Your Leadership Experts

Our leadership experiences are highly collaborative and dependent upon partnerships with colleagues, subject matter experts, consultants, facilitators and YOU, our clients!

Dick is the co-founder and CEO of Experience to Lead.

Prior to working as an independent consultant, then co-founding Experience to Lead, he was IBM Director, Executive and Management Development, responsible for leadership curriculum for all IBM managers and executives. He holds two patents for innovations in organizational learning. Dick was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in the 17th Annual American Business Awards. Dick also published his first book Apollo Leadership Lessons — Powerful Business Insights for Executives.  which is available on

AMANDA HARMONClient Solutions and Marketing Director
Amanda is our expert at needs analysis and specializes in delivering aligned leadership solutions for businesses worldwide.

With over ten years of experience, Amanda has worked with some of the leading firms in the world, helping them continue to evolve their leaders. Amanda spent most of her career developing leaders through The Conference Board’s and Dale Carnegie’s development programing.

Your Leadership Consultants

JEFF JACKSONProgram Director & Senior Client Relationship Leader
Jeff is a co-founder of Experience to Lead. He’s responsible for business development and client relationships.

Jeff previously worked as the Executive Director of Leadership & Experiential Programs for The Conference Board. He was responsible for the delivery of over 100 customized executive and C-level leadership and best practice programs.

He’s held senior leadership, program and business development positions at Dale Carnegie and IDology, a UK-based leadership consultancy. Jeff has also held senior marketing and sales positions with Time Warner/Atlantic Records.

MORGAN YEARGANClient Solutions Manager
Morgan is our Client Solutions Manager. She is responsible for client relationships, and has worked with some of the leading firms in the world, helping their executives to become better leaders.

Morgan has been a part of Experience to Lead since 2016. She has been on the design team for Launch Point, Brace for Impact, as well as contributed to our European programs. She is passionate about tailoring each program to fit our client’s needs and making sure that each program has a lasting impact.

Robin Speno
Robin Speno Client Solutions Associate
Robin is our Client Solutions Associate. She has a passion for providing effective results for clients. Robin supports Jeff and Amanda to ensure that we provide excellent customer service to all of our clients.

Robin brings a wealth of corporate event planning experience with a focus on details and customer relation. In addition to Robin’s extensive client focus, we are proud of her service in the U.S. Navy.

Your Event Management Team

JENNY WATTSEuropean Event Manager
Jenny is our on-site logistics support for the Normandy and Waterloo Experiences.

Jenny has over 10 years experience in events logistics and has a bespoke event management company in London specializing in corporate event planning.  Prior to this, Jenny worked as an event specialist for a UK FTSE 10 Property Developer, organizing over 40 events a year including conferences, hospitality and exhibitions.

ALEX D'EATHDirector of Operations
Alex oversees all of our program planning and on-site logistics. He provides client support for all of our programs and special events, and will go out of his way to accommodate all of our clients’ needs.

Alex brings us over 20 years of experience in operations, and is also the director for our video projects.

Jennifer is an event planning and public relations specialist with over 16 years of experience. Her experience includes sponsorship activation, media relations and public speaking, and event planning. She loves interacting with customers and has planned everything from corporate 5Ks, golf tournaments, and incentive trips to political events, bar and bat mitzvahs, and weddings.

Jennifer handles logistics for the Gold Medal Leadership Experience.

Your Leadership Facilitators

ANNA BRACCOLeadership Facilitator
Anna is one of our leadership facilitators for Apollo, Gold Medal, and Normandy. She specializes in leadership development at all organizational levels in a variety of industries.

She has experience with manufacturing, energy, healthcare, finance, insurance, as well as federal government agencies. Anna obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Davidson College in North Carolina, received her M.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology. She is bilingual in English and French.

FRED BUNSALeadership Facilitator
Fred is one of our leadership facilitators who supports multiple programs, including Gettysburg, Gold Medal and Apollo. His versatility as a facilitator is enabled by his deep experience in line roles prior to his entering into the HR/Leadership Development space in 1999.

His ability to help clients find and apply the “learned point” from the historical journey we immerse them in is valued by all our participants, as is Fred’s knack for tapping the learning powers of humor and play. Beyond his facilitation skills, Fred is a certified Executive Coach where he partners with leaders to build on their experiential learning via professional development strategies.

