We work very closely with your group to customize your program schedule to achieve your organization's needs and objectives.

Adaptable programs focus on Washington's masterful leadership of change and his focus on character.

Program offerings are tailored to the learning objectives of our guests and can range from multi-day strategic retreats for boards of directors to one-day off-sites focused on an organization's future leaders.

Download Sample Agenda: Executive/Senior Staff Development for Corporate, Trade Association, and NGO groups

Download Sample Agenda: Board Meetings

Download Sample Agenda: Government agencies and Military Groups

Program Offerings:

The Integration of Strategy, Leadership, and Management

The Integration of Strategy, Leadership, and Management

Utilizing specific examples from George Washington’s military and political career, this program explores George Washington’s approach to the components of a successful strategy and the importance of fully integrating strategy with the best principles of leadership and management.

Leading, Managing, and Dealing with Change

Leading, Managing, and Dealing with Change

This program emphasizes the importance of vision, communication, credibility, and collaboration as exemplified by Washington.

Teamwork and Team-building

Teamwork and Team-building

This module focuses on Washington's approach to building and managing teams, and explores both his time as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army but also his establishment of the executive branch of the Federal Government.

Character-based Leadership and Decision Making

Character-based Leadership and Decision Making

This program focuses on the unification of ethics, civility,integrity, and credibility in leadership and decision-making as evidenced by George Washington, throughout his life.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

George Washington was a lifelong entrepreneur that constantly pushed his organizations, both private and public, to push the envelop of entrepreneurship.

Sample Agenda: Corporate & NGO Groups

One Day Program in Support of Executive Leadership Development

*This can be customized to meet Corporate Needs*

9:00am — Arrival and Opening Remarks by Corporate Leadership

9:15am — Washington’s Enduring Relevance: An Integrated Approach to Strategy, Leadership, and Management

Utilizing specific examples from George Washington’s military and political career, this session will explore Washington’s approach to the components of a successful strategy and the importance of fully integrating strategy with the best principles of leadership and management. This session can be highly interactive, encouraging questions and discussions.

10:45am — “Be Washington”

Learn more about the leadership of George Washington through Mount Vernon’s newest digital interactive experience. Participants will play a role in one of four scenarios and face the same decisions that Washington faced as Commander-in-Chief and President of the United States, and have the opportunity to analyze and reflect on Washington’s and their own leadership.

12:00pm — Lunch at the Washington Library

1:00pm — Tour of Reading Room and Rare Books Suite

Step behind the “exhibition glass” and view firsthand authentic documents and letters that were penned by George Washington or written to Washington, learning more about the character of the leader through his own words and collections.

1:30pm — Leading in Times of Change: Credibility, Communication, Collaboration, & Vision

Credibility, Communication, Collaboration, and Vision are all essential components of effective leadership. In times of change, Washington demonstrated these abilities during his tenure as Commander-in-Chief and as the first President of the United States. This session will explore examples of these traits in Washington’s own life and how these characteristics can be implemented in today’s leadership.

3:15pm — George Washington: Visionary Entrepreneur

Washington’s success as a general and as our first President was greatly informed by his success and experience as an entrepreneur. As a farmer, miller, distiller, and shipper, he learned the requirements for production, marketing, and finance.

4:15pm — Private Session for Internal Corporate Wrap Up

5:00pm — Reception on Library Terrace and Tour of Reading Room and Rare Books Suite

Alternatively, a tour and reception of Washington’s Gristmill and Distillery can provide a glimpse of Washington the Entrepreneur and Successful Businessman.

6:00pm - Private Evening Tour: The Man and His Mansion

Learn from Washington’s best autobiography – his home. Not only is the Mansion one of the finest examples of American colonial architecture, but it was a reflection of his character and personality, as well as his vision for our new nation.  Hear stories of both the evolution of an 18th-century mansion, planation and the man who called it home.

