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Geo Week Conference Program and Speaker Lineup Announced

Organizers of Geo Week, the single powerhouse event that champions the coming together of geospatial technologies and the built world, have announced an impressive list of conference sessions and speakers for the 2022 event, which will take place February 6-8, 2022, in Denver, CO. The conference program features more than 125 speakers across 50 sessions with content that explores best practices in 3D capture, working in the built environment, gaining ROI from BIM, defining what’s possible now with lidar, and much more.

The coming together of AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference, International Lidar Mapping Forum, and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference to form Geo Week reflects the increased integration between the built environment, advanced airborne/terrestrial technologies, and commercial 3D technologies. Partner events taking place in conjunction with Geo Week include ASPRS Annual Conference, MAPPS Winter Meeting, and USIBD Annual Symposium, ensuring the presence of geospatial and built world industry movers and shakers all in one place.

Presenters representing leading organizations including Autodesk, Esri, USGS, The Beck Group, Hexagon Geosystems, GM, Caltrans, Velodyne Lidar, Draper, MLB and NASA will share their expertise on a range of topics. Featured sessions include:

Geo Week will have multiple tracks with content clearly identified as relevant to one or more of the audience groups feeding into Geo Week. The International Lidar Mapping Forum (ILMF) audience has historically been comprised of precision measurement professionals in surveying and mapping who use airborne and terrestrial lidar and related remote sensing technologies. The AEC Next audience has historically been comprised of professionals in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) that use technologies such as reality capture, automation, AI and XR to bid and manage projects and improve workflows. The SPAR 3D audience has historically been comprised of professionals who use 3D capture, scanning, visualization and modeling technologies across a variety of verticals.

“We’ve witnessed the growing convergence between geospatial and the built world,” said Lee Corkhill, Group Event Director at Diversified Communications, organizer of Geo Week. “We believe the market is ready and eager for this next step of leveraging the confluence of technologies for improved collaboration, increased efficiency, and better outcomes. Much of the conference content and technology being showcased will reflect and support this increasing integration. At the same time, we recognize that individuals and organizations are at differing levels of adoption, and so there will be ample content that is more focused on what were traditional AEC Next, ILMF, and SPAR 3D topics.”

Geo Week will provide education, technology, and resources for professionals in industries including AEC, Asset & Facility Management, Disaster & Emergency Response, Earth Observation & Satellite Applications, Energy & Utilities, Infrastructure & Transportation, Land & Natural Resource Management, Mining & Aggregates, Surveying & Mapping, and Urban Planning & Smart Cities.

More than 80 comphanies have confirmed booths on the Exhibition Floor with additional companies being confirmed every week and more than 100 associations and media companies are signed on as supporters.

Geo Week takes place February 6-8, 2022, with conference programming and exhibits Sunday, February 6 through Tuesday, February 8. Additional features of the programming are vendor-delivered Product Previews, Exhibition Theaters, workshops, and programming hosted by ASPRS, MAPPS, and USIBD. Visit www.geo-week.com for more information on attending or exhibiting. Register before December 10, 2021 for early bird rates.

About Geo Week

Geo Week is part of a network of events and media for the global geospatial and built markets organized by Diversified Communications, a leading organizer of conferences, trade shows, and online media with 15 years in the technology arena. Geo Week, taking place February 6-8, 2022, is the new brand name of previously stand-alone events AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference, International Lidar Mapping Forum, and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, and reflects the increased integration between the built environment, advanced airborne/terrestrial technologies, and commercial 3D technologies. Powerful partnership events will also take place at Geo Week, including ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing), MAPPS and USIBD (US Institute of Building Documentation). Diversified Communications also produces Geo Week E-Newsletter, SPAR 3D E-Newsletter, AEC Next –E-Newsletter, GeoBusiness Show (UK), Digital Construction Week (UK), Commercial UAV Expo Americas, and Commercial UAV News. For more information, visit www.geo-week.com.


America’s Warrior Partnership Honors Gary Sinise with Sixth Annual Leo K. Thorsness Leadership Award

 

America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) has named actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise as the recipient of the Leo K. Thorsness Leadership Award for 2021 for his outstanding service, dedication, and support to veterans, their families, and their communities. The award, named after the late Col. Leo K. Thorsness, a Medal of Honor recipient, one of the most highly decorated American airmen of the Vietnam War, and a founding board member of AWP, honors and recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and outstanding service to veteran communities.

 

“Leo would be so proud that his great friend Gary Sinise is the 2021 recipient of the Col. Leo K. Thorsness Leadership Award,” stated Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “For those who were blessed to know Leo felt his compassion, passion, and deep interest in others. Gary exemplifies the greatest qualities of Leo and the greatest qualities we all seek in a leader.”

 

For nearly 40 years, Sinise has stood as an advocate on behalf of America’s service members. First, by supporting local Vietnam veterans’ groups in the Chicago area, then after his portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump, in which he formed an enduring connection with service members throughout the military community. Following the attacks on 9/11, Sinise’s dedication to our nation’s active-duty defenders, veterans, first responders, and their families has become a tireless crusade for all those who protect our freedom and serve our country.

 

In 2011, the Gary Sinise Foundation was established with a mission to serve our country by honoring the defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. The Foundation’s four programmatic pillars are their way of “doing a little more” for those who sacrifice so much for the country.

 

Sinise serves as a spokesperson for both the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Foundation and Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He serves on executive councils for The Medal of Honor Foundation and the USO and is an advisory board member for Hope for the Warriors.

 

“It’s an honor to receive this year’s Leo K. Thorsness Leadership Award. I had the privilege of meeting Colonel Thorsness several years ago, and as anyone who knew him could attest, you can’t help but be humbled by the kind of man he was and the type of life he led,” stated Sinise. “As we move forward, we will remember the example that Colonel Thorsness and every other veteran who served our country has set for us. We honor and thank them all for their sacrifices. While we can never do enough to show our gratitude, we can always do a little more. I was blessed to call Leo Thorsness a friend, and it is a great honor to receive this award in his name.”

 

Previous recipients of the Leo K. Thorsness Leadership Award include Bonnie Carroll, founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole; former U.S. President George W. Bush; Home Depot co-founder and philanthropist Bernie Marcus; and Fox News anchor, Jon Scott.

 

Sinise will be given the award during the Eighth Annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium, hosted by America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) and presented by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Now in its eighth year, the industry-leading event connects hundreds of veteran-serving professionals to share best practices, hear from influential speakers, enhance collaborations, and learn about available resources to empower communities and the veterans and families they serve.

 

The public is invited to watch the awards presentation, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at 3:00 pm ET, immediately followed by a fireside chat with Sinise and hosted by Fox News anchor and fellow recipient of the Leo K. Thorsness Award, Jon Scott.

 

Registration is free and is required to attend the awards presentation, fireside chat, and event.

http://info.americaswarriorpartnership.org/register

 

This year’s sponsors include Wounded Warrior Project, Mission Roll Call, JP Morgan Chase & Co., USAA, Apollo Global Management, boodleAI, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Cohens Veterans Network, DAV, GAMA, Heroes with Hearing Loss, Syracuse University Institute for Veterans & Military Families (IVMF), Fiserv, and Johnson & Johnson. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this year’s event. Additional information is available here.

 

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About America’s Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives. 

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NCOA WWll Veteran Medallion Program

VETERAN MEDALLION PROGRAM

For information contact Joe Terry at jterry@ncoausa.org


Are You a Military or Veteran Entrepreneur?

Holiday Buying Guide posted with Rosie the Riveter

If so, you can list your business (FOR FREE!) in this year’s Annual Military-Connected Holiday Buying Guide!

The Rosie Network and Military Family Magazine have teamed up this year for the Annual Military-Connected Holiday Buying Guide.

We are seeking military-connected businesses to feature and businesses must be owned by a service member, veteran, or military spouse.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, October 10th!

https://bit.ly/HolidayBuyingGuide


Sky Ball XlX To Be Held At Globe Life Field Headlined By Country Music Icons Big & Rich

The annual event put on by the Airpower Foundation enters a new era in Arlington on Thursday, Nov. 4th kicking off a weekend of military appreciation.

Arlington, Texas –The largest fundraiser for military support programs in the country, Sky Ball XIX, returns for 2021 to a new home at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

We are excited to present Sky Ball XIX on one of the grandest stages in the country, inside the new home of the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field,” Airpower Foundation Chairman and Sky Ball Chairman Sid Eppes said. “The evening will be in celebration honoring America’s armed forces and an opportunity to raise money for many great organizations who provide support to military members and their families.”

This year will mark the 19th Sky Ball event, having raised over $24 million in funds for military support programs through the years. This is the first year the event will be held in Arlington and will feature CBS11 news anchor, life-long armed forces supporter, and Gold Star son Doug Dunbar as our master of ceremonies.

“Sky Ball is back, bigger and better than ever,” Honorary Co-Chairman and former Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams said.

“Arlington and the Texas Rangers are proud to be the new home for Sky Ball. We’re going to have a fantastic evening raising money for truly incredible organizations supporting our military and their families.”

A limited number of tickets remain for Sky Ball and are available for purchase through the Airpower Foundation’s website www.airpowerfoundation.org/skyball.

One of country music’s most well-known acts, Big and Rich, will be front and center as the musical entertainment at this year’s Sky Ball. Big Kenny and John Rich have been a dynamic force in country music since their first album “Horse of a Different Color” in 2004. They have also been the featured music act opening ESPN’s College Gameday each Saturday morning for the past 10 years.

The band released the following statement in advance of the event:
“This being our second time at Sky Ball we know the significance of this amazing event and are happy to help raise money for the many veterans & educational programs. We are huge supporters of our military and honored to be part of such an amazing fundraising event so get ready for a Big & Rich time Nov 4th!”

Thursday night’s Sky Ball XIX, is the first of what will be a jam-packed weekend of military appreciation in Arlington. On Friday, November 5th a boxing match between Army vs. Air Force is planned to take place in Globe Life Field. On Saturday morning Nov. 6th, featured will be the inaugural Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic presented by USAA game featuring Air Force and Army at Globe Life Field at 10:30am. Sunday, Nov. 7th is Military Appreciation Day at the Dallas Cowboys game next door at AT&T Stadium.

Big & Rich are America’s Technicolor Cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, Big Kenny and John Rich are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers, entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world.

About The Airpower Foundation
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with its roots dating back to 1958, when Air Force General Curtis LeMay and businessman/philanthropist Frank Kent created the Fort Worth Airpower Council dedicated to supporting the military community at Carswell Air Force Base.

The mission of the Airpower Foundation has grown since its formation in 1999 and is now a nationwide program dedicated to supporting active duty, reserve and National Guard families. Airpower also supports projects to assist wounded, ill or injured service members, children of our fallen military, veterans of previous wars and educational projects to make sure the next generation understands the honor and sacrifice of wearing the cloth of this country.

The Airpower Foundation board of directors is a diverse group of professionals who volunteer their time and are dedicated to the proposition that freedom is not free. It is their noble mission to assist deployed military families, wounded, ill or injured service members, and veterans of past wars. They spend countless hours visiting military installations and families, assessing needs and grant requests. They are instrumental in providing leadership to organize and execute numerous projects every year in support of military families. www.airpowerfoundation.org

About Sky Ball
Sky Ball is the premier fundraising event for the Airpower Foundation and has raised over $24 million since its inception thanks to our generous donors and sponsors.


The 2021/2022 WiCyS Mentorship Program

WiCyS Mentorship Program

We are excited to announce the launch of the 2021/2022 WiCyS Mentorship Program available to WiCyS members! This is a fabulous opportunity for others to be directly infused and engaged w/in the WiCyS organization, making a broader and strong impact on the cybersecurity workforce.

The Mentorship Program is a 12-month structured framework, featuring a new matching platform allowing mentee led matching for a more engaging mentor/mentee experience. Mentees can choose their mentors based on top algorithmic matches. Scheduling sessions, sharing resources, communicating and the curriculum itself will be baked into Together Software, making the 2021/2022 cohort run much more streamlined!

Applications are open now – September 15. Month #1 of the curriculum will begin in November.

Learn more and apply here: wicys.org/initiatives/mentorship/

Please note, you must be a WiCyS Global member to participate in this program. If you are not registered and would like to participate you can become a member here: wicys.org/benefits/


LULAC Presents Presidential Medal To Parents Of Navy Seaman Brandon Caserta

Nation’s Largest and Oldest Latino Civil Rights Organization Vows to Step-Up Push for Passage of the Brandon Act

Parents of Brandon Caserta accept award onstage with LULAC representative

Washington, DC – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has presented the organization’s highest recognition to Patrick and Teri Caserta, parents of the 21-year-old Navy aircrew mate who took his life at Naval Station Norfolk. Caserta left the Navy seal training program after suffering an injury and expressed unhappiness that his career opportunities afterward were limited. His parents say their son was being repeatedly bullied, and his superiors failed to act when he displayed symptoms of depression. Caserta died on June 25, 2018, when he walked out on the flight line and jumped into a spinning helicopter tail rotor.

The Caserta couple is now devoting their lives to the passage of the Brandon Act,, and say the legislation named after their son will help other servicemembers experiencing a medical crisis requiring psychological care without the fear of retaliation. The LULAC Presidential Medal presentation ceremony was held at the Texas LULAC State Convention in Austin, Texas as part of a special event to honor military veterans and active service members.

“Patrick and Teri Caserta are courageous for sharing the tragic story surrounding their son’s loss,” said Domingo Garcia, LULAC National President. “Also, they are powerful in their determination to fight because they do not want other families to experience the nightmare they have, and so that our country’s men and women in military uniform do not have to endure the pain and humiliation Brandon did, up until the very day he could not any longer,” added Garcia.

In accepting the LULAC Presidential Medal, Patrick Caserta said, “Our son loved the military and loved his country. What happened to him should have never happened and we are working to convince our elected officials in Congress that passing the Brandon Act will benefit our service members and the nation. If this is our son’s legacy, while the pain never goes away, we are forever grateful,” said Caserta.

Teri Caserta, Brandon’s mother added, “Our son loved life and loved people because his gift was his sensitivity for others. Since he was a little boy, he loved helping those he saw going through difficulty or in need. At school, he would give away his lunch money so someone else could eat. Later, when he was older, he would help strangers on the streets. That was just his nature, and I am so glad that the trait most people remember about Brandon was his constant smile, the way he saw life,” she said.

The Brandon Act is part of the Save Our Servicemembers Campaign which also highlights several important initiatives currently underway:

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About LULAC
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit LULAC.org.


NCOA WWII Medallion Presentation, Travis AFB CA

Mr. Eugene Petersen, Jr. (affectionately known as “Mr. Gene” by his Health Information Management – HIM family) was recently honored with the NCOA World War II Veterans Medallion. The Non-commissioned Officers Association, World War II Medallion signifies honor and remembrance is presented with dignity and respect to Sergeant Major Eugene Petersen who answered the nation’s Clarion Call to Duty military service in World War II.

Multiple soldiers dressed in fatigues surround Gene Peterson in wheelchairresentation at Travis

Mr. Gene retired after almost 32 years of honorable service to his country. After he retired from the Army, he worked for the USPS for 14 years. He has been a volunteer here at DGMC for over decade.

We truly appreciate his contributions to our HIM mission and to DGMC.


The NCOA 2021 Vanguard Awards

The NCOA Vanguard Award selections are made via a rigorous nominating and screening process within each of the military services. The awards commemorate and honor an enlisted Medal of Honor recipient from each branch.

Below are this year’s recipients: (Click the links to view the complete story).

Staff Sergeant Joshua P. Moehring
The 2021 NCOA Army Vanguard Award, sponsored by USAA, was presented to Staff Sergeant Joshua P. Moehring in honor and memory of Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Alvin C. York.

Sergeant John E. James
The 2021 NCOA Marine Corps Vanguard Award, sponsored by the NCOA JROTC Program, was presented to Sergeant John E. James in honor and memory of Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Larry L. Maxam, U.S. Marine Corps.

Petty Officer First Class Christopher K. Miletich
The 2021 NCOA Navy Vanguard Award, sponsored by the NCOA Rogue Chapter, was presented to Petty Officer First Class Christopher K. Miletich in honor and memory of Medal of Honor recipient Machinist Mate First Class Robert R. Scott. Petty Officer First Class Christopher K. Miletich distinguished himself by exemplifying selfless and heroic actions on September 5, 2020.

Master Sergeant Patrick L. Briggs
The 2021 NCOA Air Force Vanguard Award, sponsored by Aligned Mortgage, was presented to Master Sergeant Patrick L. Briggs in honor and memory of Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant John L. Levitow. Master Sergeant Briggs distinguished himself while serving as senior polygraph examiner and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, 3rd Field Investigations Squadron, Operating Location Foxtrot, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, on 14 September 2020.

Boatswain’s Mate First Class Wallace C. Qual
The 2021 NCOA Coast Guard Vanguard Award, sponsored by GEICO Military, was presented to Boatswain’s Mate First Class Wallace C. Qual in honor and memory of Medal of Honor recipient Signalman First Class Douglas Munro.


The NCOA 2021 Conference Wrap-Up

NCOA Vanguards
NCOA Vanguards

By Tina Kish, Conference Manager

The San Antonio heat fueled the enthusiasm of NCOA members who gathered at the Hilton San Antonio Airport Hotel on July 20-23 for the 56th Annual NCOA Conference and Vanguard Awards Banquet.

The Resolutions Committee, chaired by CMSgt (Ret) Bonnie Cooper, met on Tuesday afternoon to help set the Association’s legislative course for the coming year. NCOA’s new legislative team, Daniel Elkins and Levi Sadr, facilitated the meeting. The Committee will be reviewing the Association’s resolutions for relevance and continued need.

The Opening Icebreaker – Texas Bar-B- Que – was a themed event. Delegates donned their most comfortable Texas attire and mixed and mingled. Intense games of cornhole, a lot of mixing and mingling, and plenty of Texas-style Bar-B-Que fare – the perfect recipe for a night to remember!

Accomplishing the business of the Association continued on Wednesday with the Opening Ceremony. NCOA President Paul Kingsbury welcomed the delegates as did Texas Senator Donna Campbell. NCOA’s legislative team – Levi Sadr, Legislative Director, and Daniel Elkins, Director of Government Affairs – briefed the delegates on the Association’s legislative activities. The Texas Vet Center was on hand to brief the delegates and remind them the VA’s mobile Vet Center was in the parking lot.

As always, we were grateful to the Senior Enlisted Leadership Panel participants who took time from their busy schedules to attend the conference and update our delegates on what was happening in their respective services – SEAC Ramón Colón-López, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; representing the Sergeant Major of the Army was CSM Michael A. Crosby, Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army Futures Command; Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy E. Black, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell

L. Smith; representing the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force was CMSgt Erik C. Thompson, Command Chief Master Sergeant, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command; representing the Chief Master Sergeant of the U.S. Space Force was CMSgt Amber B. Mitchell, Senior Enlisted Leader to the Chief Human Capital Officer, Headquarters U.S. Space Force; and, representing the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard was Command Master Chief Lucas M. Pullen, Command Master Chief of Pacific Area. Moderating the Panel was CMSgt Juliet C. Gudgel, U.S. Air Force (Ret).

C.A. Mack McKinney Award recipient Mr. Joseph Terry
C.A. “Mack” McKinney Award recipient Mr. Joseph Terry

The prestigious C.A. “Mack” McKinney Award was presented to Mr. Joseph Terry, NCOA’s Executive Director. Small and Large Regional Chapters of the Year were recognized. New Rats and Lorettas ere recognized – Michael Bogmenko, Victoria Bogmenko, Tom Keyton, Sidney Korvun, Heather Llewellyn, Robert Llewellyn, Tracy McAlister, and Anita Sowle. NCOA’s Military Vanguard recipients were presented life memberships in the Association and Auxiliary resident Ronda Smith presented the Auxiliary Top Supporter Award to Terry M. Haines, NCOA Chairman of the Board in recognition of his continued support of the International Auxiliary. Throughout the remainder of the day, delegates heard presentations from our affinity partner USAA, Tuesday’s Children, and the Defense Health Agency, and learned what various chapters were doing in their respective areas. Thank you to the individuals and chapters that made donations during the Parade of Checks.

On Thursday, delegates convened for the NCOA Annual Business Meeting where the Association’s Strategic Communications Plan was presented and members were elected to the Board of Directors. Elected to serve terms on the NCOA Board of Directors were MCPO Terry Haines, USNR (Ret), of Central Point, OR; FLTCM Paul Kingsbury, USN (Ret) of Carrolton, VA; SMSgt Gerald Morey, USSF, of Papillion, NE; SGM James Mallette, USA (Ret) of Penrose, CO; and, SFC Robert Llewellyn, USA, of Hope Mills, NC.

Meanwhile, members of the International Auxiliary attended the Auxiliary’s Annual Business Meeting where Veronica Mace of New Port Richey, FL, Ronda Smith of Tucson, AZ, Scott Rodowick of Elverta, CA, and Patricia Weaver of Colorado Springs, CO, were elected to serve on the Auxiliary Board of Directors.

The Auxiliary’s outstanding performers were recognized – the Bettsy Ross Top Recruiter Award for 2019 was presented to the Gateway Auxiliary and the Bettsy Ross Top Recruiter Award for 2020 was presented to the Spirit of Sacramento Auxiliary. Tammy Sullivan received the Auxiliary President’s Award.

The Knights of the Square Table held their annual assembly to accomplish the business of the Knights of the Square Table – new Knights were dubbed, existing Knights were elevated, fallen Knights were honored, the course for the upcoming year was set and Sir Paul DeSander of Saginaw, MI, assumed the mantle as Grand Knight.

The stars shined brightly on Thursday evening during the Vanguard Awards Banquet where CMSgt (Ret) Jim Sullivan served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Hats off to Jim for a job extremely well done!

NCOA’s superstar chapters were recognized. The Rogue Chapter from Medford, OR, was recognized as the 2020 Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year and the Frontier Chapter from Cheyenne, WY, was named the 2020 Outstanding Small Chapter of the Year. The Gateway Auxiliary from New Port Richey, FL, received the 2020 Auxiliary Chapter of the Year Award.

The guest speaker for the evening was SEAC Ramón Colón-López, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Then the focus turned to the reason for the evening – honoring this year’s heroic Military Vanguard Award recipients.

The amazing stories of SSG (P) Joshua D. Moehring, U.S. Army, Sgt John E. James, U.S. Marine Corps, MM1 (SW/EXW) Christopher K. Miletich, U.S. Navy, MSgt Patrick L. Briggs, U.S. Air Force, and BM1 Wallace C. Qual, U.S. Coast Guard, had delegates glued to their seats with tears in their eyes. The Vanguard stories will appear elsewhere on the NCOA website.

Friday morning was the Breakfast with the Board – nothing like a hot breakfast to start the day off right as delegates prepared to depart amid promises to keep in touch and choruses of “see you next year.”

NCOA Conference Sponsors Board 2021
NCOA Conference Sponsors 2021

We were honored to have a number of “formers” join us for the conference – SMA Kenneth O. Preston (13th Sergeant Major of the Army), SMMC Ronald Green (18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps), SMMC Gene Overstreet (NCOA Past President and 12th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps), CMSAF James A. Roy (16th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force), MCPOCG Eric “Rick” Trent (7th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard), and CSM Denise Jelinski-Hall (3rd Senior Enlisted Advisor of the National Guard Bureau). Thank you all for making the conference extra-special for our delegates.

