Women Leading From the Front Lines: Core Leadership Principles from the Army and West Point

October 8-11, 2019
Online Pre-Work: Sept. 23-27 / Online Post-Work: Oct. 21-Nov. 18

Program Overview

Superior leadership principles, values, and ethics

A unique opportunity to have a fully immersive, exclusive, and interactive experience with role models who have demonstrated superior leadership skills in highly challenging and ever-changing situations leading teams and individuals in extraordinary circumstances. The faculty, all inspirational leaders of character, will lead and facilitate discussions and provide mentorship and guidance in small, interactive experiential sessions, which reflect the leadership principles, values, and ethics from the Army and West Point.

The faculty will bring theory to life and demonstrate meaningful connections between military leadership, and leadership in the corporate, governments, and non-profit sectors. Participants will actively hone these concepts and apply the skills through experiential activities, while simultaneously expanding their professional network.

Client Results

Transformational, Innovative and Empowering

Laura Mattimore, Director, Leadership Development
Thank you on behalf of P&G’s leadership team for an absolutely terrific experience. The concepts, tools and rich dialogue that you brought to our team have inspired us and stretched our thinking as we look for new approaches to how we grow and develop leaders at P&G. The time that you took upfront to understand our challenges and work with us to build a customized program is what made it so special. There are many insights that came from the session, which we will take forward. Thanks for sparking a whole new dimension of discussion and ideas.
Laura Mattimore, Director, Leadership Development
Jaime Nolan, CEO
Just heard one of the most empowering and engaging sessions on leadership in my life from Lt General Frank Kearney (Retired). He was part of the team that rescued POW Jessica Lynch 11 years ago. When you hear a story like that and sit back and process the incredible leadership needed to build a high performing team across various units that can execute collectively for a successful mission, it really humbles you. This session moved me to tears at times. I have 20 pages of notes and cannot wait to start implementing some of the many leadership traits I learned.
Jaime Nolan, CEO
Kay Nash, Chief Legal Talent Officer
Overall the Gettysburg Virtual Staff Ride was a great program. It is unusual for our members to ask for more time, but that is what happened. COL Ryan was excellent – engaged, humorous and informational. She worked with us to tailor our program to the unique needs of the law firm. It was one of our most outstanding programs and we would recommend the Thayer Leader Development Group to any organization interested in developing their future leaders.
Kay Nash, Chief Legal Talent Officer

Program Agenda

October 8-11, 2019, Online Pre-Work: Sept. 23-27 / Online Post-Work: Oct. 21-Nov. 18

Pre-Work: Sept. 23-27 Daily ​Online: Leading with Character & Competence
Tuesday, October 8 4:00 – 5:00 PM Check in at The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point
5:00 – 8:30 PM Academy Kickoff and Dinner
Wednesday, October 9 7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 – 10:30 AM Accelerating your Leader Identity - BG (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Commander’s Intent & Precise Communication - BG (Ret.) Becky Halstead
1:00 - 2:15 PM Lunch
2:15 – 6:15 PM West Point Staff Ride - COL (Ret.) Pilar Ryan, Ph.D.
SHOW MORE + 7:15 - 8:30 PM Dinner
Thursday, October 10 7:00 - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 - 11:30 AM Urban Orienteering - Carlys Lemler, Esquire
12:30 AM - 2:30 PM Keynote Address & Lunch: “Lessons From The Ledge” - Alison Levine
3:00 - 5:30 PM Leader Resilience - COL (Ret.) Donna Brazil, Ph.D.
5:30 - 5:40 PM Battle Buddy Action Learning Kick-Off
6:15 - 8:15 PM Battle Buddy Action Learning and Dinner
Friday, October 11 6:30 – 7:30 AM Military-Style Physical Training - Kate Wender
7:30 - 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 AM Commander’s Call with Senior Advisors: BG (Ret.) Becky Halstead & BG (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D.
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Action Planning & Academy Close - Karen Kuhla, Ph.D.
12:30 PM Lunch/Departure
Post-Work: Oct. 21-Nov. 18 Weekly

