Leadership Development Experiences Testimonials
"The Apollo Leadership Experience was an incredible learning and leadership experience. While I have enjoyed many leadership programs through-out my career, I can honestly say this program inspired me and is the best one I have ever participated in. Being on site at NASA and the Houston Space Center, and using the Apollo experience to profile and discuss leadership approaches, was both engaging and very relevant to current business issues. In addition to feeling a renewed sense of pride for our country’s space exploration, I was able to reflect on lessons learned through the Apollo era and outline leadership strategies for both my team and organization going forward. I was especially impacted by the leadership lessons from Mission Control and the core tenets of Discipline, Competence, Confidence, Responsibility, Toughness and Teamwork are daily reminders to me of how to lead my organization to ensure success."
Senior Vice President Pharmacy, Aetna Inc.
"The Conference Board Innovation Experience is an eye-opening and valuable program. The facilitated discussions provided a great opportunity to step back, learn and think differently about opportunities and problems. The experience had an immediate impact on our management team, and challenged us to apply what we learned into our business planning and management approach."
Executive Vice President, Michelin North America and Chief Operating Officer, Passenger & Light Truck Division Michelin North America
"This approach is a fertile ground for management training. The battle of Waterloo and the events that preceded it proved to be incredibly rich in content and provided a marvellous set of occurrences around which multiple teachable moments could be constructed. These range across virtually all corporate issues: Leadership, Strategy Formation, Operational Excellence, Information and Intelligence, Communication, Decision Taking, HR and Focus."
VP Competitor Intelligence HPC Category, Unilever
"Having attended the Leadership Experience at Gettysburg, I was keen to share the power of a leadership experience with our global management team and found Normandy to be the perfect venue. I plan to make some immediate changes to our leadership structure and to our planning process to implement some of the lessons we learned; beyond that I am going to ask a small team to continue the work we started in Normandy."
Chief Executive Officer, Reuters plc
"…the best leadership development program I have ever attended." (Battle of Gettysburg)
Senior Vice President International and Corporate Human Resources, McDonald's Corporation
"Effective decision making under pressure is a key competency of senior executives in today's less predictable business environment. Walking the ancient battlefields of Waterloo brings alive again those defining moments where decisions finally led to victory or defeat. A very insightful programme not only for amateur military historians."
Executive Fellow — The Conference Board Europe
"The Apollo Leadership Experience is one of the best (if not the best) course I have been to. The Conference Board selected excellent materials, provided great examples and put together an experience that could translate key learnings from the NASA Apollo days to our current business needs. The tours of the Rocket Park, the Neutral Bouyancy Laboratory, Mission Control will be something I will remember for the rest of my life."
Vice President Research & Development, Edwards Lifesciences Corp.
"The Retail Innovation Experience truly delivered on our objectives "spot on" and was an outstanding learning experience for our Marketing and Sales team. There was an excellent mix of retail visits and tastemakers to create an enriching experience and learning."
Vice President, TCAR Marketing, Michelin North America
"The Waterloo training gave us interesting insights on military theories and possible parallel with the corporate world. Unique set-up with more 'field work' than class-room time! Mission Command principles helped the team to refocus on the essentials, especially during crisis times. Passion, expertise and diversity from the Corporate Battlefield staff allowed us to regain motivation, put things into perspective, and provided a spot-on feedback session. Great lessons to be learned."
Finance Director, Lilly
“The two days spent on the Gettysburg battlefield provided immediately applicable lessons that have become core to how my team plans, interacts, and executes for success. Put simply, The Conference Board Gettysburg has provided a common language and approach for communicating and decision making."
Senior Director Operational Strategy and Transition Management, PG&E
"I found the Apollo Leadership Experience to not only be informative and inspirational but also directly applicable to the leadership challenges that I face on a daily basis. The format of the training provided a great overview of the significant history of the Apollo program that is complemented by in-depth personal stories and then followed up by discussions that relate the topic discussed to present day situations. If I could recommend only one leadership course for managers of teams, then this is the course. It is perfect for working with teams charged with pushing boundaries and developing innovative messages/approaches."
Account Manager, Global Infrastructure firm
"The lessons learned from the Normandy Leadership Experience reconfirmed for me that effective strategy and execution are key, as are enabling and empowering teams, active leadership by example, and creating an environment to succeed."
Head of Global Internal Communications, AstraZeneca
"The Gettysburg Experience was truly a unique experience in learning: learning about leadership, decision making, recognizing opportunities, creating environments for you and others to be successful, the importance of clear communication and understanding as well as team "buy-in" towards objectives."
Director of Compliance, Senior Corporate Attorney, Office of Legal Compliance, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Mircosoft Corporation
"The Apollo Leadership Experience is a unique leadership event -- in content, setting and impact. The Conference Board/NASA team create a compelling atmosphere of scientific intrigue and intellectual appeal, as they walk participants through an experience that develops a visceral appreciation of how to build a compelling sense of organizational mission and individual inspiration to excellence, which can be carried home to make new impact."
Associate Dean of Outreach Cornell University, ILR School
"It's learning, but in a different context from what you're used to. You're out there in the open air where things actually happened. It beats a PowerPoint in a lecture hall, 10 out of 10." (Waterloo)
Corporate Social Reporting Manager, British American Tobacco
"…an opportunity to look inside a leadership team and understand how the dynamics of leadership and personalities can change the outcomes." (Battle of Gettysburg)
Vice President Asset Protection, Best Buy