We would be remiss if we didn’t thank our generous affinity partners and sponsors whose support helped make this year’s conference a resounding success. A huge THANKS to our Vanguard Sponsors – USAA, NCOA JROTC Program, NCOA Rogue Chapter, Aligned Mortgage, and GEICO Military. Special thanks to AMAC, Aligned Mortgage, Army Air Force Exchange Service, Bellevue University, Blue Cross/Blue Shield FEP Dental and Vision Programs, Columbia Southern University, Dixie Flag and Banner Company, DOC Development, Excelsior College, HEB, Jordan Ford, Korea Defense Veterans Association, Navy Federal Credit Union, NCOA International Auxiliary, NCOA Knights of the Square Table, NCOA Magnum Force Chapter/Ray Moreno, NCOA Mountain Post Chapter, NCOA Mountain Post Auxiliary Chapter, NCOA Oregon State Advisory Council, NCOA Rocky Mountain Knights Council, NCOA Trails End Auxiliary, PCI, Quilts & Crafts, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union, Santikos Entertainment, Southern New Hampshire University, Starbucks Coffee, The Wash Tub, United Healthcare, U.S. Veterans Magazine, University of Phoenix, Veterans United, Walmart, Werner, Wiley, and Xpert Media Management.


Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2021 will take place live September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage Las Vegas

Exhibit Floor Nearly Sold Out for Commercial UAV Expo Americas in September 100+ best-in-class UAS solutions providers have booked booths for live event

PORTLAND, MAINE – USA, July 27, 2021 – Organizers of Commercial UAV Expo Americas, the leading commercial drone trade show and conference in North America, have announced an impressive list of more than 100 exhibitors from around the globe that will be exhibiting at the 2021 event, which will take place live September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV.

“With the exhibit floor nearly sold out, over 250+ media and association partners, and commercial drone professionals signing up to attend every day, it’s clear the industry is ready to reconvene in person at Commercial UAV Expo Americas,” said Lee Corkhill, Group Director at Diversified Communications, organizer of the event.

The list of exhibitors who will be showcasing best-in-class UAS is growing daily, and currently includes these organizations and more:

  • AgEagle
  • AirData UAV, Inc
  • Asociación de Profesionales de Drones – APD
  • BRINC Drones
  • Carlson Software
  • C-ASTRAL D.O.O.
  • DJI
  • Drone Amplified
  • Electronics Valley Inc.
  • Exyn Technologies
  • Field of View LLC
  • Flyability SA
  • GeoCue Group
  • HANCOM inSPACE
  • Kinetic Consulting
  • Leica Geosystems Inc.
  • Lightware LiDAR
  • MODUS
  • Nanomotion LTD
  • Pix4D SA
  • Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • RIEGL USA Inc.
  • Robotic Skies
  • Skydio
  • Spaur Group
  • Textron Systems
  • TruWeather Solutions
  • Undefined Technologies
  • vHive Tech Ltd
  • Virtual Surveyor
  • WiBotic Inc.
  • Wingtra
  • xyHt Magazine
  • YellowScan
  • Zephyr Drone Simulator

An Exhibit Hall pass is free for anyone who registers by September 6 and includes Exhibit Hall Theater Programming, Welcome Happy Hour, and the Commercial UAV Expo Networking Reception at no additional charge. Registration is available here.

 

Commercial UAV Expo Americas also has a robust conference program with carefully curated topics that address the pressing issues facing commercial drone professionals today, including regulations, ROI, scaling, security, UTM, and much more. Full event information, including workshops, conference programming and networking events can be found at www.expouav.com.

Special features of the 2021 event include live outdoor drone demonstrations, numerous networking functions, industry-specific roundtable discussions, vendor-delivered product previews, and the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit with two full days of programming for drone operators and program managers across law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and other emergency services for strategic discussions and workshops surrounding the evolving use of unmanned aircraft systems. New this year, the AAM Summit, organized in partnership Amsterdam Drone Week, will be a platform for knowledge sharing related to Advanced Air Mobility.

About Commercial UAV Expo Americas

Commercial UAV Expo Americas, presented by Commercial UAV News, is an international conference and expo exclusively focused on commercial UAS integration and operation covering industries including Construction; Energy & Utilities; Forestry & Agriculture; Infrastructure & Transportation; Mining & Aggregates; Public Safety & Emergency Services; Security; and Surveying & Mapping. It takes place September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The next edition of its European sister event will take place January 18-20, 2022 at the RAI Amsterdam as part of Amsterdam Drone Week. For more information, visit https://www.expouav.com and
http://www.expouav.com/europe.

Commercial UAV Expo Americas is produced by Diversified Communications’ technology portfolio which also includes Commercial UAV Expo Europe; Commercial UAV News; Geo Week comprised of the International Lidar Mapping Forum, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference; Geo Week ENewsletter, SPAR 3D ENewsletter, AEC Next ENewsletter.


America’s Warrior Partnership’s Director of Innovative Technology Selected as a Scholar for the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program

AUGUSTA, Ga. – June 24, 2021 – America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) announced today that Dannielle Pope, their Director of Innovative Technology, has been selected as a scholar to the George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veterans Leadership Program. The unique initiative focuses on individuals serving our nation’s veterans and is committed to broadening their skills, knowledge base, and influence in their community. As a part of the program, she will undertake a five-month commitment beginning in June and ending in October, meeting with numerous nationally recognized and distinguished professionals, educators, and experts in post-9/11 veteran transition and leadership development. The program will conclude with a final session and capstone event at the Bush Center in October.

Potential scholars must submit a personal leadership project (PLP) as a requirement of the competitive application process and participation. The focus of Pope’s PLP is to utilize insights and outcomes from Operation Deep Dive, a four-year veteran suicide prevention study conducted in partnership with AWP, the University of Alabama, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, as well as feedback from The Network and the WarriorServeâ application to build and leverage technology solutions to assist communities in proactive suicide prevention.

Dannielle Pope with Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership
Dannielle Pope, left, with Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership

“We are so honored to have Dannielle be a part of such a prestigious program that supports and recognizes veterans,” stated Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “Her contributions and leadership are an ideal fit for a program of this magnitude. In addition, the elevation and coordination of data will be another mechanism supporting AWP’s mission to empower communities to empower veterans.”

As AWP’s Director of Innovative Technology, Pope provides strategic technology oversight for the organization by streamlining systems and activities that enhance the ability of communities to holistically care for their hometown veterans, military service members, and their families. Additionally, as the co-creator and product manager, she’s responsible for developing, deploying, and adopting AWP’s proprietary Salesforce solution WarriorServe®.

“I’m so honored to be a part of such an impactful program as the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program and am excited to collaborate with individuals that are catalysts for empowering change in our communities,” stated Pope.

Before joining AWP, Pope was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Signal Corps in 2007 after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Throughout her military career, she served in numerous leadership positions in various locations that include a 13-month deployment to Southern Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. Pope also holds a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Capella University.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Brigades, a Texas-based non-profit organization with a mission to educate and empower adolescents with leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship to become conservation ambassadors for a sustained natural resource legacy. Her non-profit experience, in addition to her understanding of the veteran space, is a promising combination for this organization.


Geo Week Announces Massive Early Support for 2022 Event

100+ Best-in-class organizations have confirmed their support for the 2022 edition of Geo Week

PORTLAND, MAINE – USA, June 22, 2021 – Organizers of Geo Week, the single powerhouse event that champions the coming together of geospatial technologies and the built world, have announced an impressive list of supporters for the 2022 event, which will take place February 6-8, 2022 in Denver, CO.

Geo Week is the joining of AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference, International Lidar Mapping Forum, and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, along with partner events ASPRS Annual Conference and USIBD Annual Symposium.

More than a hundred associations and media companies have already signed on as supporters of Geo Week 2022. “Industry leaders have clearly cast their votes for Geo Week in 2022,” said Lee Corkhill, Group Director at Diversified Communications, organizer of the event. “100+ media and association supporters have already signed on as Supporting Partners for next year’s event, as Geo Week establishes itself as the powerhouse event serving professionals in the geospatial and built world industries.” Geo Week will also soon be announcing early exhibitors who have already signed up and confirmed booths on the show floor.

Current supporters of the 2022 event, including trade media, portals, associations, user groups, government entities, and non-profits, are as follows:

PUBLICATIONS

AEC Magazine

Africa Surveyors

American Surveyor

BIGNieuws

Building Design and Construction

Civil Engineering Surveyor

CODE

Commercial Construction and Renovation

Coordinates Magazine

Develop 3D Magazine

Diversity In STEAM Magazine

Earth Imaging Journal

GEO Informatics

GeoConnexion

Geomatics World

GIM International

GPS World

Hydro International

Informed Infrastructure

LIDAR Magazine

POB

Surveying Group

TwinGeo

Urban Transport Infrastructure Journal

U.S. Veterans Magazine

xyHt

 

PORTALS

AEC Bytes

AEC Café

AEC News

AP Planner

B1M Community

BigDataVendors

CanBim

Clocate

Commercial UAV News

ConstructionLinks

CrowdReviews

Datafloq

Devtownstation

Digital Construction Week Connect

Digitalconstructionnews

DroneIndustryWire

Electronics Valley

Energy Centra

Geo Insight

Geo4Construction

Geofumadas

GeoJobs.biz

Geospatial1

Geospatialnews.net

Geowawesomeness

Geo Week News

GIS Café

GIS Resources

GISuser.com

GoGeomatics

Govevents

GPSDaily

Inertialnavigationsystems.net

IOTEvents

Lidar News

Manufacturing Tomorrow

Mining Engineering

MyDearDrone

NBN Media

Queue

Robotics Tomorrow

Sensorland

Spatial Times

Spatialsource

Startupedia

STEM Education Entrepreneurship

TechEvents.Online

Telco Professionals

WeGetAroundNetwork

World Construction Today

 

ANALYSTS

ABI Research

Flux Trends

Frost & Sullivan

Geospatial World

HAPTIC R & D Consulting

MAPPS

Mind Commerce

Parks Associates

 

ASSOCIATIONS & USER GROUPS

AI Coding Meetup

ASPRS

Canada 5G Council

Chartered ICES

CWTA

Deep Learning Meetup

FLAM 3D

Google Developers East Bay

GUTMA

IPv6 Forum

Open Geo Consortium

Silicon Valley Forum

STACouncil

UAVA

USIBD

VR and AR Association

WITI

Women Who Code

World Geospatial Industry Council

 

COOPERATING EVENTS

GeoIgnite Canada

Geospatial World Forum

Parks Connections

Silicon Valley Women Tech Festival

STAC

WITI Summit

The coming together of AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference, International Lidar Mapping Forum, and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference to form Geo Week reflects the increased integration between the built environment, advanced airborne/terrestrial technologies, and commercial 3D technologies. Geo Week is at the forefront of this integration, providing education, technology, and resources for professionals in industries including AEC, Asset & Facility Management, Disaster & Emergency Response, Earth Observation & Satellite Applications, Energy & Utilities, Infrastructure & Transportation, Land & Natural Resource Management, Mining & Aggregates, Surveying & Mapping, and Urban Planning/Smart Cities.

According to Corkhill, there will be content that addresses the built environment, advanced airborne/terrestrial technologies, and commercial 3D technologies independently of one another and attendees will have access across all conference sessions. “The event represents a continuum, with individuals and organizations from all corners of industry at differing levels of adoption. Geo Week will support a future vision, in which professionals and organizations that understand the full spectrum of data needs, work processes, software integration, and standards in both geospatial and BIM will be tomorrow’s technology leaders,” said Corkhill.

The event will feature multiple tracks with content clearly identified as relevant to one or more of the audience groups feeding into Geo Week. The International Lidar Mapping Forum (ILMF) audience has historically been comprised of precision measurement professionals in surveying and mapping who use airborne and terrestrial lidar and related remote sensing technologies. The AEC Next audience has historically been comprised of professionals in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) that use technologies such as reality capture, automation, AI and XR to bid and manage projects and improve workflows. The SPAR 3D audience has historically been comprised of professionals who use 3D capture, scanning, visualization and modeling technologies across a variety of verticals.

Geo Week takes place February 6-8, 2022, with conference programming and exhibits Sunday, February 6 through Tuesday, February 8. Additional features of the programming are vendor-delivered Product Previews, Exhibition Theaters, workshops, and conference programming hosted by ASPRS and USIBD. Visit www.geo-week.com for more information on attending or exhibiting.

About Geo Week

Geo Week is part of a network of events and media for the global geospatial and built markets organized by Diversified Communications, a leading organizer of conferences, trade shows, and online media with 15 years in the technology arena. Geo Week, taking place February 6-8, 2022, is the new brand name of previously stand-alone events AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference, International Lidar Mapping Forum, and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, and reflects the increased integration between the built environment, advanced airborne/terrestrial technologies, and commercial 3D technologies. Powerful partnership events will also take place at Geo Week, including ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) and USIBD (US Institute of Building Documentation). Diversified Communications also produces Geo Week E-Newsletter, SPAR 3D E-Newsletter, AEC -ENewsletter, GeoBusiness Show (UK), Digital Construction Week (UK), Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Commercial UAV Europe and Commercial UAV News. For more information, visit www.geo-week.com.

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Global Partnerships
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There is no greater expression of a person’s respect for the sanctity of life than that they should risk their own life to save that of another.
– NCOA Military Vanguard Award

Today, the Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) remains a vital, fraternal, benevolent non-profit Military Service Organization. Join our 40,000 members as we represent the voices of 17.9 million enlisted Veterans, and 1.8 million enlisted service members, active duty, reserves, and National Guard.

The Association would like to recognize the NCOA Military Vanguard recipients. The award is named in memory and honor of a noncommissioned or petty officer recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Their stories will be posted on the NCOA website – www.ncoausa.org.

SSG (P) Joshua P. Moehring, B Co, 1POB (A) Fort Bragg, NC, received the NCOA Military Vanguard Award presented in honor and memory of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Alvin C. York, USA, in recognition of his heroic act.

Sgt John E. James, CLB 31 (31st MEU) 3rd MLG, Okinawa, Japan, received the NCOA Military Vanguard Award presented in honor and memory of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Larry L. Maxam, USMC, in recognition of his heroic act.

MM1 (SW/EXW) Christopher K. Miletich, SEAL Team FIVE, San Diego, CA, received the NCOA Military Vanguard Award presented in honor and memory of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Machinist Mate First Class Robert R. Scott, USN, in recognition of his heroic act.

MSgt Patrick L. Briggs, Investigations, Collections, Operations Nexus Center 3d Field Investigations Squadron, Foxtrot, Goodfellow AFB, TX, received the NCOA Military Vanguard Award presented in honor and memory of Sergeant John L. Levitow, USAF, in recognition of his heroic act.

BM2 Wallace C. Qual, Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, Newport, OR, received the NCOA Military Vanguard Award presented in honor and memory Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro, USCG, in recognition of his heroic act.

Respectfully,
Joseph Terry
SGM, US Army (Ret)
Executive Director
210-819-0568
Non Commissioned Officers Association


UTAVBOC: Vets Needed To Help Build the National Medal of Honor Museum

Dear Veteran,

The National Medal of Honor Museum is seeking veteran owned small businesses to join and help build this national monument.

If your business is involved in any of the following products, services, or trades and you want to join the team as a contractor or subcontractor, click here to register.

• Steel Erection
• Structural Steel Fabrication
• Precast Structural Columns
• Glazing Systems
• Metal Wall Panels
• Metal Decking
• Elevators
• Glass Elevators
• Custom Freight Elevator
• Elevator Hatches
• Fall Protection
• Auger Cast Piles/Drilled
• Footings
• Earthwork
• Site Utilities
• Soil Treatment
• Asphalt Paving
• Turnkey Concrete
• Fireproofing
• Roofing
• Waterproofing
• Fire Protection
• Mechanical/ Plumbing
• Electrical
• Precast Structural Panels
• MISC & Ornamental Metals Specialties
• Millwork/Casework
• OH Door /Operable Wall
• Doors/Frames/Hardware Drywall/AC Ceilings
• Painting
• Carpet, VCT
• Parking Striping
• Test & Balance
• Landscape & Irrigation
• Plaster/Stucco/ Venetian
• Ceramic/Stone Tile/ Granite
• Plaster
• Terrazzo Low Voltage
• Acoustic Wall Panels/Blinds & Shades
• Theatrical Seating
• Theatrical Curtains/Blinds

REGISTER HERE


Virginia International Tattoo stands strong
The only major Tattoo celebration held worldwide in 2021

Norfolk, VA: With all other major Tattoo celebrations cancelled in 2021, the Virginia International Tattoo (VIT) will be the only major Tattoo held worldwide this year. The VIT will take place outdoors at Old Dominion University’s Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium, with four public performances scheduled June 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. and June 6 at 2:30 p.m.

“We heard from so many disappointed Tattoo fans—many of whom had attended every year,” said Robert W. Cross, the Festival’s Perry Artistic Director, “So we are thrilled to be presenting the Virginia International Tattoo again this year.”

With this year’s theme—A Salute to the Greatest Generation—the VIT will have WWII veterans present and honored at every performance, as well as WWII aircraft from the Military Aviation Museum scheduled for flyovers each night. Aircraft will include the most famous fighter plane from the war, the British Supermarine “Spitfire,” which performed brilliantly during the Battle of Britain from July to October 1940 while matched in countless dogfights with German Messerschmitts.

Highlights from the 2021 cast include:

· U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team
· U.S. Marine Forces Reserve Band
· U.S. Fleet Forces Band
· U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band
· Bagpipers and drummers galore from throughout the U.S.
· CirquesExperience Chicago WheelJAM—daring acrobatics performed inside a steel wheel
· Kilgore College Rangerettes, the pride of Texas and the world’s best-known collegiate drill team
· Old Dominion University Monarch Marching Band and Drumline—high-stepping performers to an irresistible beat
· And much, much more!

  1. Scott Jackson, Producer/Director of the Tattoo, said “To paraphrase Maya Angelou – We can be changed by what happens to us, but we refuse to be reduced by it. The 2021 Virginia International Tattoo has changed its dates and location, but it is not reduced. This year’s Tattoo will be an unabashedly patriotic celebration, uniting an extraordinary cast and an intrepid audience in a long overdue celebration. I hope to see you there!”

To access the full cast list and bios, click here. To learn more about 2021 Virginia International Tattoo, click here.

About the Virginia International Tattoo
The Virginia International Tattoo, a signature event of the Virginia Arts Festival, has brought a spirit of patriotism, pride, and friendship to Hampton Roads for more than two decades. This year, the tattoo takes to the field outdoors at Old Dominion University’s S. B. Ballard Stadium with an exceptional cast including military bands, bagpipes galore, drummers, dancers and so much more! Tickets for the Tattoo are available online at https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fvafest.org&c=E,1,qy1vpz6cqJ-rw2GzbAfcfGNHNyV0dfP8LWc8KCB2HDFwbDMxsljxRo2TWGga1xl5hbimHp_mXS9nOKbb5e3X3EDQpgZEAmebVNYo5zsDCXLX99Kah7Bck2nEiw,,&typo=1 or by phone through the Virginia Arts Festival Ticket Office at 757-282-2822.


Commercial UAV Expo Americas Announces 70+ Exhibitors to Date for 2021 Event

PORTLAND, MAINE – USA, May 19, 2021 – Organizers of Commercial UAV Expo Americas, the leading commercial drone trade show and conference in North America, have announced an impressive list of more than 70 exhibitors from around the globe who have already signed on to exhibit at the 2021 event, which will take place September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV.

Hundreds of industry leading organizations have already committed their support for Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2021. “With more than half the exhibit floor already sold and over 250+ media and association partners from 6 continents signed on, Commercial UAV Expo Americas is firmly established as the leading event serving professionals integrating and operating commercial sUAS” said Lee Corkhill, Group Director at Diversified Communications, organizer of the event. “After a year unlike any other, the industry is excited to reconvene in person to connect, learn, and drive the industry forward.”

The list of exhibitors who will be showcasing best-in-class UAS is growing daily, and currently includes these organizations and more:
Aerial Response Solutions
Airlogix
Asociación de Profesionales de Drones
C-Astral Aerospace
Capitol Technology University
Carlson Software
DAT/EM Systems International
DroneTV
Electronics Valley
Fortress UAV
Frontier Precision
GeoCue Group Inc.
Hesai Technology Co., Ltd.
Hollywood Drones
Intel GEOSPATIAL
Kittyhawk
Korea Institute of Aviation Safety Technology
Phoenix LiDAR Systems
RIEGL USA
Robotic Skies
Sundance Media Group
Swift Tactical Systems
Terrasolid Ltd
Unmanned Systems Technology
VANTIS
VRMesh
Wavelabs Ltd.
Wingtra

The last live edition of Commercial UAV Expo Americas in 2019 drew in 3,100 attendees, 200+ exhibitors, and 200+ presenters from over 50 countries. The full list of supporters and attendees who took part in the event can be found here. Special features of the 2021 event include live outdoor drone demonstrations, numerous networking functions, industry-specific roundtable discussions, vendor-delivered product previews, and the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit with two full days of programming for drone operators and program managers across law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and other emergency services for strategic discussions and workshops surrounding the evolving use of unmanned aircraft systems. New this year, the UAM Summit, organized by Amsterdam Drone Week, will be a platform for knowledge-sharing about urban air mobility solutions.

Full event information, including workshops, conference programming, networking events and more will be available soon. Registration for the 2021 event will open in June – stay in the know.

About Commercial UAV Expo Americas
Commercial UAV Expo Americas, presented by Commercial UAV News, is an international conference and expo exclusively focused on commercial UAS integration and operation covering industries including Construction; Energy & Utilities; Forestry & Agriculture; Infrastructure & Transportation; Mining & Aggregates; Public Safety & Emergency Services; Security; and Surveying & Mapping. It takes place September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The next edition of its European sister event will take place December 7-9, 2021 at the RAI Amsterdam as part of Amsterdam Drone Week. For more information, visit www.expouav.com and www.expouav.com/europe.


Panhandle Warrior Partnership Launched to Support Veterans in Florida

AUGUSTA, Ga. – May 13, 2021 – America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) announced today that the Panhandle Warrior Partnership (PWP) is their latest affiliate that will use their Community Integration model. The focus of PWP is to connect with veterans, their family members, and caregivers to understand better what they need to improve their quality of life. Coordinated services are activities, volunteerism, and purposeful engagement with other veterans, and occasionally housing, employment, access to education, or healthcare available through community partners.

Community Integration (CI) is America’s Warrior Partnership’s evidence-based, proven model that provides communities with the tools that improve outreach and understanding of veterans in order to implement a customized local program responsive to veterans, families, and caregivers. A critical aspect of CI is the unique approach to connect with, educate, and advocate for veterans in the community as they receive services from local veteran-serving organizations. The CI model is active in six affiliate communities across the country, serving over 54,000 veterans.

“We are proud to have the Panhandle Warrior Partnership on our nationwide team of communities to lead the community in connecting with veterans locally,” stated Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “We’ve learned over the last ten years of serving veterans in the community that 90% of the issues can be solved locally. This is especially true in the Panhandle where the community embraces those who serve and have served in the military.”

Two dedicated staff lead the PWP team, Keith Manley, Program Lead, and Kenny Thompson, Case Coordinator. Manley is a retired military veteran and a graduate of Troy University. Thompson has over a decade of working with veterans on the Gulf Coast. Both Manley and Thompson will bring years of experience, knowledge, and understanding to provide a high level of support to the organization.

“Having lived and served in the Panhandle for more than seven years, I recognize the need for veterans and their families to have a knowledgeable, well-connected advocate to help improve their quality of life as well as lift up a fellow service member or veteran in my community,” said Manley.

