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Interview with Dr. John Hanley

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John Hanley, Sr., Ph. D.

To say that the impact John Hanley has had on the lives of hundreds of thousands has been significant would be an understatement. Perhaps there is no other figure in human development and experiential education who has had such a profound, pioneering, and long-lasting effect on the field.


Dr. John Hanley graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1971 and quickly became involved with the field of public awareness trainings. He was soon spearheading a new experiential breed of training which developed quickly and became hugely successful.

Lifespring was founded in 1974 by John Hanley and four others, though by 1978 he was the president and sole remaining founder, essentially leading the work himself with the support of his wife, Candace, who worked with him throughout the many years of Lifespring's extensive work. Presently, his son, John Hanley, Jr., is working together with John Hanley Sr. to pioneer the field of experiential education in Corporate America through their company, Leadership Training and Development Group (LTDG).

LTDG'S web site can be found at

Dr. Hanley credits the wonderful and talented people who worked with him over the years for the success that Lifespring experienced.

Included in this website is a family picture album which also serves to reveal one of John Hanley's passions: horse cutting. In addition, there is a short bio of Dr. Hanley's personal history and a recently conducted interview in which Dr. John Hanley discusses his career in experiential education.

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