Gettysburg Leadership Experience

This experiential, multiday program designed for co-op CEOs, senior leaders and their board chairs and directors, examines the leadership styles, decisions and principles displayed by military leaders before, during and after the Battle of Gettysburg.

Gettysburg. For three tumultuous days in 1863, it was the backdrop for one of the Civil War’s most dynamic encounters. Decisions made, opportunities missed, passions sparked and conversations avoided changed the course of our country. Today, this historically sacred setting is the site of a powerful, soles-on-the-ground program that looks to those leaders, lessons and legacy with a clear, contemporary purpose: to set the stage for you to prepare for your greatest challenges.

NRECA has partnered with FCC Services, a consulting firm that serves the Farm Credit System, to offer the Gettysburg Leadership Experience to electric cooperative CEOs, senior leaders and directors.

Through classroom discussion, video illustrations and visits to the battlefield, participants will learn how to apply these timeless leadership lessons to current organizational situations and challenges.

Using a case study method, the two and one-half day workshop will focus on:

  • Anticipatory Leadership
  • Clarity of Communication
  • Transactional and Transformational Leadership
  • Predictable Surprises and Negotiating Difficult Conversations

These modules were specifically selected to help cooperative CEOs and senior leaders, address contemporary issues facing our industry and your co-op and its workforce specifically. NRECA and FCC Services have worked together to hone and customize the case studies to ensure a solid connection with our industry.


Who Should Attend

This program is ideal for electric cooperative CEOs and senior leaders and directors or board chairs along with the CEO. Whether you intend to better your board, cooperative, or yourself, come claim your high ground. The program is limited to 30 participants.


Suggested Reading

There are some great books about the Civil War and the Battle at Gettysburg listed below if you are interested in reading more about this moment in history prior to the program. There is no required advanced reading for this program."

Clark, Champ - Gettysburg: The Confederate High Tide (The Civil War Series), Time-Life Books, 1985

Coddington, Edwin B. - The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command, Touchstone, 1997

Foote, Shelby - Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign June-July 1863, Modern Library; 1st edition, 1994

Guelzo, Allen C. - Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2013

McPherson, James M. - Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, Oxford University Press, 1988

Shaara, Jeff - Gods and Generals: A Novel of the Civil War, Ballantine Books; 1st Thus. Edition, 1998

Shaara, Michael - Killer Angels, Ballantine Books, 1987

Tucker, Glenn - High Tide at Gettysburg: The Campaign in Pennsylvania, Literary Licensing, LLC, 2011


NEW! Leadership Skills Assessment

Drawn from the Electric Cooperative Employee Competencies, our new Leadership Skills Assessment was designed to help you understand which of NRECA's supervisory, management and leadership courses and events may be most appropriate for you. Learn more.


Registration Fees


Attendee Registration $2950
Spouse/Guest Ticket (non-refundable)$150


Additional Dates

Gettysburg Leadership Experience for Co-op Leaders is being offered two additional times in 2020:


Looking to earn credit?

Earn credits toward your Board Leadership Certificate (BLC). If you’ve already earned your BLC credentials, earn the credits you need to achieve Director Gold status.

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In Gettysburg, you can eat authentic Civil War era foods, sleep in a restored historic inn, and discover over 25 museums and resort attractions. Visit the scene of the Gettysburg Address, Picket's Charge, and Robert E. Lee's Headquarters. 
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BWI
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IAD
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DCA
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What airport should I fly into to attend the Gettysburg Leadership Experience?
There are four major international airports within two hours of Gettysburg – Philadelphia (PHI), Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), Washington Dulles (IAD) and Washington Reagan (DCA) -- and one fair-sized regional airport in Harrisburg.

The most convenient airport to and from Gettysburg in terms of the number of flight options in and out, travel time it takes getting to and from Gettysburg, and with the least amount of traffic to deal with is Baltimore-Washington International (BWI).

Harrisburg Regional Airport is 45 minutes away, but has limited flights and they can be expensive.

Are spouses/guests welcome to attend the Gettysburg Leadership Experience?
Spouses/guests are welcome to attend portions of the Gettysburg Leadership Experience including the trip on the morning of Day 1 to The Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park which includes the film, A New Birth of Freedom and a viewing of the Gettysburg Cyclorama oil paining. Spouses/guests are also welcome to attend the group dinner at the Dobbin House Tavern on the evening of Day 1 http://www.dobbinhouse.com/. Spouses/guests are not allowed to attend breakfasts, lunches, classroom sessions or battlefield tours. All spouses attending the program must register in advance. The fee for spouses/guests is $140.
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