Managing Ourselves: Where Great Leaders Begin

Posted on May 16, 2011

May 16, 2011

An entrepreneur and technologist, Ledgerwood served clients such as UPS, JPMorganChase and Aetna when he consulted on large scale information technology projects for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ management consulting practice in New York. He later oversaw national technical support operations at a division of Advance Publications and directed commercial operations for a $10M regional news and information website.

After moving to Nashville, in 2010 David co-founded Countdown Group LLC with partner Betsy Jones. The company builds flash management teams to rapidly commercialize ideas and intellectual property.

Building on Ledgerwood’s 15-year record of developing youth leadership camps for Rotary International, Countdown Group has partnered with John Miller, Ph.D. to create Managing Ourselves (, an advanced leadership conference for high potential teens. During the week-long camp, gifted 16- and 17-year olds will learn directly from Dr. Miller, creator of a wildly popular experiential management program at Bucknell University, where he is Professor Emeritus.

Hailed by Fast Company Expert blogger Cali Williams Yost and featured on the Forbes blog network, Managing Ourselves will offer teens valuable insights into their own character, talents and motivations, providing clearer paths to applying to colleges and joining the workforce.

Students will challenge and strengthen their teamwork and leadership skills, gain understanding of how successful teams work and learn about academic and career paths that match their interests and talents.

Experiential learning activities will help teens to:
• Learn the three things all leaders must manage to be successful
• Design missions, and lead effective teams
• Manage time, people, budgets and information
• Debate and decide “What’s worth doing?” and “How do we start?”
• Write, speak and communicate ideas effectively
• Manage themselves and their teams in complex situations
• Learn from and reflect on their own experiences
Guest speakers will include Jeffrey R. Cornwall, DBA, Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Belmont University, named a Top 5 undergraduate entrepreneurship destination by Fortune.

Hosted at Nashville’s Scarritt-Bennett Center from July 17-23, 2011, the competitive admissions program is expected to draw students from across the Southeast and from both coasts. Learn more at

Other Countdown Group projects include Full Life Store (, which offers unique assistive devices, adaptive clothing and furniture to enable a full life—at work, at home and at play—for elders and people with disabilities.

Full Life Store features such items as ergonomic computer workstations that can be used by people who must work in a reclined position; handcrafted hardwood headboards and footboards that slip over the ends of hospital beds; and “bionic” golf gloves designed by a hand surgeon to enable a better grip for golfers with arthritis (or who simply want an advantage).

To learn more about Countdown Group’s projects, visit or email Ledgerwood at

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