7:00pm — Dinner at Mount Vernon Inn

Sample Agenda: Board Meetings

This sample agenda is designed to ensure that you have time for your private board deliberations but also have the opportunity to be inspired by George Washington’s insight into strategy, leadership, management, and change. All of our agendas are customized to meet your board’s needs.

9:00am - Arrival, Coffee, and Welcome

9:15am - The Enduring Relevance and Lessons of Washington: The Integration of Strategy, Leadership, and Management (A Leadership Institute Presentation)

Utilizing specific examples from George Washington’s military and political career, this session will explore Washington’s approach to the components of a successful strategy and the importance of fully integrating strategy with the best principles of leadership and management. This session can be highly interactive, encouraging questions and discussions.

10:15am - Private Board Session

12:00pm - Buffet Lunch at the Washington Library

1:00pm - Washington: Leading and Managing in Change in a Complex World (A Leadership Institute Presentation)

Credibility, Communication, Collaboration, and Vision are all essential components of effective leadership. In times of change, Washington demonstrated these abilities during his tenure as Commander-in-Chief and as the first President of the United States. This session will explore examples of these traits in Washington’s own life and how these characteristics can be implemented in today’s leadership.

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Tour of Rare Book Room, Washington’s Papers, and Discussion of Washington’s Development as a Leader

Step behind the “exhibition glass” and view firsthand authentic documents and letters that were penned by George Washington or written to Washington, learning more about the character of the leader through his own words and collections.

2:00pm - Private Board Session

5:00pm - Reception on Library Terrace or at George Washington’s Gristmill and Distillery

Alternatively, a tour and reception of Washington’s Gristmill and Distillery can provide a glimpse of Washington the Entrepreneur and Successful Businessman.

6:00pm  - Private Evening Tour: The Man and His Mansion

Learn from Washington’s best autobiography – his home. Not only is the Mansion one of the finest examples of American colonial architecture, but it was a reflection of his character and personality, as well as his vision for our new nation.  Hear stories of both the evolution of an 18th-century mansion, planation and the man who called it home.

7:00pm - Dinner at Mount Vernon Inn

Sample: Government & Military

One Day Program

*This sample agenda can be substantially modified to meet agency or unit objectives*

8:45am — Arrival & Introductions

9:00am — Washington’s Enduring Relevance: The Integration of Strategy, Leadership, & Management

Utilizing specific examples from George Washington’s military and political career, this session will explore Washington’s approach to the components of a successful strategy and the importance of fully integrating strategy with the best principles of leadership and management. This session can be highly interactive, encouraging questions and discussions.

10:30am — “Be Washington”

Learn more about the leadership of George Washington through Mount Vernon’s newest digital interactive experience. Participants will play a role in one of four scenarios and face the same decisions that George Washington faced as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and as President of the United States, and then analyze and reflect on Washington’s and their own leadership.

11:15pm — Guided Tour: The Man and His Mansion

The home that Washington built is not only one of the finest examples of colonial architecture, but a reflection of his character personality.  This tour will present stories of both the mansion and the man who resided there. 

12:15am — Lunch on your own at the Food Court or return to Library for catered/box lunch

1:15pm — Tour of the Reading Room and Rare Books Suite

Step behind the “exhibition glass” and view firsthand authentic documents and letters that were penned by George Washington or written to Washington, learning more about the character of the leader through his own words and collections.

2:00pm — Leading in Times of Change: Credibility, Communication, Collaboration, and Vision

Credibility, Communication, Collaboration, and Vision are all essential characteristics for effective leadership, and Washington demonstrated these abilities during his time as Commander-in-Chief and as the first President of the United States. This session will explore examples of these traits in Washington’s own life and how these characteristics can be implemented in today’s leadership.

3:00pm — Case Study or Interactive Session

This session can serve as a wrap up for the day and can be highly customized based on agency and unit objectives.

4:00pm — Departure

 *Coffee service, continental breakfast, catered lunch, and receptions are all available through the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant at a reasonable price.

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