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By Alexandra Moran

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"Workhorse: The Horsemanship of Business" explores the power of equine assisted learning, or EAL. EAL is a method to weave the world of horses and their herds into the corporate and personal landscape, and to explore traits, techniques, and skills that humans and horses share. Through activities on the ground with horses, horses along with their herds can reflect concepts in leadership, teamwork, and communication that are difficult to replicate in facilitating human interactions. Using her own horse herd and business experiences, Alexandra Moran explores the traits needed to help each other and to help ourselves. Through 30 years of horsemanship, Alexandra Moran has found abounding overlap in her own personal and corporate life as in that of the lives of horses and their herds. University faculty member, corporate maven, and farm operator near Chicago, she weaves these divergent roles into the fabric of who she is and allows the horse to inform her relationships, decision making, and businesses. Alexandra combines years of horse experience with communication and leadership skills from the Board Room and the classroom. Her corporate management of a multi-million-dollar enterprise with at-will employees, staff, clients, and stakeholders in the ever-volatile financial industry in Chicago has challenged her to be creative. She is known to never lose sight of helping her team and clients get what they truly want for themselves. Her leadership style led to the 2014 Outstanding Leader of the Year award from a Fortune 200 financial company and 20 Under 40 for the Northwest Indiana Times.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2020
Publisher TEDx Talks
Size/Length 6:23
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch9Vuoh2fCk
Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Equine-assisted learning
  4. Horses
  5. Leadership
  6. Mammals
  7. open access
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