Dog Tag Fellowship Changed My Life

Dog Tag Fellowship Changed My Life

by Leslie Caleb

The Winter 2017 DogTag Inc. (DTI) Fellowship Program at Dog Tag Bakery started on January 12. Full of excitement, I made my way toward Washington, D.C. on a winter morning walking toward an unexplored professional and educational journey.

The first few days began with group assessments and I soon realized this program could be transformative and an incredible experience. The program introduction revealed the unique milestones of the work-study program that each fellow would achieve during the five months with a cumulation in sight: graduation.

Almost four months into the program, I can safely say this program is an absolute life changer.  A set of holistic routines is integrated as part of the growth development plan - among other things, yoga, mindfulness, and journaling. Seasoned Georgetown professors introduce MBA comparable academic lessons twice a week in our classroom situated above the aromas of the bakery. Another essential part of the fellowship are Learning Labs, entrepreneurs’ testimonials and lectures from DTI partners speeches become conversational presentations. The third and last module of the curriculum is called Rotations.  In this segment, we translate the acquired skills into practice for example baking brownies, writing grant proposals, in finance translating numbers into meaningful data to make strategic decisions and creating a catering menu.  

DTI Fellowship is different than other programs because it creates and empowers those who have served and their families from diverse background to become a strong community and offers them the opportunity to reach fulfilling careers beyond the horizon of ordinary employment.  In this unique program, you identify your values and use those values to make successful decisions about your personal and professional life.  Dog Tag Fellowship changed my life.

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Leslie Caleb is a five-year Army spouse who enjoys writing about her unorthodox life, restoring old furniture, and exploring new cultures.  She graduates from the DTI program June 2017.