Program Faculty

Leaders Building Leaders

Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead
(USA, Retired, USMA 1981)

In 2010, following 27 years of service in the U.S. Army and retiring after achieving the rank of Brigadier General, Becky founded her own company. In this capacity, she has worked in the corporate sector speaking on leadership, as well as in the academic sector (Harvard, Duke, Columbia University, Penn State, Ithaca College, Virginia Military Institute, McIntire School of Business at the University of Virginia, etc).  Becky and her book are the focus of the Thayer Leader Development Group’s first online leadership series.  

Prior to retiring from the Army, Becky had over 15 years of executive‐level leadership experience, developing and training high-performing, complex and diverse teams capable of strategic planning and execution. She has a proven record of leading change, building successful teams in demanding environments (Afghanistan and Iraq, Germany, South America), and creating innovative solutions, systems and programs to complex problems. She is an experienced leader and logistician, a highly effective communicator, and a strategic planner with exceptional organizational skills. 

Becky is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and achieved an historic milestone as the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to General Officer. She was the senior Commanding General (equivalent to CEO) for logistics in Iraq, and was the first female in U.S. history to command in combat at the strategic level. In this capacity, she was responsible for leading over 200 multi‐disciplined units (20,000 military and 5,000 civilians) located across 55 different bases, providing supply, maintenance, transportation and distribution support to over 250,000 personnel serving in Iraq. 

Brigadier General Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D.
(USA, Retired, St. Bonaventure 1976)

Maureen was born and raised in Olean, New York. She graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1976 and received a direct commission as Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Maureen holds a Masters and Doctorate of Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Georgia; an Executive Diploma in Strategic Leadership, US Army War College; and an Executive Diploma in Management and Leadership, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Colonel Pilar Ryan, Ph.D.
(USA, Retired, USMA 1986)

Colonel Ryan is a soldier-scholar who served in a variety of command and staff positions, stateside and overseas, during her 27-year Army career, including command of Bravo Battery, 1stBattalion, 30thField Artillery Regiment, the largest artillery battery in the Army at the time. Some of her other assignments include service in a tactical Military Intelligence battalion in Germany, executive officer of 1/30th Field Artillery Battalion, Deputy G2 (Intelligence) of III Corps Artillery, both at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, political-military planner and counter-proliferation strategist for United States Forces Korea, and executive officer to the Assistant Chief of Staff, Strategy and Policy, United States Forces Korea/Commanding General, Marine Corps Forces-Korea.

Carlys Lemler, Esq.
(USMA 2001)

After attaining her BS degree, she served in the United States Army as a Military Intelligence and Air Defense Artillery officer. Carly is a veteran of the Global War on Terror and Operation Enduring Freedom.  Since serving in the military, she has dedicated herself to extending the values of Duty, Honor, Country as a human resources professional, an attorney and in her volunteer leadership roles for various non-profits and civic organizations.  While pursuing her Juris Doctorate, Carly continued to work as a Human Resources Consultant, served as an Editor on the Rutgers Law Review, and also interned at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, and in the Clerk’s Office of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.  She mediated disputes for the State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs, and has worked at the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) as a doctrine writer and research analyst. Carlys currently manages The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point as the Director of Operations (General Manager).

Alison Levine
(University of Arizona, 1987)

Alison is an adventurer, explorer and mountaineer. She has climbed peaks on every continent, served as the team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, and skied across the Arctic Circle to the geographic North Pole. In January 2008, she made history as the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse from west Antarctica to the South Pole following the route of legendary explorer Reinhold Messner. Levine completed this arduous journey on skis while hauling 150 pounds of her gear and supplies in a sled harnessed to her waist. In May 2010 she completed the Adventure Grand Slam – climbing the 7 Summits (highest peak on each continent) and skiing to both Poles, an accomplishment fewer than 30 people in the world can claim. Her success in extreme environments is noteworthy given she suffers from a neurological disease that causes the arteries that feed her fingers and toes to collapse in cold weather, leaving her at extreme risk for frostbite.

