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

Joe DePinto, CEO
I'm sure you all don't always see the end results of the Thayer training you lead...I just got off a conference call with our entire leadership team - VP and above. The VUCA training they learned through Thayer is truly driving the leadership and decisions they are making. They're moving in an incredibly agile and flexible way...and communication has been incredible. It has allowed us to continue operating in an unbelievably VUCA environment and serve the neighborhoods where we operate. Thought you should know - you would be proud if you could see this team in action. Many thanks guys!!
Joe DePinto, CEO
Brian Conroy, President
I’m not usually a fan of these kind of sessions, but I found the Thayer Leadership event to be incredibly valuable. We have some work to do, but with the framework that we developed in conjunction with the Thayer team, we are in a place to go from good to great.
Brian Conroy, President
Stephen Cannon, Former President & CEO
I cannot tell you enough how much I support the leader development program. The lessons we got [from Thayer] fully grounded in the latest leadership research and combat tested are lessons not only relevant but desperately needed in corporate America! Values based is sorely lacking and in my opinion only one institution can credibly deliver that message.
Stephen Cannon, Former President & CEO

Program Agenda

PRE-WORK: APRIL 26-MAY 3 Daily Virtual: Kickoff with Senior Advisors; Online: Leading with Character & Competence
Tuesday, May 11 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, May 12 7:00 – 7:45 AM Breakfast
7:45 – 10:15 AM Accelerating your Leader Identity - BG (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D.
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Enabling Effective Leadership - COL (Ret.) Sean Hannah, Ph.D.
12:30 – 2:00 PM Lunch
SHOW MORE + 2:15 – 6:15 PM West Point Staff Ride - COL (Ret.) Pilar McDermott, Ph.D.
7:00 - 8:15 PM Dinner
Thursday, May 13 7:00 - 7:45 AM Breakfast
7:45 - 10:45 AM Trust: The Cornerstone of Leadership - COL (Ret.) Pat Sweeney, Ph.D.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Keynote Address & Lunch: “Leading From The Decisive Point” - COL (Ret.) Lee Van Arsdale
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 - 5:30 PM Urban Orienteering - LTG (Ret.) Frank Kearney
5:30 - 5:40 PM Battle Buddy Action Learning Kick-Off
6:15 - 8:15 PM Battle Buddy Action Learning and Dinner
Friday, May 14 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: LTG (Ret.) Frank Kearney & BG (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D.
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Action Planning & Academy Close
12:30 PM Lunch/Departure
POST-WORK: MAY 20, 25, 27 & JUNE 1, 3 Weekly ​Online: Leading with Purpose; Virtual: Action-Plan Check-In with Senior Advisors

Program Faculty

Leaders Building Leaders

Lieutenant General Frank Kearney
(USA, Retired, USMA 1976)

Frank is a 1976 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He has served in operational and command assignments at every level with combat tours in Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He planned and participated in the opening campaigns of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom and commanded all Theater Special Operations forces in the middle-east including OIF and OEF from March 2005 to June 2007. Frank served as the Deputy Combatant Commander for United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) from 2007-2010 and insured that the 62.000 operators of this command were properly trained and equipped for their global special operation’s missions. Frank oversaw the SOCOM requirements process, the execution of a 9-billion-dollar budget and led the SOCOM Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) team for the 2010 QDR.

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 Sean Hannah, Ph.D.
(USA, Retired, University of Nebraska)

Part of the Thayer Leadership faculty since its inception, COL (Ret.) Hannah holds a prestigious Endowed Chair and Full Professorship of Management at the Wake Forest University School of Business. He has conducted over 500 executive education and consulting engagements in the US, Europe and Asia; and has coached dozens of senior executives, to include CEOs and TMT members. He served in the Army for 26 years, including the founding Director of the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE), the Army-wide center for character-based leadership; the Director of Leadership and Management Programs at West Point; and an Infantryman in Europe, Cuba, Panama, Southwest Asia, and US. He served in combat with the lead unit of 3d Armored Division in Desert Storm, where his unit received the Valorous Unit Award; and Operation Sea Signal (Panama and Cuba), and coordination cell for Joint Task Force Los Angeles (LA Riots). He was in the Pentagon on 9/11 and after the attack was assigned as the Budget Director of Resource Services-Washington, the organization that sustained the highest casualty rate in the attack, and led the reconstitution of that organization. He has served from tactical to strategic levels, having worked in the offices of two Chiefs of Staff of the Army and an Assistant Secretary of the Army.

