Strategy & Leadership in Transformational Times (SALTT) is a yearlong specialized seminar that aims to introduce students to the concepts of strategic thinking and leadership. Under the direction of Susan Eisenhower, SALTT participants use case studies from contemporary geopolitics, history, business, and public policy to examine the tenets of strategic thinking, and how it can be used to address rapidly changing political, social, and business environments.
In the fall semester, Friday-night sessions will use World War Two as a case study for the effective use of a strategy, while Saturday sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to work on their own strategies on problems of their choice. In the spring semester, current US-Russian relations will be examined as an example of the absence of strategy, with considerable focus on how relations impact politics, business, arts & culture, and science. Students will again develop their own strategies, this time focusing on major geopolitical challenges.
Through examination of case studies and development of individual strategies, students are able to understand and practice strategic thinking for use in their future careers in the private, public, or non-profit sectors.
The SALTT program will be comprised of competitively selected students from Gettysburg College. The Eisenhower Institute is seeking exceptional students who successfully complete an application process and an interview. Applicants must be willing to commit a Friday from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM once a month, as well as four days at the end of the January break. Participants should also hold Spring Break for potential travel or additional sessions.
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.