DANA BYRDLeadership Facilitator
Dana is one of our leadership program facilitators, as well as leads custom projects for clients. She is truly passionate about her work with individual leaders and teams. She’s guided by the vision of building a better world, one leader at a time.

Dana has a master’s degree in I/O Psychology and is an ICF-certified coach. She’s an active member of both the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP). She enjoys staying abreast of emerging research on behalf of clients, and sees the work of developing leaders and teams as both an art and a science.

DAVID HUTCHENSLeadership Facilitator
David is a leadership facilitator and program designer. His main focus is the Gold Medal Leadership Experience, and has a passion for high-performance leadership and teams.

David is an author, business writer, and learning designer who has created communication solutions for The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, IBM, GE, Nike, and many others. He is a nationally recognized developer of innovative learning products.

JENNIFER SPEARLeadership Facilitator
Jennifer Spear is a leadership facilitator and content designer for our Brace For Impact Program. She also custom designs programs for “Unscripted” in association with Experience to Lead. She is certified in the Basadur Creative Problem Solving Profile and Process. Jennifer is a graduate of Ivey’s Executive MBA program as well as Second City and also holds a BA with Distinction in Psychology, and a BBA in Marketing.

Jennifer is a member of the Global Speaking Federation, the International Association of Facilitators and the Association for Training and Development. She has worked with diverse groups including Caterpillar, Verizon and NASA, and is the author of the upcoming book UnScripted.

Your Subject Matter Experts

JEROME AVERYU.S. Paralympic Guide Runner
Jerome is a speaker for the Gold Medal Experiences. He has been a guide runner with U.S. Paralympics since 2004, and has guided David Brown, one of the world’s top visually-impaired sprinters, since 2014.

Jerome is a Gold medalist alongside David, and together the team obtained David’s world record in the 100m and 200m. Collectively, Jerome led his teammates to 10 national championships, 5 world championships, 4 American records, as well as 4 Paralympic Games.

SHEILA DAIL U.S. Airways Flight Attendant
Sheila is our guest speaker for the Brace for Impact Leadership Experience. She has been a flight attendant for over 38 years and was on Flight 1549 that had an emergency landing in the Hudson River. Sheila is now the founder of the Critical Incident Response Program. She helps flight attendants recover from traumatic events.
BRIAN DUFFYApollo Historian & Former NASA Astronaut
Brian is one of our historians for the Apollo Leadership Experience. He became an astronaut in July 1986. He is a veteran of four space flights.
He later served as spacecraft communicator in Mission Control during numerous Space Shuttle missions.

He also served as the Assistant Director and Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center.

LEX GILLETTEU.S. Paralympic Medalist
Lex is a speaker for the Gold Medal Experiences. As a totally blind long jumper for Team USA, Lex Gillette has achieved medal winning performances at every major international competition he has attended to date, and is a world record holder.

When Lex is giving a motivational presentation on stage, his goal is to inspire audiences to realize a vision of who they can truly be, ultimately, teaching people to see. His mantra is “no need for sight when you have a vision”, and it is central to Lex’s outlook on life.

HARV HARTMANApollo Historian & Former NASA Executive
Harv is one of our historians for the Apollo Leadership Experience. He has over 33 years of service at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. His experiences there transfer to help you and your team become more effective.

Harv worked as a part of the NASA team during the entire Apollo Program, giving him a front-row seat to one of mankind’s greatest adventures. As the Director of Human Resources, Harv played a key role in selecting and shaping NASA’s leaders. His other leadership experience includes service as a naval officer and as a leader in a variety of community and professional organizations.

DAVID LEESTMAApollo Historian & Former NASA Astronaut
David is one of our historians for the Apollo Leadership Experience. With 47 years of government service, he keeps us straight on our stories and history of space flight.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and then went to flight school and earned his Wings of Gold. After several squadron tours and 3 operational deployments flying the F-14A Tomcat, he was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1980. He flew three space missions aboard the Space Shuttle. After retiring from the Navy as a Navy Captain, he was selected by NASA to be the Director of Flight Crew Operations. He later served as a program manager at NASA.

TONY NICASTROGettysburg Historian & Licensed Battlefield Guide
Tony is our historian for the Gettysburg Leadership Experience. He’s a stickler for facts and empirical evidence. Tony has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg since 1993.

