to share his loves for performance and storytelling.  

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Alex Talcott '04, JD

Managing Partner, Seacoast Financial Planning

Adjunct Instructor, University of New Hampshire Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics

The “Go” of Negotiation: A Quick Start

An attorney-educator-entrepreneur who has learned when to “go go go” and when to say “no no no” will lead and learn during a session on negotiation skills. You don’t have to be acquiring a company, facing a subpoena, or asking for a raise to attend, though you’ll probably build your network of implementors, advocates, and cheerleaders if you are.


Alex Talcott ’04, JD, is a graduate of the College (Religion major) and Notre Dame Law School, where he first considered negotiation strategy as a mock witness for a Deposition Skills course. After practicing financial services litigation in Chicago, he now manages a proactive family financial planning practice with offices in Portsmouth NH and Boston and clients in over 40 states. He teaches finance and business law at UNH in his hometown as well as the local community college.

Policy Panel
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Robert (Bobby) Charles '82

President and Managing Member, The Charles Group



Robert B. Charles (Bobby) ‘82 has worked in national security and criminal justice for more than three decades, including for the Reagan and Bush 41 White Houses, on the US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, and as Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the US House National Security, International Affairs and Criminal Justice Subcommittee.  Unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2003, he served as Colin Powell’s Assistant Secretary of State, INL, managing a $2 billion-dollar bureau focused on rule of law, international police training, and counter-narcotics programs in 70 countries.  In that role, he set up the US Iraqi and Afghan police training programs, managed Plan Colombia, and programs from Kosovo and Jordan to Thailand and Laos. Aten-year Reserve Naval Intelligence Officer, he volunteered for active duty on 9-11, completing military service in 2009 as a Lieutenant Commander. 


Between 1998 and 2001, he taught Government Oversight and Cyberlaw at Harvard University’s Extension School.  He has written hundreds of articles on law, policy and national security, and two national books, “Narcotics and Terrorism” (2003) and “Eagles and Evergreens” (2018).  


Raised in rural Maine, one of the best days of his life was acceptance to Dartmouth College.  After Dartmouth, he earned a Masters in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University (1984), JD from Columbia Law School, clerked, litigated in New York and Washington, and eventually founded a non-partisan, public-spirited consulting group in Washington DC, focused chiefly on national security.

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Leah D. Daughtry '84

Principal, On These Things, LLC



The Reverend Leah Daughtry is an internationally recognized organizer-activist, political strategist, and Faith leader.

Standing at the intersection of Faith and politics, Leah is Principal of On These Things, LLC, a boutique project management firm that works with community activists and organizations, political entities, businesses, and faith leaders and communities to build coalitions and partnerships that advance the common good.

Daughtry has served as Chief of Staff of the Democratic Party, as well as CEO of the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions, making her the first person in Democratic Party history to hold the position twice.

For her work with and within communities of Faith, Religion News Service named Daughtry one of the 12 most influential Democrats in the nation on faith and values politics. And while Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, she focused on the role faith and values play in American politics.

She is co-author, along with Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, and Minyon Moore, of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics (St. Martin's Press, 2018). In it, four of the most powerful African American women in politics share the story of how their friendship changed politics in America.
The daughter of a long line of community organizers and activists, Leah represents the fifth consecutive generation of clergypersons in the Daughtry family. A native of Brooklyn, New York, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Wesley Theological Seminary, she serves as Executive Minister of The House of the Lord Churches.

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Dean Lacy

Dartmouth Professor of Government and

Director of the Program in Politics and Law

Panel Moderator


Dean Lacy is Professor of Government and Director of the Program in Politics and Law. His research and teaching focus on American and comparative politics, particularly elections, public opinion, and lawmaking. His current research examines complexity in public opinion and the relationship between federal spending and elections. Most of his work is based on experiments, quantitative methods, survey research, or game theory. Professor Lacy studied for his Ph.D. at Duke University and his B.A. at the University of Virginia. 

ROCKYx Speakers and Session Descriptions
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Echo Brown '06

Shamanic Storyteller

The Whisper: Finding Purpose in the Unexpected

Two paths emerge: the one we are told to take and the one we really want to take in our heart. Which is the right one? How do we create an inspired life in a world full of distractions and seeming limitations? How do we reach for a deeper potential within us that we know exists but are afraid to cultivate and allow? And how do we find our way back when we get lost? The good news is the answers to all of these questions are right under our fingertips if we learn to cultivate and pay attention to the whisper.


Echo Brown is a visionary storyteller who creates and performs inspiring one woman shows. Her first solo show, Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters, ran for 3 years to sold out crowds in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Chicago, Cleveland, Berlin, Germany, and Dublin, Ireland.

