Volume 13 No. 1 SPRING 2012

Taking Business to the Battlefield

The Smith School is taking business to the battlefield with its new partnership with the Gettysburg Foundation. The partnership was designed as a custom leadership program to teach executive education students about the leadership styles of key players in the historic Battle of Gettysburg.

“The Battle of Gettysburg offers a rich set of characters, personalities, and examples of leadership decision-making that resonate in many organizations even today,” said Greg Hanifee, executive director of the Office of Executive Programs at Smith. “The programmatic ties between leadership education and history in the Gettysburg programs are truly unique.”

The intensely experiential program is pushing participants to think differently about individual and organizational challenges through engagement in action-oriented sessions, both on the battlefield and in the classroom. The program incorporates a multi-sensory experience including battlefield tours, lectures, discussion sessions, videos, role-playing, and team exercises, all led by Smith’s faculty and a professional guide and executive trainer from the Gettysburg Foundation.

"Robert H. Smith was a generous supporter of ours and we’re so pleased to partner with the business school that bears his name,” said Foundation Chair Robert A. Kinsley. “Our cooperation with the Smith School represents another important way that we can reach current and future leaders, helping people understand how much can be learned from Gettysburg's always-resounding lessons of courage and honor."-CH

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