Signature Experiences

Smith’s Signature Experiences create immersive and high-impact learning environments that change your way of thinking. Participants are on the move, thinking, making decisions and working with others in a results-oriented and results-driven context.

Each of these experiences invites a new perspective - and that makes real change at your organization.

The Gettysburg Experience

Smith is proud to be the exclusive partner of the Gettysburg Foundation, creating a unique, leadership-oriented Gettysburg experience. This field-based learning experience translates the lessons of the Battle of Gettysburg into meaningful and relevant business training for organizations of all types. Click here to learn more about this one-of-a-kind partnership and how we can create a custom experience for your team.

The Power of Networks

All of us have been taught to believe that our closest friends are the people we should turn to in a crisis and that the support of our own network is critical to our success. But what if friends are overrated and strangers are even more vital to learning, innovation, collaboration and personal growth and career success?

In this upbeat and thought-provoking session, based on his critically-acclaimed and Washington Post bestselling book "The Necessity of Strangers," author Dr. Alan Gregerman leads a fun, fast-paced and inspiring journey around the world. Discover the real keys to innovation and collaboration by tapping into a world filled with remarkable possibilities.

Innovation and Improvisation Challenge

The session allows participants to step away from a “we always do it this way” mentality, stimulating new ways of approaching current and future problems.

Set in the great outdoors, Professor Oliver Schlake puts small groups to work on a difficult-to-solve problem. With limited time, inadequate equipment and no instruction they must improvise, co-operate and creatively work together in an unfamiliar environment.

UMD Challenge Course

The University of Maryland Challenge Course specializes in providing exciting and physically challenging opportunities for individual growth and group development. Participation in this education-focused program aims to cultivate leadership skills, problem-solving abilities, team effectiveness, and individual self-confidence.

A program can consist of the following types of activities and are chosen based on the goals of your group.

  • Team initiatives. Initiatives are best described as team building challenges that focus on planning, problem solving and creative thinking, rather than physical ability. Initiatives are a great way to challenge groups, begin or enhance the team-building process, or simply have fun.

  • Low Ropes Course. The low ropes courses consist of a series of real and imaginary obstacles designed to challenge groups and individuals to work together to accomplish a task. Low ropes elements often consist of a series of cables, ropes, and obstacles strung between trees or poles, 12 to 18 inches above the ground. Low rope elements present tests of physical strength, stamina, agility, balance, and flexibility, and invite participants to confront fears of potential failure or losing control. Risk is managed by group members who assume critical spotting roles.

  • Climbing. Climbing can be done on our Alpine Tower or high ropes course, depending on your program goals, group size, and interest. The climbing wall has its own separate operating hours and is not typically included as part of a challenge course workshop.

Capitol Tour

Travel to the U.S. Capitol Building to enjoy a private tour in the company of a former member of Congress. Enjoy after-hours access to this iconic building without the crowds and tourists. Your team will have the chance to explore the building’s history, politics, architecture, and culture, seeing not only the Rotunda and Statuary hall, but also parts of the building open exclusively to senators, members and their staffers.

Learn how you can partner with the Smith team to create an impactful experience.

Executive Education programs are facilitated by the Robert H. Smith School of Business Foundation, Inc.