She is currently writing her first book entitled, Black Girl Unlimited: The Curious Wizardry of Echo Brown, which will be published through Macmillan Publishing House in 2020. Echo regularly teaches workshops and gives talks at places like Facebook, Google, & Dropbox. She has also given 2 Tedx talks. Echo is currently based in Paris, France & Oakland, California.

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Harry Enten '11

Senior Political Writer and Analyst, CNN

Will the 2020 election be like 2016 or 2018?

President Donald Trump shocked the world by beating Hillary Clinton in 2016. Democrats fought back in 2018 and took control of the House of Representatives. So just what does fate have in store for Trump in his bid to be reelected? We’ll go through the key factors in both of those elections and see how they apply to 2020… And yes, there will be a margin of error ;).


Harry Enten specializes in data-driven journalism, covering politics with a focus on poll numbers and electoral trends. Prior to joining CNN, he was a senior political writer at FiveThirtyEight. There he became known as 'FiveThirtyEight's 'Whiz Kid' for his analysis of politics using polling data combined with demographics and history. He also previously worked at The Guardian. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Government and is a diehard Buffalo Bills fan from the Bronx, NY.


Janos Dev Marton '04

Smart Justice Campaign Manager, ACLU

Sometimes a Great Nation: A Journey to Justice

 Soon after Janos Marton graduated, he was thrust into the world of activism in response to the Bush administration and one that grew in the aftermath of 9/11. But charting a (paid!) career to live his values as an activist proved to be challenging as he navigated politics and the legal world. When a prominent civil rights leader took a chance on him, Janos culled together an eclectic set of professional experiences to design a new approach to criminal justice reform campaigns. Marton tells his compelling story about how he built a career rooted in what matters to him most.


Janos Marton is a criminal justice advocate, a born & raised New Yorker, and proud member of the Dartmouth Class of 2004. After working on political campaigns and disaster response, Janos attended Fordham Law School to pursue a career in civil rights. Along the way he worked in police oversight, on a state anti-corruption commission, and as Director of Policy & Campaigns for JustLeadershipUSA, where he managed the historic #CLOSErikers campaign. Janos now works at the American Civil Liberties Union as the campaign manager for the Smart Justice Campaign, which works on ending mass incarceration across the country.


Jessica Guthrie '10

Senior Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development,

Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth

When Caregiving & Career Collide

What do you do when you are on the verge of a thriving career & a promotion within your organization and your parent has just been diagnosed with an irreversible, progressive brain disease?  How would you balance your responsibility to family with a desire to also deepen your roots in a community and amplify your own leadership?  In this talk we will we discuss the conundrum of what to do when caregiving and career collide.  Specifically, how to maintain your integrity, remain credible and competent to a team and fulfill responsibilities to ensure continued impact and influence in your role. 


Jessica Guthrie is the Senior Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth where she leads her current team to develop and cultivate the leadership skills and mindsets necessary for systems-change through classroom teaching for approximately 260 new teachers. 

She joined Teach For America in 2010 as a high school social studies teacher in Dallas, Texas and has been a part of the Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth team since 2012.  During her tenure she has been instrumental in developing the leadership and teaching capacities of over 1,200 education leaders reaching 60,000 students daily. Jessica deeply believes that all children deserve unparalleled access to a quality education so that they can self-determine their own futures in the face of our country’s history and ongoing systemic inequity. 

Jessica is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in Sociology and Public Policy.  She received her Master of Educational Leadership & Policy from Southern Methodist University in 2017. She currently lives and travels between Dallas, Texas and Fredericksburg, Virginia as she serves as the primary caregiver for her mother.  

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Amrita Sankar '12

MBA Candidate, MIT Sloan School of Management

“Doing Well By Doing Good”: Finding Purpose in Practice

This presentation centers on what is impact investing and how Amrita Sankar ’12 found herself in this industry. She will start by outlining the history of socially responsible businesses and then explain how public, private, and government actors work together to support impact investing. Sankar will highlight why impact investing can be an important solution to solving the world’s most pressing challenges. She will also describe how she became passionate about impact investing: starting with a life-long commitment to service as well as professional experience that helped her realize the power that capital has in creating positive social and environmental change.


 Amrita Sankar is currently a full-time MBA student at Sloan School of Management. Sankar is passionate about how we channel flows of capital in ways that build a better world. She is currently interning at RSF Social Finance, a financial services organization that offers catalytic investing, grant capital, and advisory services to support social entrepreneurs.


Prior to business school, Sankar interned with Elevar Equity, a human-centered venture capital firm focused on India and Latin America that has invested in over 31 companies and mobilized over $8B in debt and equity capital. Sankar previously spent four years at ImpactAssets on their Investment team, a $450MM donor-advised fund that made client investments directly into companies, aggregated funds in private equity and venture capital funds, and made investments into microfinance institutions and smallholder farmer cooperatives through two private-debt notes. Sankar graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012 as a Government major and Public Policy minor, and is a proud alumna of First-Year Yellows, Management Leadership Development Program, the Policy Research Shop, and Rockefeller Leadership Fellowship.

