During transformational times, it is more important than ever to be able to think strategically. Strategy & Leadership in Transformational Times (SALTT) is a specialized semester-long experience offered by The Eisenhower Institute's Chairman of Leadership & Public Policy Programs Susan Eisenhower that aims to equip students with skills they need to succeed in the “real world.” By simulating the results-driven conditions of a consulting firm, SALTT promotes skills that are paramount to success in both the private and public sector, and domestic and international environments. Highlighting the vital intersection between strategy and leadership while emphasizing the truly transformational times we are living in today, SALTT provides Gettysburg students with a unique opportunity to be immersed in the world of strategic thinking.
Spring 2013 Application
Active learning is the core of the SALTT program. After listening to lectures by Susan Eisenhower, an expert on energy, foreign policy, and business strategies with decades of consulting experience, participants will learn about strategy by devising a plan to solve a real-world problem of interest. After analyzing the issue, students will produce a plan-of-action and a written strategy to solve a problem of local, national, or global importance – the culmination of the SALTT experience. SALTT is designed for students from diverse academic disciplines to gain substantive knowledge about strategy and leadership. No matter where students’ career ambitions lie – be it public policy, law, business, marketing, or the humanities – SALTT aims to provide students with the strategic thinking skills needed to succeed in any environment.
Susan Eisenhower with several 2011-2012 SALTT participants
Susan Eisenhower, Chairman Emeritus & Expert-in-Residence
Eisenhower was a founding director and the first president of the Eisenhower Institute where she became known for her work in the former Soviet Union and in the energy field. She is currently the Eisenhower Institute's Chair Emeritus and an Expert-in-Residence. Susan Eisenhower also serves as President of the Eisenhower Group, Inc. which provides strategic counsel on political and business projects. In January 2010, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu appointed Eisenhower to serve on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, which has been tasked with developing a long-term solution for safely managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle.
Eisenhower has consulted for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies and served on many government task forces, including the NASA Advisory Council and the National Academy of Sciences' standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control. She has sat on two previous blue ribbon commissions for the Department of Energy, including the Baker-Cutler Commission on US funded nuclear nonproliferation programs in Russia. Eisenhower has authored three books, two of which, Breaking Free and Mrs. Ike, appeared on regional best seller lists. She has also edited four collected volumes on regional security issues, most recently Partners in Space.
Eisenhower has been a Fellow at Harvard's JFK School of Government's Institute of Politics and a Distinguished Fellow at the Nixon Center. She currently sits on the boards of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Energy Future Coalition, and the MIT Energy Initiative, and she is an advisor to the US Chamber of Commerce's new Institute for 21st Century Energy and the Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies.
Susan Eisenhower addressing the crowd at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver