The Center for Global Leadership invites current MBA students to interact with our center as part of their learning experience at Tuck. MBA fellows participate in research, help plan the CEO Speaker Series, and host visitors. Interested students should contact the center for more information.
Cherie Gonzalez T'03
"Perhaps of all the participants, I have the most to share in terms of my experience with President Ramos. I never imagined that a former head-of-state, who has been through a lot of successes and who had overcome significant challenges in his career, would be so friendly and down-to-earth. When I first met him at the airport I really didn't know how to actshould I be formal, should I speak in Tagalog or English to him, how should I address himI was asking myself all these questions.
"But as I spent more time with him throughout the day, I got more comfortable. At the end of the night, I was totally myself. I talked to him the way I would talk to an old friend, and it seemed OK for me to do that. I also suddenly felt the Filipino in me come out, and it was such a strange but comfortable feeling to be like that amid international students. I guess that's one of the things I enjoyed most about him."
Gautam Bellur T'03
"The debate teams were self-selected. Those who wanted to take a more balanced pro-business stance worked with Cathy Kim and those who wanted a newspaper to be all about journalism and a public service joined the other side. Several of us got to interact with Russ before the debate and talked about how September 11 had affected his work and the work of all the reporters at the NYT. The question was how to maintain objectivity in reporting in the face of a terror attack on your nation. It was nice of my teammates to allow me to represent them in the debate. As someone extremely interested in journalism, I was so excited that my teammates HAD to let me go up!
"Russ took us through the inner workings of a newspaper and how a firm wall is created between business and content. It's amazing that such codependent entities could act so independently.
"What we as a student body learnt that day was that there are vastly different leadership models out there. And that there is a place for self-styled leaders like Russ who use their sense of humor and perspective to guide their decisions. And in a crisis like the one we experienced on 9/11, it's leaders like Russ who come to the fore and make themselves heard.
"Russ himself was fantastic. He was down-to-earth, honest, self-effacing, and humorous. We were on first-name terms within a couple of minutes. He was interested in hearing all our perspectives on the Chinese Wall in journalism. It was a conversation, not a Q&A session.
"There was a time not long ago when I wanted to be a reporter or columnist and, at the same time, run the newspaper as well. Russ had done both and I'd gotten to spend the major part of the day talking to him. I don't think it gets better than that."
"The most rewarding part of the work was the interaction with a successful business leader who incorporated unique employee incentives to capture production enhancements. Seeing this management approach succeed in a real business setting helped solidify many of the teachings learned in my coursework at Tuck.
"It was refreshing to see theory in practice and the opportunity to get an inside look at a company's operation was invaluable. It was also gratifying to know that not only did this work enhance my understanding of the MBA curriculum but it will be used to further the understanding of future students of business. The center provided the direction and resources needed to enhance my Tuck learning experience."