Experiential Learning: Apollo


October 14, 2011

I want to talk about your role in developing yourself.   Not just developing yourself as a business leader, but fostering skills that can help you throughout your daily life.

As a working professional, I know that both time and dollars are limited.  That’s why it’s so important to find local courses, conferences, and other learning opportunities that are a good use of both your time and your money.  As I’ve written before, training comes in many forms and for me, the type with the most impact is experiential learning.  One I personally believe in and participate in are the Conference Board’s Leadership Experiences.

The Leadership Experiences are not conferences.  They are an opportunity to immerse yourself in a historical situation and live and breathe the event as it happened.  It’s your chance to understand WHY decisions were made at the time and how the leaders reached those decisions.  After participating in the Leadership Experience at Gettysburg last summer, I came home and described it as life-changing.

The lessons I learned were easily transferrable to my interactions with executives, with colleagues, and will employees.  It made me look at the way that my own leaders make decisions and have a better understanding of how they do that based on limited information at times.  Most importantly, I saw first hand what happens when a decision is made and factors change. How leaders handle change is critical to how often they succeed.

The newest opportunity for an experience like this is the Apollo Leadership Experience:

Apply the business lessons of the race to the moon to your own professional goals. This new program draws on the leadership lessons of the manned space flight effort over the 10-year period of The Apollo Program. Participants delve into leadership practices, confronting the challenges of innovation and maintaining global advantage, team leadership, and crisis and risk management. The program takes place on site at the Space Center Houston and the Johnson Space Center in Houston, and will also explore managing complex organizations and creating excellence in execution.

The opportunity takes place in Houston, TX and is available October 26- 28.  Click here for more information and to register.  I’d love to see you there!

For further information and registration, please contact Jeff Jackson  212-339-0380; jeff.jackson@conference-board.org.


  • I completely agree Trish. One of the most impactful conferences I ever attended was the PML Experience. Over the course of two days attendees had to “live” through the challenges, opportunities and their own failures to really learn. It sounds like Apollo will do the very same thing.

    • @Jay- Living and learning through experience is always the most productive for me so I am definitely looking forward to this. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an experiential learning for healthcare in a pediatric setting….

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