The media and public can learn more about the Panhandle Warrior Partnership and AWP’s Operation Deep Dive, a veteran suicide prevention study, during a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 2:00 pm ET. Information about the event is here: https://fb.me/e/7R6IzHjfM

Panhandle area veterans seeking connections with local and national resources can contact the Panhandle Warrior Partnership here: 850.954.VETS or https://www.americaswarriorpartnership.org/panhandle

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visit www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org


 

sbLiftOff and National Veteran Small Business Coalition Launch Virtual Symposium VETERANS ETA 2021

VETERANS ETA 2021 is the first national symposium focused on fueling veteran interest in entrepreneurship through acquisition

Veterans ETA 2021

 

HERNDON, Va. and WASHINGTON, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — sbLiftOff, a lower middle-market M&A advisory firm, and the National Veteran Small Business Coalition, today announced the launch of VETERANS ETA 2021: Capital Fueling Veteran Entrepreneurship, a two-hour virtual event on June 3, 2021. VETERANS ETA 2021 is the first national symposium of veteran buyers and sellers, capital sources, service providers, business schools and other supporters of veteran entrepreneurship through acquisition (ETA).

“Business ownership among America’s veterans has fallen precipitously since the post-World War II era when nearly half of all veterans owned and operated businesses. It’s time to knit together all the resources veterans need to successfully find and buy a good small business,” said Sharon B. Heaton, CEO of sbLiftOff, an advisory firm that often serves veterans.

The symposium features a premier lineup of veteran small business owners and financial services executives who will share war stories and lessons learned, discuss available financing sources, the challenges of accessing capital, and the importance of the public and private sectors coming together to support veterans entering the small business community.

Featured Speakers:

  • Scott Jensen, Executive Director, National Veteran Small Business Coalition
  • Sharon B. Heaton, CEO, sbLiftOff
  • Tommy Moreno, Co-founder & CEO, Pareto Labs; Former Operating Partner, Colony Capital; Former senior executive at The Walt Disney Company
  • Alexander Mears, Principal, The Carlyle Group; Co-Founder, Search & Acquire
  • Kevin Williams, Partner, Lometa Capital Partners
  • Mike Mahre, Operating Partner, Anacapa Partners
  • Lisa Forrest, Director of Sponsor Finance, Live Oak Bank

“Research and experience have proven veterans are powerhouse business leaders,” commented Scott Jensen, Executive Director, National Veteran Small Business Coalition. “To unlock the national potential of veteran ETA we need to make both capital and information more readily available to them. We’re urging all interested veterans to come to the June 3 event and learn more.”

The symposium is complimentary for all participants. For more information and to register, visit www.nvsbc.org/veterans-eta-2021/.

About sbLiftOff
sbLiftOff is a lower middle-market M&A advisory firm that serves founder-led businesses and government contracting companies between $25 million and $150 million in revenues. We work with business owners seeking a majority or minority transfer of their company and strategic buyers who are seeking growth through acquisition. More information is available at www.sbliftoff.com

About National Veteran Small Business Coalition
The National Veteran Small Business Coalition is the largest non-profit trade association in the country representing veteran- and service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB and SDVOSB) in the Federal marketplace. NVSBC works to ensure that veteran small businesses are given first consideration for federal prime and subcontract procurement opportunities. For more information, visit www.nvsbc.org


2021 Lawyers for Warriors Builds a Critical Bridge to Justice for Local Veterans in Need

Veterans remain at greater risk of homelessness and suicide because of the pandemic.

Tustin, May 5, 2021: Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) proudly announces its annual fundraising and networking event, Lawyers for Warriors, will be held on November 8, 2021 at the Center Club of Orange County in Costa Mesa, CA from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Join in for an incredible night of storytelling, unlimited wine pours, tasty appetizers, silent auction, and camaraderie! Featuring notable speakers and inspiring testimonials, Wright Ford Young & Co. continues as the Title Sponsor for the third year in a row. Honorees this year reflect VLI’s compassionate mission to prevent veteran homelessness and suicide and include: Law Firm of the Year – Sheppard Mullin; Community Advocate of the Year – Orange County Community Foundation; Veteran of the Year – Andrea Bird Steiner, Esq.; Attorney of the Year – Jeff Roberts, Esq.; and Veteran Advocate of the Year – Sheila-Marie Finkelstein, Esq. Proceeds make free legal aid possible for homeless, disabled, and low-income veterans who defended our freedom but cannot afford to access justice.

This sponsorship is a continuation of Wright Ford Young & Co.’s charitable giving to the veteran community. “We are honored to be able to support such a wonderful organization,” shared Jeff Myers, CPA and managing partner. “Our partnership with VLI aligns with our core values of showing respect for all people and having compassion for those less fortunate. We’re proud to stand side by side with Veterans Legal Institute and Lawyers for Warriors in championing veterans who need a hand up, not a hand out.”

“We applaud Wright Ford Young & Co.’s tireless commitment to Southern California’s veterans and their families,” said VLI Executive Director and Co-Founder Antoinette Balta. “This continuing investment and trust in the power of pro bono legal aid is life-changing and life-saving for our veterans. With the help of compassionate supporters, VLI has provided access to justice to over 9,000 veterans so they could rebuild a hope-filled future at home.”

To register, sponsor, or donate to Lawyers for Warriors, visit http://bit.ly/L4W2021. To view sponsors and updates, visit http://www.vetslegal.org/lawyers-for-warriors. VLI is presently seeking unique items and experiences for its silent auction. For more information on the silent auction or to contribute, please contact Antoinette Balta at abalta@vetslegal.com.

 

About Veterans Legal Institute:
Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low-income current and former service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency. For more information, please visit http://www.vetslegal.org

About Wright Ford Young & Co:
Wright Ford Young & Co. (WFY) is a full-service corporate accounting firm that provides audit, tax, estate and trust, and business consulting services to closely-held companies, family-owned businesses, and private foundations. WFY was founded in 1973 by Bob Wright, and with a current head count of 90 professionals, today serves as the largest single office accounting firm in Orange County. For more information, please visit https://www.cpa-wfy.com/.

 


Sherman Gillums Jr. Joins America’s Warrior Partnership Board of Directors

America’s Warrior Partnership announced today that Sherman Gillums Jr. has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. The United States Marine Corps veteran and current Chief Strategy and Operations Officer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will serve as the fifteenth member of the nonprofit’s leadership and advisory board.

“We are pleased and honored to welcome Mr. Gillums Jr. to the AWP board,” stated Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “His insight, experience, knowledge, and leadership will be very valuable as we continue to raise awareness of veterans’ issues and to empower veterans in their communities.”

Sherman Gillums Jr. is the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He oversees the organization’s efforts to provide universal and timely access to appropriate mental healthcare for underserved communities and destigmatize mental illness. He previously served as Executive Director of Paralyzed Veterans of America and as the Chief Strategy and Advocacy Officer for AMVETS, two of the largest congressionally-chartered veteran service organizations in the U.S.

Gillums has testified before Congress as an expert witness and appeared on national networks, such as CNN, Fox News, and C-SPAN, as one of the most influential voices on military and veteran issues. He currently serves on the Federal Advisory Committee for Veterans’ Family, Caregiver & Survivor (FACA) as Vice Chairman, alongside Chairperson Elizabeth Dole. Governor Ralph Northam also appointed Gillums to serve on the Fair Housing Board for the Commonwealth of Virginia for a second term.

His past advisory work includes an appointment to the Federal Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special Disabilities and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Wheelchair Standards Committee. Additionally, he has served as a research reviewer for the Defense Department’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program and adjunct faculty for the University of Pittsburgh’s State of the Science Symposia series at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is also a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Trainer.

His published works include a manuscript entitled “Paving Access for Veterans Employment through Holistic Transition: Practice Implications when Working with Veterans” in the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling and “Clearing the Backlog and Facilitating Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities,” a report endorsed by the National Council on Disability (NCD). His expert commentary has regularly appeared in The Hill, Military Times, and Task & Purpose.

For his work, Gillums was recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes with the Don Weber Wounded Warrior Employment Award in 2013 and the Academy of United States Veterans VETTY award for leadership in veteran mental health in 2020. HillVets also selected him as among the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Washington DC. In 2020, he was chosen as one of the “Mighty 25” by We Are The Mighty, the largest entertainment and lifestyle publisher that celebrates the military community. His alma mater, the University of San Diego, inducted him into its Alumni Hall of Honor in 2016.

Gillums served in the United States Marine Corps for 12 years and received an honorable discharge at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2 after medical retirement due to severe injury. He holds a master’s degree from the University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration. He also completed his Executive Education at Harvard Business School and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree at the University of Dayton.

“Anything we can do to ensure our nation’s veterans do not fall into societal gaps, where we see homelessness, addiction, lost identity, and a sense of hopelessness persist, we should do it. I’ve spent my career taking measure of the true, less visible cost of freedom, going from hospital bedsides to Capitol Hill, to ensure families do not bear those lingering costs alone,” stated Gillums. “I’d learned many lessons as a Marine leader. But the greatest takeaway for me was one can either watch what happened, wonder what happened, or make things happen. I choose the latter as a new member of the Board of Directors for America’s Warrior Partnership, where they make great things happen for our veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors.”


Commercial UAV Expo Americas Announces Massive Early Support for 2021 Event

Organizers of the annual Commercial UAV Expo Americas, the leading commercial drone trade show and conference in North America, have announced an impressive list of more than 225 supporters from six continents for the 2021 event, which will take place September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV.

Hundreds of associations and media companies have already signed on as supporters of Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2021. “Industry leaders have clearly cast their votes for Commercial UAV Expo Americas in 2021,” said Lee Corkhill, Group Director at Diversified Communications, organizer of the event. “225+ media and association supporters have signed on as Supporting Partners for this year’s event, as Commercial UAV Expo Americas has firmly established itself as the leading event to bring the industry safely back together and serve professionals integrating and operating commercial UAS.”

Current supporters of the 2021 event, including trade media, portals, associations, user groups, government entities, and non-profits, are as follows:

PUBLICATIONS

Aerospace & Defense Review

Africa Surveyors

American Journal Of Transportation

American Surveyor

ARB Climber

Armor & Mobility

Asia Pacific Fire

Aviation Business ME

Aviation Update

BIGNieuws

Canadian Mining Journal

China Public Security Journal

CIO Applications

CIO Review

Civil Engineering Surveyor

CODE

Commercial Drone Professional

Construction Equipment

COTS Journal

Crisis Response Journal

Diversity In STEAM

Drones Monthly

Drones World Magazine

GEO Informatics

GeoConnexion

Geomatics World

Geospatial World

GIM International

Global Security Magazine

GPS World

Gulf Fire

Hydro International

Inspectioneering

International Fire Protection

International Firefighter

LIDAR Magazine

Mining Engineering

Naval Power

Police Aviation News

Roads and Bridges

RTC Magazine

Security & Border Protection

Stormwater Solutions

Technical Rescue

Tower Times

Traffic & Transit

TwinGeo

UASMagazine

UK Fire

Unmanned Magazine

Unmanned Systems Technology

Urban Transport Infrastructure Journal

US Veterans Magazine

Videomaker

Wilderness SAR

Wireless Dealer

World Airnews

xyHt

 

PORTALS

Agritech Tomorrow

AEC Café

Aerospace Technology

Agfunder

Airborne Response

Airplane Geeks

AP Planner

Autonomy Paris

BigDataVendors

ChiefIT

Clocate

Commercial UAV News

ConstructionLinks

CrowdReviews

Demunseed Channel

DevTownStation

Digitalconstructionnews.net

Drastic News

Drone Radio Show

Drone TV

DroneGuru

DroneIndustryWire

DroneJudge

DroneLife

DroneNodes

DronePilotsNL

DroneReviewsandNews

DronesBuy

Dronewatch.EU

Dronewatch.NL

Dronin’ On

Electronics Valley

Energy Central

EnergyDaily

Geo4Construction

Geofumadas

GeoJobs.biz

Geospatialnews.net

Geowawesomeness

GIS Café

GIS Resources

GISuser.com

Global Fire Events

GoGeomatics

Govevents

GPSDaily

Hollywood Drones

Inertialnavigationsystems.net

Inflight USA

InfoDrone.ES

InsideTowers

JobsForDrones.com

LidarSurvey

Lidar News

MyDearDrone

MySecurityMedia

NBN Media

OilGasDaily

Quadcopter Addiction

Queue

RigZone

RoboDaily

Robotics Tomorrow

Royse AgTech Innovation Network

SeedDaily

Sensorland

SolarDaily

SpaceDaily

SPAR 3D News

Spatial Times

Spatialsource

Startupedia

STEM Education Entrepreneurship

Sundance Media Group

Surveying Group

TechEvents.Online

TerraDaily

UAS Sidekick

UASWeekly

UAV Coach

UAV Digest

Unmannednews.net

Unmanned Airspace

Urban Air Mobility News

Urban Mobility Daily

Urban Transport News

UST.com

WindDaily

Women In Tech Review

World Construction Today

 

ANALYSTS

ABI Research

BIS Research

Drone Analyst

Drone Business Center

Drone Industry Insights

Frost & Sullivan

Geospatial Media

GRADD

HAPTIC R & D Consulting

Indian Institute Of Drones

Juan Plaza Consulting

Mind Commerce

P3 Tech Consulting

Roswell Flight Test Crew

 

ASSOCIATIONS & USER GROUPS

AI Coding Meetup

AIRT

APANT

APD

ARPAS-UK

Canada 5G Council

Chartered ICES

Coalition Of UAS Professionals

Commercial Drone Alliance

CWTA

Deep Learning Meetup

Drone Federation Of India

DroneCode

DroneMasters

Droneresponders

Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association

Google Developers East Bay

GUTMA

IPv6 Forum

JUIDA

NATE

NVBAA

Open Geo Consortium

Shenzhen UAV Association

Silicon Valley Forum

STACouncil

SWARM-SAR Drones

UAVA

UAVAI

WITI

WITI Las Vegas

Women Who Code

Women Who Drone

World Geospatial Industry Council

World UAV Federation

 

COOPERATING EVENTS

Airwards

Amsterdam Drone Week

Autonomy Digital

Dronemasters Global Meetup

Expodronica

GeoIgnite Canada

Geospatial World Forum

Japan Drone

Shenzhen UAV Show

Silicon Valley AgTech

Silicon Valley Women Tech Festival

STAC

WITI Summit

The 2019 edition of Commercial UAV Expo Americas drew in 3,100 attendees, 200+ exhibitors, and 200+ presenters from over 50 countries. The full list of supporters and attendees who took part in the event can be found here. Special features of the 2021 event include live outdoor drone demonstrations and the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit with two full days of programming for drone operators and program managers across law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and other emergency services for strategic discussions and workshops surrounding the evolving use of unmanned aircraft systems. New this year, the UAM Summit, organized by Amsterdam Drone Week, will be a platform for knowledge-sharing and where key players co-create and cooperate to create urban air mobility solutions together.

Full event information, including workshops, conference programming, networking events and more will be available soon. Registration for the 2021 event will open in June – stay in the know.

About Commercial UAV Expo Americas

Commercial UAV Expo Americas, presented by Commercial UAV News, is an international conference and expo exclusively focused on commercial UAS integration and operation covering industries including Construction; Energy & Utilities; Forestry & Agriculture; Infrastructure & Transportation; Mining & Aggregates; Public Safety & Emergency Services; Security; and Surveying & Mapping. It takes place September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The next edition of its European sister event will take place December 7-9, 2021 at the RAI Amsterdam as part of Amsterdam Drone Week. For more information, visit www.expouav.com and www.expouav.com/europe.

Commercial UAV Expo Americas is produced by Diversified Communications’ technology portfolio which also includes Commercial UAV Expo Europe; Commercial UAV News; Geo Week comprised of the International Lidar Mapping Forum, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference; Geo Week ENewsletter, SPAR 3D ENewsletter, AEC Next ENewsletter. For more information about exhibiting at Commercial UAV Expo, visit Exhibiting Information or contact Katherine Dow, Sales Manager, at kdow@divcom.com or +1.207-842-5497. For attending information, visit www.expouav.com or email info@expouav.com.


VIB Network

VIB Network Business Cohort Program Flyer

Applications available at Survey Monkey:
https://surveymonkey.com/r/2021V2V


VIB Network and NaVOBA Partnership

VIB Network and NAVOBA Flyer

For more information about VIB Network, visit https://navoba.org
For more information about NaVOBA, visit https://navoba.org


ERG Resource Group

Global ERG Network

Visit info@globalergnet.com for more information.


Announcing Supplier Diversity Opportunities for Veteran & Milspouse-Owned Businesses

If you are registered on Rosie’s List, have B2B products for sale and are interested in procurement opportunities with AAFES, then now is the time to contact us!

Rosie’s List has partnered with AAFES and ePS to bring qualified veteran and military spouse-owned products into the AAFES supplier diversity chain. Together, we are proud to announce the AAFES National Diversity Veteran Small Business (NDVSB) eMarketplace.

Let me tell you about it.

AAFES is committed to increasing its supplier diversity spend with veteran and military spouse-owned businesses and together with ePS, we are proud to partner with them on this effort. From office products & cleaning supplies to furniture & electronics (and much more), you now have the opportunity to get your products and/or catalog onto AAFES online procurement system.

The NDVSB eMarketplace for AAFES is regionally-specific, meaning each AAFES region has their own eMarketplace where veteran and military spouse-owned businesses can upload their product offerings. ePS will assist in building your electronic ‘catalog’ on the eMarketplace and provide the ePS eConnect solutions software that automates the entire Procure-to-Pay process.

If you are interested and would like to learn more, please reach out to contact@therosienetwork.org. To learn more about ePS, please visit their website.


America’s Warrior Partnership and Runway of Dreams Foundation Collaborate to Provide Adaptive Clothing to Organizations Serving Veterans

America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) recently announced that three of their partner organizations would receive adaptive clothing as a part of the Runway of Dreams Foundation and Seven7 Jeans donation to communities in need. Diné Naazbaa’, Higher Ground, and Vets’ Community Connections will each receive an allotment of the 5,000 pairs of adaptive jeans being provided to a dozen organizations around the country right before the holidays.

Founded on the basis that clothing is a basic human need, the Runway of Dreams Foundation works to ensure people with physical challenges have access to apparel that meets their physical needs and personal style. They accomplish their mission by raising awareness, advocating for change, and supporting innovation to support functional, and the development of adaptive apparel.

Seven7 Jeans was among the first mainstream clothing companies to become inclusive of people with physical challenges beginning in 2019, with solutions such as magnetic and micro Velcro closures replacing buttons and zippers and reinforced side belt loops.

“We are pleased to be partnering with the Runway of Dreams Foundation, Seven7 Jeans, and our partner organizations to provide adaptive apparel to veterans, their families, and caregivers,” stated Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “One way to empower a veteran is by connecting them with resources in their community to fulfill basic needs, such as new clothing designed for those who have specific fit and sizing.”

America’s Warrior Partnership coordinated with the Runway of Dreams Foundation to identify organizations serving veterans and their families who would benefit from adaptive apparel. The three groups will receive the clothing beginning this month, and they will then distribute it to those within their communities.

Diné Naazbaa’
The Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership (DNP) is the first community-based program dedicated to empowering the Navajo Nation’s military veterans, their families, and caregivers. The program is currently conducting proactive outreach to the estimated 15,000 veterans living in the Navajo Nation to educate them on available resources and connect them with holistic support services.

The program elevates the work of local veteran-serving professionals by bridging the gaps that exist between community service providers and national resources. Supported by funding from the Schultz Family Foundation, it is the culmination of the Community Integration program.

“We are thrilled to be chosen to participate in the Runway of Dreams adaptive jeans program,” stated Inann Johns, Community Program Lead for Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership. “Being able to provide clothing to veterans and their family members shows the strength of our partnership and exemplifies how working together, we can provide the services our military veterans deserve.”

Vets’ Community Connections
Vets’ Community Connections (VCC) assists San Diego veterans, military, and their families in successfully integrating into their community by expanding their networks to include local organizations, businesses, and individuals.

“Vets’ Community Connections is thrilled to participate in the Runway of Dreams program and to connect local veterans with much-needed adaptive apparel,” said Amy Richards, Program Manager for Vets’ Community Connections. “Our work at VCC centers around involving the wider community, and this is a terrific example of what can be done when the business community fills gaps to support veterans.”

Higher Ground
Higher Ground is an adaptive sports nonprofit that looks to improve the lives of those with disabilities, including our nation’s veterans. Through the power of therapeutic recreation and continued support, Higher Ground bridges the gap between disability and belonging. With locations in Sun Valley, Idaho, Los Angeles, and Buffalo, New York, they bring the healing power of recreation from coast to coast. Empowering people of all abilities to achieve their highest quality of life with a variety of programming from weeklong camps for veterans, competitive adaptive sports, to social clubs for adults with cognitive disabilities, and finding a place for all.

“Higher Ground is proud to be chosen by AWP as an organization to receive adaptive apparel as a part of the Runway of Dreams Wardrobe Grant program, which is a step towards greater inclusion for all, regardless of physical challenges,” stated Kate Dobbie, Executive Director of Higher Ground. “With many of our participants’ unique needs, having an adaptive clothing option will make a difference in their everyday life. We thank Seven7 Jeans for the generously donated adaptive jeans and look forward to brightening the days and wardrobes of our participants.”

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We accomplish this mission by understanding and building relationships with veterans and their families to enhance and improve the quality of their life by connectingwith them and collaborating with community organizations. Our ultimate goal is to use a proactive and holistic approach to decrease suicide and non-natural causes of death of former service members.
www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org | @AWPartnership | #awpartnership

About Runway of Dreams Foundation
The Runway of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works towards a future of inclusion, acceptance, and opportunity in the fashion industry for people with disabilities. Founded on the basis that clothing is a basic human need, the Runway of Dreams Foundation develops, delivers, and supports initiatives to broaden the reach of adaptive clothing and promote people with disabilities in fashion. Through adaptive runway shows, awareness building campaigns, college clubs, wardrobe grants and scholarship programs, the Runway of Dreams Foundation is empowering people with disabilities with opportunity, confidence, independence, and style.
www.runwayofdreams.org | @runwayofdreams | #RethinkTheRunway

About Seven7 Adaptive
Seven7 Jeans, a part of Sunrise Brands, was among the first mainstream clothing lines to become inclusive of people with disabilities. Our first line of adaptive jeans was made available in November 2019, creating solutions to ease of dressing like magnetic and micro velcro closures in place of buttons and zippers, and reinforced side belt loops. Originating in Europe in the 1960s, Seven7 delivers seasonal menswear and womenswear collections in a wide range of sizes and silhouettes. As one of LA’s most affordably priced premium denim brands, Seven7 Jeans is widely known for its fantastic fits, superior quality, handcrafted details and unique treatments.
www.seven7jeans.com | @seven7jeans


On Course Foundation and Operation Motorsport Join America’s Warrior Partnership as Four Star Alliance Members

America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) announced today that On Course Foundation and Operation Motorsport have joined the organization’s Four Star Alliance, a membership program for community organizations that offer adaptive sports, therapeutic recreation, or wellness programs to veterans and their families. The addition of these two new partners brings the total number of Four Star Alliance members to 50, further increasing available organizations providing veterans and their families the recreational therapy services in their community that are vital for recovery and rehabilitation.

As a part of the Four Star Alliance, organizations are recognized as a Program of Excellence and have access to resources for national awareness and development campaigns. Each member agrees to abide by AWP’s Standards of Excellence and is vetted for financial stability, excellent business practices, and willingness to make and take appropriate referrals.

“We are proud to welcome two more members to our Four Star Alliance program,” stated Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “Both the On Course Foundation and Operation Motorsport provide unique opportunities and activities that enable veterans and their families to stay connected, active, and integrated in their communities.”

On Course Foundation
The On Course Foundation supports the on-going recovery, social inclusion, and development of injured veterans through golf. A driving force behind the organization’s mission is the Golf Skills and Employment Program which incorporates golf instruction, competitive play, golf education, golf industry seminars, the opportunity to socialize with fellow veterans in their community, and the potential to gain meaningful employment in the golf industry.

“We are delighted to join forces with America’s Warrior Partnership by becoming a member of their Four Star Alliance,” said John Dodds, Executive Director of the On Course Foundation. “We firmly believe that the game of golf can play a key role in the on-going mental and physical recovery of our nation’s injured veterans, and we look forward to starting this exciting partnership.”

Operation Motorsport
Operation Motorsport premise is to engage former service members and veterans through motorsports, specifically sports car racing (IMSA, SRO, CTCC), along with virtual engagement through simulated iRacing. Programs are designed to provide therapeutic assistance, enhance quality-of-life, and increase mental health and resiliency by providing atmospheres that help build a sense of team, identity, and purpose.

“All of us at Operation Motorsport are excited to join the Four Star Alliance. Our team consistently seeks new and innovative ways of engaging beneficiaries, and there is so much opportunity as we look to this partnership,” expressed Tiffany Lodder, Founder and Executive Director of Operation Motorsport. “We are grateful for the new resources we can look forward to sharing, and for the new avenue of opportunities we will be able to offer America’s Warrior Partnership and the Four Star Alliance.”

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives.
www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org | @AWPartnership | #awpartnership

On Course Foundation
On Course Foundation supports the on-going recovery, social inclusion and development of injured veterans using the game of golf. Our mission is to build confidence and self-belief in our members through our Golf Skills and Employment Events, and set them on the path to meaningful employment in the golf industry.
https://www.oncoursefoundationusa.org/ | @OnCourseFoundationUSA

About Operation Motorsport
Operation Motorsport is a veteran-led 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation based in Raleigh, NC and Brighton, Ontario, Canada. It was founded on the basis of three simple words – Excite, Engage, and Empower. Its mission is to engage through motorsports activities, ill and injured service members and disabled veterans, affected by military service, leading to aiding in their recovery and rehabilitation.
http://operationmotorsport.org | @OpsMotorsport


2021 Center for Women Veterans Trailblazer Initiative

 

The Center for Women Veterans (CWV) is proud to announce the 2021 Women Veteran Trailblazers 2.0 Initiative.

 

For this initiative, CWV has defined a women Veteran Trailblazer as a woman who:

 

Has served and separated from the service and makes an impact by enhancing the lives of other Veterans, Veteran families or Veteran caregivers. Impact may be a single event or action or may be demonstrated over a period of time in one or more of the following areas:

 

Education
Employment
Entrepreneurship
Homelessness
Legal
Mental Health and Wellness

Please submit all requested materials:

Nomination form
Nominee’s recent professional (looking) photo
One-page summary of why the women Veteran meets the definition above of a Trailblazer and how she is continuing to serve others.

Nomination packages for the CWV 2021 Women Veteran Trailblazers 2.0 Initiative should reach CWV by Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Nominations received after this deadline will not be considered. Previously selected Trailblazers will not be considered.

 

Email nominations and/or questions to: 00W@va.gov.

 

We look forward to receiving your nomination.
DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE


The Rosie Network

The Rosie Network is proud to announce the launch of the newest edition to the Service2CEO entrepreneur program, Valor Chapters! Valor Chapters are for the diverse and opened minded military business and entrepreneur community.

Our program is a 16 week course that is free of charge to the participant. Service2CEO is a two time award winning program that uses Subject Matter Experts across various fields of business ownership to guide our participants throughout their journey.

To apply for an upcoming cohort: bit.ly/Service2CEOApplication.

To find out more about The Rosie Network Chapters: https://therosienetwork.org/chapters


Minority Women Veterans Organization 2021 Shero of the Year

Roweena is a single mother of two girls (5 and 13) She is a Sergeant First Class in the Army Reserve where she has served for 20 years. Her role in the Reserves as a Victim Advovate has led her to her passion of working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault (both in and out the military; and young teen girls who have seen or experienced these).

She is currently the director of Supporting Women and Nurturing Survivors (SWANS) of Alpha Gamma Xi Military Sorority where she helps provide survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence with the resources they need so they can know they have support and a voice. These resources include monetary, partnerships with other organizations, as well as our monthly SIS (Suffering In Silence) Talks that discusses topics that focus on getting survivors through the healing process such as pouring from an empty cup, boundaries, and self care.

Roweena has also recently started an instagram page called @alwaysd.r.e.a.m., which is a page for women (veterans,military and non veterans) and mothers of teen girls. (Page still in construction) “I started this page because I realize that every woman has a unique struggle..and I want women to be able to get the help, motivation, and resources they need to get through that particular struggle. As a survivor of domestic violence, I know what it feels like to be broken and not have support. I want to let women ( and mothers of young teen girls) know that no matter what they are going through they are not alone..and we can continue to be Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Amazing and Motivated together.” She hopes to eventually turn this page into a non profit.

She is also in the final stages of her internship for her Masters in Clinical Psychology with SMR Counseling Services where she is able to see clients with little to no cost.


The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)

The NCOA will host its 57th Annual Conference and Vanguard Awards Dinner on July 20-23, 2021 at the Hilton San Antonio Airport in San Antonio, Texas.

Conference Platinum Sponsor $10,000 (1 Available)

  • Top logo placement on Banners and Signs
  • Four NCOA conference registrations
  • Four reserved seats at Vanguard Awards Dinner
  • Two hotel rooms for three nights
  • Complimentary exhibit table
  • Platinum sponsorship recognition on all printed products
  • Opportunity to include your promotional item and up to 8.5” x 11” insert in delegate bags
  • Web link to your company via NCOA website
  • Full Page ad in Conference Program

Vanguard Sponsors $7,500 (4 Remaining. The Coast Guard Sponsor for 2021 is GEICO Military)

  • Two NCOA conference registrations
  • Two seats at reserved table at Vanguard Awards Dinner with your sponsored Vanguard
  • Two hotel rooms for three nights
  • Complimentary exhibit table
  • Recognition on all printed products
  • Web link to your company via NCOA website
  • Opportunity to include your promotional item in delegate bags
  • Half Page ad in Conference Program

The Non Commissioned Officers Association of the United States of America (NCOA) annually recognizes one enlisted member from each of the uniformed service for acts of heroism.

This recognition is made to honor those individuals who have performed a particularly heroic act that resulted in the saving of a life or the prevention of serious injury. Selectees will receive the NCOA Military Vanguard Award named in honor and memory of enlisted recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor of their respective service.

Read the accounts of the heroic actions of our 2020 Military Vanguard Award recipients:

SSG BENJAMIN J. ROBERTS – US ARMY https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/VG-Story-USA.pdf

SSGT SAMUEL S. MULLINS – US MARINES https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/VG-Story-USMC.pdf

SO1 MARK T. PALMER – US NAVY https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/VG-Story-USN.pdf

CMSGT JAMES M. TRAFICANTE – US AIR FORCE https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/VG-Story-USAF.pdf

EM2 DANIEL M. PETERS – US COAST GUARD https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/VG-Story-USCG.pdf

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Darrell Owens Joins the Team at America’s Warrior Partnership
Congressional Advisor and Army Reservist to serve as Director of Government Relations

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Nov. 10, 2020 – America’s Warrior Partnership announced today that Darrell Owens is their Director of Government Relations, a newly created position at the veterans’ service organization. Owens also serves as an Army Reserve officer and just returned from United States Army Europe, where he was the Assistant Foreign Policy Advisor and Congressional Liaison. As the Director of Government Relations, Owens will be responsible for strengthening and fostering relationships within the veterans and military affairs community at the national level.

“I’m proud to have another veteran on the team to bring a great perspective to veteran’s issues,” stated Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “He brings a wealth of experience and a deep knowledge of veterans’ needs that will help us to strengthen key relationships and to share our mission to empower veterans.”

Before joining AWP, Owens was a staffer in Congress for nearly 14 years. He was recently the National Security Advisor and Military Legislative Assistant for Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), handling the Senator’s military, veterans, foreign affairs, homeland security, and intelligence issue portfolio.

Owens is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, he worked for the National Energy Marketers Association for two years before joining the Capitol Hill office of Representative John E. Peterson (PA-05), then his successor, Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05). While working for Thompson, he handled the Congressman’s military and veterans issue portfolio.

He joined the United States Army Reserve and was deployed overseas to South Korea, Poland, and Germany. He is a 2012 graduate of the Air Force Air Command and Staff College, a 2016 graduate of the United States Army War College with a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies. Owens is a 2019-2020 Marshall Memorial Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

“I look forward to supporting and sharing the vision of America’s Warrior Partnership,” said Owens. “It is critical to have veterans’ needs and voices to be heard at all levels of decision-making. While significant progress has been made as Congress leaned into VA transformation through reforms, new programs, and greater authorities, we still have more work to do – especially to reduce veterans’ suicide. I’m proud to be a part of that effort.”

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visitAmericasWarriorPartnership.org
@AWPartnership #awpartnership


New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce

By Lisa Ducharme, Executive Director, New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce

Why was the New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce (NEVCC) created?

The quick answer, is we were created to help our military-connected businesses throughout New England, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, where we have over 140,000 veteran-owned businesses. With a long-term goal of being their for all of our veterans and their family members.

I was originally asked to establish the Massachusetts Veterans Chamber of Commerce and later was asked to switch to the establish the NEVCC, after a strategic planning process and determined it would be best to start as a Regional Chamber, as states are small.

There were a lot of things that needed to be considered before establishing a Veterans Chamber of Commerce, 1st, do we need it? 2nd, is it sustainable? 3rd, Can we build the trust?

When I was asked, I personally had to figure out, why we needed a Veterans Chamber of Commerce, because Chambers of Commerce are declining in membership. Then I started to think back, we have the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legions, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), all great organizations, all have been around along time, but none of them focus on Veteran Businesses.

When I thought about the organizations, I used in 2013 when I started my business, like the Small Business Development Centers, Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE, and Veteran Business Outreach Centers, these are great organizations, but they focused providing resources that are part of the SBA family. None of them provided me any veteran specific resources. In many cases, they don’t focus on the lessons we learned in the military that make us great business owners.

We have over 2.4 million veteran-owned businesses throughout the United States, and when the new census is completed, the numbers are going to be higher. As veterans we have a proven history of being there for each other. Our World War I pilots taught us “Got Your Six”, and that has been a thread through history, that will not change, we will be there for each other. When we establish an organization for our veterans, and when we build trust in that organization, it is sustainable.

Who are the founding members of the organization and how were they chosen?

Lisa Ducharme, founded the New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce. She was selected by Michael Zacchea, Executive Director, United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce. She was selected due to her military background, in-depth understanding of veteran resources, veteran business resources, experience doing outreach with veterans and working with veteran owned businesses, collaborations with organizations, as well as her experience as a business owner. Lisa is a 20-year Air Force retired veteran, the daughter of a 30-year retired Air Force, Vietnam veteran and mother of a retired Army soldier. As the owner of Your Visual Alternatives, Lisa was well acquainted with the challenges of small business.

What is the organization’s purpose and/or mission?

The NEVCC’s purpose and mission is to help military-connected businesses launch, operate, and scale successful businesses, acting as a central hub and support network through which members can access resources designed to help them grow sustainable businesses that create jobs and contribute to healthy communities.

We think it’s important to remind our veterans the lessons we learned in the military, and how we can use them in business. We are focused on business, networking, social development and resource assistance.

What types of events does the organization plan on hosting?

We started off focusing training, that was not offered locally, such as Daymond On Demand, Builder Profile 10, LinkedIn for Businesses, etc. We participated in the Veterans Grow America/The Rosie Network, Virtual Veteran Business Pop-up. Starting at the end of February 2020 we had open zoom office hours seven days a week to assist businesses. We reached out to each business that we had worked with and provided them resources and information.

During COVID-19 our focus is to help businesses connect via a variety of challenges, which encourages networking, business development, social development and resource assistance. We will continue to connect our businesses to different training opportunities.

Once we are able to start doing networking events again, we will host a variety of networking events, to connect our businesses to one another and also business opportunities.

What do you see as the missing gaps in New England for veterans and veteran families?

The missing gaps are not the resources, it’s how to we get the resource information out to the veterans and their families.

Reaching our veteran and military caregivers are probably the biggest gap, because they are focused on taking care of the veteran, and do not realize all the resources and assistance that is available to them.

The ultimate key is to remind everyone they are not alone, and we have resources and assistance for everything! I always say, friends may come, and friends may go, but our military connection is forever, and I mean it.

What role does diversity play in your organization moving forward?

Diversity played a role in the establishment and running of the NEVCC, and will continue moving forward. As veterans, we are diverse, not only in race, religion, age, gender, cultural background, but also in our branch of service, and when we served and more. It is important to take input from all our military-connected businesses, we are here for them, and we need to have everyone’s input.

What do you feel is the biggest problem facing New England veterans?

The biggest problem facing New England Veterans is veterans and their families understanding resources available to them. Gaining trust in organizations that are there to assist them, is not easy. When I retired from the Air Force, I was surprised how many organizations reached out and said they supported veterans, but didn’t always provide the services they said they did. As a veteran business, there are businesses who want our information, generally so they can get paid sponsorships and sell their services to veterans.

Many veterans, don’t realize they are veterans. I have had veterans tell me they want to start a business to help veterans understand what is available, and my first question is what is their definition of a veteran. One in three will exclude me as a veteran, because they don’t understand the definition of a veteran. I have had Guard and Reserve members tell me they aren’t veterans, because they didn’t have any active duty. I remind them they qualify as a veteran, under the Veterans Administration, and I provide them the link to the Veterans Identification Card (VIC).

How can people get involved in your organization?

I encourage anyone interested in getting involved or if they have questions on starting or growing a business, to contact us https://nevcc.org/contact or email admin@nevcc.org

Anything else that is important that you feel we should know?

On 9/11/2001, for the first time in over 50 years, foreign terrorism was in our own back yard, it awakened in us the sacrifices that our military make every single day, and ignited programs to support our military in their mission and beyond. Because of 9/11 the American People have an appreciation and relatability of what our military goes through with heightened alert, fear and panic and so much more.

With COVID-19 and the unrest across America, our National Guard and Reserves have again been called in service. Many had to leave jobs, which means the businesses that have Guard and Reserve members, have to do without. Our Guard and Reserve members who were going to school, many had to put school on hold, or some let their grades suffer, because they didn’t want to have to miss a semester.

So many Programs have been put in place to support those who support our freedoms. Now that we have these programs, it’s my privilege to help people become aware, gain access and benefit from the support that is out there.


US Organizations Receive Diversity Impact Awards at ERG Leadership Summit

Greensboro, NC (October, 2020)The Association of ERGs & Councils (a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions) recognized the outstanding achievements of Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and other DE&I initiatives at the Diversity Impact Awards™ ceremonies during the USC Marshall Center for Effective Organizations 2020 ERG Leadership Summit Week: A Virtual Event October 19 – October 24.

Each evening of the conference included award ceremonies honoring the Top 25 US Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERGs, Top 10 Diversity Action and Executive Sponsor of the Year Recognition Awards. “The virtual event didn’t dampen the spirit and excitement of the award winners as they celebrated the incredible accomplishments of their teams,” said Lynn Cowart, Principle and Chief Operations Officer at Talent Dimensions.

The Diversity Impact Awards™ was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™. The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm, PRISM International, Inc.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ were reimagined to leverage a data-driven and scientifically-validated model developed by Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama and CEO of eePulse, to ensure buy-in from key stakeholders and drive greater learning. The awards were segmented to create a level playing field for individual ERGs, enterprise-wide ERG programs and non-ERG Diversity initiatives. For the second year, we are honoring the important work of Executive Sponsors.

“While we were excited to launch the new Diversity Impact Awards after almost a year of research and gaining input, launching a new awards structure during COVID-19 was challenging to say the least. We considered taking a hiatus given what organizations were experiencing. We quickly realized that this work was far too important and the individuals volunteering countless hours to create organizations where ALL people felt engaged, included and that they belong, must be recognized,” said Cile Johnson, Principle and Chief Business Officer at Talent Dimensions.

Congratulations to all our Diversity Impact Award winners!

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 25 ERG Award recipients:

  1. Blue Cross NC – GlobalNet
  2. Novant Health – Women’s Business Resource Group
  3. Northwestern Mutual – Asian Employee Resource Group
  4. Rockwell Automation – Cultures Connected
  5. Northwestern Mutual – Women’s Employee Resource Group
  6. ChristianaCare – Women’s Employee Network (WEN)
  7. Mount Sinai Health System – Heritage of Latino Alliance Employee Resource Group
  8. Northwestern Mutual – Hispanic Employee Resource Group
  9. Northwestern Mutual – Mutual disAbility Alliance
  10. NextEra Energy – African American Employee Professional Group
  11. Novant Health – Persons with Abilities Business Resource Group
  12. Novant Health – Black/African American Business Resource Group
  13. Southern California Edison – Latinos for Engagement, Advancement and Development (LEAD)
  14. Erie Insurance – Women’s Affinity Group
  15. Bank of America – LEAD for Women
  16. Northwestern Mutual – Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG)
  17. NextEra Energy – Women in Energy
  18. Novant Health – Pride Business Resource Group
  19. State Street – Professional Women’s Network Massachusetts Chapter (PWN-MA)
  20. Novant Health – Veterans’ Business Resource Group
  21. JetBlue – JetBlue African Diaspora Experience (JADE)
  22. Dominion Energy – We3
  23. American Airlines – Latin Diversity Network EBRG
  24. Halliburton – Women Sharing Excellence
  25. American Airlines – Professional Women in Aviation EBRG

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERG Award recipients:

  1. Bank of America – Bank of America Enterprise ERGs
  2. Northern Trust – Northern Trust Business Resource Council Advisory Council (BRCAC)
  3. Asurion – Asurion ERGs
  4. Cigna – Power of Connections Wellness Circles
  5. Southern Company Gas – 2019 ERG Program Expansion/Evolution
  6. Banner Health – Team Member Resource Group (TMRGs) Launch
  7. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Diversity Council and Employee Networks
  8. Perdue Farms, Inc. – “Day of Understanding”
  9. Tennessee Valley Authority – TVA ERG Collaboration
  10. American Airlines – Abraham’s Tent – Christian, Jewish and Muslim EBRGs

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Top 10 Diversity Action Award recipients:

  1. Mount Sinai Beth Israel – Go Red Event
  2. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  3. Froedtert Health – Disability Etiquette
  4. Ricoh – International Women’s Day
  5. Halliburton – Focus on Family
  6. NASCAR – Heritage History Series
  7. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana – Strategic Plan
  8. Novant Health – Health Equity Council
  9. American Airlines – Virtual Inclusion Week
  10. Novant Health – Cross Cultural Communications Program

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Executive Sponsor of the Year recipients in alphabetical order:

  • Dominion Energy – Wendy Wellener, Vice President – Shared Services
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. – Kate Stengle, Vice President Internal Audit
  • Northern Trust – Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM)
  • Novant Health – Chere Gregory, MD, SVP Chief Health Equity Officer Diversity & Inclusion

About the Diversity Impact Awards™
The Diversity Impact Awards™ program was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™. The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. The new award process leverages a data-driven and scientifically validated model to create collective learning within and across organizations. The honor award was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm, PRISM International, Inc.

About the ERG & Council Conference™
ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital links for improving organizational results. However, to remain impactful and effective, they need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge and to learn and share best practices. They need opportunities to network, celebrate and grow. This was the purpose of the first annual conference designed specifically for ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting http://www.ergcouncilconference.com.

About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of ERGs & Councils is a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions and the premier resource for transforming Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Employee Network Groups to impact key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting www.ergcouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM, a Talent Dimensions company, is a full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting, training and products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, addressing unconscious bias, increasing cross-cultural competencies and creating more effective ERGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting www.prismdiversity.com.


America’s Warrior Partnership Kicks-off 2020 Empower Veterans Giving Campaign on November 2

America’s Warrior Partnership announced today the launch of their year-end giving campaign, “Empower Veterans,” to raise funds to increase awareness and service programs for military veterans, their families, and caregivers. The campaign begins Monday, Nov. 2, and runs through the end of the year. AWP is also participating in the 2020 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the world’s most extensive annual workplace charitable giving campaign.

“Our core mission is empowering communities to empower veterans,” stated Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “The Empower Veterans fundraising campaign encourages donors to give, engage, and empower so we can continue to provide these valuable programs and services dedicated to connecting organizations with the resources and partners they need to serve veterans on a local community level.”

For every dollar donated to the 2020 Empower Veterans Campaign, $0.96 goes directly to support programs such as these:

Community Integration
America’s Warrior Partnership’s proven model provides veteran-serving organizations with the tools and services they need to offer local veterans a customized program to serve their needs.

The Network
A digital coordination center connecting local veteran-serving organizations with national resources when a veteran’s request cannot be met locally.

Corporate Veteran Initiative (CVI)
A program to help corporate leaders better understand the unique skills and experiences that veterans can contribute to a business. AWP works with participating companies to develop and implement workplace solutions that enable veterans to thrive in their careers and become valuable assets to their employers.

Four Star Alliance
A national initiative committed to ensuring that veterans, their families, and caregivers have access to vetted adaptive sports, recreational therapy, and wellness programs.

Operation Deep Dive
The nonprofit’s initiative to prevent veteran suicide ramped up in December 2017 with its launch of Operation Deep Dive (OpDD), a community-based veteran suicide prevention study led by America’s Warrior Partnership and researchers from the University of Alabama with a grant funded by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. In September 2020, the research team published initial findings that identified a significant gap in data on suicide among veterans, revealing that official records under-represent the severity of this crisis.

Operation Deep Dive is currently conducting interviews to investigate veteran lives lost to suicide or a non-natural cause of death. Researchers seek individuals who are 18 years of age or older and have lost a relative, loved one, friend, or co-worker, who was a veteran to suicide within the last 24 months. Both the interviewee and the veteran must have lived in the same community – which must also be one of the 15 states where OpDD is active – before the veteran’s death.

Raise the Awareness | #empowerveterans #give #engage #empower
2020 Empower Veterans Campaign | www.americaswarriorpartnership.org/giving
2020 Combined Federal Campaign | https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visit www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org
@AWPartnership #awpartnership


America’s Warrior Partnership Celebrates Passage of Federal Legislation Empowering Communities to Prevent Veteran Suicide

After years of educating the nation on community initiatives to eliminate military veteran suicide, national nonprofit America’s Warrior Partnership today celebrated the passage of federal legislation that will deliver critical resources to communities nationwide to develop and implement impactful suicide prevention services for veterans, their families, and caregivers. The new law is an important step forward in reversing the national trend of 20 veterans who die by suicide on average every day, as reported in a 2018 report from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, co-written by Chairman Jerry Moran, Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and Ranking Member Senator Jon Tester, will establish a grant program empowering community-based organizations to conduct proactive outreach to local veterans and connect them with holistic support programs to improve their quality of life. The legislation’s community-based strategy to suicide prevention is a critical component that America’s Warrior Partnership President and CEO Jim Lorraine has urged policymakers to prioritize in multiple testimonies to the U.S. Senate and House Committees on Veterans Affairs.

“The risk factors affecting a veteran’s mental health are vastly different depending on the community in which they live, which means local organizations are in the best position to understand and address these issues,” said Lorraine. “The importance of empowering these community-based service providers has been the foundation of our outreach and testimony to Congress, so I am pleased that this legislation acknowledges the role communities play in preventing veteran suicide.”