He has developed leadership programs for numerous clients including: the U.S. Navy Seals, Johns Hopkins University, Washington University, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Tony is a published author and college professor. He also served in the United States Navy.

MIKE PETERSNormandy & Waterloo Historian, Chairman of International Guild of Battlefield Guides
Mike is our battlefield historian for the Normandy and Waterloo Experiences. He is a retired British Army officer with more than 30 years of service in the Army Air Corps.

Commissioned from the ranks, he has served on operations in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Mike is also the Chairman of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and has a lifelong passion for military history. He has written two books and is a regular contributor to the Soldier magazine.

John is a speaker for the Gold Medal Experiences. John is a two-time Paralympic athlete (swimming, 1996; track & field, 2000) and silver medalist in the long jump, a four-time All-American track and field athlete at the University of Arkansas and U.S. Army Gulf War Veteran.

From All-American track star to amputee to Paralympic medalist, John has never allowed adversity to hold him back.


Our Story

In 2001, then part of The Conference Board, we delivered our first Experience: The Gettysburg Staff Ride. The group of CEOs who attended found the experience to be so compelling that our single event became a regular offering. As we gathered feedback from participants, we discovered the success of the program not to be isolated in the story of Gettysburg but rather found the power in the structure of learning by immersive storytelling.

Fast-forward 15+ years and we’re still offering our beloved classic, The Gettysburg Experience.  In addition, we now offer three non-battlefield programs: Apollo (at NASA), Gold Medal (at elite athletic training centers) and Brace for Impact (under the wings of Sully’s Flight 1549) and battlefield programs in three countries.

Now as Experience to Lead, we enjoy a collaborative relationship with The Conference Board. We have the ability to flex quickly to our clients’ needs, develop new programs, open up new locations and most importantly, meet the highest standards of quality that our clients expect and deserve.

Our Partners and Associates

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The Conference Board

The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association. They help companies improve their business performance. They partner with us to provide the Apollo, Gettysburg, Normandy, Waterloo, and Team USA Experiences.

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Guild of Battlefield Guides

The Guild offers professional development, insights into new approaches, and knowledge of historic battles. We partner with Mike Peters, a highly sought-after Guild member, for our Normandy and Waterloo Experiences.

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The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides

They are the oldest professional guide service in the United States. We partner with Tony Nicastro for our Gettysburg Experience to ensure the highest level of accuracy.

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Space Center Houston is the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and the only Smithsonian Affiliate in the greater Houston area. Experience to Lead’s relationship with Space Center Houston allows you to have exclusive access into the Museum and private dinners surrounding some of the most compelling space artifacts.

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For more than 50 years, NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston has led our nation and the world on a continuing adventure of human exploration, discovery, and achievement. They have provided technological innovations and scientific discoveries. The Apollo JSC Experience includes exclusive access to unique venues such as the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, the Apollo Mission Control Room, and the International Space Station Mission Control Room.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Kennedy Space Center features some of NASA’s most iconic landmarks. This is NASA’s primary launch center for human spaceflight. The Apollo KSC Experience allows you the chance to explore the KSC Rocket Park and Astronaut Memorial in a deeper way.

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U.S. Olympic Training Center

The U.S. Olympic Training Centers serve Team USA’s athletes in all aspects of their pursuits of winning gold. Our partnership allows participants the opportunity immerse themselves in the culture of elite athleticism by meeting with Olympic athletes, coaches, High Performance Directors and engaging in sports experiences.

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The Friends of Gettysburg Foundation

We are a proud supporter of The Friends of Gettysburg Foundation. Their mission is to enhance the preservation and understanding of the lasting significance of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Waterloo Memorial 1815

We are a proud supporter of the Waterloo Memorial 1815. This facility brings the history of the site to life through artifacts, media, and historical documents. It is the official historical preservation organization where we take participants during our Waterloo Experience.

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Smithsonian Institution

We are a proud supporter of the Smithsonian. It is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, and nine research facilities. We utilize the National Air and Space Museum during the Apollo Experience in Washington, DC.

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Carolina’s Aviation Museum

Carolina’s Aviation Museum showcases the plane from Flight 1549. The Miracle on the Hudson is the capstone of our Brace for Impact Experience. You’re able to hear first-person stories and have a reception under the wings.

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Space City Films

Space City Films provides videos for our Apollo Experiences. Space City Films is also working with us to produce footage to enhance all of our programs and tell our story in a visual way.