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Go Beyond the History Books During an Interactive History Lesson
in Fredericksburg, Virginia

”Battlefields to Businesses” Program Helps Businesses Apply Lessons
from the Past to Solve Present-day Challenges

(Fredericksburg, Va., January, 2011)
     “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

History is all around us. From the battlefields that once raged with the conflict of war to the museums that house the stories of another time. In the Fredericksburg area, the stories of America’s historical struggles remain, offering visitors a glimpse into the past while providing lessons for the future. The area’s “Battlefields to Business” program offers businesses and organizations a hands-on experience that applies the lessons from history to the challenges that many businesses and organizations face today: the role of leadership, communication, planning, execution, supply, responsibilities, teamwork, support and working through crises, among others.
Developed by Gary Hernbroth, chief motivating officer for California-based Training for Winners, and in conjunction with Scott Walker of Hallowed Ground Tours, “Battlefields to Business” affords groups an interactive learning experience and provides tools for solving today’s business challenges by further examining the sites and stories of various historical conflicts. Groups embark on customized tours with battlefield guides and experience famous battlefields and historical landmarks just as the officers and soldiers did. Following the tour, groups gather in a workshop session to discuss the various aspects and lessons to be learned from the battle or event, and how it relates to business application to their organization.

“The Fredericksburg area holds much historical significance and offers a wealth of historical sites and attractions to educate and inspire our visitors,” said Karen Hedelt, director of economic development for the City of Fredericksburg. “The ‘Battlefields to Business’ program is an ideal way to bring that history to life and present it in an exciting and educational format that can allow participants to apply the lessons of the past to their current business landscape.”  
For more information on “Battlefields to Business,” contact Victoria Matthews, Conference Sales and Services Coordinator at (540) 372-1216 or or Gary Hernbroth, Training for Winners, 925-736-9392,

The city of Fredericksburg offers travelers a classic blend of modern life with small town charm. The area is conveniently located along I-95, between Washington and Richmond and is unlike any other in America. With a variety of chef-owned restaurants, numerous art galleries, a wide range of specialty shops, and one of America’s most authentic, historic downtown, Fredericksburg, Virginia is an ideal picturesque destination, resting on the banks of the well-preserved Rappahannock River. For more information: or call 1-800-260-3646.

Victoria Matthews
Conference Sales and Services Coordinator
(540) 372-1216

Gary Hernbroth
Training for Winners

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