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 8-week digital leadership journey is organized into 3 phases – Lead Yourself, Lead Teams, and Lead with Purpose – creating an iterative development process that allows time to translate knowledge into action and explore practical application.

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. They 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

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
Richard R. Kovarik, Vice President of ESL/Aseptic Operations
I have just completed the Thayer Values Driven Leadership Journey. I found that the level of interaction and camaraderie for a remote training has far exceeded my expectations. The combination of lecture, reflections, and team interaction has been well orchestrated and in sound balance. This past weekend, I was discussing this digital program with a coworker who is a 2019 graduate of the on-site at West Point program. After we concluded our conversations, I feel that the digital experience and training allowed for a more comprehensive experience than the 1-week on-site program. The combination of online and offline learning spread over multiple weeks allowed me the opportunity to understand and practice in real time the learnings during the work week that I would not have had in an intensive 1-week course. I truly believe the digital format will have a measured and long lasting impact on my leadership abilities.
Richard R. Kovarik, Vice President of ESL/Aseptic Operations

Program Agenda

January 20 ​ONLINE: Welcome & Kickoff Prep
January 26 ​VIRTUAL LIVE: Program Kickoff with Senior Advisors - MG (Ret.) Bryan Watson & BG (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D.
January 27-29 ​ONLINE: Lead Yourself
February 2 ​VIRTUAL LIVE: Conversation with a Proven Leader - BG (Ret.) Becky Halstead
February 3-5 ONLINE: Lead Teams
February 11 ​VIRTUAL LIVE: Enabling Team Success - MG (Ret.) Bryan Watson
February 12, 15-17 ​ONLINE: Global Communications Mission (GCM) Experiential Prep
February 18 ​VIRTUAL LIVE: Global Communications Mission (GCM) Experiential - COL (Ret.) John Vermeesch
February 25 ​VIRTUAL LIVE: Leadership Lessons from History - BG (Ret.) Ty Seidule, Ph.D.
March 4 ​VIRTUAL LIVE: Keynote Address - Mountaineer Alison Levine
March 11 ​VIRTUAL LIVE: Commander’s Call and Action Planning with Senior Advisors - MG (Ret.) Bryan Watson & Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D.

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.

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

Following 27 years of service in the U.S. Army and retiring after achieving the rank of Brigadier General, Becky started working with Thayer Leadership and leaders in the corporate sector and in academia, speaking on leadership. Becky, and the lessons from her book, 24/7: The First Person You Must Lead Is You, is the focus of Thayer Leadership's online leadership courses: Leading with Character and Competence and Leading with Purpose.  

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. 

Colonel John Vermeesch
(USA, Retired, USMA 1990)

John combines recent corporate experience with 28 years of leading Army organizations and his unique academic background to expertly craft strategic vision and translate it into operational success while adeptly developing leaders and high performing teams. His military career began upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1990. He served as an infantry officer, leading and training soldiers in Kentucky, Georgia, Alaska, New York, Kansas, and Iraq. He has deployed to combat three times during Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. He earned a Master of Science in leadership development and counseling from Long Island University, CW Post which he used at West Point as a leader development program integrator. Returning to the operational Army he again served as an infantry leader, training and developing large organizations for worldwide contingencies.

Brigadier General Ty Seidule, Ph.D.
(USA, Retired, Ohio State University)

Ty is Professor Emeritus of History and former head of the Department of History at West Point. After serving 36 years in the U.S. Army, he retired as a Brigadier General. In 2021, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin appointed Ty as one of the eight members of the National Commission on Confederate Designation. Ty is the inaugural Joshua Chamberlain Fellow and Visiting Professor of History at Hamilton College in Clinton NY. He also serves as a Presidential Advisor to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and is a New America Fellow.

During his long army career, Ty served in command and staff positions in the United States, Italy, Germany, the Balkans, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. During the Cold War, he was a tank platoon leader in Germany. He commanded a cavalry troop in the 82nd Airborne Division during the first Gulf War, leading the division into Iraq. As a staff officer, he served as a crisis planner for NATO in Kosovo and Macedonia. He also commanded 3rd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment.

A leader in digital and public history, he partnered with Apple, Google, Seagate, and Rowan Technology to create digital history initiatives including virtual and augmented reality apps, an oral history website, and Massive Open Online Courses. His short video, "Was the Civil War About Slavery" has 34 million views on social media, making it the most watched history lecture – in history. He partnered with Nike and West Point's athletic director to create Army football uniforms for the Army Navy game that used history to inspire cadets and link West Point to the army and the nation. The uniforms won multiple national awards.

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.


When: January 20, 2021 - March 11, 2021

Where: Online & Virtual Live

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: $3,500 all inclusive 

Program fee includes access for one participant to this 8-week digital leadership journey. The full course fee is due upon registration. Your registration will be reviewed for acceptance once your registration and full payment are both received. We will only accept credit card payments through this website registration. If you would like to register a group or other payment options are required, please contact us at 

Registration: Closes January 15, 2021

Early registration is strongly encouraged. Cohorts limited to 35 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 15 days prior to the start date of the digital leadership journey. If you cancel your registration between 3 and 14 days prior to the start date of the digital leadership journey, Thayer shall keep $1,000 of your registration fee as a cancellation penalty, and will apply the balance toward another Thayer program within the same calendar year. If you cancel your registration within 2 days of the start date of the digital leadership journey, 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 program to be held within one year of your original registered digital leadership journey and you are making only one transfer request: (i) if you provide notice of such request at least 15 days prior to the start date of your original registered digital leadership journey, Thayer shall permit such transfer upon payment or retention of a $250 change fee; and (ii) if you provide notice of such request at least 14 days prior to the start date of your original registered digital leadership journey, Thayer shall permit such transfer upon payment or retention of a $500 change fee. In either case, the balance of the registration fee will be applied towards the new Thayer program and you will be responsible for payment for any difference in tuition between the programs.

If you wish to transfer your registration in the digital leadership journey to another person and you provide notice of such request and the new person’s information: (i) at least 7 days prior to the start date of the digital leadership journey, Thayer shall honor such request with no penalty or change fee; or (ii) at least prior to the start date of the digital leadership journey, Thayer shall honor such request upon payment by you of an additional $250 change fee.

If Thayer cancels the digital leadership journey due to an act of God or any other condition reasonably beyond Thayer’s control (including, without limitation, any power outage, internet connectivity problems and/or problems caused by or arising from the use of the video conference platform provider), that makes it impossible or unreasonable to hold the digital leadership journey, 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.

System Requirements:

  • General System Requirements:
    • Broadband connection with 500+ Kbps
    • Adobe Flash Player plug-in version 10.0.22 or higher
    • Internet Explorer* 8.0+, Google Chrome, Apple Safari 2.0+, Mozilla Firefox 4.0+
    • Access to HTTPS port 443
    • Access to view HLS and RTMP video streams of H.264 video 
  • Computer Supported Hardware – Desktop:
    • Processor: 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo or faster
    • RAM: 512MB or more
    • Audio capability with speakers or headphones

  • Computer/Mobile Device Supported Operating Systems:
    • Microsoft Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.x, and Windows 10
    • Apple Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
    • Apple iOS for iPad and iPhone
    • Google Android for tablets and phones

     *Internet Explorer 8 users may experience limited functionality.

 Recommended System: 

  • Adobe Flash Player plug-in version 11.4 or higher
  • Google Chrome 21.0+, Internet Explorer 10.0+, Apple Safari 5.0+, Firefox 15.0+
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 or Apple Mac OS X 10.7+
  • Broadband connection with 1Mbps or higher

     *Broadband connection with 1Mbps or higher

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