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Jorge Montalvo '02

Deputy Executive Director, NYC Charter Revision Commission

New Ideas for New Americans

While our national and international dialogue surrounding migration mired in heated and retreating policies, there is and must be room for healthy discussion and debate on the health of our immigration system. Montalvo will speak through why this conversations matter, as well as the why and how we as a nation and global citizen should fight back against a lack of engagement. Central to the rationale is shared humanity. Calling for an injection of humanity as a pillar of sound public policy making can serve as a remedy towards solutions to the outsized influence of highly politicized debates.


Jorge Montalvo is Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Commission Affairs. Prior to joining the Commission, Montalvo spent more than a decade in senior managerial and policy making positions in state government, including as Deputy Secretary of State for Economic Opportunity and Director of Policy for the State Consumer Protection Board. Montalvo was the Founder and Inaugural Executive Director of the New York State Office for New Americans—the first state-level immigrant integration office created by statute in the country. Montalvo also led the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, a first-of-its-kind community effort to fight poverty in 16 localities throughout the State. Before his state government service, Montalvo managed corporate relations and volunteerism efforts for New York City’s 2012 Olympic Bid and served in Mayor Bloomberg’s economic development agency. Montalvo graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in chemistry and spends his weekends teaching free GED and SAT prep classes to youth in the South Bronx.

Student Speakers

Student Speakers

Asaad Al Raeesi '19

Asaad Al Raeesi '19 grew up in Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman where he completed the International Baccalaureate program at The Sultan's School. Asaad completed the Leadership Academy Program and received the Diplomat of the Year Award at California State University, Long Beach, where he attended prior to transferring to Dartmouth. At Dartmouth, Asaad is majoring in Government. He has interned at the Central Bank of Oman and the Permanent Mission of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Nations. Upon graduating, Asaad intends to work briefly before attending law school.

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Soham Basu '20

Soham is junior from Cincinnati, Ohio. At Dartmouth, he is the editor-in-chief of the Dartmouth Law Journal, a student program leader for RGLP, and a government major. He is deeply interested in South Asia and most recently interned with the Pakistan Desk at the State Department in the winter of 2019.


Kenny Coleman '20

Kenny Coleman ’20 comes from Silver Spring, MD. At Dartmouth, Kenny is a Government major. During the Summer of 2017, he served as a Rockefeller First-Year Fellow at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce. On campus, Kenny is an admissions tour guide and is also a member of the Dartmouth Brovertones Acapella group. Kenny remains active at the Rockefeller Center serving as the Program Assistant for both the Rockefeller Alumni Mentoring Program (RAMP) and the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP). After graduation, Kenny plans to attend law school and pursue a career in public service. 


Mark Daniels '19

Mark Daniels is a ’19 from Topsfield, Massachusetts majoring in Government and minoring in Public Policy.  On campus, he was the President of Psi Upsilon fraternity, Editor-in-Chief of World Outlook Undergraduate Journal of International Affairs, and a board member of the Student Organization Accountability Program. 

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Bruna Decerega '21

Bruna Decerega ’21 was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and moved to Miami, FL when she was 8 years old. She graduated from Coral Reef Senior High School after completing the International Baccalaureate program. At Coral Reef, Bruna was the captain of the tennis team as well as board member of many clubs including Key Club and National Honor Society. She was also the president of the American Red Cross Youth Group of South Florida, with over 500 members. At Dartmouth, Bruna plans to pursue a double major in Economics and Romance Studies with a minor in public policy. She is an Undergraduate Advisor (UGA), a member of the Strategy Department of The Dartmouth and dedicates a great deal of her time with the Dartmouth Brazilian Society. She has recently become more involved with the Smart Woman Securities club which has given her meaningful insight into the investment world. After graduation, Bruna plans to work with international economics and later obtain her MBA.

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Anna Ellis '19

Anna Ellis ’19 is from Maine. She is a double major of Environmental Studies and Anthropology. Here at Rocky, Anna is a Student Assistant for the MLDP program and works on the Rockefeller Center Ambassadors Team. On campus, she also enjoys working for Dartmouth Admissions, leading trips for the Dartmouth Outing Club, and connecting with the Upper Valley community through the Dream Mentorship Program. Next year, Anna is moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado to teach ninth grade science in high need communities with Teach for America. Eventually, she hopes to pursue an MBA, which will allow her to work in sales and marketing for outdoor industry companies.


