About 2017-04-27T07:47:57+00:00

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

Your Experience to Lead Partners

DICK RICHARDSON
DICK RICHARDSONPartner & Leadership Facilitator
Dick is a partner and co-founder of Experience to Lead. He’s responsible for the design and customization of our programs, as well as facilitation.

Dick has worked as a Program Director with The Conference Board for over five years designing and delivering experiential programs including the Apollo Program with NASA, Team USA in partnership with the USOC, and numerous battlefield programs. Dick was the Director of Executive Leadership Development for ITT and held a variety of leadership positions in learning at IBM.

He holds two patents for innovations in organizational learning. Dick’s international experience includes being the Manager of Management Development for IBM Asia based in Hong Kong and numerous other overseas assignments. He has been recognized with several industry awards in leadership development and learning.

JEFF JACKSON
JEFF JACKSONPartner & Leadership Consultant
Jeff is a partner and 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.

Your Facilitators and Leadership Consultants

ED FRANZONE
ED FRANZONELeadership Facilitator
Ed is a leadership facilitator and program designer. His main focus is the Apollo and Brace for Impact Experiences. He’s a consultant and executive coach who specializes in developing extraordinary business leaders and teams.

Prior to starting his own consulting practice, Ed was a Worldwide Learning and Development Leader at Becton, Dickinson and Company. He was also the Corporate Vice President, Leadership Development at UBS Financial Services.

DAVID HUTCHENS
DAVID HUTCHENSLeadership Facilitator
David is a leadership facilitator and program designer. His main focus is the Team USA 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.

AMANDA HARMON
AMANDA HARMONLeadership Consultant
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 Logistics Team

MORGAN YEARGAN
MORGAN YEARGANMarketing & Logistics Coordinator
Morgan is our logistics and marketing coordinator. Her attention to detail makes events go smoothly from concept to completion. She has seven years of experience in event management and previous experience in marketing, social media, and professional photography.

Morgan is responsible for managing our client registrations and is the on-site logistics manager for the Gettysburg, Apollo KSC, and Brace for Impact Experiences. She is also the project manager for our website, on-going video projects, and marketing documents.

JENNIFER WOUTERS
JENNIFER WOUTERSLogistics Manager
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 Team USA and Apollo JSC Leadership Experiences.

ALEX D'EATH
ALEX D'EATHNASA Expert & Logistics Support
Alex is our on-site logistics support for the Apollo Experience at both Johnson Space Center and Kennedy Space Center. He goes out of his way to accommodate all of our clients’ needs. He is also the director for our video projects.

Alex is also the Vice President at Space City Films. He has interviewed and filmed virtually every important player in America’s space program. He stays abreast of all the current and planned NASA programs and is a familiar face on the NASA sites.

Your Subject Matter Experts

DAVID LEESTMA
DAVID LEESTMAApollo Historian & Former NASA Executive
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.

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.

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
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 Royal 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 Management Expert
John is a speaker for the Team USA 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.

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Our Story

In 2001, then called 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), Team USA (at Olympic 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

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.

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.

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.

SPACE CENTER HOUSTON

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.

NASA – JOHNSON SPACE CENTER

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tivoli Partners

Tivoli is our marketing partner. We collaborate with them on a variety of marketing initiatives to innovate our brand, such as our website.

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.