Seminar Overview:

This intense, three-day seminar introduces Carleton students to the concepts of leadership and team building in the context of liberal arts and business careers, using a historical framework. Led by Jeff Appelquist ’80, author of Sacred Ground: Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg & Little Bighorn, this seminar provides a unique opportunity for Carls to gain a better understanding of self and others at one of the most historically important locations in the United States. As part of the seminar, participants will tour various sites at the Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield. By participating in this seminar, students will have:

  • a better understanding of their unique leadership essence;
  • a better understanding of the leadership dimensions that will enable them to lead effectively in the stress and chaos of a constantly changing professional environment; and
  • a personal commitment to a process of continuous leadership development.

Seminar Details:

Eligibility Requirements:

Enrollment is limited to twelve. All participants must be in good disciplinary standing with the College. Participants are selected based on a cover letter and résumé submitted during the application cycle. After the program, students will demonstrate their obtained knowledge with the Carleton community through a Follow-on Leadership Project.


Students may apply by completing the application process below.

The following prompts may be used to assist in writing the cover letter:

  • Briefly describe why you would like to attend the Gettysburg Leadership Seminar.
  • How might you share what you learn with others once you return to campus?
  • Share your current involvements at Carleton, in the Northfield community, or in your home community.
  • Cover letters should be addressed to (Mr.) Jon Onnen.

We strongly encourage all applicants to visit the Career Center and work with a career coach or a Student Career Assistant (SCA) on their application materials before submitting them.

Travel Policies & Procedures:

In the interest of student safety, improved communication, and fiscal responsibility, the following policies and procedures exist for students traveling to Carleton-sponsored events:

  • All participants are required to complete a Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement form online. Any participant under the age of 18 must have the form completed by a parent or legal guardian. This form will be sent to all participants once the selection process is complete.
  • The necessary travel documents such as Driver’s Licenses, Visa’s, Passports, immunization records, etc. must be obtained before the College will make any travel arrangements.

Suggested Reading Materials:

Jeff has suggested a variety of books that you may find interesting to read. All are available for checkout at the Career Center in Johnson House on the 1st floor.