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Ambassador Lawrence P. Taylor


The Gettysburg Leadership Experience isn’t a cookie-cutter program. It’s a creative, intellectual and organizing means to help participants think differently, more creatively and more critically. We try to provide the time, space, opportunity and incentive for them to challenge themselves to be better, with the battlefield providing the true magic of the program.

Former Ambassador Lawrence P. Taylor spent many years of his professional career providing leadership overseas. Today, after co-founding the Gettysburg Leadership Experience, he helps facilitate program sessions, bringing his exceptional leadership insight to life within the context of this pivotal Civil War battle. Over the 17 years since GLE was founded, Larry has guided hundreds of groups and thousands of participants through the program. Beginning with a very strong and sometimes provocative opening, he builds on the thoughts and experiences shared by the group and organically melds them into the topics being covered, tying the leadership lessons and the group’s insights together.

Additional Background

  • Served as a career diplomat with U.S. Department of State, including global postings as a political and economic advisor
  • U.S. Ambassador to Estonia from 1995 to 1997
  • Recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Honor for leadership at National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he served as director
  • Director for boards of several Civil War organizations, as well as The Eisenhower Institute and The National Trust for Historic Gettysburg
  • President of The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania
  • Served as senior advisor to two presidents of Gettysburg College
  • Graduate of Ohio University and National War College with graduate work at Harvard University, Kent State and American University


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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