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.

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