In one of the most powerful displays of character in American history, a leader takes a creative, bold approach to an impossible situation – and wins.

Two strong-willed leaders talk past each other, famously demonstrating the costs of muddled communication around key strategy.

A critical opportunity to seize strategic advantage slips away, due to a weak directive that leaves too much open to interpretation.

These are among the moments that decided the future of a country, leaving behind stories whose drama and insights have never lost their power to provoke emotion and debate.

During our Battle of Gettysburg Leadership Development Experience, you will encounter both exceptional resolve and self-interest; you will examine the impact of taking responsibility for failure and the failure to seize the moment.

You will find enduring lessons for yourself, your team and your organization in the actions of those who made Gettysburg a turning point in history:

  • What does it take to engage people so deeply in your strategy that they seize initiative to carry it out?
  • How do you inspire them to see possibilities for the future?
  • How do you convey your intent throughout your organization so that people and actions are aligned?

While Gettysburg has long been visited and studied, The Conference Board focuses on the moments most relevant to you as a business leader, prompting rich discussion of your most pressing challenges.

We now offer two versions of our Gettysburg Leadership Development Experience to best fit your calendar and budget. Both programs provide new insights and stories you will return to again and again for reflection and guidance.

  • Our 1.5-day Gettysburg condenses the most memorable and instructive moments from these pivotal days in American history
  • Our 2.5-day Gettysburg provides additional time for peer coaching, debriefing and reflection

You will discover how to:

  • Ensure consistent and clear communication of your strategic intent throughout your organization
  • Define and demonstrate character and ethics that inspire the highest standards and influence outcomes
  • Think strategically as a tactical leader and act tactically as a strategic leader
  • Inspire people to consider the past, understand the present and work toward a better future

Your team will discover how to:

  • Identify and come together around shared goals
  • Define competing priorities as critical versus important
  • Take initiative in support of your organization’s strategy
  • Go beyond succession planning to succession readiness by preparing to function effectively with, or without, its’ top leaders

Your organization will be better equipped to:

  • Recognize opportunities worth seizing, even when they stretch resources
  • Understand approaches to shifting direction in the midst of failure
  • Demonstrate how inaction constitutes a decision of potentially enormous consequence
  • Instill a drive towards continuous learning


To learn more about the Gettysburg Leadership Development Experience, download the one-sheet.

Leadership Development Experiences Inquiries

US based attendees:

For registration and further information, please contact Wesley Kaplan at +1 212 339 0480 or

For custom team events, please contact Michael Nealon at +1 212 339 0263 or

Outside of the US:

For registration and further information or for custom team events, please contact Michael Nealon at +1 212 339 0263 or

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Continuing Education Credits for Gettysburg Leadership Development Experience

Eligible for HRCI and CPE Credits

Earn up to 7.5 CPE credits and 3.5 HRCI credits in the Business Management and Organization field of study

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Upcoming Gettysburg Leadership Development Experience Dates

April 13-14, 2015
June 8-9, 2015
September 14-15, 2015

*Additional dates available for customized team events.

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On the Gettysburg Leadership Development Experience

"… allowed our team to focus on the impact of working together to create a common outcome. As a senior leader, at some point you need to look beyond your specific function and individual objectives and focus on the common outcome. The case studies, facilitated discussions and action planning established at Gettysburg supported our efforts to manage problems and make commitments as a team."

Roger Sparr
Chief of Staff
MIchelin North America Truck Tires

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