About2019-12-03T08:02:58-05:00

The Team

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

Our Leaders

DICK RICHARDSON
DICK RICHARDSONCo-founder and CEO
Dick is the co-founder and CEO of Experience to Lead. Combining his passions for history, riveting a crowd with a great story and developing leaders from across the globe, he has found his ideal role impacting leaders across industries.

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

AMANDA HARMON
AMANDA HARMONGeneral Manager and Client Solutions
As one of the founding team members of Experience to Lead, Amanda has worked in every area of the business. Now overseeing daily business operations and serving a select group of clients, her passion is delivering customized leadership solutions with a client-centric approach.

Amanda has worked with some of the leading firms in the world, helping them continue to evolve their leaders to meet the demands of today’s complex business environment. Amanda’s eclectic background has involved sales, logistics, technology and operations, finance, public speaking, facilitating and management. A jack-of-all-trades, Amanda is a master of connecting people, concepts, and projects to enable our team to deliver on our promises to our clients.

Client Solutions Team

JEFF JACKSON
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 YEARGAN
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.

Subject Matter Experts

JEROME AVERY
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
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 DUFFY
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 GILLETTE
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 HARTMAN
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 LEESTMA
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 NICASTRO
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 PETERS
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 REGISTER
JOHN REGISTERChange Agent
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.

Leadership Facilitators

ANNA BRACCO
ANNA BRACCOLeadership Facilitator
Anna’s thoughtful and engaging approach to facilitation draws people into the leadership conversation and helps distill the most relevant takeaways from impactful experiences. She keeps the individual at the center of the conversation and encourages impactful dialogue that helps translate the experience into actionable leadership outcomes.

With a background in leadership development consulting, Anna has worked with executives at all levels in the public, private and nonprofit sectors and has honed her expertise in developing high performance in leaders and their teams. With a degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, she has assessed, developed, and coached high potentials for a broad range of organizations such as Whirlpool, Coca-Cola, Exelon Corporation, Amcor, The Federal Reserve Bank and its Board of Governors. Anna is bilingual in English and French, and brings a depth of experience developing and facilitating leadership programs both stateside and abroad provide allow her to provide unique insight and perspective to her programs.

Anna is certified to facilitate our Apollo, Launch Point, and Gold Medal Experiences.

FRED BUNSA
FRED BUNSALeadership Facilitator
Fred is skilled at tapping into the learning powers of history, humor, and fun — all while asking the questions which spark participants to engage in honest and productive conversations. His flexibility to follow that energy of the moment resonates with our senior level audiences.

Fred specializes in helping leaders navigate the competing pressures between demanding business goals, key stakeholder relationships and their own aspirational leadership goals to implement focused action plans. Prior to joining ETL, Fred has been a certified Executive Coach with over two decades coaching and facilitating in the leadership development space. He also benefits from 13 years of sales and management experience. Fred has developed a communication prototype for building strategic messages which influence others to take action. He also co-developed and facilitated a Leadership Development Academy for both a major healthcare provider and major hospitality company.

Fred has a dual role at Experience to Lead: he is certified to facilitate our Gettysburg, Apollo and Gold Medal Experiences and he leads our Design and Delivery Practice Area.

DANA BYRD
DANA BYRDLeadership Facilitator
Dana’s facilitation approach is rooted in the belief that leadership and learning are both an art and a science. She creates an environment in which people open to new ideas and ways of being and leading. She strives to find the sweet spot between taking the work seriously, but not taking ourselves too seriously.

Dana thrives on helping clients find renewed inspiration on their leadership journey and in making deep connections to the stories and concepts they encounter. In addition to partnering with ETL, Dana develops and facilitates leadership development programs, creates and deploys customized team solutions, and provides one-on-one coaching to clients. Over the past twenty years, she has worked with audiences ranging from c-suite leaders to front-line managers. Her clients have come from a range of industries, including financial services manufacturing, aerospace and defense, architecture, and technology. Dana has a master’s degree in I/O Psychology and is an ICF-certified coach.

Dana is certified to facilitate our Gold Medal, Apollo, and Launch Point Experiences.

MARY JO AMMON
MARY JO AMMONLeadership Facilitator
Mary Jo’s engaging, approachable style as a skilled facilitator consistently provides a high impact leadership experience. She asks the questions and facilitates the conversations that result in optimized outcomes for individuals, teams, and organizations.