Colonel Donna Brazil, Ph.D.
(USA, Retired, USMA 1983)

Dr. Brazil retired from the United States Army as a Colonel with over 31 years of leadership experience. She served in wide variety of leadership assignments to include executive officer and operations officer for a 1000-person logistics unit, commander of a 200-person transportation unit and director of Leadership and Psychology Programs at the United States Military Academy (USMA). Donna concluded her service as the Deputy Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at USMA. She served with the Office of Military Cooperation – Afghanistan assisting the Afghan Ministry of Defense in establishing the Afghan Military Academy and collaborated with the Los Angeles police department and the New Jersey Chiefs of Police in designing a Command and Leadership course for their officers. Dedicated to improving the wellbeing of Soldiers and their families, Donna is certified as a trainer for the US Army’s Master Resilience Trainer Course. 


Online Pre-Work: September 23-27
Onsite: October 8-11, 2019
Online Post-Work: October 21 - November 18

Where: On-site at the Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point, NY

Who: Mid-to senior-level leaders, across all industries, who want proven, practical tools for what it means to be a more effective, inspiring leader.


Program Fee: $6,900 all inclusive

Program fee includes all program materials, program-related meals, and guest room accommodations at The Historic Thayer Hotel at West
Point. A deposit of $3,000 is due no later than September 10. Registration after this date will require full payment. Spaces are guaranteed once deposit has been received and your application have been reviewed. The final payment is due by September 24. For payment options, we accept cashier’s or corporate checks, electronic fund transfers, and credit cards.

Registration: Closes September 10, 2019

Early registration is strongly encouraged. Registration is limited to 33 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces are guaranteed once deposit has been received. Please email the completed registration form to

For more information, please call 845-446-4731 ext. 7998.

Cancellation Policy:

Deposits are non-refundable after September 24. Deposits may be transferred to another individual for the same program prior to October 1. If full payment has been received, but no replacement can attend this program, the deposit will be forfeited; and the balance can be applied to another open enrollment program during the same calendar year. In the unlikely event TLDG reschedules the program, participants will receive their deposit and/or their full payments.

Accommodations: The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point, NY

The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point, located on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy* and along the banks of the majestic Hudson River, has hosted distinguished patrons, including U.S. Presidents and heads of state. It offers a unique, inspiring venue--a living museum--to experience leadership principles and applications where history has, and is, occurring. Each participant will stay in a luxurious room located on site of the conference. www.thethayerhotel.com

*Security information and a current government-issued photo ID is required for all visitors to access the U.S. Military Academy.
 Travel: Attendees are responsible for the arrangement and payment of their travel.

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Battle-Tested Leadership Strategies for Executives

October 8-11, 2019, Online Pre-Work: Sept. 23-27 / Online Post-Work: Oct. 21-Nov. 18

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Program Fee: $6,900 (All Inclusive)

Program fee includes all program materials, program-related meals, and guest room accommodations at The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point. A deposit of $3,000 is due upon invoice at registration by September 10. Registration after this date will require full payment. Spaces are guaranteed once deposit has been received and your application have been reviewed. The final payment is due by September 24. Payment options are listed below.

Thayer Leader Development Group
674 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
Corporate office located off the lobby of The Thayer Hotel

(United States)  1.800.247.5047, ext. 7998
(Worldwide)  +1.845-446-4731, ext. 7998


*For payment, please select pre-arranged payment. Once we have received your completed registration, we will send an invoice to the e-mail address you provide above; you are welcome to pay via credit card or check. Currently we are not able to process credit card payments through this registration portal. If you have questions please call 845.446.4731 x7998 

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