Here are some thoughts from past participants on what they found following In the Footsteps of Leaders:
"As we all gathered at the airport on our way home we reflected on what each of us got from [Footsteps] and it is not an understatement to say that it will be 'life changing.'"
— Dan Bane, Chairman and CEO of Trader Joe's
Read Trader Joe's thank-you letter.
"The lessons we learned here will carry us through a lifetime of business challenges and make us collectively a better company. We can't tell you how inspirational it was to stand on the spot of the first shot of the battle, to creep through the woods following the footsteps of Union and Rebel armies, to climb Little Round Top and finally make Pickett's Charge! Thank you for making it all come alive!
— Christopher M. Connor, Chairman and CEO of Sherwin-Williams
Read Sherwin-Williams' thank-you letter.
"On behalf of the global Operations Leadership Team of Crayola LLC, I wanted to thank you for the extraordinary team building experience...of this week. The chance to escape our day-to-day challenges and focus entirely on the epic Battle of Gettysburg was an overwhelming experience for all of us."
— Peter Ruggiero, Executive Vice President, Global Operations of Crayola
"This was the most rewarding leadership session I have ever had! It will have a lasting impression on how I work and function as a manager."
— Charles A. Hammond, Town Manager, Ahoskie, N.C.
"Both days of the conference worked exceptionally well together and I am convinced that it was an extraordinary experience for everyone....I believe the educational value of the program was unmistakable and I look forward to working with you in the years ahead to bring other groups of our talented Franklin & Marshall community to the battlefield."
— Steve O'Day, J.D., Senior Associate Dean, Franklin and Marshall College
"I wanted to thank the Gettysburg Foundation for working with us to offer such an extraordinary learning experience for our clients from Force 3...[they were] absolutely delighted and full of new insights on leadership that are immediately applicable to their jobs."
— Hugh Courtney, Associate Dean of Executive Programs, Robert H. Smith School of Business
"In both the private sector and in government, the most prized attribute for any executive is leadership. Leaders impart vision, set the agenda and inspire. And most successful leaders are not "born"—they are made. The [Footsteps] Experience is an ideal program to help "make" future leaders. In every case, the feedback from participants clearly indicated that their exposure to the Gettysburg battlefield, through the "lens" of leadership, was one of the best development opportunities they had ever encountered."
— Lt. Gen. (ret.) Dan Christman, former Superintendent, U.S. Military Academy at West Point