Climbing the Grand Teton roped to your boss? Rafting the white-water rapids of the Snake River with the guy who works in the next cubicle?
Don’t discount the idea.
Corporate clients of Grand Dynamics, founded by Tim Walther ’94, have enjoyed these challenges and an array of other corporate team-building programs. Tim, whose IC degree is in applied business psychology, earned a master’s in experiential education from Minnesota State University. Equipped with that education and years of experience as an avid rock climber and mountaineer, he launched Grand Dynamics in 1998.
Based in rugged Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the company offers experiential training and development, specializing in health and wellness programs, business consulting, and corporate retreats. Programs range from seminars and guest speakers in clients’ home offices to retreats and conferences held outdoors or at conference centers to major backcountry adventures preceded by months of training.
Will Leggett ’06 recently completed a 480-hour internship with Grand Dynamics, capping his degree in recreation management. “During my time [in Jackson Hole] I learned everything from how to budget expenses to how to set up a Tyrolean traverse over a 300-foot canyon,” he says. “The best experiences were the multi-day retreats, where you could really see how the process helped individuals grow as a team.”
It was such a great experience for all involved that Will is joining the ranks of Grand Dynamics representatives and facilitators. He is founding his own branch, based in Middlebury, Vermont, and will be responsible for selling, coordinating, and delivering programs throughout New England.