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Southern VT Arts and Living on Emmett Dunbar MS '14

Posted on October 19, 2018 by Kelsa Summer Roidt, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

In a profile in Southern Vermont Arts and Living, Marlboro Graduate and Professional Studies alum Emmet Dunbar (MS '14) explains how the Master of Science in Management program gave him the tools to make his farm successful. “It taught me what I needed to do to make this work,” he said.

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Designing Meetings That Do More

Posted on October 5, 2018 by Beth Tener, Faculty, Marlboro MBA Principal, New Directions Collaborative

I’ve had the pleasure of teaching the Marlboro MBA course on Advanced Systems Leadership for Complex Problem Solving, with Tristan Toleno.

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Connecting with the Community

Posted on October 1, 2018 by Kelsa Summer Roidt, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

On September 27th Marlboro College hosted a college-wide community service day. Offices were closed and staff, faculty, and students participated in community service projects both on and off of campus. In honor the day, graduate school faculty and staff shared some of the ways they serve their communities. 

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The Joy of Cancelling Things

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Travis Hellstrom , Chair, MBA and MSM Programs

An adventurous Peace Corps friend of mine named Matt loves to say “Livin’ the dream man!” Sometimes he’s talking about himself and sometimes he’s talking about me. I love that he says it. It reminds me that we all have that opportunity: to live the dream.

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Five Passions for Success in Today’s World

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Scot Barker, Marlboro Graduate Faculty and President and Co-Founder of Holt Barker Management Consulting

I was asked the other day “What are your passions?” It caught me off guard, but in a good way. I realized right then and there that I’m not necessarily following my passions right now. There is a lot of literature out there today about this topic. Some supportive of and some against following one’s passion.

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Great Conversations Part 3: Ending Your Conversation

Posted on September 19, 2018 by Kelsa Summer Roidt, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

In this final post of the Great Coversations series I offer a few exercises for ending great meetings. Meetings often end with a rush of communication that leaves everyone confused. This isn't what you want for your meetings! These simple tools will help you end on a high note and encourage people to look forward to your next meeting. 

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Alum Profile: Sarah Pidgeon

Posted on August 18, 2018 by Willow Ross, MBA Student and Director of Communications at the United Arc

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What You Can Learn By Training Trainers

Posted on July 31, 2018 by Kelsa Summer Roidt, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

In 2017 the Marlboro College Center for New Leadership, in partnership with the Institute for Conservation Leadership, launched a brand new Training, Facilitation, and Consulting certificate program (TFC). The program was highly successful and drew participants from all over the country. 

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Strong Marlboro Presence at New England B Corps Retreat

Posted on July 24, 2018 by Kelsa Summer Roidt, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies showed up in a big way at the annual New England B Corp Leadership Development Conference (BLD) in June. Management program co-chairs Travis Hellstrom and Lori Hanau attended the conference representing their respective companies - Advance Humanity and

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Student Profile: Alden Woodcock

Posted on June 25, 2018 by Willow Ross, MBA Student and Director of Communications at the United Arc

Alden Woodcock takes great pride in his town, New Haven, Connecticut.

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Great Conversations Part 2: Getting to the Heart of the Conversation

Posted on May 21, 2018 by Kelsa Summer, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

If you haven't seen it already, have a look at my post on

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Supporting Optimists in VT and Beyond

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Travis Hellstrom, Chair, MBA and MSM Programs

In addition to being chair within Marlboro’s MBA & MSM programs, I'm also a social entrepreneur myself.

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Design Thinking at the Ashoka Exchange

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Kelsa Summer, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

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Student Profile: Will Neff

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Willow Ross, MBA Student and Director of Communications at the United Arc

When speaking to Will Neff about why he chose Marlboro College to obtain his graduate degree, he stated it was the culture at Marlboro that drew him in. Will shared his observations that “there is a deeply held value for humanity in the community (of students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests) that we are all cherished for the humanity that each of us shows up with.

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Elevate*Authentic*Self*Emerge: EASE Women’s Connection Circles

Posted on March 30, 2018 by Chris Meehan, Chief Community Impact Officer for the Vermont Foodbank and current Marlboro MBA student

Chris Meehan is currently completing her MBA at Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies.

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Great Conversations Part 1: Preparing for a Great Conversation

Posted on March 26, 2018 by Kelsa Summer, Assistant Director for Graduate and Professional Studies

Our professional and personal lives are filled with conversations, some of them trivial and others crucial. Often we find ourselves agonizing over an upcoming conversation, wondering how to make it go well.

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Caring for You: A Graduate School Retreat

Posted on February 28, 2018 by Amanda Mehegan, Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions

Thick socks, hiking boots, bug spray, laptop, my water bottle completes my packing for the monthly trip to Vermont.  I am in my second trimester, working towards my Masters in Business Administration with a focus in collaborative leadership.  Over the past three weeks, I have been working from home on a pitch for my marketing clas

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