The law’s focus aligns with the core mission of America’s Warrior Partnership: empowering communities to empower veterans. Each of the nonprofit’s programs and services is dedicated to connecting organizations with the resources and partners they need to proactively and holistically serve local veterans. Veteran-serving organizations employing the nonprofit’s signature Community Integration service model have engaged more than 53,200 warriors since February 2014.

The nonprofit’s initiative to prevent veteran suicide ramped up in December 2017 with its launch of Operation Deep Dive (OpDD), a community-based veteran suicide prevention study led by America’s Warrior Partnership and researchers from the University of Alabama with a grant funded by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. In September 2020, the research team published initial findings that identified a significant gap in data on suicide among veterans, revealing that official records under-represent the severity of this crisis.

The call for urgent action to prevent veteran suicide was amplified when more than 200,000 veterans and veteran advocates from all 50 states signed a petition urging Congress to prioritize the issue. The petition was started by Mission Roll Call, a program of America’s Warrior Partnership and a digital grassroots movement, providing veterans with a powerful, unified voice delivered directly to policymakers. Mission Roll Call Executive Director Garrett Cathcart shared the stories of veterans impacted by the suicide crisis in written testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs in September 2020.

“Veterans need local resources where they can comfortably seek assistance, and Congress must step up to help communities in this endeavor,” said Cathcart. “We wish to expressly thank Representatives Mark Takano and Phil Roe for their bipartisan cooperation in bringing this bill from the Senate through the House for President Trump to sign into law. This is a win for our entire country, particularly veterans seeking access to mental health services that have historically been difficult to provide in remote communities.”

As the new law goes into effect, America’s Warrior Partnership will continue to support the fight to eliminate veteran suicide through OpDD, which is currently conducting interviews to investigate veteran lives lost to suicide or a non-natural cause of death. Researchers seek individuals who are 18 years of age or older and have lost a relative, loved one, friend, or co-worker, who was a veteran to suicide within the last 24 months. Both the interviewee and the veteran must have lived in the same community – which must also be one of the 15 states where OpDD is active – before the veteran’s death.

For more information on OpDD, including the latest findings and details on how to participate in an interview, visit americaswarriorpartnership.org/deep-dive.

VETERANS CRISIS LINE | A service member or veteran in crisis can call 1.800.273.8255 and press 1 or send a text message to 838255 to connect for help.

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org
@AWPartnership #awpartnership

America’s Warrior Partnership Awards $60,000 to 3 San Diego Military Veteran Groups

America’s Warrior Partnership announced today that it has awarded $60,000 in grants from its annual Patriot’s Pour, a campaign created to raise donations for holistic military veterans programs, to San Diego-based military veterans organizations. The funds, raised by Murphy Development Company and Lusardi Construction Company, were awarded to three San Diego-based military veterans and community service groups.

The three local nonprofits receiving the grants include Vets’ Community Connections, a nonprofit that assists veterans and their families with integrating into the San Diego community; 2-1-1 San Diego, a free 24-hour confidential phone service helping San Diego residents connect with community services; and the San Diego Veterans Coalition, a nonprofit inspiring and encouraging collaboration and cooperation among service providers and veteran service organizations to improve support for veterans within the San Diego region.

Organizations were chosen based on America’s Warrior Partnership’s proprietary Community Assessment Tool, which helps to determine the community’s ability to serve local veterans. The assessment concluded that “leadership” among local veteran-serving organizations was an area of strength, while “proactive outreach” was an area that could be better supported due to San Diego County’s large size. America’s Warrior Partnership identified local organizations that understood the importance of holistic Community Integration and could work in collaboration to implement and enhance proactive outreach programs to connect veterans with the resources and opportunities they have earned through their military service.

“Local veteran-serving organizations are a pillar of the San Diego community, which has one of the nation’s largest military footprints with more than 222,000 veterans and 229,000 active-duty service members living in the county,” said Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “No single group can effectively serve every one of these veterans on its own, so Patriot’s Pour offers a way for our Community Integration program to support the entire community to amplify local veteran services. We thank Murphy Development and Lusardi Construction for bringing the campaign to San Diego and driving immense support from local groups to give back to our veterans.”

As Patriot’s Pour participants, Murphy Development and Lusardi Construction offered their vendors, subcontractors, tenants and brokers the opportunity to offer funds in support of San Diego veterans. A donation was generated for every yard of concrete the companies poured at The Campus at San Diego Business Park Building 3 project in 2019.

“We are proud to support our San Diego veterans and help them find the resources they need,” said R. Michael Murphy, President of Murphy Development Company. “Thank you to America’s Warrior Partnership for the opportunity to support our veterans, and thank you, veterans, for your tremendous service.”

“Lusardi Construction Company, together with our valued subcontractors and consultants, are blessed to be able to support our veterans of this great country,” said John A. Bailey, Chairman of Lusardi Construction Company.

Additional Information about Patriot’s Pour | https://www.americaswarriorpartnership.org/patriots-pour

About America’s Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives.

www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org | @AWPartnership | #awpartnership

About Murphy Development Company
Murphy Development Company master plans and develops state-of-the-art corporate industrial parks in San Diego. In Otay Mesa, the area just north of the U.S./Mexico Border in San Diego, the 33-year-old company has developed or master-planned nearly 10 million square feet and is responsible for attracting numerous Fortune 500 tenants to the area. The company is also developing 31 acres in the Scripps Ranch sub-market of San Diego. Murphy Development is headquartered in Otay Mesa.

www.murphydev.com

About Lusardi Construction
Lusardi Construction was founded in 1958 by Warner Lusardi, and his father, Peter, in the garage of their Southern California home. What started out as two men with big ideas and a tremendous work ethic developed into the classic American success story. In the years since, the firm has completed thousands of buildings and covering millions of square feet. Lusardi Construction is one of the nation’s most successful full-service general contractors.

www.Lusardi.com


NCOA Corporate Partner Sponsorship (Professional Military Recognition Programs and Scholarships)

The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) is a Military Service Organization (MSO) created in 1960 to address quality of life issues for enlisted members of our Active, Reserve, Retired and Veteran members of all branches of the military, National Guard cadre as well as families. We are seeking Corporate Partners to support our Military Service Organization’s Professional Development (MSOPD) Recognition Programs and the NCOA National Scholarship Program.

Corporate Partner Sponsorship is available at 2 different levels – Silver Level at $3,500 and Gold Level at $5,000. For each level we will place your company logo and a link to your website on our NCOA ADVOCATE homepage. The NCOADVOCATE Newsletter (see attached) is distributed weekly via e-mail to nearly 40,000 NCOA Basic and Premium Members. Additionally, Gold Level Sponsors will have their Company Logo and link included On the NCOA website ncoausa.org

The Corporate Partner/MSOPD Program will recognize Distinguished Graduates of Professional Military Education Courses and those who receive Special Recognition from their Services (i.e. Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Inductees, Service Members of the Year at Major Command Level). In addition, funds would be used to provide scholarships for military family members through the NCOA Scholarship Fund.

Corporate Partner Designee will also be added to NCOADVOCATE E-Mailing list. For our planning purposes, please let me know whether your Company would be interested in supporting this program.

Please contact Joseph Terry at (210) 819-0568 or via e-mail to jterry@ncoausa.org if you have any questions, comments or require additional information.


US Organizations to Receive Diversity Impact Awards at October Conference

The Association of ERGs & Councils (a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions) released their annual list of the Top 25 US Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERGs, Top 10 Diversity Action and Executive Sponsor Recognition Awards. These groups will be recognized at an award ceremony during the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations 2020 ERG Leadership Summit Week: A Virtual Event October 19 – October 24, 2020.

The Diversity Impact Awards™ was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™. The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

In 2018, PRISM International was acquired by Talent Dimensions to help organizations weave Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) into the fabric of its culture. “This can only happen if the organization develops a DE&I strategy aligned to the business strategy and the appropriate structure exists to ensure successful implementation. Diversity Councils and ERGs (BRGs, Affinity Groups, Networks, etc.) serve as one of the most important levers to drive the tactical execution of that strategy,” shares Lynn Cowart, Principle and Chief Operations Office at Talent Dimensions.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ were reimagined to leverage a data driven and scientifically validated model developed by Dr. Theresa Welbourne, Senior Affiliate Research Scientist at the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations, Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama, and CEO of eePulse, to ensure buy-in from key stakeholders and drive greater learning. The awards were segmented to create a level playing field for individual ERGs, enterprise-wide ERG programs and non-ERG Diversity initiatives. For the second year, we are honoring the important work of Executive Sponsors.

“While we were excited to launch the new Diversity Impact Awards after almost a year of research and gaining input, launching a new awards structure during COVID-19 was challenging to say the least. We considered taking a hiatus given what organizations were experiencing. We quickly realized that this work was far too important and the individuals volunteering countless hours to create organizations where ALL people felt engaged, included and that they belong, must be recognized,” said Cile Johnson, Principle and Chief Business Officer at Talent Dimensions. “Our partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations further supported the importance of the recognition of leaders and organizations.”

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards recipient rankings will be revealed at USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective (CEO) Organizations ERG Leadership Summit Week October 19 – October 24.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 25 ERG Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Professional Women in Aviation EBRG
  • American Airlines – Latin Diversity Network EBRG
  • Bank of America – LEAD for Women
  • Blue Cross NC – GlobalNet
  • ChristianaCare – Women’s Employee Network (WEN)
  • Dominion Energy – We3
  • Erie Insurance – Women’s Affinity Group
  • Halliburton – Women Sharing Excellence
  • JetBlue – JetBlue African Diaspora Experience (JADE)
  • Mount Sinai Health System – Heritage of Latino Alliance Employee Resource Group
  • NextEra Energy – African American Employee Professional Group
  • NextEra Energy – Women in Energy
  • Northwestern Mutual – Asian Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Women’s Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Hispanic Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Mutual disAbility Alliance
  • Northwestern Mutual – Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG)
  • Novant Health – Women’s Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Persons with Abilities Busines Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Black/African American Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Pride Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Veterans’ Business Resource Group
  • Rockwell Automation – Cultures Connected
  • Southern California Edison, Latinos for Engagement Advancement and Development (LEAD)
  • State Street – Professional Women’s Network Massachusetts Chapter (PWN-MA)

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERG Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Abraham’s Tent – Christian, Jewish, and Muslim EBRGs
  • Asurion – Asurion ERGs
  • Bank of America – Bank of America Enterprise ERGs
  • Banner Health – Team Member Resource Group (TMRGs) Launch
  • Cigna – Employee Resource Groups
  • Northern Trust – Northern Trust Business Resource Council Advisory Council (BRCAC)
  • Perdue Farms, Inc. – “Day of Understanding”
  • Southern Company Gas – 2019 ERG Program Expansion/Evolution
  • Tennessee Valley Authority – TVA ERG Collaboration
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Diversity Council and Employee Networks

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Top 10 Diversity Action Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Virtual Inclusion Week
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana – Strategic Plan
  • Froedtert Health – Disability Etiquette
  • Halliburton – Focus on Family
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel – Go Red Event
  • NASCAR – Heritage History Series
  • Novant Health – Health Equity Council
  • Novant Health – Cross Cultural Communications Program
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard – Disability Etiquette: Perspective Changing
  • Ricoh – International Women’s Day

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Executive Sponsor of the Year recipients in alphabetical order:

  • Dominion Energy – Wendy Wellener, Vice President – Shared Services
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. – Kate Stengle, Vice President Internal Audit
  • Northern Trust – Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM)
  • Novant Health – Chere Gregory, MD, SVP Chief Health Equity Officer Diversity & Inclusion

About the Diversity Impact Awards™
The Diversity Impact Awards™ program was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™. The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. The new award process leverages a data driven and scientifically validated model to create collective learning within and across organizations. The honor award was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

About the ERG & Council Conference™
ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital links for improving organizational results. However, to remain impactful and effective, they need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge and to learn and share best practices. They need opportunities to network, celebrate and grow. This was the purpose of the first annual conference designed specifically for ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting http://www.ergcouncilconference.com.

About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of ERGs & Councils is a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and the premier resource for transforming Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Employee Network Groups to impact key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting www.ergcouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM, a Talent Dimensions company, is a full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting, training and products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, addressing unconscious bias, increasing cross-cultural competencies and creating more effective ERGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting www.prismdiversity.com.

About USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations
Since its founding over 40 years ago, the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), a research center in the USC Marshall School of Business, is world-renowned for its breakthrough research and insights on organizational performance, effectiveness and talent management. Today, CEO is at the forefront, discovering and creating the latest knowledge in the design and management of organizations for companies that range from mid-sized to the Global 500. CEO’s worldwide network includes research scientists, faculty experts, best-selling authors, and corporate partners. Working together, they provide forward-thinking leaders with trusted insights and the hands-on learning they need to help them solve complex problems and build highly effective, sustainable organizations.


Keynote Lineup for VIRTUAL Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2020 includes Leaders from FAA, CISA and The White house

Steve Dickson, Administrator, FAA; Brian Harrell, Assistant Director, DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA); and Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, The White House, will deliver keynote presentations at Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2020 Virtual Event taking place September 15-17. Additional keynote panels are Drone Delivery in the Era of a Pandemic; UPS Panel on Building a Drone Delivery Airline While Balancing the Gender Equation; and Expanded Operations, Regulatory Update and Lessons Learned from IPP.

For the first time, Keynotes will be free to attend for anyone with Virtual Exhibit Hall pass. In addition to accessing the keynotes, attendees will be able to chat with one another during the sessions and network with one another through a sophisticated AI-powered networking tool. Registration is available here: https://virtual.expouav.com/page/1554247/register?promo=209221

“The need to come together has never been greater,” said Lisa Murray, Event Director. “We’re thrilled that these top UAS leaders have chosen Commercial UAV Expo as the platform for sharing critical updates and information during these extraordinary times.”

Keynote Presentations

Steve Dickson, FAA
UAS Today and Onward

Over the past year, the industry and the FAA have made substantial progress related to UAS. Operators have received part 135 air carrier certification, the long-awaited remote identification rule was proposed and will soon be finalized, aircraft type certification efforts are underway, and emergency relief and public safety operations have expanded. But where is the FAA really on the path to full integration? This journey began and is progressing deliberately, with an absolute commitment to safety every step of the way. As technology has advanced; experience has been gained through real-world operations, such as those conducted under the UAS Integration Pilot Program. Regulatory efforts have progressed bringing the destination closer every day. In this keynote address, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson will discuss the state of UAS, today and in the future.

Brian Harrell, CISA
Security Threats & Opportunities; DHS CISA Resources for Commercial Enterprises

“Private industry does not own the airspace above generation facilities, above a transmission substation, above a water plant — so the overhead threat for attack is absolutely real today.”—Brian Harrell. In his Keynote address, Brian will provide an update on joint efforts of DHS, DOJ, HHS and other agencies to anticipate and mitigate threats, the risks posed by—and opportunities for use of – unmanned systems, the importance of investing in an insider-threat and other crisis mitigation programs, and resources available for industry including free workshops, training and webinars through the DHS CISA. The goal is protecting key infrastructure and other assets including the electric grid and water resources and preparing for worst-case scenarios.

Michael Kratsios, The White House
Update from the White House

As President Trump’s top technology advisor, Michael has led the development and execution of the Administration’s national technology policy agenda since inauguration. Under his leadership, the White House launched National initiatives for artificial intelligence, quantum computing, 5G and broadband communications, autonomous vehicles, commercial drones, STEM education, and advanced manufacturing. Chief Michael will provide an update on the latest developments from the White House.

Keynote Panels

In addition to the Keynote Presentations, the program includes three Keynote panels:

Drone Delivery in the Era of a Pandemic

The successes of drones deliveries for sending medicine and organs to hospitals quickly, or delivering aid in disaster areas, has not only been a step forward for proof of concept, but the PR engendered has been an important boost for the drone industry. How have deliveries been progressing, particularly throughout the pandemic, and what are next steps toward expanding these programs for other types of package delivery via drone?

Panelists include Lisa Ellman, Commercial Drone Alliance & Partner, Hogan Lovells, (Moderator); Bala Ganesh, UPS; Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc with additional speaker announcements to come.

Building a Drone Delivery Airline While Balancing the Gender Equation

The UPS Flight Forward team is comprised of women leaders. In this inspiring Keynote they’ll share not only the new technologies being deployed and integration into the existing UPS airline fleet, but also their experiences as they’ve been actively balancing the gender equation. Speaker announcements coming soon.

Expanded Operations, Regulatory Update and Lessons Learned from IPP

Jay Merkle will kick off the session with a regulatory update and will then engage panelists in candid discussion about their IPP experiences. He’ll focus on how these learnings and insights will inform the expansion of drone programs.

Panelists include Jay Merkle, FAA (Moderator); Katelyn McCauley, San Diego IPP; Cathy Cahill, University of Alaska IPP; Mark Blanks, Virginia IPP; James Grimsley, Advanced Technology Initiatives, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

About Commercial UAV Expo Americas

Commercial UAV Expo Americas, presented by Commercial UAV News, is the leading international trade show and conference for the commercial drone market. Its sixth edition, September 15-17, 2020 will take place virtually. For more information, visit www.expouav.com/.

Commercial UAV Expo Americas and its sister event Commercial UAV Expo Europe are produced by Diversified Communications’ technology portfolio which also includes Commercial UAV News, GeoBusiness Show, International Lidar Technology Forum, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, SPAR 3D.com, AECNext Technology Expo & Conference and AEC Next News. For information on opportunities for vendors at Commercial UAV Expo Americas, contact Katherine Dow, Sales Manager, at kdow@divcom.com or +1.207-842-5497. For attending information, visit www.expouav.com or email info@expouav.com.

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VetsLegal – Lawyers for Warriors

Can you help put legal remedies in reach of a Veteran who is at risk of homelessness and suicide during the pandemic? The grassroots supporters of Veterans Legal Institute will rally on November 9 at its annual event Lawyers for Warriors, presented again this year by Wright, Ford Young & Co.

2020 Lawyers for Warriors Flier for November 9 event

If you are able, all support is meaningful and brings the power of compassionate pro bono legal care to homeless, disabled, and low-income Veterans who need us to stand by them right now. Please visit www.vetslegal.org


NVBDC Announces: Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Kathryn Poynton to Join NVBDC Advisory Board

NVBDC announcement
Serving as the National Director of Events for “Hiring Our Heroes” and with over 32 years of military service in staff positions for the National Guard Bureau and U.S. Army, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Kathryn Poynton is a great addition to the NVBDC‘s Advisory Board.

National Veterans Business Development Council (NVBDC) is “Changing How American Businesses Perceive Veteran Owned Companies.” Senior leadership is the organization’s foundation for accelerating programs and mentorships and increasing corporate relationship opportunities for NVBDC certified Service-Disabled/Veteran Owned Businesses (SD/VOBs). The NVBDC Advisory Board is a diverse and inclusive group of high-level men and women involved with procurement and supplier diversity programs from various businesses to support our Officers and Board of Directors.

Early in Kathy’s career, her ambition set her on a path for high-level achievements. She is a highly focused visionary with 25+ years of experience providing strategic management in operations, human resources, project and program management and employee development. During her military career, Kathy has deployed to Honduras, Panama, Turkey, Kuwait and Afghanistan. She served as a reserve component liaison officer under the 5th Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom stationed at Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq, where she was awarded the Bronze Star.

Kathy has also developed initiatives and communications strategies to assist transitioning service members, and Veterans to find meaningful employment; this led her to become the spokesperson for the Hiring Our Heroes program at military and community events.

Kathy’s skills and lifetime achievements collectively bring an inspiring perspective to the National Veteran Business Development Council Advisory Board.


America’s Warrior Partnership Welcomes TAPS to the Four Star Alliance

America’s Warrior Partnership announced today that the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the nation’s leading organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes, has joined the Four Star Alliance, a membership program of vetted community organizations that provide therapeutic recreation and wellness programs to veterans, their families and caregivers.

“For the last several years, our Annual Survey has found that recreation is the most sought-after resource among veterans and their families, and the Four Star Alliance helps veterans find reliable recreational therapy programs, ” said Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “With their expansive network of military and veteran families, TAPS will help expand the Four Star Alliance’s reach to ensure the loved ones of our fallen service members have access to reliable wellness programs.”

Since 1994, TAPS has offered comprehensive support services to more than 90,000 survivors of fallen military in the form of peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars and retreats, youth programming, casework assistance and connections to community-based care. TAPS facilitates online and in-person support groups and offers a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been profoundly affected by a death of a military loved one.

“For more than two decades, TAPS has been a leader in the study and support of individuals impacted by complicated grief and bereavement; building peer-to-peer and other critical programs for individuals experiencing the loss of a loved one,” said Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder of TAPS. “By joining the esteemed Four Star Alliance, we are advancing yet another opportunity to meet our families where they are and provide them with hopeful healing.”

The Four Star Alliance helps veterans select a trusted therapeutic recreation and wellness program by bestowing the Program of Excellence designation on its member organizations. Each member earns this designation by passing a vetting process conducted by America’s Warrior Partnership that considers fiscal responsibility, use of effective practices and level of satisfaction among those they serve.

For more information, visit FourStarAlliance.org.

About TAPS

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. Since 1994, TAPS has offered support to more than 90,000 survivors who have been profoundly affected by a death of a military loved one. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

About America’s Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visit www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.


America’s Warrior Partnership and Alaska Coalition for Veterans & Military Families Bring National Resources to Local Veterans

America’s Warrior Partnership and the Alaska Coalition forAlaska Coalition Veterans & Military Families (AKCVMF) are collaborating on an initiative to empower Alaskan community organizations with national resources and best practices for serving local military veterans, their families and caregivers. Since formalizing their partnership in late 2019, AKCVMF has worked with America’s Warrior Partnership to develop and fund support programs for local veterans, including services responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our signature service model, Community Integration, emphasizes a one-size-fits-one approach that enables local organizations to better connect with both veterans and partnering service providers,” said Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “The Community Integration program’s success hinges on a local leader who understands the strengths and weaknesses of existing veteran support programs, ensuring that resources are appropriately allocated. AKCVMF is perfectly positioned to fill this role in empowering Alaskan veteran.”

“We connect dozens of veteran-serving organizations across the state, and with the support of America’s Warrior Partnership, we can introduce our coalition to national partners and resources to fill any gaps in local services,” said Magen James, Executive Director of AKCVMF. “Strenghtening our networks of support has already had a positive impact, as we were positioned to provide additional resources to veterans navigating the COVID-19 crisis.”

The Community Integration service model is built around four key pillars:

1. Connect veterans with requested services and community resources;
2. Educate veterans about the opportunities available to them, while also educating the community about the value that veterans can offer in a civic capacity;
3. Advocate on behalf of veterans to ensure their community delivers continuing support; and
4. Collaborate with veterans and the community to create and implement holistic plans that improve their quality of life.

Alaskan military veterans, families and caregivers seeking assistance can contact the AKCVMF through the link on our website: akcvmf.org/assistance.html.

About the Alaska Coalition for Veterans & Military Families
The Alaska Coalition for Veterans & Military Families (AKCVMF) is a network of organizations throughout Alaska that work together to meet the needs of local service members, veterans and their families. AKCVMF’s mission is to educate, inform and help connect this population with services to ensure healthy futures. For more information, visit akcvmf.org.

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute. For more information, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.


NVBDC WELCOMES THOMAS LOFFREDO AS OUR NEWEST ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) senior leadership is the organization’s foundation to accelerate programs, mentorships and increase corporate relationship opportunities for NVBDC certified Service-Disabled / Veteran Owned Businesses (SD/VOBs). National Veteran Business Development Council’s Advisory Board is a diverse and inclusive group of high-level men and women involved with procurement and supplier diversity programs from various businesses to support our Officers and Board of Directors.

