Online & Virtual Live
September 16, 2020 - November 5, 2020

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.

Program Agenda

Online & Virtual Live, September 16, 2020 - November 5, 2020

Wed., September 16 ​ONLINE: Welcome & Kickoff Prep
Tues., September 22 ​VIRTUAL LIVE: Program Kickoff with Senior Advisors - MG (Ret.) Bryan Watson & BG (Ret.) Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D.
Wed., September 23-25 ​ONLINE: Lead Yourself
Tues., September 29 ​VIRTUAL LIVE: Conversation with a Proven Leader - BG (Ret.) Becky Halstead
Thurs., October 1-2 & 5 ONLINE: Lead Teams
Thurs., October 8 ​VIRTUAL LIVE: Enabling Team Success - MG (Ret.) Bryan Watson
Fri., October 9-14 ​ONLINE: Global Communications Mission (GCM) Experiential Prep
Thurs., October 15 ​VIRTUAL LIVE: Global Communications Mission (GCM) Experiential - COL (Ret.) John Vermeesch
Thurs., October 22 ​VIRTUAL LIVE: Leadership Lessons from History - COL (Ret.) Pilar McDermott, Ph.D.
Thurs., October 29 ​VIRTUAL LIVE: Keynote Address - Mountaineer Alison Levine
Thurs., November 5 ​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.

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.

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: September 16, 2020 - November 5, 2020

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 September 9, 2020

Early registration is strongly encouraged. Cohorts limited to 30 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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