Ethan Fairbanks '19

Ethan Fairbanks ’19 was born and raised in Northern Minnesota. At Dartmouth, he is taking a major in Philosophy with a focus on political and legal theory. Outside of classes Ethan is active in several Dartmouth organizations, including the Law Journal and the Outing Club. During an off-term this past winter, through the support of the Rockefeller Center, Ethan interned for Justice James Bassett ’78 of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Through this internship he learned that after graduating from Dartmouth he would like to study law.


Byul Ha '21

Byul Ha ’21 comes from Seoul, South Korea, but she graduated from Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC after living there for three years. At Saint Mary’s, Byul was a member of the Executive Student Government as the Chair of Judicial Board. At Dartmouth, she plans to double major in Environmental Studies and Quantitative Social Science. Over the past two years at Dartmouth, she has used her Korean skills in various ways to contribute to the community. She has been a Korean conversation partner and teacher at Korean Language School. She has also worked for the Linguistics Department as Korean Language Consultant. She is currently on the Executive Board of Korean Student Association, planning a variety of events that seek to celebrate Korean culture with the campus community. She is also a part of the Sustainability Summit Planning committee. After graduation, Byul plans to explore different career paths involving the intersection of urban ecology, environmental studies, and international relations.

Rachel Inman '19

Rachel Inman is a ’19 from Richmond, Virginia majoring in Government and minoring in Public Policy with a focus on law.  At Dartmouth, she has served as Membership Vice President of Alpha Xi Delta, worked as a Student Program Assistant for the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behavior Program (DLAB), and conducted research in the History Department as a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar. Outside the classroom, she has enjoyed teaching spin classes for the Dartmouth FLIP PE program and attending public lectures at the Rockefeller Center. She has interned at a corporate law firm, for a government council (The Council on Virginia’s Future), and in government and public relations at the Alliance Group. After graduation, Rachel will work as a legal assistant for White & Case in their antitrust group in Washington D.C., and plans to pursue law school in a couple years.

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Chris McCorkle '20

Victoria Meyer '20


Chris McCorkle is a ’20 from Annapolis, Maryland studying Economics and Public Policy. He has been working in the Policy Research Shop since the Fall of 2018. Chris will be working at McKinsey & Co. after graduation, and hopes to work at the intersection of business and policy. Outside of the classroom, Chris is the captain of the Club Hockey team and enjoys listening to music and playing video games.


Victoria Meyer ’20 was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, but hopes to call the East Coast her home one day. She graduated from BASIS Scottsdale as a National AP Scholar, having taken 19 AP exams. At Dartmouth, Victoria is studying Economics with a minor in Mathematics. In her free time, she works for the Admissions Office as a Tour Guide, conducts research in the Economics Department, and runs Dartmouth’s Club Snowboarding Team. After graduation, Victoria hopes to continue pursuing her interest in economic research.

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Erica Ng '19

Erica Ng ’19 grew up in Seattle, WA. With a deep interest in improving the human condition, Erica is an Anthropology modified with Human Centered Design major and a Public Policy minor. She is a Rockefeller Leadership Fellow, a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar, President of the Dartmouth Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, a Dartmouth Tour Guide, and a Teaching Assistant for the Design Thinking course. She has been actively involved with the Rockefeller Center, working as a Student Assistant and completing 7 co-curricular programs including First Year Fellows. She has studied abroad and conducted field work in South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, and Colombia. She has worked in the U.S. Senate, maternal and infant health policy, non-profit business strategy, and a planned civil rights rally. After graduation, Erica plans to pursue her passions for healthcare, human rights, and design. 

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Gaby Sommer '19

Gaby Sommer ‘19 is a double major in Government and Classical Languages and Literatures from New York City. At Dartmouth, she has served as co-President of Rockefeller Business and Entrepreneurial Leaders, worked for financial-aid reform with the Inter-Sorority Council, worked as a Presidential Scholars Research Assistant, and co-authored a Latin textbook. Outside the classroom, Gaby has thoroughly enjoyed working as a coach for the Indian River School Cross Country team in Enfield and leading Freshman Orientation Trips for the DOC.

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Rushil Shukla '20

Rushil Shukla '20 is a junior from Illinois. He participated in the Rockefeller Center’s Management and Leadership Development Program during the spring of his sophomore year. On campus, he founded and served as President of the Dartmouth Emerging Markets Group, was Editor-in-Chief of the Dartmouth Business Review, and is President of the Dartmouth Philosophy Society. He tutors economics and statistics and is a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar at the Tuck School of Business. He is also an active member of the Green Key Society, an honor society dedicated to service to Dartmouth. Off campus, he has interned for the United States House of Representatives and served as Head of Finance for College Pulse, a start-up that recently closed a seed founding round after a summer at Y Combinator. He has also worked at a New York-based hedge fund and a Hanover-based private investment firm. He will be working in Citigroup’s investment banking division this summer in New York and hopes to pursue a career in investment banking after graduation. 

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