Thomas Loffredo’s corporate background and rigorous training to earn the Army’s elite U.S. Ranger designation makes him a great addition to the National Veteran Business Development Council’s Advisory Board.

Formerly the Director of Strategic Sourcing & Procurement at MetLife, Inc., Thomas was instrumental in transforming the organizational model, contracting structures and service platforms for one of the most significant cost centers in the business with a $400M + annual spend. Early in his career, Thomas worked for Johnson & Johnson, NYSE, among other major corporations while affiliated with niched technology consulting firms.
With over 22 years of experience in Information Technology, technology services, strategic sourcing and procurement, Thomas has negotiated multi-million-dollar contracts with world-class technology corporations and professional services providers.
Thomas is the founder of a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB); Patriot Staffing & Services, LLC, a full-service staffing company that provides customized solutions for resource planning, sourcing/procurement, staff augmentation and vendor management. The National Veteran Business Development Council’s motto is Veterans helping Veterans, and our Advisory Board needs to have representation from Service-Disabled/Veteran Owned Businesses to stay current with the issues and concerns within the veteran owned business community.

LOFFREDO COMMISSIONED AS A US ARMY SIGNAL OFFICER, AND EARNED AIRBORNE & RANGER DESIGNATIONS
Being a Ranger is an honor shared by a distinct few. In order to become one, you must pass a series of grueling tests that will push your body and mind to the limit. The Rangers are the most elite large-scale fighting force the Army has to offer.

“It is so important to the NVBDC mission that we appoint our advisors with the right knowledge, a proven track record, and a connection with major corporations to achieve our goals to help our certified Veteran Business Owners. One of our stated objectives for 2020 was to find and appoint U.S. Military Veterans with a strong corporate procurement background to our board and Tom meets those standards.” said Brigadier General (ret) Richard Miller, President, National Veteran Business Development Council.

PLEASE JOIN NATIONAL VETERAN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL IN WELCOMING THOMAS LOFFREDO TO THE NVBDC ADVISORY BOARD
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ANNOUNCING TOM


America’s Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership recently launched the Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership, the first community-based program dedicated to empowering the Navajo Nation’s military veterans, their families and caregivers. The program is currently conducting proactive outreach to the estimated 15,000 veterans living in the Navajo Nation to educate them on available resources and connect them with holistic support services.

The Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership elevates the work of local veteran-serving professionals by bridging the gaps that exist between community service providers and national resources. Supported by funding from the Schultz Family Foundation, it is the culmination of the Community Integration program, which America’s Warrior Partnership conducts in three phases to assess a local veteran population, develop a program plan tailored to their needs and implement a holistic care program within their community.

“Our assessment found that local veterans seek assistance with housing, applying for benefits, accessing behavioral health support and finding reliable transportation,” said Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “We have worked closely with the community over the last year to comprehensively understand these obstacles, and the Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership was designed to holistically address them.”

The program empowers veterans to navigate issues at every stage of their post-military lives by focusing on four steps:

1. Connect veterans with requested services and community resources;
2. Educate veterans about the opportunities available to them, while also educating the community about the value that veterans can offer in a civic capacity;
3. Advocate on behalf of veterans to ensure their community delivers continuing support; and
4. Collaborate with veterans and the community to create and implement holistic plans that improve their quality of life.

“Since launching the program, we have connected with more than 114 veterans, family members and caregivers living in the Navajo Nation to support them in navigating their benefits and assisting with housing issues,” said Inann Johns of Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership. “As we continue conducting proactive outreach in the months to come, we look forward to empowering veterans with the support they have earned through their service.”

Navajo Nation veterans seeking connections with local and national resources can contact Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership by calling 928-910-4225 or visiting AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute. For more information on the organization and how to get involved, visit wAmericasWarriorPartnership.org.


Hire Patriots

Show Your Patriotism

This is how we can all show our patriotism. I have always loved America. We have been the Light of the world ever since World War II. We have been the bulwark of liberty, justice and free enterprise. And all the people of the world have looked toward us for hope, inspiration, and as a defender of the oppressed, afflicted, imprisoned, and starving. We have emulated the highest aspirations of the faith most Americans have in a loving, merciful and just Creator. — In my personal effort to participate in keeping America’s Light shining, I chose to serve our nation’s military, veterans, and their families, as well as all US citizens who appreciate them.

In 2004, soon after the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, I was living next door to Camp Pendleton Marine Base, loaded with 75,000 warriors. One day, one of them, who lived in my neighborhood and had a family, knocked on my door. While in Iraq his wife had lost her job and by the time he returned, his house had no electricity. She had run out of money but did not want to tell him until he got home. “Sir, he said, as I opened my door, “Do you have any kind of chores or repairs you need to get done?” – That is when I created a free job board for all the residents in my county, San Diego, to post jobs for our local US Marines and Navy, HirePatriots.com.

It has been a tremendous sensation! Tens of thousands of our US Marines and Navy have earned extra income and found lasting friendships with many of the civilians they met. Hire Patriots even received an award for stimulating the local economy. (See Video) PEOPLE Magazine also did a feature about us in their America’s Heroes Among Us. And because of the great human interest stories our free job board creates we are frequently invited to speak on TV and radio, even nationally. (See some HERE.)

Since receiving great national media attention, we now offer to provide a localized and customized Hire Patriots website and job board for free to any community in America. This is a great opportunity for business sponsorship. The advantages of any business doing so is detailed in my Amazon best seller, The Patriotic Business Plan.

In addition to our job boards, we have held many military job fairs on bases here and across the U.S., nine marriage retreats for combat veterans, and assisted car donatein starting over 100 veteran owned businesses that now employ hundreds of other veterans every day.

Providing these great services is a heavy burden on our personal financial resources, so my wife and I founded Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3 non-profit. Our critical source of support has come through our CarDonation2Veterans.com program.

If you have, or know anyone who has, an unwanted vehicle, please consider calling 888-433-6202 anywhere in America.

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NDVets’ Monthly Minute

March has been a tough month for us due to the COVID-19 sweeping the nation.

At NDVets, we took immediate action to insure the health and well-being of our veterans and staff. Based on CDC recommendations, we immediately communicated and encouraged behaviors that help prevent the spread of illness and also provided infection prevention training to our veterans.

We are proud to say that our programs are still open and as of today, we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We also launched an Emergency fundraiser on our website and Facebook page. Our Executive Director Leo Cuadradro was interviewed by ABC7 and KCRW to raise awareness on how COVID-19 is affecting homeless veterans and why we launched an Emergency Fundraiser.

You can find the story broadcasted on ABC7 here.

Homeless veterans face a higher risk of exposure to the Coronavirus sweeping the nation. While we do our very best to keep our facilities open 24/7, COVID-19 has severely impacted our operations.
The money raised will help provide emergency clothing, basic hygiene necessities and additional resources to hire temporary staff since over 20% of our staff has been affected by the school closings.

Donate

In-kind donations

Due to the shortage of basic hygiene necessities, we are actively looking for donations of: 3M face masks, hand sanitizers and plastic gloves (Large and Extra Large).

If you want to make a donation, please contact info@ndvets.org

Donate on our Facebook Fundraiser

Have a Facebook account? Donate on our Facebook COVID-19 Emergency Fundraiser!

Sneak peek into April
We continue to adapt to the ongoing changes and will keep you updated of any changes on our social media.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control for the latest Coronavirus information. You can also read about VA’s public health response and how the City of Los Angeles is responding to the Coronavirus.


Mission Roll Call Launches Social Media Campaign for Military Veterans to Connect During COVID-19 Crisis

Crowd-sourced video series will empower veterans to maintain supportive communities as social distancing practices continue

Mission Roll Call today announced the launch of “Be A Leader,” a new crowd-sourced social media video series that will empower veterans, their families and caregivers to virtually connect with each other and share their experiences during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Content shared using the #MRCBeALeader hashtag on social media will highlight stories and advice from veterans to encourage personal growth, optimistic communities and responsible behavior in the months to come.

“With a wealth of experience handling critical and stressful situations in a calm, positive manner, military veterans are ready to lead by example in this time of uncertainty,” said Garrett Cathcart, executive director of Mission Roll Call. “This campaign will give all veterans an opportunity to share how they are checking in on their buddies, entertaining their families, and staying active so others will be inspired to do the same as the nation continues to practice social distancing.”

In addition to videos created and shared by followers of Mission Roll Call’s social media channels, the series will feature insights and words of encouragement from individuals such as Medal of Honor recipients Sal Giunta and Clint Romesha, as well as retired NFL player and U.S. Army veteran Nate Boyer.

The “Be A Leader” campaign is an extension of Mission Roll Call’s goal to provide veterans with a platform where they can make their voices heard on the key issues impacting their lives. Mission Roll Call is a program of national nonprofit America’s Warrior Partnership that has connected with more than 535,000 veterans, family members, caregivers and advocates since launching in 2019.

Veterans and community members who wish to participate can post content and follow the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the #MRCBeALeader hashtag and tagging @MissionRollCall.

About Mission Roll Call

Mission Roll Call is the first-ever movement of its kind — one dedicated to giving every veteran a voice in advocating for the issues that are important to them. The program created a digital community where veterans, their families and caregivers can make their voices heard. Veterans can share their stories through comments on our social media pages and respond to online polls about the most urgent issues facing veteran communities. These messages, views and insights are delivered directly to policymakers and civic leaders with the goal of enacting lasting, positive change.

For more information, visit MissionRollCall.org. Mission Roll Call is a program of America’s Warrior Partnership. America’s Warrior Partnership is a nationally recognized nonprofit with a Platinum Guidestar Seal of Transparency.

Source: America’s Warrior Partnership


Working Wardrobes Announces the Appointment of Steven Forry as the Chief Development Officer

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. (March 18, 2020): Among his new responsibilities, Forry will play a key role in helping Working Wardrobes rebuild after a fire destroyed the nonprofit’s Irvine headquarters in early February of 2020.

Throughout his professional career, Forry has raised millions of dollars for well-known organizations throughout Southern California, including St. Joseph Health’s Mission Hospital, Scripps Institute of Medicine and Science, Sharp Healthcare, UC San Diego School of Medicine & Science, and Memorial HealthCare. His proven track record includes expertise in fundraising, board development, strategic planning, capital campaigns, staff development, and organizational administration.

“We are so grateful Steven has joined our leadership team at such a critical time,” said Jerri Rosen, Founder, and CEO of Working Wardrobes. “Our world took a major turn on February 2nd after a fire devastated our operations. We’re facing this challenge head-on and with full force. I am confident that with Steven’s
guidance and support, the remainder of this year – as well as the next 30 years – will be cause for celebration!”

Along with many development achievements throughout his career, Forry’s credentials also include the management of capital campaigns for Panas, Linzy, and Partners and for DeLauro and Associates. He is a published author and educator, having taught literature at Columbia University and development classes at UC Irvine, OneOC, and regional Association of Fundraising Professionals conferences. Forry is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

MORE ABOUT WORKING WARDROBES:
Working Wardrobes is Orange County’s foremost career development nonprofit, championing on behalf of at-risk men, women, young adults, and veterans to help them achieve the dignity of work. Founded in 1990 by CEO Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes has been serving the Southern California region for over 30 years, providing job training, career placement, and wardrobe services to more than 105,000 clients to overcome barriers to employment and achieve the Power of a Paycheck®. For more information please visit, workingwardrobes.org . Please direct media inquiries to Devon Poer, Marketing and Public Relations Manager at devonp@workingwardrobes.org or (949) 558-4145.


America’s Warrior Partnership Issues RFP for 2020 Symposium Speakers

America’s Warrior Partnership recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit speakers for its 2020 Annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium. The event gathers hundreds of veteran-serving professionals from the private and public sectors to share best practices and connect with resources tailored to empowering military service members, veterans, their families and caregivers.

“Thousands of professionals have attended our Symposium since it launched in 2014, and one of the reasons many return year after year is to continue learning from speakers who can help them improve the services they offer veterans,” said Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “We welcome proposals from experts who can further this mission and encourage attendees to connect with new resources and build new partnerships.”

Speakers from previous Symposiums include renowned author Sebastian Junger, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, Hope Unseen founders Scotty and Tiffany Smiley, and Medal of Honor recipients Sal Jiunta and Clint Romesha.

Presentation proposals for the 2020 Symposium should align with one of the following topics:

• Empowered veterans (with a focus on health and wellness)
• Empowered professionals (with a focus on education, business and entrepreneurship)
• Empowered families
• Empowered communities
• Empowered organizations

The submission deadline for all proposals is 5 p.m. EST on May 1, 2020.

For more information on the RFP and to submit a proposal, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org/Speaker-RFP.

The 2020 Annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium will take place at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta from August 25 – 27, 2020. For more information and to purchase tickets to this year’s event, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org/2020-Symposium.

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute. For more information on the organization and how to get involved, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.


Wright Ford Young & Co. Supports Southern California Veterans By Serving as the Title Sponsor of VLI’s Lawyers for Warriors

The Irvine-based accounting firm will donate $10,000 to champion low-income veterans in need of legal assistance.

Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) proudly announces that Wright Ford Young & Co. will serve as the Title Sponsor of Lawyers for Warriors. This annual fundraising event unites veterans, active service members, and other military supporters and advocates to help provide life-changing pro bono legal services for low-income veterans forging new opportunities and futures for themselves and their families.

This sponsorship continues Wright Ford Young and Co.’s charitable giving to the veteran community. In 2018, Wright Ford Young and Co. sponsored VLI’s American Patriots Ball, a gala honoring and celebrating veteran empowerment and was also the 2019 Lawyers for Warriors Title Sponsor. “We believe in supporting our veterans. We also believe in the importance of pro bono services to help veterans get a hand up, not a hand out. We are honored to support Veterans Legal Institute and Lawyers for Warriors,” said Jeff Myers, CPA and co-managing partner of Wright Ford Young and Co.

“We sincerely thank Wright Ford Young & Co. for their continued support of VLI,” said Antoinette Balta, VLI Executive Director and Co-Founder. “VLI was founded on a simple premise: everyone has a moral obligation to support those who sacrificed so much for our country and our freedom, particularly for those veterans who are struggling the most. Because of generous donations from companies like Wright Ford Young & Co., VLI has helped over 6,000 at-risk and homeless veterans by removing barriers to employment, housing, and healthcare. We appreciate the generous sponsorship and look forward to using those funds to continue to serve veterans in need.”

Lawyers for Warriors 2020 will take place on September 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. To purchase tickets, donate to the silent auction, or become a sponsor, please visit vetslegal.org. The honorees are long time advocates who have made significant contributions to veterans’ causes: Attorney of the Year Sherry Bragg from Weintraub Tobin; Law Firm of the Year Umberg Zipser LLP; Community Partner of the Year ProVisors; and Veteran of the Year “The Fab Four” (Bobby McDonald, Steven Spriggs, Chase Wickersham, and Col. Pete Seitz (Ret.)).

About Veterans Legal Institute:
Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) is a 501 (c) (3) organization that provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled, and low-income current and former US service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency. For more information, please visit vetslegal.org

About Wright Ford Young & Co:
Wright Ford Young & Co. is one of the premier Orange County based CPA firms that supports the growth needs of closely held companies, family businesses owners and high net worth individuals. Its employees are passionate about providing audit, tax, estate & trust and business advisory services that are solutions focused and industry specific. Wright Ford Young & Co. has invested over one million dollars since 2007 to serve for the greatest good in our local communities. For more information, please visit cpa-wfy.com

Minority Women Veterans Organization’s 2020 Shero of the Year

Congratulations Keione!

Keione A. Gordon has been selected as Shero of the Year for 2020. Keione has proven to be a real inspiration to female veterans worldwide.

Keione A. Gordon served 6 years in the United States Army Medical Command; she is also a mother of three children, Auzurae 23, Adrian 22, and Kaeden 12.

Keione A. Gordon sitting in a chair wearing a dark blue dressin a professional photo
Keione A. Gordon SHERO of the Year

During her service she was awarded an ARCOM, AAMs and an MOVSM for her service to soldiers and her surrounding communities. She grew up in a Suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, earned an Associate Degree in Allied Health/Medical Assisting and a Bachelor of Art in Healthcare Administration, while caring for her eldest children as a single mother. After a devastating corporate downsize, and the terminal cancer diagnosis of her father, Keione decided to follow in her many of her family’s footsteps before her and join the United States Army.

Keione has always enjoyed working with people and giving back to the community. Prior to the start of her military career, she had been active in church and several college, community, and national organizations, and spent time developing and cultivating those organizations through community involvement, activism and selfless service. She co-founded and served as the first National President of Alpha Gamma Xi Military Sorority, Inc., a non- profit 501c3, which allows the service minded military woman to have a true foundation and sisterhood and achieve her highest potential both professionally and personally. Alpha Gamma Xi defines a new sisterhood for military women, one with education, solidarity, philanthropy, cultural diversity and the advancement of Military Women.

She started a walk of faith in 2014 when she and 4 other veteran women decided to ban together and develop Alpha Gamma Xi Military Sorority, Inc. with a goal to be the premier Military Sorority in the World. Since, she has spearheaded the development of initiatives and programs that cater to Service Women, both past and present. She encourages the empowerment of women through membership and embodies a heart for service through her community work and outreach projects.

Her favorite part of this journey has been the ability to focus on the issues that affect many service women. She takes pride in being able to uplift women from all walks of life and lend a hand to those in need; whether it be financially, or emotionally, through programs like SHERO and the SWANS Outreach Program.

When she is not working or serving Alpha Gamma Xi, she enjoys writing, singing, and spending time with her family, who are a very important part of her life and support system. She is a licensed Medical Aesthitician and plans to open a wellness spa center focused on treatments and therapies for those who are looking for alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine.

She is many things to many people, but her most important roles in life are Mother and Daughter, though both her parents are now deceased.

“The things I love most in life are my family, my friends and my sorors. Without any one of these, I would not be who I am, I would be incomplete. They keep me grounded and humble but encourage me to reach for the stars. They believe in me even when I am unsure of myself. A constant support that I am blessed to have.”

Source: MWVO


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Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2021 will take place live September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage Las Vegas

Exhibit Floor Nearly Sold Out for Commercial UAV Expo Americas in September 100+ best-in-class UAS solutions providers have booked booths for live event

 

PORTLAND, MAINE – USA, July 27, 2021 – Organizers of Commercial UAV Expo Americas, the leading commercial drone trade show and conference in North America, have announced an impressive list of more than 100 exhibitors from around the globe that will be exhibiting at the 2021 event, which will take place live September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV.

“With the exhibit floor nearly sold out, over 250+ media and association partners, and commercial drone professionals signing up to attend every day, it’s clear the industry is ready to reconvene in person at Commercial UAV Expo Americas,” said Lee Corkhill, Group Director at Diversified Communications, organizer of the event.

The list of exhibitors who will be showcasing best-in-class UAS is growing daily, and currently includes these organizations and more:

  • AgEagle
  • AirData UAV, Inc
  • Asociación de Profesionales de Drones – APD
  • BRINC Drones
  • Carlson Software
  • C-ASTRAL D.O.O.
  • DJI
  • Drone Amplified
  • Electronics Valley Inc.
  • Exyn Technologies
  • Field of View LLC
  • Flyability SA
  • GeoCue Group
  • HANCOM inSPACE
  • Kinetic Consulting
  • Leica Geosystems Inc.
  • Lightware LiDAR
  • MODUS
  • Nanomotion LTD
  • Pix4D SA
  • Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
  • RIEGL USA Inc.
  • Robotic Skies
  • Skydio
  • Spaur Group
  • Textron Systems
  • TruWeather Solutions
  • Undefined Technologies
  • vHive Tech Ltd
  • Virtual Surveyor
  • WiBotic Inc.
  • Wingtra
  • xyHt Magazine
  • YellowScan
  • Zephyr Drone Simulator

An Exhibit Hall pass is free for anyone who registers by September 6 and includes Exhibit Hall Theater Programming, Welcome Happy Hour, and the Commercial UAV Expo Networking Reception at no additional charge.  Registration is available here.

 

Commercial UAV Expo Americas also has a robust conference program with carefully curated topics that address the pressing issues facing commercial drone professionals today, including regulations, ROI, scaling, security, UTM, and much more. Full event information, including workshops, conference programming and networking events can be found at www.expouav.com.

Special features of the 2021 event include live outdoor drone demonstrations, numerous networking functions, industry-specific roundtable discussions, vendor-delivered product previews, and the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit with two full days of programming for drone operators and program managers across law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and other emergency services for strategic discussions and workshops surrounding the evolving use of unmanned aircraft systems. New this year, the AAM Summit, organized in partnership Amsterdam Drone Week, will be a platform for knowledge sharing related to Advanced Air Mobility.

About Commercial UAV Expo Americas

Commercial UAV Expo Americas, presented by Commercial UAV News, is an international conference and expo exclusively focused on commercial UAS integration and operation covering industries including Construction; Energy & Utilities; Forestry & Agriculture; Infrastructure & Transportation; Mining & Aggregates; Public Safety & Emergency Services; Security; and Surveying & Mapping. It takes place September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The next edition of its European sister event will take place January 18-20, 2022 at the RAI Amsterdam as part of Amsterdam Drone Week. For more information, visit  https://www.expouav.com and
http://www.expouav.com/europe.

Commercial UAV Expo Americas is produced by Diversified Communications’ technology portfolio which also includes Commercial UAV Expo Europe; Commercial UAV News; Geo Week comprised of the International Lidar Mapping Forum, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference; Geo Week ENewsletter, SPAR 3D ENewsletter, AEC Next ENewsletter.


America’s Warrior Partnership’s Director of Innovative Technology Selected as a Scholar for the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program

AUGUSTA, Ga. – June 24, 2021 – America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) announced today that Dannielle Pope, their Director of Innovative Technology, has been selected as a scholar to the George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veterans Leadership Program. The unique initiative focuses on individuals serving our nation’s veterans and is committed to broadening their skills, knowledge base, and influence in their community. As a part of the program, she will undertake a five-month commitment beginning in June and ending in October, meeting with numerous nationally recognized and distinguished professionals, educators, and experts in post-9/11 veteran transition and leadership development. The program will conclude with a final session and capstone event at the Bush Center in October.

Potential scholars must submit a personal leadership project (PLP) as a requirement of the competitive application process and participation. The focus of Pope’s PLP is to utilize insights and outcomes from Operation Deep Dive, a four-year veteran suicide prevention study conducted in partnership with AWP, the University of Alabama, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, as well as feedback from The Network and the WarriorServeâ application to build and leverage technology solutions to assist communities in proactive suicide prevention.

Dannielle Pope with Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership
Dannielle Pope, left, with Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership

“We are so honored to have Dannielle be a part of such a prestigious program that supports and recognizes veterans,” stated Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “Her contributions and leadership are an ideal fit for a program of this magnitude. In addition, the elevation and coordination of data will be another mechanism supporting AWP’s mission to empower communities to empower veterans.”

As AWP’s Director of Innovative Technology, Pope provides strategic technology oversight for the organization by streamlining systems and activities that enhance the ability of communities to holistically care for their hometown veterans, military service members, and their families. Additionally, as the co-creator and product manager, she’s responsible for developing, deploying, and adopting AWP’s proprietary Salesforce solution WarriorServe®.

“I’m so honored to be a part of such an impactful program as the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program and am excited to collaborate with individuals that are catalysts for empowering change in our communities,” stated Pope.

