The objective of the Strategy and Leadership in Transformational Times (SALTT) program, led by Susan Eisenhower, is to impart an appreciation and an excitement for developing lifelong insights into strategy, leadership, followership, their values and their roles in contemporary geopolitics. By utilizing the Allied invasion of Normandy– the Western turning point of World War II and a critical moment for U.S. leadership – the experience will enhance students’ understanding of history and shed light on the geopolitical developments currently underway in Europe, including the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis. SALTT is a yearlong program, encompassing both the fall and spring semesters.
Throughout the year, students will learn about the origins of World War II and the strategic imperatives of the Allies – the personalities, the political issues, and the far-reaching decisions that affected (and continue to affect) millions of people around the world. Ultimately, it will show the impact the war had on the emergence of the Cold War and later, today’s Europe.
The highlight of the SALTT program will be a weeklong trip to Normandy, France (Spring 2015, exact dates to be determined) that will inspire students to prepare themselves in new ways for their own life challenges.
From Susan Eisenhower:
“Everyone who visits Normandy has the same visceral reaction. They cannot believe the size, scope, scale, and complexity of the Allied invasion and the operational coordination that was required to build a multinational armed force under a single commander. The landscape of this French coast is evocative and easily conveys the enormity of both the logistical and the manpower challenges that confronted the Allies in undertaking the largest amphibious invasion in world history. The impact of this war still resonates in parts of Europe. A notable part of the operation’s success was due to determined leadership, in concert with the bravery and courage of young people (about the age of Gettysburg College students). No one leaves the beaches of Normandy unaffected by the stories of determination, ingenuity and fortitude.”
The SALTT program will be comprised of competitively selected sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Gettysburg College. The Eisenhower Institute is seeking exceptional students who successfully complete an application process and an interview. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in the story of World War II, as well as leadership and strategy-related knowledge. Applicants must be willing to commit their Fridays from 5:00 PM-9:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM once a month. The trip to Normandy will occur during Spring Break. Students must have a valid passport and be willing to pay a modest administrative fee to participate in the program. Students will keep a journal on the trip and will present a paper on their return.
Susan Eisenhower is the CEO and Chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc. (EGI), a Washington D.C. based consulting company founded in 1986. For more than twenty-five years the company has provided strategic counsel on business development, public affairs and communications projects. EGI has advised Fortune 500 companies, not just in the United States, but also abroad—in China, Russia, Central Asia and Western Europe – for such companies as American Express, IBM, Coca Cola, AES, Alcoa, and General Electric.
In addition to her work through EGI, Susan Eisenhower has also had a distinguished career as a policy analyst. She currently is Chairman Emeritus at the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College, where she served as president twice. At Gettysburg College, Eisenhower holds a yearlong seminar on strategy for competitively selected students at the Eisenhower Institute.
Over the years, she has served as a member of three blue ribbon commissions for the Department of Energy for three different secretaries: The Baker-Cutler Commission on U.S. Funded Non-Proliferation Programs in Russia; The Sununu-Meserve Commission on Nuclear Energy; and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, which released its findings on a comprehensive program for the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle in the winter of 2012. She was also appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control, where she served eight years. After as many years on the NASA Advisory Council, she served as a commissioner on the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force.
Eisenhower is currently a member of MIT’s Energy Initiative Advisory Board and co-chairman of NEAC, the Secretary of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Board. She has also been a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and a Distinguished Fellow at the Nixon Center, now called the Center for National Interest.
In addition, Ms. Eisenhower has done extensive work in executive training on strategic leadership. She has spoken on this subject in many corporate venues, as well as at such distinguished institutions as the United States Military Academy at West Point; the Foreign Policy Association in New York; the Army War College, Carlisle; Sandia National Laboratory, MIT and Australia’s Science and Technology Organization, which is part of the Australian Ministry of Defence.
Eisenhower has authored hundreds of op-eds for newspapers such as the Washington Post and the LA Times, appeared frequently on national television and radio, and her articles have appeared in such journals as the National Academy of Sciences’ Issues in Science and Technology and the Naval Institutes’ Proceedings. She has written four trade press books, two of which were on regional best seller lists, and she co-authored or co-edited four other books on international security issues.