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.

Emergent Leaders (Young Professionals Program)

The Act of Followership is a critical leadership behavior. With insights gained from a uniquely tailored approach which integrates a number of our core learning modules, experiential exercises, and a Performance Relational Questionnaire (PRQ); Emergent Leaders are able learn and apply practicable skills that support and advance an organization’s strategic mission from within. Advance the career of your high-potential by providing the necessary tools to follow and influence peers and colleagues, by learning to ask the right first questions. This program is suited for the individual contributor and those new to management.

2022 Program Dates

Pursuit, Retreat and Resilience

The Pursuit, Retreat and Resilience Program is designed to continue the conversation and prepare effectively for organizational setbacks and reposition more rapidly when they occur. Build upon the lessons learned from your first visit and integrate new knowledge of Meade's Pursuit, Lee's Retreat to Virginia and Lincoln's Visit to Gettysburg. Position your leadership style to guide both people and processes during times of intense challenge and adversity, as we explore the continuation and impact of the Gettysburg Campaign through today's environment.

2021 Program Dates

2022 Program Dates

Women of Distinction

This three-day program integrates three central and distinct groups of women into the current Gettysburg Leadership Experience platform. These groups represent the professionals who attend, women leaders who currently shape the Gettysburg community, and the female historical protagonists who pivoted and put their lives on the line during the Battle of Gettysburg. Through this facilitative process, the program will provide a shared learning and leadership experience, coaching opportunities and connections to share challenges and successes, and an ongoing network of professionals from a variety of industries.

2021 Program Dates

2022 Program Dates

Open Enrollment Programs

Our open enrollment programs meet the needs of those seeking an exceptional leadership training opportunity on an individual or small-group basis.

The following Open Enrollment programs are available for individuals and small groups. To explore a customized Experience for your organization, please contact