Before joining AWP, Pope was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Signal Corps in 2007 after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Throughout her military career, she served in numerous leadership positions in various locations that include a 13-month deployment to Southern Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. Pope also holds a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Capella University.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Brigades, a Texas-based non-profit organization with a mission to educate and empower adolescents with leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship to become conservation ambassadors for a sustained natural resource legacy. Her non-profit experience, in addition to her understanding of the veteran space, is a promising combination for this organization.


Geo Week Announces Massive Early Support for 2022 Event

100+ Best-in-class organizations have confirmed their support for the 2022 edition of Geo Week

PORTLAND, MAINE – USA, June 22, 2021 – Organizers of Geo Week, the single powerhouse event that champions the coming together of geospatial technologies and the built world, have announced an impressive list of supporters for the 2022 event, which will take place February 6-8, 2022 in Denver, CO.

Geo Week is the joining of AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference, International Lidar Mapping Forum, and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, along with partner events ASPRS Annual Conference and USIBD Annual Symposium.

More than a hundred associations and media companies have already signed on as supporters of Geo Week 2022. “Industry leaders have clearly cast their votes for Geo Week in 2022,” said Lee Corkhill, Group Director at Diversified Communications, organizer of the event. “100+ media and association supporters have already signed on as Supporting Partners for next year’s event, as Geo Week establishes itself as the powerhouse event serving professionals in the geospatial and built world industries.” Geo Week will also soon be announcing early exhibitors who have already signed up and confirmed booths on the show floor.

Current supporters of the 2022 event, including trade media, portals, associations, user groups, government entities, and non-profits, are as follows:

PUBLICATIONS

AEC Magazine

Africa Surveyors

American Surveyor

BIGNieuws

Building Design and Construction

Civil Engineering Surveyor

CODE

Commercial Construction and Renovation

Coordinates Magazine

Develop 3D Magazine

Diversity In STEAM Magazine

Earth Imaging Journal

GEO Informatics

GeoConnexion

Geomatics World

GIM International

GPS World

Hydro International

Informed Infrastructure

LIDAR Magazine

POB

Surveying Group

TwinGeo

Urban Transport Infrastructure Journal

U.S. Veterans Magazine

xyHt

 

PORTALS

AEC Bytes

AEC Café

AEC News

AP Planner

B1M Community

BigDataVendors

CanBim

Clocate

Commercial UAV News

ConstructionLinks

CrowdReviews

Datafloq

Devtownstation

Digital Construction Week Connect

Digitalconstructionnews

DroneIndustryWire

Electronics Valley

Energy Centra

Geo Insight

Geo4Construction

Geofumadas

GeoJobs.biz

Geospatial1

Geospatialnews.net

Geowawesomeness

Geo Week News

GIS Café

GIS Resources

GISuser.com

GoGeomatics

Govevents

GPSDaily

Inertialnavigationsystems.net

IOTEvents

Lidar News

Manufacturing Tomorrow

Mining Engineering

MyDearDrone

NBN Media

Queue

Robotics Tomorrow

Sensorland

Spatial Times

Spatialsource

Startupedia

STEM Education Entrepreneurship

TechEvents.Online

Telco Professionals

WeGetAroundNetwork

World Construction Today

 

ANALYSTS

ABI Research

Flux Trends

Frost & Sullivan

Geospatial World

HAPTIC R & D Consulting

MAPPS

Mind Commerce

Parks Associates

 

ASSOCIATIONS & USER GROUPS

AI Coding Meetup

ASPRS

Canada 5G Council

Chartered ICES

CWTA

Deep Learning Meetup

FLAM 3D

Google Developers East Bay

GUTMA

IPv6 Forum

Open Geo Consortium

Silicon Valley Forum

STACouncil

UAVA

USIBD

VR and AR Association

WITI

Women Who Code

World Geospatial Industry Council

 

COOPERATING EVENTS

GeoIgnite Canada

Geospatial World Forum

Parks Connections

Silicon Valley Women Tech Festival

STAC

WITI Summit

The coming together of AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference, International Lidar Mapping Forum, and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference to form Geo Week reflects the increased integration between the built environment, advanced airborne/terrestrial technologies, and commercial 3D technologies. Geo Week is at the forefront of this integration, providing education, technology, and resources for professionals in industries including AEC, Asset & Facility Management, Disaster & Emergency Response, Earth Observation & Satellite Applications, Energy & Utilities, Infrastructure & Transportation, Land & Natural Resource Management, Mining & Aggregates, Surveying & Mapping, and Urban Planning/Smart Cities.

According to Corkhill, there will be content that addresses the built environment, advanced airborne/terrestrial technologies, and commercial 3D technologies independently of one another and attendees will have access across all conference sessions. “The event represents a continuum, with individuals and organizations from all corners of industry at differing levels of adoption. Geo Week will support a future vision, in which professionals and organizations that understand the full spectrum of data needs, work processes, software integration, and standards in both geospatial and BIM will be tomorrow’s technology leaders,” said Corkhill.

The event will feature multiple tracks with content clearly identified as relevant to one or more of the audience groups feeding into Geo Week. The International Lidar Mapping Forum (ILMF) audience has historically been comprised of precision measurement professionals in surveying and mapping who use airborne and terrestrial lidar and related remote sensing technologies. The AEC Next audience has historically been comprised of professionals in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) that use technologies such as reality capture, automation, AI and XR to bid and manage projects and improve workflows. The SPAR 3D audience has historically been comprised of professionals who use 3D capture, scanning, visualization and modeling technologies across a variety of verticals.

Geo Week takes place February 6-8, 2022, with conference programming and exhibits Sunday, February 6 through Tuesday, February 8. Additional features of the programming are vendor-delivered Product Previews, Exhibition Theaters, workshops, and conference programming hosted by ASPRS and USIBD. Visit www.geo-week.com for more information on attending or exhibiting.

About Geo Week

Geo Week is part of a network of events and media for the global geospatial and built markets organized by Diversified Communications, a leading organizer of conferences, trade shows, and online media with 15 years in the technology arena. Geo Week, taking place February 6-8, 2022, is the new brand name of previously stand-alone events AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference, International Lidar Mapping Forum, and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, and reflects the increased integration between the built environment, advanced airborne/terrestrial technologies, and commercial 3D technologies. Powerful partnership events will also take place at Geo Week, including ASPRS (American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) and USIBD (US Institute of Building Documentation). Diversified Communications also produces Geo Week E-Newsletter, SPAR 3D E-Newsletter, AEC -ENewsletter, GeoBusiness Show (UK), Digital Construction Week (UK), Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Commercial UAV Europe and Commercial UAV News. For more information, visit www.geo-week.com.

Questions?

Carl Berndtson
Global Partnerships
CBerndtson@divcom.com

Lora Burns

Geo Week Marketing Manager
LBurns@divcom.com


There is no greater expression of a person’s respect for the sanctity of life than that they should risk their own life to save that of another.
– NCOA Military Vanguard Award

Today, the Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) remains a vital, fraternal, benevolent non-profit Military Service Organization. Join our 40,000 members as we represent the voices of 17.9 million enlisted Veterans, and 1.8 million enlisted service members, active duty, reserves, and National Guard.

The Association would like to recognize the NCOA Military Vanguard recipients. The award is named in memory and honor of a noncommissioned or petty officer recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Their stories will be posted on the NCOA website – www.ncoausa.org.

SSG (P) Joshua P. Moehring, B Co, 1POB (A) Fort Bragg, NC, received the NCOA Military Vanguard Award presented in honor and memory of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Alvin C. York, USA, in recognition of his heroic act.

Sgt John E. James, CLB 31 (31st MEU) 3rd MLG, Okinawa, Japan, received the NCOA Military Vanguard Award presented in honor and memory of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Larry L. Maxam, USMC, in recognition of his heroic act.

MM1 (SW/EXW) Christopher K. Miletich, SEAL Team FIVE, San Diego, CA, received the NCOA Military Vanguard Award presented in honor and memory of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Machinist Mate First Class Robert R. Scott, USN, in recognition of his heroic act.

MSgt Patrick L. Briggs, Investigations, Collections, Operations Nexus Center 3d Field Investigations Squadron, Foxtrot, Goodfellow AFB, TX, received the NCOA Military Vanguard Award presented in honor and memory of Sergeant John L. Levitow, USAF, in recognition of his heroic act.

BM2 Wallace C. Qual, Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, Newport, OR, received the NCOA Military Vanguard Award presented in honor and memory Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro, USCG, in recognition of his heroic act.

Respectfully,
Joseph Terry
SGM, US Army (Ret)
Executive Director
210-819-0568
Non Commissioned Officers Association


UTAVBOC: Vets Needed To Help Build the National Medal of Honor Museum

Dear Veteran,

The National Medal of Honor Museum is seeking veteran owned small businesses to join and help build this national monument.

If your business is involved in any of the following products, services, or trades and you want to join the team as a contractor or subcontractor, click here to register.

• Steel Erection
• Structural Steel Fabrication
• Precast Structural Columns
• Glazing Systems
• Metal Wall Panels
• Metal Decking
• Elevators
• Glass Elevators
• Custom Freight Elevator
• Elevator Hatches
• Fall Protection
• Auger Cast Piles/Drilled
• Footings
• Earthwork
• Site Utilities
• Soil Treatment
• Asphalt Paving
• Turnkey Concrete
• Fireproofing
• Roofing
• Waterproofing
• Fire Protection
• Mechanical/ Plumbing
• Electrical
• Precast Structural Panels
• MISC & Ornamental Metals Specialties
• Millwork/Casework
• OH Door /Operable Wall
• Doors/Frames/Hardware Drywall/AC Ceilings
• Painting
• Carpet, VCT
• Parking Striping
• Test & Balance
• Landscape & Irrigation
• Plaster/Stucco/ Venetian
• Ceramic/Stone Tile/ Granite
• Plaster
• Terrazzo Low Voltage
• Acoustic Wall Panels/Blinds & Shades
• Theatrical Seating
• Theatrical Curtains/Blinds

REGISTER HERE


Virginia International Tattoo stands strong
The only major Tattoo celebration held worldwide in 2021

Norfolk, VA: With all other major Tattoo celebrations cancelled in 2021, the Virginia International Tattoo (VIT) will be the only major Tattoo held worldwide this year. The VIT will take place outdoors at Old Dominion University’s Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium, with four public performances scheduled June 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. and June 6 at 2:30 p.m.

“We heard from so many disappointed Tattoo fans—many of whom had attended every year,” said Robert W. Cross, the Festival’s Perry Artistic Director, “So we are thrilled to be presenting the Virginia International Tattoo again this year.”

With this year’s theme—A Salute to the Greatest Generation—the VIT will have WWII veterans present and honored at every performance, as well as WWII aircraft from the Military Aviation Museum scheduled for flyovers each night. Aircraft will include the most famous fighter plane from the war, the British Supermarine “Spitfire,” which performed brilliantly during the Battle of Britain from July to October 1940 while matched in countless dogfights with German Messerschmitts.

Highlights from the 2021 cast include:

· U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team
· U.S. Marine Forces Reserve Band
· U.S. Fleet Forces Band
· U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band
· Bagpipers and drummers galore from throughout the U.S.
· CirquesExperience Chicago WheelJAM—daring acrobatics performed inside a steel wheel
· Kilgore College Rangerettes, the pride of Texas and the world’s best-known collegiate drill team
· Old Dominion University Monarch Marching Band and Drumline—high-stepping performers to an irresistible beat
· And much, much more!

  1. Scott Jackson, Producer/Director of the Tattoo, said “To paraphrase Maya Angelou – We can be changed by what happens to us, but we refuse to be reduced by it. The 2021 Virginia International Tattoo has changed its dates and location, but it is not reduced. This year’s Tattoo will be an unabashedly patriotic celebration, uniting an extraordinary cast and an intrepid audience in a long overdue celebration. I hope to see you there!”

To access the full cast list and bios, click here. To learn more about 2021 Virginia International Tattoo, click here.

About the Virginia International Tattoo
The Virginia International Tattoo, a signature event of the Virginia Arts Festival, has brought a spirit of patriotism, pride, and friendship to Hampton Roads for more than two decades.  This year, the tattoo takes to the field outdoors at Old Dominion University’s S. B. Ballard Stadium with an exceptional cast including military bands, bagpipes galore, drummers, dancers and so much more! Tickets for the Tattoo are available online at https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fvafest.org&c=E,1,qy1vpz6cqJ-rw2GzbAfcfGNHNyV0dfP8LWc8KCB2HDFwbDMxsljxRo2TWGga1xl5hbimHp_mXS9nOKbb5e3X3EDQpgZEAmebVNYo5zsDCXLX99Kah7Bck2nEiw,,&typo=1 or by phone through the Virginia Arts Festival Ticket Office at 757-282-2822.


Commercial UAV Expo Americas Announces 70+ Exhibitors to Date for 2021 Event

PORTLAND, MAINE – USA, May 19, 2021 – Organizers of Commercial UAV Expo Americas, the leading commercial drone trade show and conference in North America, have announced an impressive list of more than 70 exhibitors from around the globe who have already signed on to exhibit at the 2021 event, which will take place September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV.

Hundreds of industry leading organizations have already committed their support for Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2021.  “With more than half the exhibit floor already sold and over 250+ media and association partners from 6 continents signed on, Commercial UAV Expo Americas is firmly established as the leading event serving professionals integrating and operating commercial sUAS” said Lee Corkhill, Group Director at Diversified Communications, organizer of the event. “After a year unlike any other, the industry is excited to reconvene in person to connect, learn, and drive the industry forward.”

The list of exhibitors who will be showcasing best-in-class UAS is growing daily, and currently includes these organizations and more:
Aerial Response Solutions
Airlogix
Asociación de Profesionales de Drones
C-Astral Aerospace
Capitol Technology University
Carlson Software
DAT/EM Systems International
DroneTV
Electronics Valley
Fortress UAV
Frontier Precision
GeoCue Group Inc.
Hesai Technology Co., Ltd.
Hollywood Drones
Intel GEOSPATIAL
Kittyhawk
Korea Institute of Aviation Safety Technology
Phoenix LiDAR Systems
RIEGL USA
Robotic Skies
Sundance Media Group
Swift Tactical Systems
Terrasolid Ltd
Unmanned Systems Technology
VANTIS
VRMesh
Wavelabs Ltd.
Wingtra

The last live edition of Commercial UAV Expo Americas in 2019 drew in 3,100 attendees, 200+ exhibitors, and 200+ presenters from over 50 countries. The full list of supporters and attendees who took part in the event can be found here. Special features of the 2021 event include live outdoor drone demonstrations, numerous networking functions, industry-specific roundtable discussions, vendor-delivered product previews, and the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit with two full days of programming for drone operators and program managers across law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and other emergency services for strategic discussions and workshops surrounding the evolving use of unmanned aircraft systems. New this year, the UAM Summit, organized by Amsterdam Drone Week, will be a platform for knowledge-sharing about urban air mobility solutions.

Full event information, including workshops, conference programming, networking events and more will be available soon. Registration for the 2021 event will open in June – stay in the know

About Commercial UAV Expo Americas
Commercial UAV Expo Americas, presented by Commercial UAV News, is an international conference and expo exclusively focused on commercial UAS integration and operation covering industries including Construction; Energy & Utilities; Forestry & Agriculture; Infrastructure & Transportation; Mining & Aggregates; Public Safety & Emergency Services; Security; and Surveying & Mapping. It takes place September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The next edition of its European sister event will take place December 7-9, 2021 at the RAI Amsterdam as part of Amsterdam Drone Week. For more information, visit www.expouav.com and www.expouav.com/europe.


Panhandle Warrior Partnership Launched to Support Veterans in Florida

AUGUSTA, Ga. – May 13, 2021 – America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) announced today that the Panhandle Warrior Partnership (PWP) is their latest affiliate that will use their Community Integration model. The focus of PWP is to connect with veterans, their family members, and caregivers to understand better what they need to improve their quality of life. Coordinated services are activities, volunteerism, and purposeful engagement with other veterans, and occasionally housing, employment, access to education, or healthcare available through community partners.

Community Integration (CI) is America’s Warrior Partnership’s evidence-based, proven model that provides communities with the tools that improve outreach and understanding of veterans in order to implement a customized local program responsive to veterans, families, and caregivers. A critical aspect of CI is the unique approach to connect with, educate, and advocate for veterans in the community as they receive services from local veteran-serving organizations. The CI model is active in six affiliate communities across the country, serving over 54,000 veterans.

“We are proud to have the Panhandle Warrior Partnership on our nationwide team of communities to lead the community in connecting with veterans locally,” stated Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “We’ve learned over the last ten years of serving veterans in the community that 90% of the issues can be solved locally. This is especially true in the Panhandle where the community embraces those who serve and have served in the military.”

Two dedicated staff lead the PWP team, Keith Manley, Program Lead, and Kenny Thompson, Case Coordinator. Manley is a retired military veteran and a graduate of Troy University. Thompson has over a decade of working with veterans on the Gulf Coast. Both Manley and Thompson will bring years of experience, knowledge, and understanding to provide a high level of support to the organization.

“Having lived and served in the Panhandle for more than seven years, I recognize the need for veterans and their families to have a knowledgeable, well-connected advocate to help improve their quality of life as well as lift up a fellow service member or veteran in my community,” said Manley.

The media and public can learn more about the Panhandle Warrior Partnership and AWP’s Operation Deep Dive, a veteran suicide prevention study, during a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 2:00 pm ET. Information about the event is here: https://fb.me/e/7R6IzHjfM

Panhandle area veterans seeking connections with local and national resources can contact the Panhandle Warrior Partnership here: 850.954.VETS or https://www.americaswarriorpartnership.org/panhandle

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visit www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org


 

sbLiftOff and National Veteran Small Business Coalition Launch Virtual Symposium VETERANS ETA 2021

VETERANS ETA 2021 is the first national symposium focused on fueling veteran interest in entrepreneurship through acquisition

Veterans ETA 2021

 

HERNDON, Va. and WASHINGTON, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — sbLiftOff, a lower middle-market M&A advisory firm, and the National Veteran Small Business Coalition, today announced the launch of VETERANS ETA 2021: Capital Fueling Veteran Entrepreneurship, a two-hour virtual event on June 3, 2021. VETERANS ETA 2021 is the first national symposium of veteran buyers and sellers, capital sources, service providers, business schools and other supporters of veteran entrepreneurship through acquisition (ETA).

“Business ownership among America’s veterans has fallen precipitously since the post-World War II era when nearly half of all veterans owned and operated businesses. It’s time to knit together all the resources veterans need to successfully find and buy a good small business,” said Sharon B. Heaton, CEO of sbLiftOff, an advisory firm that often serves veterans.

The symposium features a premier lineup of veteran small business owners and financial services executives who will share war stories and lessons learned, discuss available financing sources, the challenges of accessing capital, and the importance of the public and private sectors coming together to support veterans entering the small business community.

Featured Speakers:

  • Scott Jensen, Executive Director, National Veteran Small Business Coalition
  • Sharon B. Heaton, CEO, sbLiftOff
  • Tommy Moreno, Co-founder & CEO, Pareto Labs; Former Operating Partner, Colony Capital; Former senior executive at The Walt Disney Company
  • Alexander Mears, Principal, The Carlyle Group; Co-Founder, Search & Acquire
  • Kevin Williams, Partner, Lometa Capital Partners
  • Mike Mahre, Operating Partner, Anacapa Partners
  • Lisa Forrest, Director of Sponsor Finance, Live Oak Bank

“Research and experience have proven veterans are powerhouse business leaders,” commented  Scott Jensen, Executive Director, National Veteran Small Business Coalition. “To unlock the national potential of veteran ETA we need to make both capital and information more readily available to them. We’re urging all interested veterans to come to the June 3 event and learn more.”

The symposium is complimentary for all participants. For more information and to register, visit www.nvsbc.org/veterans-eta-2021/.

About sbLiftOff
sbLiftOff is a lower middle-market M&A advisory firm that serves founder-led businesses and government contracting companies between $25 million and $150 million in revenues. We work with business owners seeking a majority or minority transfer of their company and strategic buyers who are seeking growth through acquisition. More information is available at www.sbliftoff.com

About National Veteran Small Business Coalition
The National Veteran Small Business Coalition is the largest non-profit trade association in the country representing veteran- and service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB and SDVOSB) in the Federal marketplace. NVSBC works to ensure that veteran small businesses are given first consideration for federal prime and subcontract procurement opportunities. For more information, visit www.nvsbc.org


2021 Lawyers for Warriors Builds a Critical Bridge to Justice for Local Veterans in Need

Veterans remain at greater risk of homelessness and suicide because of the pandemic.

Tustin, May 5, 2021: Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) proudly announces its annual fundraising and networking event, Lawyers for Warriors, will be held on November 8, 2021 at the Center Club of Orange County in Costa Mesa, CA from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Join in for an incredible night of storytelling, unlimited wine pours, tasty appetizers, silent auction, and camaraderie! Featuring notable speakers and inspiring testimonials, Wright Ford Young & Co. continues as the Title Sponsor for the third year in a row. Honorees this year reflect VLI’s compassionate mission to prevent veteran homelessness and suicide and include: Law Firm of the Year – Sheppard Mullin; Community Advocate of the Year – Orange County Community Foundation; Veteran of the Year – Andrea Bird Steiner, Esq.; Attorney of the Year – Jeff Roberts, Esq.; and Veteran Advocate of the Year – Sheila-Marie Finkelstein, Esq. Proceeds make free legal aid possible for homeless, disabled, and low-income veterans who defended our freedom but cannot afford to access justice.

This sponsorship is a continuation of Wright Ford Young & Co.’s charitable giving to the veteran community. “We are honored to be able to support such a wonderful organization,” shared Jeff Myers, CPA and managing partner. “Our partnership with VLI aligns with our core values of showing respect for all people and having compassion for those less fortunate. We’re proud to stand side by side with Veterans Legal Institute and Lawyers for Warriors in championing veterans who need a hand up, not a hand out.”

“We applaud Wright Ford Young & Co.’s tireless commitment to Southern California’s veterans and their families,” said VLI Executive Director and Co-Founder Antoinette Balta. “This continuing investment and trust in the power of pro bono legal aid is life-changing and life-saving for our veterans. With the help of compassionate supporters, VLI has provided access to justice to over 9,000 veterans so they could rebuild a hope-filled future at home.”

To register, sponsor, or donate to Lawyers for Warriors, visit http://bit.ly/L4W2021. To view sponsors and updates, visit http://www.vetslegal.org/lawyers-for-warriors. VLI is presently seeking unique items and experiences for its silent auction. For more information on the silent auction or to contribute, please contact Antoinette Balta at abalta@vetslegal.com.

 

About Veterans Legal Institute:
Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low-income current and former service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency. For more information, please visit http://www.vetslegal.org

About Wright Ford Young & Co:
Wright Ford Young & Co. (WFY) is a full-service corporate accounting firm that provides audit, tax, estate and trust, and business consulting services to closely-held companies, family-owned businesses, and private foundations.  WFY was founded in 1973 by Bob Wright, and with a current head count of 90 professionals, today serves as the largest single office accounting firm in Orange County.  For more information, please visit https://www.cpa-wfy.com/.

 


Sherman Gillums Jr. Joins America’s Warrior Partnership Board of Directors

America’s Warrior Partnership announced today that Sherman Gillums Jr. has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. The United States Marine Corps veteran and current Chief Strategy and Operations Officer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will serve as the fifteenth member of the nonprofit’s leadership and advisory board.

“We are pleased and honored to welcome Mr. Gillums Jr. to the AWP board,” stated Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “His insight, experience, knowledge, and leadership will be very valuable as we continue to raise awareness of veterans’ issues and to empower veterans in their communities.”