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

Colonel McDermott 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.

Colonel Patrick Sweeney, Ph.D.
(USA, Retired, USMA 1982)

Dr. Patrick Sweeney is an experienced senior leader-practitioner and scholar whose research interests focus on character and identity development, trust, and building teams. For the past two years, he has served as the Director of Leadership, Character, and Business Ethics Initiatives at the School of Business, Wake Forest University. Prior to this position, he served over 29 years in the United States Army and retired as a Colonel. During his military career, he served in leadership assignments both in the United States and abroad to include: Deputy and Acting Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, at the United States Military Academy at West Point for five years; Director, Eisenhower Leader Development Graduate Education Program, a joint venture with Columbia University, for five years at West Point; Liaison Officer for the Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom I; Commander of a 450-person artillery unit and Chief of Staff of a 1600-person organization in the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. He also served as the Executive Officer and Researcher for West Point’s Center for Leadership and Organization Research supervising the execution of several major projects to include: the study of tacit knowledge for military leadership with Yale University and a longitudinal study of cadets’ leader and character development. 

Colonel Lee Van Arsdale
(USA, Retired, USMA 1974)

Lee has served as a Soldier and business executive. As a Soldier his assignments were primarily in Special Forces, with 11 years spent in the First Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Airborne). In the course of his 25 year Army career, Lee served in three combat zones in leadership positions, and was decorated for valor with the Silver Star and with the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. Additionally, he participated in numerous classified operations, on a global scale, while in a leadership capacity. Following his military career, Lee was the Assistant General Manager for National Security Response at the Bechtel Nevada Corporation; he incorporated Unconventional Solutions, Inc., a private consulting firm; he was the founding Executive Director of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Institute for Security Studies, and was the Chief Executive Officer of Triple Canopy, Inc., an integrated security solutions company. 

Logistics/Refund Policy


Online Pre-Work: April 26-May 3, 2021

Onsite: May 11-14, 2021

Post-Work: May 20-June 3, 2021

Where: Onsite 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 online courses, program materials, program-related meals, and guest room accommodations at The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point. Full payment is due no later than April 27. Spaces are guaranteed once full payment has been received and your application has been reviewed. For payment options, we accept cashier’s or corporate checks, electronic fund transfers, and credit cards.

Registration: Closes April 19, 2021

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

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

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration without penalty if written notice is received by Thayer at least 31 days prior to the start date of the on-site portion of the Course.  If you cancel your registration between 15 and 30 days prior to the start date of the on-site portion of the Course, Thayer shall keep $3,000 of your registration fee as a cancellation penalty, and will apply the balance toward another Thayer course within the same calendar year. If you cancel your registration within 14 days of the start date of the on-site portion of the Course, your full registration fee shall be payable and retained by Thayer as a cancellation fee. 

If you wish to transfer your registration to another Thayer course within one year of the Course and you are making only one transfer request: (i) if you provide notice of such request within 15-30 days of the start date of the on-site portion of the Course, Thayer shall permit such transfer upon payment or retention of a $500 change fee; and (ii) if you provide notice of such request within 14 days of the start date of the on-site portion of the Course, Thayer shall permit such transfer upon payment or retention of a $3000 change fee, with the balance of the registration fee being applicable towards the new Thayer course.

If you wish to transfer your registration in the Course to another person and you provide notice of such request and the new person’s information: (i) no later than 3 days prior to the start date of the online portion of the Course, Thayer shall honor such request with no penalty or change fee; or (ii) no later than 7 days prior to the start date of the on-site portion of the Course, Thayer shall honor such request upon payment by you of an additional $300 change fee.

If Thayer cancels the Course due to an act of God or any other condition reasonably beyond Thayer’s control, that makes it impossible or unreasonable to hold the Course, Thayer shall not be responsible for complying with any provision of this Agreement; provided, however, that Thayer shall make reasonable efforts to transfer your payment and registration to another similar course.

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.

*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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