Fellows Programs

Our fellows programs are an integral part of the support we provide Tuck students. Their purpose is three-fold:

  • Enhance the academic experience through research and experiential learning opportunities;
  • Create high-quality engagements for motivated students with external thought leaders, Tuck alumni, and Dartmouth faculty that advances the intellectual journey and illuminates career pathways;
  • Create a body of knowledge and scholarship on issues at the intersection of business, government and society.

Business, Government & Society Fellowship

The Business, Government & Society Fellowship enables students to deepen their understanding of the issues confronting the 21st century global economy and shaping the context in which business operates. It also gives them the opportunity to develop their capacity to lead within and across sectors.  Fellows lead seminars and conduct projects, exploring the issues that matter most to them and contributing to the center’s growing body of knowledge. They form meaningful connections with leading thinkers and doers, and share insight with the Tuck community.

Nonprofit Board Fellows

This program brings together Tuck students with local nonprofits. Second-year students participate as non-voting board members and become involved in the local community, applying their business skills, and learning directly about organizational governance. The program aims to strengthen local nonprofit organizations and build the knowledge, skills, and experience for Fellows to continue to serve their local communities as effective board members. It offers Fellows an experiential learning opportunity in nonprofit leadership and governance. Fellows also learn about the social, environmental, and economic challenges and opportunities facing their local community and become involved in addressing them. Participating organizations select 1-2 Fellows per year who will offer relevant skills and business acumen. They may choose to place their Fellows on committees or ask them to contribute to a particular initiative through project-based work. Throughout the program, Tuck faculty and the Center for Business & Society support sessions for Fellows to prepare for board service, build specific skills, and share their experiences. Read student stories from past Board Fellows below:

Small Group Discussions

The Center for Business, Government & Society facilitates small group discussions with business executives, alumni practitioners, and social sector leaders in conjunction with courses, providing students with opportunities to explore and advance their learning and career aspirations and building a foundation for further inquiry and collaboration. Past discussions have included:

  • Martha Records T’91, Impact Investor and Partner at Green Spark Ventures
  • Dwight Poler T’93, Philanthropist & Former Managing Director, Bain Capital Private Equity (Europe) Limited
  • Justice Hosea Angula, Deputy Judge President of the High Court of Namibia, “Multi-Ethnic Society, Politics and Economic Development: Challenges of State Building in Namibia”
  • Jenik Radon, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Univ./SIPA “Business & Human Rights”
  • Matthew Weatherley-White D’86, Client Advisor, Caprock, “Impact Investing in the Age of COVID-19”
  • Bob Searle T’96, Partner, Bridgespan Group, “Nonprofit Organizational Change & Growth”
  • Phil Buchanan, President, Center for Effective Philanthropy, "Philanthropy During COVID-19"
  • Keith Quinton D’80 T’82, Adjunct Professor, Boston College - Carroll Graduate School of Management “Sustainable Investing 101”

CBGS Speaker Events

Throughout the year, as part of the effort to integrate further debate on ethics and corporate responsibility into the MBA curriculum, the Center for Business, Government & Society hosts visiting executives from the private, nonprofit and public sectors. Guests articulate the real challenges of balancing multiple needs in an ever-changing landscape that includes corporate social responsibility practices, environmental impact, international development perspectives, and social entrepreneurship successes. A sample of recent Center-hosted visitors include:

  • Ambassador Cameron Munter, Former Ambassador to Pakistan, “Leadership on the Front Lines: U.S. Foreign Policy and Business Today”
  • Senator Judd Gregg & Governor John Lynch, “The Global Economy in the Age of COVID-19” | View event
  • The Global Economy in the Age of COVID-19
  • Brian Gallagher, CEO Worldwide United Way, “Leadership During Crisis: The Role of Business Leaders in Strengthening Communities and Creating Greater Opportunity for All” | View event
  • Matt Kelly D’95 CEO & David Paul T’89 President & COO, JBG Smith “A Real Estate Perspective on Amazon’s HQ2 Decision”
  • Jake Sullivan, U.S. Foreign Policy Expert, “The Art of Negotiation: The Iran Nuclear Deal in Focus”
  • Clara Miller, President Emerita, Heron Foundation, "Can Impact Investing Save Capitalism"
  • Mike Pyle D’00, Global Chief Investment Strategist - BlackRock, Inc.,"From the Whitehouse to BlackRock" 
  • General Stanley McChrystal, “Leadership on the Front Lines—Covid-19 and Beyond” | View event
  • Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder & CEO, Acumen, “Moral Imagination and Leadership for a New World" | View event

Speaker Series

The center works with students to develop thematic speaker series. Through on-campus talks that feature faculty, senior executives and global leaders, the Tuck community explores issues at the intersection of business, government and society.

A successful example is the Inequality Speaker Series which ran from 2018-2019. The T’19 MBA Fellows in the Center for Business, Government & Society explored the theme of rising inequality in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Through discussions among fellows and with faculty, students reflected on how the crisis impacted governments, businesses and society globally—and developed hypotheses on how to drive a more sustainable economy ten years later. Throughout the year, the fellows hosted distinguished speakers on this topic ranging from professors and policymakers to journalists and executives. The Inequality Speaker Series included the following speakers: Dean Matthew Slaughter; Professor Emily Blanchard; Montgomery Fellow Jake Sullivan; Professor David Blanchflower; Amy Goldstein of The Washington Post; and Peter Raskind D’78, T’79

This program was made possible by a generous donation from Bernt Killingstad T'86, the Managing Director at Lincoln Property Company.