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Who learns leadership at NOLS?
People all over the world have developed their leadership skills at NOLS—from teachers to NASA astronauts, from business entrepreneurs to conservationists. They will all tell you that NOLS is the best place to learn how to be a leader. They'll also tell you that the leadership lessons you learn on a remote NOLS expedition don't get left behind once you return home.

Meet a few.

Sebastian Junger
Best-Selling Author
  Tom Scott
Co-founder Nantucket Nectars
Sebastian Junger “Basically (NOLS) gives you a deep confidence that you can carry with you out of the mountains.”   Tom Scott "You get so much confidence in yourself that you think anything is possible."
Space Shuttle Columbia Crew
NASA Astronauts
  John Grunsfeld
NASA Chief Scientist
Columbia Crew "We were out in the wilderness for about ten days and we spent a whole lot of time together as a team solving problems without any other outside influences, which is similar to the way that it will be in space.” -Laurel Clark   John Grunsfeld "Various aspects of my NOLS education were perfect for astronaut training: enjoying adversity, making decisions under stress, leadership skills, teamwork, team building…"
Tom Kiernan
President, National Parks and Conservation Association
  Louisa Willcox
Wild Bears Project Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Tom Kiernan “[At NOLS] you learn how to lead in different environments, and you learn to broaden your leadership capabilities in those environments.”   Louisa Willcox “The physical experience of being immersed in wild places is, perhaps, the best way to inspire people to protect them."
Terri Watson
Executive Director, LightHawk
  Carlos Buhler
Terri Watson “As soon as you start flying you see things. Some people fly to get places. I fly to see things.”   Carlos Buhler “That was a wonderful experience for me to reach the top of something."
Diane Brinkley
Teacher, Newark, NJ
  Chris Gergen
Founder, LEAD!
Diane Brinkley "NOLS changed my life. It was an absolutely, truly life-saving experience."   Chris Gergen "I noticed that the high school curriculum often lacks good leadership training. After my NOLS course, I set out on a task to provide leadership training to others."
Alex Matthiessen
Hudson Riverkeeper and Riverkeeper Executive Director
  Tori McClure
First woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean; first woman to ski to the South Pole
Alex Matthiessen “Part of learning survival skills is learning team building skills. I think it’s those same skills that are needed if you live in a community that’s being threatened.”   Tori McClure "After my first NOLS course I realized that I could go anywhere in the world and be comfortable."

Expedition Leadership | Leadership Roles | Leadership Skills
Leadership Style | Leadership in 30 Days | Leadership Profiles

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