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New Robertson Scholars Leadership Expedition Video

By Casey Pikla on 1/17/14 3:59 AM

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program invests in young leaders who strive to make transformational contributions to society. Students attend Duke University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 2008, NOLS Professional Training and The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program have run a 10 day canyon backpacking expedition for select scholars. Students are exposed to the theory and practice of leadership in one of the most beautiful classrooms in the world.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, NOLS Professional Training

Taking a STEP in the Right Direction

By Erin Daily on 4/19/13 2:42 AM

After years spent working in the field with the National
Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
, Dr. Tracy Baynes made several astute
observations about the students who participate in outdoor courses. They gain a tremendous amount from their time in the field. They grow by being pushed outside of their comfort zones. They have life transforming experiences. They are also, as Tracy noted, mostly wealthy and white.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Professional Training

Sierra Nevada College Students Go Deep… Into the Canyons

By Erin Daily on 4/15/13 5:23 AM

This May, a group of 20 Sierra Nevada College (SNC) students will leave the comfort of their mountainous California home and take part in a 21-day leadership expedition into the deep canyons of Utah.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, NOLS Professional Training

City Girl Loves Life in the Wilderness

By Erin Daily on 3/6/13 1:32 AM
Photo by Trip Davis
 

Accustomed to California sunshine and city living, 16-year-old Ale Sternberg was launched into a world unknown in fall 2012 as she spent a week backpacking through the North Cascade Mountains in Washington state.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, Archer School for Girls, Wind River Wilderness Expedition, Archer, Arrow Week, NOLS Professional Training, NOLS Custom Education, story, women in leadership

Cornell Cultivates Leadership, Elementally

By Erin Daily on 2/28/13 2:45 AM

As both a NOLS instructor and an MBA student at Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Jamie Hunt acts as a one-of-a-kind
bridge between individuals typically sporting an array of Patagonia apparel and
those who don blazers and button-ups on a more regular basis. Hunt’s distinctive
perspective helped forge the pathway for the first Johnson Leadership Expedition, a 10-day hiking course in Patagonia for academic credit
that took place in January.

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Topics: Tolerance for Adversity, Patagonia, Cornell, Jamie Hunt, Alex Chang, Peer Leadership, Active Followership, Jerry Rizzo, Educators Notebook, Leadership Expedition, Johnson School of Management, NOLS Professional Training

Veterans return from wilderness with NOLS and the Sierra Club

By Alison Hudson on 5/23/12 2:46 AM

In early May, seven veterans and one Army wife embarked on a six-day leadership expedition in the Gila Wilderness. Organized by the Sierra Club's Mission Outdoors and run by NOLS Professional Training, the course was open to—and free for—veterans. The goal of the course was to give veterans an opportunity to become outdoor leaders.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Professional Training

NOLS Pro featured in Businessweek

By Casey Adams on 5/7/12 8:06 AM

“Outdoor education, once largely confined to orientation at business schools, is making inroads at a growing number of MBA programs as schools look for more effective ways to teach students the dynamics of leadership and team-building. Many of them are turning to the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS),” writes Alison Damast in a Bloomberg Businessweek article published today.

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, Bloomberg, Wharton School, Businessweek, National Outdoor Leadership School, Business School, MBAs, Educators Notebook, NOLS Professional Training

Allison Bergh on Astronauts and the Arctic

By Alison Hudson on 4/3/12 2:34 AM

Allison Bergh, a long-time instructor for NOLS and NOLS Professional Training, got her start in outdoor education as a river guide. While she loved the wilderness aspect the job, Bergh soon realized that she wanted to be an educator rather than a guide.

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructors, NOLS Professional Training

Wilderness Leadership in the Harvard Business Review

By Casey Adams on 3/23/12 6:53 AM

We at NOLS operate on the firm believe that leadership can be learned. The people we instruct, from teenage students to business executives and everything in between, believe the same. Marc Randolph, among numerous other renowned members of the world of business, was quoted saying so in the April issue of the Harvard Business Review:

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, entrepreneur, business, Harvard Business Review, National Outdoor Leadership School, Marc Randolph, decisions, John Kanengieter, Outdoors, Educators Notebook, Netflix, Diversity, wilderness, NOLS Professional Training

Nate Ostis Talks Risk Management

By Alison Hudson on 3/14/12 9:50 AM

Only a few days into a NOLS Fall Semester in the Rockies in 1994, Nate Ostis knew he wanted to work for NOLS.

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructors, NOLS Professional Training

John Abel Reflects on NOLS Professional Training

By Alison Hudson on 3/5/12 2:23 AM

John Abel has been a NOLS instructor since 1991. When asked how he got started in outdoor education, Abel described two seemingly disparate camp counselor jobs.

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructors, NOLS Professional Training

From Freshman to Finance with NOLS

By Alison Hudson on 2/7/12 7:36 AM

In 2007, Teresa Boever began her undergraduate career at Wyoming Catholic College (WCC) on a unique freshman orientation: a three-week backpacking course with NOLS Professional Training. Each subsequent freshman class has participated in the same orientation.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Professional Training

Leadership Navigation Challenge (LNC)

By Kate Straney on 4/25/11 9:50 AM

What do Wharton Executive Education, Google, and Building Goodness Foundation have in common? They have all participated in the Leadership Navigation Challenge (LNC) with NOLS Professional Training.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Professional Training

"An MBA from Nature"

By Kate Straney on 4/21/11 10:50 AM

NOLS Executive Director John Gans discusses how expedition leadership transfers from the tent group to the boardroom this week on the Harvard Business Review blog. Several NOLS grads have commented on it, including the founder of Nantucket Nectars and an IBM executive.

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Topics: leadership, team, business, Harvard Business Review, HBR, Educators Notebook, boardroom, expedition, leader, NOLS Professional Training

Cady Coleman gets Lost in Space . . . Almost

By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on 12/20/10 4:57 AM

NASA's space shuttle program may be at its close, but that isn't stopping NOLSies from heading into space.

After a two-day flight, Russian spacecraft Soyuz brought a fresh crew to the International Space Station last Friday. The crew includes NASA astronaut and 2001 Nasa Leadership Expedition grad Catherine "Cady" Coleman. On the radio with her husband and 10-year old son on Friday, Cady said, "I almost got lost on my way to this place [the space station] from the Soyuz-it's so big in here!"

An MIT chemist who is a veteran of two Space Shuttle Missions, Cady is also an acclaimed Irish flute player. Packed with her space suit is a priceless traditional Irish concernt flute. So now, in addition to another NOLSie in space, the galaxy will get to enjoy Cady's ballads. Not a bad sound to project from the final frontier.

 

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Topics: NOLS, Catherine Coleman, National Outdoor Leadership School, Cady Coleman, International Space Station crew, NASA Leadership Expedition, Live the Dream, NOLS Professional Training