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Chuck Burkell


I have seen people cry; shake their heads in disbelief; gaze in wonderment, and of course ask many questions, as they attempt to understand why. It is this emotional experience that leads to reflection and application, and encourages participants to apply what they’ve learned, both professionally and personally, as they also recognize that the struggles of 1863 mirror and resonate with the challenges and struggles of today.

Chuck Burkell serves as a Gettysburg Leadership Experience (GLE) consultant and facilitator, and as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park. He also serves as a battlefield guide for selected GLE modules. Recognizing that different objectives call for different methods, Chuck continually works to identify the most optimal and effective instruction style for the moment and context at hand, consistently delivering valuable learning through both classroom and battlefield sessions. Chuck’s background in public sector leadership development includes interacting with thousands of managers and executives in many different organizations, which has equipped him well to deliver satisfying, individualized GLE sessions.

Additional Background

  • Principal of Burkell & Associates, a leadership development consultancy
  • Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park
  • 33-year veteran of Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency, responding to both Hurricane Katrina and 9/11
  • Led U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy Executive Education program
  • Past faculty member of Mt. St. Mary’s University and Harvard University
  • Graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s University and the University of Akron
  • Co-designer of “Adaptive Leadership Instrument,” a leading assessment tool
  • Co-author of numerous leadership-related journal articles and publications


Our faculty is made up of instructors and guides, many of whom are licensed battlefield guides. Instructors and guides are chosen for each session based upon the identified goals of the group.

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