Susan Eisenhower


I grew up surrounded by people in leadership positions, and in my career have worked in areas of strategic importance to the US where good policy is made possible by the leadership of specific individuals, This decades-long exposure to strong and effective leaders contributes to what I’m able to share with GLE participants.

Working with the Gettysburg Leadership Experience (GLE) for 15 years, Susan Eisenhower brings the leadership lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg into the 20th century by discussing the life and leadership legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower, two-term US President from 1953 – 1961 and Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War Two, and also Susan’s grandfather. Her conversational style is full of relevant illustrations and stories of significant moments in leadership.

Following her leadership conversation, Susan brings participants to visit her grandparents’ farm in Gettysburg. “It’s an honor to take groups of the caliber who attend GLE to my grandparents’ farm, where I spent so much meaningful time growing up,” Susan says. “It was the center of our family life while our grandparents were alive, and I’m one of only four people who still spend time there.”

Additional Background

  • CEO and Chair of The Eisenhower Group, Inc. (EGI)
  • Had a distinguished career as a policy analyst
  • Conducted extensive executive training work on strategic leadership
  • Chair Emeritus at the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College
  • Served as president twice at the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College and holds a year-long seminar on strategy for competitively selected students
  • Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and a Distinguished Fellow at the Nixon Center, now called the Center for National Interest
  • Appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control
  • Member of MIT’s Energy Initiative Advisory Board
  • Serves as co-chair of NEAC, the Secretary of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Board
  • Served as a member of three blue ribbon commissions for the Department of Energy for three different secretaries
  • Served on the NASA Advisory Council
  • Served as a commissioner on the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force
  • Author of four trade press books and co-authored or co-edited four other books on international security issues, and is a sought-after media contributor


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.

Young Professionals Program

Advance the career of your high-potential, young professionals by developing learnable, practicable skills that are professionally essential. The dedicated Young Professionals leadership program uses a variety of uniquely tailored, daily themes and core learning modules to explore different aspects of leadership.

Registration Fee: $1,925 per attendee

Retreat & Resilience

This new and distinct Gettysburg Leadership Experience program is designed to help leaders continue the conversation and prepare effectively for organizational set backs and reposition more rapidly when they occur. Build upon the lessons learned from the first three days of the Battle of Gettysburg and integrate new knowledge of Lee's Retreat to Virginia and Lincoln's Visit to Gettysburg and their courses of action. Position your leadership style to guide both people and processes during times of intense challenge and adversity.

Registration Fee: $2,150 per attendee

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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.

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