Phase 1: Digital Learning (August 26 - September 10)
Phase 2: Onsite at West Point (September 14 - 17)
Phase 3: Digital Learning (September 23 - October 7)

Program Overview

Superior leadership principles, values, and ethics

A unique opportunity to have a blended, fully immersive, and exclusive 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 Watson, Sr. Director Region in Market Operations
The Thayer Leadership digital curriculum is unique and perfectly designed to grow talent across all levels and experience. The custom blend of self-paced online learning, self-reflection, and live virtual engagements with the team provided a highly-personalized and engaging experience ensuring optimal impact for all learning styles. My team truly enjoyed the experience and bonded further through the unique combination of live virtual sessions and powerful online learning, giving real leadership tools we are using right away. We look forward to leveraging our learnings as a Senior Staff and also by having our entire Managerial team participate.
Brian Watson, Sr. Director Region in Market Operations
Doug Sieg, Managing Partner
Thayer Leadership has had a profound, transformational impact on our firm. The incredible character and knowledge of the faculty and ownership; the awe inspiring location of the Thayer Hotel; and the world class curriculum are second to none. All the training from Thayer is helping our team in a big way. You guys are the best and have prepared us well for this event [VUCA].
Doug Sieg, Managing Partner

Program Agenda

Phase 1: Digital Learning (August 26 - September 10)
Phase 2: Onsite at West Point (September 14 - 17)
Phase 3: Digital Learning (September 23 - October 7)

THURSDAY, AUG. 26 ONLINE- Welcome & Kickoff Prep
MONDAY, AUG. 30 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM VIRTUAL LIVE- Program Kickoff with Senior Advisors- MG (Ret.) Bryan Watson & BG (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D.
TUESDAY, AUG. 31-SEPT. 2 ONLINE- Values-Driven Leadership
TUESDAY, SEPT. 7 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM VIRTUAL LIVE- Team Meeting
TUESDAY, SEPT. 7-10 ONLINE- Leading A Learning Organization
TUESDAY, SEPT. 14 4:00 - 5:00 PM Check in at The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point
5:00 - 8:30 PM ONSITE- Kickoff & Dinner with Senior Advisors- MG (Ret.) Bryan Watson & BG (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15 7:00 - 7:40 AM Breakfast at MacArthur’s Restaurant
7:45 - 9:15 AM Deliberate Leadership- BG (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D.
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Enabling Team Success- MG (Ret.) Bryan Watson
12:00 - 12:55 PM Lunch at MacArthur’s Restaurant
1:00 - 1:10 PM ​Group Photo
1:15 - 5:15 PM Urban Orienteering- LTC (Ret.) Sande Schlesinger
5:15 - 6:30 PM Personal Time
6:30 - 7:45 PM ​Dinner at MacArthur’s Restaurant
THURSDAY, SEPT. 16 7:00 - 7:40 AM Breakfast at MacArthur’s Restaurant
7:45 - 10:45 AM Trust: The Cornerstone of Leadership- COL (Ret.) Pat Sweeney, Ph.D.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Keynote Address- COL (Ret.) Lee Van Arsdale
12:30 - 1:55 PM Lunch at MacArthur’s Restaurant & West Point Visitor Center
2:00 - 6:00 PM West Point Staff Ride- COL (Ret.) Pilar McDermott, Ph.D.
6:00 - 6:10 PM Battle Buddy Action Learning- BG (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D.
6:10 - 6:30 PM Personal Time
6:30 - 8:30 PM Dinner at MacArthur’s Restaurant
FRIDAY, SEPT. 17 6:30 - 7:30 AM Military-Style Physical Training
7:30 - 8:55 PM Breakfast at MacArthur’s Restaurant & Check-Out
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Commander’s Call with Senior Advisors- MG (Ret.) Bryan Watson & BG (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D.
12:30 PM Lunch at MacArthur’s Restaurant & Departure
THURSDAY, SEPT. 23-OCT. 7 ONLINE- Leading with Purpose & Bridging Activities
FRIDAY, OCT. 22 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM VIRTUAL LIVE- Action Plan Check-In

Program Faculty

Leaders Building Leaders

Major General Bryan Watson
(USA, Retired, USMA 1982)

Bryan is currently a member of the Army’s executive leader development team where he coaches senior commanders during warfighter exercises, teaches seminars on Joint/Interagency/Multi-national operation, and helps prepare new General Officers transition to strategic leadership.  Bryan has over 34 years of military experience with over 8 years working in multi-service and/or multi-national headquarters; he has 3 combat tours.  He commanded Army Engineer units from Company to Brigade and served as the 91st Commandant of Army Engineers.  

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.

Lieutenant Colonel Sande Schlesinger
(USA, Retired, USMA 1988)

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Sande Schlesinger has been a member of Thayer Leadership’s experiential programs team since 2012, applying leadership principles in exciting, unique and challenging training environments. He has delivered over 200 sessions to leaders in the automotive, aerospace, healthcare, insurance and finance industries, as well as to educators, graduate students and members of the international business community. 

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. 

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.

Logistics/Refund Policy

When & Where: 

Phase 1: August 26-September 10, 2021 (Online & Virtual Live)

Phase 2: September 14-17, 2021 (Onsite at the Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point, NY)

Phase 3: September 23-October 7, 2021 (Online)

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. For payment options, we accept cashier’s or corporate checks, electronic fund transfers, and credit cards.

Registration: Closes August 19, 2021

Early registration is strongly encouraged as it is on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces are guaranteed once full payment has been received and your application has been accepted. 

For more information, please call 845-446-4731 ext. 8924 or email

Cancellation Policy:

In preparation for our programs, we initiate many administrative and logistical actions related to your registration which incur a variety of costs prior to the program launch. Therefore, the following fees apply, based on the amount of advance notice you provide to us:


Substitutions: Substitution requests (i.e., to substitute registration in this Thayer program to a different participant) must be completed no later than 3 days before Phase 1 of the program begins. To be considered a completed substitution request, the request must be made in writing and include all required participant registration information for the new participant. Otherwise, the appropriate Transfer Fee or Cancellation Fee policy will be applied.

Transfers: Transfer requests (i.e., to transfer registration by the same participant to a different Thayer program) must be made in writing and indicate the new date or new program the participant wishes to attend. Otherwise, the appropriate Cancellation Fee policy will be applied. The remaining tuition balance will be applied to the new program dates. Tuition will become 100% non-refundable if a participant transfers more than 2 times or does not attend another program within 12 months of the original program start date.

Cancellations: If requested, any remaining balance of a cancelled program's payment can be applied to another Thayer program within 12 months of the original program date. After 12 months, the balance is non-refundable.

If Thayer cancels the Program due to an act of God or any other condition reasonably beyond Thayer’s control that makes it impossible or unreasonable to hold the Program, 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 program.

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 at the conference venue.

Travel: Attendees are responsible for the arrangement and payment of their travel.

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Battle-Tested Leadership Strategies for Executives

Phase 1: Digital Learning (August 26 - September 10)
Phase 2: Onsite at West Point (September 14 - 17)
Phase 3: Digital Learning (September 23 - October 7)

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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. Spaces are guaranteed once full payment has been received and your application has been accepted. Payment options are listed below.

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West Point, NY 10996
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