Mary Jo’s clients appreciate that she is a deep listener and meets them where they are without presupposing a specific solution or course of action. She is often commended on her innate ability to know when to facilitate and when to let the conversation take its course. She challenges leaders to lean in to their strengths and practice new skills to continually up their game.While her work of over 35 years has touched every aspect of optimizing team and organizational performance, Mary Jo has honed her focus to building skilled and compassionate leaders who create a desired culture. Other areas of expertise include strategy development and execution, process improvement and culture transformation. She has worked extensively with leaders across the Federal Government and quasi-governmental organizations, as well as non-profit associations, Federal advisory committees, and the  private sector.

Mary Jo is certified to facilitate our Apollo and Gold Medal Experiences.

DAVID HUTCHENS
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.

SHEILA HAJI
SHEILA HAJILeadership Facilitator
Sheila’s warm and inviting facilitation style meets people where they are and inspires them to explore new possibilities for learning and development. Her deep listening and powerful questions help individuals and groups translate their insights into action.

Sheila has over 25 years of consulting and corporate experience that gives her an appreciation for the challenges facing leaders in the daily work lives. In her prior career with the Bell System, Sheila oversaw the implementation of the Enhanced 911 database for a tri-state area and also served as Director of Executive Development. As a leadership development practitioner, Sheila has worked with executives, mid-level managers, and supervisors in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in positive organizational change.

JAMES SAYNO
JAMES SAYNOLeadership Facilitator
James specializes in creating an environment of peak performance where participants are inspired to contribute their best, feel safe to explore new ideas, and take ownership of their individual development.

James brings an understanding of how to stimulate peak performance with his deep experience in high performance cultures and organizations. He is a dynamic leadership facilitator with over 25 years of experience spanning the sports, management consulting, retail, and financial services industries. He is attuned to the unique needs of world-class professionals, and is often called upon to help unlock potential or get high performers back on the path after a plateau or burnout state. He has served major brands such as Nike, and as the head of Talent and Rewards at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, James developed hundreds of leaders and served Team USA as a leader of the “Team Behind the Team” for three Olympic Games. James has provided culture and talent and rewards expertise addressing complex challenges.

James is certified to facilitate our Gold Medal Experience.

JODI HIMELRIGHT
JODI HIMELRIGHT Leadership Facilitator
With an energetic and approachable style, Jodi is skilled in facilitating conversations that inspire participants to capitalize on their self-insights, discover new ways to lead, and confidently address their challenges.

Jodi has a passion for enabling leaders to accelerate their development through learning and experience. She encourages leaders to embrace the practice of leadership by leveraging their strengths, testing new skills, and challenging their assumptions. Her clients appreciate her ability to ask powerful questions, listen deeply, and hear what is not said. Jodi is known for evoking thoughtful dialogue and empowering leaders to apply their learning in actionable ways.

Over the past 20 years, Jodi has built a depth of expertise in assessing, developing and coaching leaders in the U.S. and globally. She has worked with leaders and organizations from a wide range of industries such as pharmaceuticals, financial services, technology, defense, higher education, and manufacturing. Her Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology enables her to offer evidence-based approaches and solutions to leadership, team, and organizational development.

Jodi is certified to facilitate our Gettysburg Experience.

Event Management Team

JENNY WATTS
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'EATH
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 LARSEN
JENNIFER LARSENOperations Coordinator
With over 10 years of experience in event planning and logistics, Jennifer handles pre-event and on-site event coordination to ensure that your events run smoothly.

Her event management experience spans multiple industries and includes media relations, social media, public speaking, and event planning.

Jennifer handles logistics for the Gold Medal and Gettysburg Leadership Experiences and on-site coordination for the Gold Medal, Apollo, and Gettysburg Programs.

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Our Story

At Experience to Lead, we believe every business deserves to have great leaders. To achieve that goal, we design and deliver unique experiences that bring leadership to life through immersive, experiential leadership development programs in unforgettable locations. The purpose is to improve the leadership capability of individuals, teams and organizations, to lead through change and propel them to higher levels of success, performance, and growth.

We do this by engaging you in powerful leadership stories in the places where they occurred and facilitating dynamic discussions so you become emotionally connected to the subject matter. In this way, the learning is applicable, personal and deeply rooted, allowing you to improve yourself, your team and your organization.