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"I didn't realize how challenging, inspiring and just plain fun our time on the water would be. This ranks as the best leadership training exercise we've done by far."


"The parallels between what goes on on land — i.e., our working environment — and what went on on the water were uncanny."

Ernst & Young

"Merging two large, geographically dispersed organizations offered some unique challenges. Jay and GEL were tremendous."

Partner, Booz Allen Hamilton

"Jay and his team put together one of the most effective and enjoyable days of team-building activity that it has ever been my pleasure to participate in (and I've been in far too many)."

IFC/World Bank

"Most of our leadership program participants have never sailed before. Trepidation? Sometimes. Positive feedback? Always."

The Symphony Group

Erica Hoffman

OD Consultant & Program Facilitator

Erica brings a strong background in leadership coaching, organization development, and excellent facilitation skills to bear for GEL's clients.. As founder and owner of The Symphony Group, Erica has helped a myriad of clients design, develop and implement leadership and organizational development programs and initiatives. She’s worked with GEL since 2004 facilitating experiences, assisting our clients with pre and post consulting and developing custom programs. Erica received a B.A. in education and cultural anthropology from James Madison University and holds a certificate in Organization Development and Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.