Sherman Gillums Jr. is the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He oversees the organization’s efforts to provide universal and timely access to appropriate mental healthcare for underserved communities and destigmatize mental illness. He previously served as Executive Director of Paralyzed Veterans of America and as the Chief Strategy and Advocacy Officer for AMVETS, two of the largest congressionally-chartered veteran service organizations in the U.S.

Gillums has testified before Congress as an expert witness and appeared on national networks, such as CNN, Fox News, and C-SPAN, as one of the most influential voices on military and veteran issues. He currently serves on the Federal Advisory Committee for Veterans’ Family, Caregiver & Survivor (FACA) as Vice Chairman, alongside Chairperson Elizabeth Dole. Governor Ralph Northam also appointed Gillums to serve on the Fair Housing Board for the Commonwealth of Virginia for a second term.

His past advisory work includes an appointment to the Federal Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special Disabilities and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Wheelchair Standards Committee. Additionally, he has served as a research reviewer for the Defense Department’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program and adjunct faculty for the University of Pittsburgh’s State of the Science Symposia series at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is also a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Trainer.

His published works include a manuscript entitled “Paving Access for Veterans Employment through Holistic Transition: Practice Implications when Working with Veterans” in the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling and “Clearing the Backlog and Facilitating Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities,” a report endorsed by the National Council on Disability (NCD). His expert commentary has regularly appeared in The Hill, Military Times, and Task & Purpose.

For his work, Gillums was recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes with the Don Weber Wounded Warrior Employment Award in 2013 and the Academy of United States Veterans VETTY award for leadership in veteran mental health in 2020. HillVets also selected him as among the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Washington DC. In 2020, he was chosen as one of the “Mighty 25” by We Are The Mighty, the largest entertainment and lifestyle publisher that celebrates the military community. His alma mater, the University of San Diego, inducted him into its Alumni Hall of Honor in 2016.

Gillums served in the United States Marine Corps for 12 years and received an honorable discharge at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2 after medical retirement due to severe injury. He holds a master’s degree from the University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration. He also completed his Executive  Education at Harvard Business School and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree at the University of Dayton.

“Anything we can do to ensure our nation’s veterans do not fall into societal gaps, where we see homelessness, addiction, lost identity, and a sense of hopelessness persist, we should do it. I’ve spent my career taking measure of the true, less visible cost of freedom, going from hospital bedsides to Capitol Hill, to ensure families do not bear those lingering costs alone,” stated Gillums. “I’d learned many lessons as a Marine leader. But the greatest takeaway for me was one can either watch what happened, wonder what happened, or make things happen. I choose the latter as a new member of the Board of Directors for America’s Warrior Partnership, where they make great things happen for our veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors.”


Commercial UAV Expo Americas Announces Massive Early Support for 2021 Event

Organizers of the annual Commercial UAV Expo Americas, the leading commercial drone trade show and conference in North America, have announced an impressive list of more than 225 supporters from six continents for the 2021 event, which will take place September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV.

Hundreds of associations and media companies have already signed on as supporters of Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2021.  “Industry leaders have clearly cast their votes for Commercial UAV Expo Americas in 2021,” said Lee Corkhill, Group Director at Diversified Communications, organizer of the event. “225+ media and association supporters have signed on as Supporting Partners for this year’s event, as Commercial UAV Expo Americas has firmly established itself as the leading event to bring the industry safely back together and serve professionals integrating and operating commercial UAS.”

Current supporters of the 2021 event, including trade media, portals, associations, user groups, government entities, and non-profits, are as follows:

PUBLICATIONS

Aerospace & Defense Review

Africa Surveyors

American Journal Of Transportation

American Surveyor

ARB Climber

Armor & Mobility

Asia Pacific Fire

Aviation Business ME

Aviation Update

BIGNieuws

Canadian Mining Journal

China Public Security Journal

CIO Applications

CIO Review

Civil Engineering Surveyor

CODE

Commercial Drone Professional

Construction Equipment

COTS Journal

Crisis Response Journal

Diversity In STEAM

Drones Monthly

Drones World Magazine

GEO Informatics

GeoConnexion

Geomatics World

Geospatial World

GIM International

Global Security Magazine

GPS World

Gulf Fire

Hydro International

Inspectioneering

International Fire Protection

International Firefighter

LIDAR Magazine

Mining Engineering

Naval Power

Police Aviation News

Roads and Bridges

RTC Magazine

Security & Border Protection

Stormwater Solutions

Technical Rescue

Tower Times

Traffic & Transit

TwinGeo

UASMagazine

UK Fire

Unmanned Magazine

Unmanned Systems Technology

Urban Transport Infrastructure Journal

US Veterans Magazine

Videomaker

Wilderness SAR

Wireless Dealer

World Airnews

xyHt

 

PORTALS

Agritech Tomorrow

AEC Café

Aerospace Technology

Agfunder

Airborne Response

Airplane Geeks

AP Planner

Autonomy Paris

BigDataVendors

ChiefIT

Clocate

Commercial UAV News

ConstructionLinks

CrowdReviews

Demunseed Channel

DevTownStation

Digitalconstructionnews.net

Drastic News

Drone Radio Show

Drone TV

DroneGuru

DroneIndustryWire

DroneJudge

DroneLife

DroneNodes

DronePilotsNL

DroneReviewsandNews

DronesBuy

Dronewatch.EU

Dronewatch.NL

Dronin’ On

Electronics Valley

Energy Central

EnergyDaily

Geo4Construction

Geofumadas

GeoJobs.biz

Geospatialnews.net

Geowawesomeness

GIS Café

GIS Resources

GISuser.com

Global Fire Events

GoGeomatics

Govevents

GPSDaily

Hollywood Drones

Inertialnavigationsystems.net

Inflight USA

InfoDrone.ES

InsideTowers

JobsForDrones.com

LidarSurvey

Lidar News

MyDearDrone

MySecurityMedia

NBN Media

OilGasDaily

Quadcopter Addiction

Queue

RigZone

RoboDaily

Robotics Tomorrow

Royse AgTech Innovation Network

SeedDaily

Sensorland

SolarDaily

SpaceDaily

SPAR 3D News

Spatial Times

Spatialsource

Startupedia

STEM Education Entrepreneurship

Sundance Media Group

Surveying Group

TechEvents.Online

TerraDaily

UAS Sidekick

UASWeekly

UAV Coach

UAV Digest

Unmannednews.net

Unmanned Airspace

Urban Air Mobility News

Urban Mobility Daily

Urban Transport News

UST.com

WindDaily

Women In Tech Review

World Construction Today

 

ANALYSTS

ABI Research

BIS Research

Drone Analyst

Drone Business Center

Drone Industry Insights

Frost & Sullivan

Geospatial Media

GRADD

HAPTIC R & D Consulting

Indian Institute Of Drones

Juan Plaza Consulting

Mind Commerce

P3 Tech Consulting

Roswell Flight Test Crew

 

ASSOCIATIONS & USER GROUPS

AI Coding Meetup

AIRT

APANT

APD

ARPAS-UK

Canada 5G Council

Chartered ICES

Coalition Of UAS Professionals

Commercial Drone Alliance

CWTA

Deep Learning Meetup

Drone Federation Of India

DroneCode

DroneMasters

Droneresponders

Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association

Google Developers East Bay

GUTMA

IPv6 Forum

JUIDA

NATE

NVBAA

Open Geo Consortium

Shenzhen UAV Association

Silicon Valley Forum

STACouncil

SWARM-SAR Drones

UAVA

UAVAI

WITI

WITI Las Vegas

Women Who Code

Women Who Drone

World Geospatial Industry Council

World UAV Federation

 

COOPERATING EVENTS

Airwards

Amsterdam Drone Week

Autonomy Digital

Dronemasters Global Meetup

Expodronica

GeoIgnite Canada

Geospatial World Forum

Japan Drone

Shenzhen UAV Show

Silicon Valley AgTech

Silicon Valley Women Tech Festival

STAC

WITI Summit

The 2019 edition of Commercial UAV Expo Americas drew in 3,100 attendees, 200+ exhibitors, and 200+ presenters from over 50 countries. The full list of supporters and attendees who took part in the event can be found here. Special features of the 2021 event include live outdoor drone demonstrations and the DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Summit with two full days of programming for drone operators and program managers across law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and other emergency services for strategic discussions and workshops surrounding the evolving use of unmanned aircraft systems. New this year, the UAM Summit, organized by Amsterdam Drone Week, will be a platform for knowledge-sharing and where key players co-create and cooperate to create urban air mobility solutions together.

Full event information, including workshops, conference programming, networking events and more will be available soon. Registration for the 2021 event will open in June – stay in the know

About Commercial UAV Expo Americas

Commercial UAV Expo Americas, presented by Commercial UAV News, is an international conference and expo exclusively focused on commercial UAS integration and operation covering industries including Construction; Energy & Utilities; Forestry & Agriculture; Infrastructure & Transportation; Mining & Aggregates; Public Safety & Emergency Services; Security; and Surveying & Mapping. It takes place September 7-9, 2021 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The next edition of its European sister event will take place December 7-9, 2021 at the RAI Amsterdam as part of Amsterdam Drone Week. For more information, visit www.expouav.com and www.expouav.com/europe.

Commercial UAV Expo Americas is produced by Diversified Communications’ technology portfolio which also includes Commercial UAV Expo Europe; Commercial UAV News; Geo Week comprised of the International Lidar Mapping Forum, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, AEC Next Technology Expo & Conference; Geo Week ENewsletter, SPAR 3D ENewsletter, AEC Next ENewsletter. For more information about exhibiting at Commercial UAV Expo, visit Exhibiting Information or contact Katherine Dow, Sales Manager, at kdow@divcom.com or +1.207-842-5497. For attending information, visit www.expouav.com or email info@expouav.com.


VIB Network

VIB Network Business Cohort Program Flyer

Applications available at Survey Monkey:
https://surveymonkey.com/r/2021V2V


VIB Network and NaVOBA Partnership

VIB Network and NAVOBA Flyer

For more information about VIB Network, visit https://navoba.org
For more information about NaVOBA, visit https://navoba.org


ERG Resource Group

Global ERG Network

Visit info@globalergnet.com for more information.


Announcing Supplier Diversity Opportunities for Veteran & Milspouse-Owned Businesses

If you are registered on Rosie’s List, have B2B products for sale and are interested in procurement opportunities with AAFES, then now is the time to contact us!

Rosie’s List has partnered with AAFES and ePS to bring qualified veteran and military spouse-owned products into the AAFES supplier diversity chain. Together, we are proud to announce the AAFES National Diversity Veteran Small Business (NDVSB) eMarketplace.

Let me tell you about it.

AAFES is committed to increasing its supplier diversity spend with veteran and military spouse-owned businesses and together with ePS, we are proud to partner with them on this effort. From office products & cleaning supplies to furniture & electronics (and much more), you now have the opportunity to get your products and/or catalog onto AAFES online procurement system.

The NDVSB eMarketplace for AAFES is regionally-specific, meaning each AAFES region has their own eMarketplace where veteran and military spouse-owned businesses can upload their product offerings. ePS will assist in building your electronic ‘catalog’ on the eMarketplace and provide the ePS eConnect solutions software that automates the entire Procure-to-Pay process.

If you are interested and would like to learn more, please reach out to contact@therosienetwork.org. To learn more about ePS, please visit their website.


America’s Warrior Partnership and Runway of Dreams Foundation Collaborate to Provide Adaptive Clothing to Organizations Serving Veterans

America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) recently announced that three of their partner organizations would receive adaptive clothing as a part of the Runway of Dreams Foundation and Seven7 Jeans donation to communities in need. Diné Naazbaa’, Higher Ground, and Vets’ Community Connections will each receive an allotment of the 5,000 pairs of adaptive jeans being provided to a dozen organizations around the country right before the holidays.

Founded on the basis that clothing is a basic human need, the Runway of Dreams Foundation works to ensure people with physical challenges have access to apparel that meets their physical needs and personal style. They accomplish their mission by raising awareness, advocating for change, and supporting innovation to support functional, and the development of adaptive apparel.

Seven7 Jeans was among the first mainstream clothing companies to become inclusive of people with physical challenges beginning in 2019, with solutions such as magnetic and micro Velcro closures replacing buttons and zippers and reinforced side belt loops.

“We are pleased to be partnering with the Runway of Dreams Foundation, Seven7 Jeans, and our partner organizations to provide adaptive apparel to veterans, their families, and caregivers,” stated Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “One way to empower a veteran is by connecting them with resources in their community to fulfill basic needs, such as new clothing designed for those who have specific fit and sizing.”

America’s Warrior Partnership coordinated with the Runway of Dreams Foundation to identify organizations serving veterans and their families who would benefit from adaptive apparel. The three groups will receive the clothing beginning this month, and they will then distribute it to those within their communities.

Diné Naazbaa’
The Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership (DNP) is the first community-based program dedicated to empowering the Navajo Nation’s military veterans, their families, and caregivers. The program is currently conducting proactive outreach to the estimated 15,000 veterans living in the Navajo Nation to educate them on available resources and connect them with holistic support services.

The program elevates the work of local veteran-serving professionals by bridging the gaps that exist between community service providers and national resources. Supported by funding from the Schultz Family Foundation, it is the culmination of the Community Integration program.

“We are thrilled to be chosen to participate in the Runway of Dreams adaptive jeans program,” stated Inann Johns, Community Program Lead for Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership. “Being able to provide clothing to veterans and their family members shows the strength of our partnership and exemplifies how working together, we can provide the services our military veterans deserve.”

Vets’ Community Connections
Vets’ Community Connections (VCC) assists San Diego veterans, military, and their families in successfully integrating into their community by expanding their networks to include local organizations, businesses, and individuals.

“Vets’ Community Connections is thrilled to participate in the Runway of Dreams program and to connect local veterans with much-needed adaptive apparel,” said Amy Richards, Program Manager for Vets’ Community Connections. “Our work at VCC centers around involving the wider community, and this is a terrific example of what can be done when the business community fills gaps to support veterans.”

Higher Ground
Higher Ground is an adaptive sports nonprofit that looks to improve the lives of those with disabilities, including our nation’s veterans. Through the power of therapeutic recreation and continued support, Higher Ground bridges the gap between disability and belonging. With locations in Sun Valley, Idaho, Los Angeles, and Buffalo, New York, they bring the healing power of recreation from coast to coast. Empowering people of all abilities to achieve their highest quality of life with a variety of programming from weeklong camps for veterans, competitive adaptive sports, to social clubs for adults with cognitive disabilities, and finding a place for all.

“Higher Ground is proud to be chosen by AWP as an organization to receive adaptive apparel as a part of the Runway of Dreams Wardrobe Grant program, which is a step towards greater inclusion for all, regardless of physical challenges,” stated Kate Dobbie, Executive Director of Higher Ground. “With many of our participants’ unique needs, having an adaptive clothing option will make a difference in their everyday life. We thank Seven7 Jeans for the generously donated adaptive jeans and look forward to brightening the days and wardrobes of our participants.”

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We accomplish this mission by understanding and building relationships with veterans and their families to enhance and improve the quality of their life by connectingwith them and collaborating with community organizations. Our ultimate goal is to use a proactive and holistic approach to decrease suicide and non-natural causes of death of former service members.
www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org | @AWPartnership | #awpartnership

About Runway of Dreams Foundation
The Runway of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works towards a future of inclusion, acceptance, and opportunity in the fashion industry for people with disabilities. Founded on the basis that clothing is a basic human need, the Runway of Dreams Foundation develops, delivers, and supports initiatives to broaden the reach of adaptive clothing and promote people with disabilities in fashion. Through adaptive runway shows, awareness building campaigns, college clubs, wardrobe grants and scholarship programs, the Runway of Dreams Foundation is empowering people with disabilities with opportunity, confidence, independence, and style.
www.runwayofdreams.org | @runwayofdreams | #RethinkTheRunway

About Seven7 Adaptive
Seven7 Jeans, a part of Sunrise Brands, was among the first mainstream clothing lines to become inclusive of people with disabilities. Our first line of adaptive jeans was made available in November 2019, creating solutions to ease of dressing like magnetic and micro velcro closures in place of buttons and zippers, and reinforced side belt loops. Originating in Europe in the 1960s, Seven7 delivers seasonal menswear and womenswear collections in a wide range of sizes and silhouettes. As one of LA’s most affordably priced premium denim brands, Seven7 Jeans is widely known for its fantastic fits, superior quality, handcrafted details and unique treatments.
www.seven7jeans.com | @seven7jeans


On Course Foundation and Operation Motorsport Join America’s Warrior Partnership as Four Star Alliance Members

America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) announced today that On Course Foundation and Operation Motorsport have joined the organization’s Four Star Alliance, a membership program for community organizations that offer adaptive sports, therapeutic recreation, or wellness programs to veterans and their families. The addition of these two new partners brings the total number of Four Star Alliance members to 50, further increasing available organizations providing veterans and their families the recreational therapy services in their community that are vital for recovery and rehabilitation.

As a part of the Four Star Alliance, organizations are recognized as a Program of Excellence and have access to resources for national awareness and development campaigns. Each member agrees to abide by AWP’s Standards of Excellence and is vetted for financial stability, excellent business practices, and willingness to make and take appropriate referrals.

“We are proud to welcome two more members to our Four Star Alliance program,” stated Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “Both the On Course Foundation and Operation Motorsport provide unique opportunities and activities that enable veterans and their families to stay connected, active, and integrated in their communities.”

On Course Foundation
The On Course Foundation supports the on-going recovery, social inclusion, and development of injured veterans through golf. A driving force behind the organization’s mission is the Golf Skills and Employment Program which incorporates golf instruction, competitive play, golf education, golf industry seminars, the opportunity to socialize with fellow veterans in their community, and the potential to gain meaningful employment in the golf industry.

“We are delighted to join forces with America’s Warrior Partnership by becoming a member of their Four Star Alliance,” said John Dodds, Executive Director of the On Course Foundation. “We firmly believe that the game of golf can play a key role in the on-going mental and physical recovery of our nation’s injured veterans, and we look forward to starting this exciting partnership.”

Operation Motorsport
Operation Motorsport premise is to engage former service members and veterans through motorsports, specifically sports car racing (IMSA, SRO, CTCC), along with virtual engagement through simulated iRacing. Programs are designed to provide therapeutic assistance, enhance quality-of-life, and increase mental health and resiliency by providing atmospheres that help build a sense of team, identity, and purpose.

“All of us at Operation Motorsport are excited to join the Four Star Alliance. Our team consistently seeks new and innovative ways of engaging beneficiaries, and there is so much opportunity as we look to this partnership,” expressed Tiffany Lodder, Founder and Executive Director of Operation Motorsport. “We are grateful for the new resources we can look forward to sharing, and for the new avenue of opportunities we will be able to offer America’s Warrior Partnership and the Four Star Alliance.”

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives.
www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org | @AWPartnership | #awpartnership

On Course Foundation
On Course Foundation supports the on-going recovery, social inclusion and development of injured veterans using the game of golf. Our mission is to build confidence and self-belief in our members through our Golf Skills and Employment Events, and set them on the path to meaningful employment in the golf industry.
https://www.oncoursefoundationusa.org/ | @OnCourseFoundationUSA

About Operation Motorsport
Operation Motorsport is a veteran-led 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation based in Raleigh, NC and Brighton, Ontario, Canada. It was founded on the basis of three simple words – Excite, Engage, and Empower. Its mission is to engage through motorsports activities, ill and injured service members and disabled veterans, affected by military service, leading to aiding in their recovery and rehabilitation.
http://operationmotorsport.org | @OpsMotorsport


2021 Center for Women Veterans Trailblazer Initiative

 

The Center for Women Veterans (CWV) is proud to announce the 2021 Women Veteran Trailblazers 2.0 Initiative.

 

For this initiative, CWV has defined a women Veteran Trailblazer as a woman who:

 

Has served and separated from the service and makes an impact by enhancing the lives of other Veterans, Veteran families or Veteran caregivers. Impact may be a single event or action or may be demonstrated over a period of time in one or more of the following areas:

 

Education
Employment
Entrepreneurship
Homelessness
Legal
Mental Health and Wellness

Please submit all requested materials:

Nomination form
Nominee’s recent professional (looking) photo
One-page summary of why the women Veteran meets the definition above of a Trailblazer and how she is continuing to serve others.

Nomination packages for the CWV 2021 Women Veteran Trailblazers 2.0 Initiative should reach CWV by Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Nominations received after this deadline will not be considered. Previously selected Trailblazers will not be considered.

 

Email nominations and/or questions to: 00W@va.gov.

 

We look forward to receiving your nomination.
DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE


The Rosie Network

The Rosie Network is proud to announce the launch of the newest edition to the Service2CEO entrepreneur program, Valor Chapters! Valor Chapters are for the diverse and opened minded military business and entrepreneur community.

Our program is a 16 week course that is free of charge to the participant. Service2CEO is a two time award winning program that uses Subject Matter Experts across various fields of business ownership to guide our participants throughout their journey.

To apply for an upcoming cohort: bit.ly/Service2CEOApplication.

To find out more about The Rosie Network Chapters: https://therosienetwork.org/chapters


Minority Women Veterans Organization 2021 Shero of the Year

Roweena is a single mother of two girls (5 and 13) She is a Sergeant First Class in the Army Reserve where she has served for 20 years. Her role in the Reserves as a Victim Advovate has led her to her passion of working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault (both in and out the military; and young teen girls who have seen or experienced these).

She is currently the director of Supporting Women and Nurturing Survivors (SWANS) of Alpha Gamma Xi Military Sorority where she helps provide survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence with the resources they need so they can know they have support and a voice. These resources include monetary, partnerships with other organizations, as well as our monthly SIS (Suffering In Silence) Talks that discusses topics that focus on getting survivors through the healing process such as pouring from an empty cup, boundaries, and self care.

Roweena has also recently started an instagram page called @alwaysd.r.e.a.m., which is a page for women (veterans,military and non veterans) and mothers of teen girls. (Page still in construction) “I started this page because I realize that every woman has a unique struggle..and I want women to be able to get the help, motivation, and resources they need to get through that particular struggle. As a survivor of domestic violence, I know what it feels like to be broken and not have support. I want to let women ( and mothers of young teen girls) know that no matter what they are going through they are not alone..and we can continue to be Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Amazing and Motivated together.” She hopes to eventually turn this page into a non profit.

She is also in the final stages of her internship for her Masters in Clinical Psychology with SMR Counseling Services where she is able to see clients with little to no cost.


The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)

The NCOA will host its 57th Annual Conference and Vanguard Awards Dinner on July 20-23, 2021 at the Hilton San Antonio Airport in San Antonio, Texas.

Conference Platinum Sponsor $10,000 (1 Available)

  • Top logo placement on Banners and Signs
  • Four NCOA conference registrations
  • Four reserved seats at Vanguard Awards Dinner
  • Two hotel rooms for three nights
  • Complimentary exhibit table
  • Platinum sponsorship recognition on all printed products
  • Opportunity to include your promotional item and up to 8.5” x 11” insert in delegate bags
  • Web link to your company via NCOA website
  • Full Page ad in Conference Program

Vanguard Sponsors $7,500 (4 Remaining. The Coast Guard Sponsor for 2021 is GEICO Military)

  • Two NCOA conference registrations
  • Two seats at reserved table at Vanguard Awards Dinner with your sponsored Vanguard
  • Two hotel rooms for three nights
  • Complimentary exhibit table
  • Recognition on all printed products
  • Web link to your company via NCOA website
  • Opportunity to include your promotional item in delegate bags
  • Half Page ad in Conference Program

The Non Commissioned Officers Association of the United States of America (NCOA) annually recognizes one enlisted member from each of the uniformed service for acts of heroism.

This recognition is made to honor those individuals who have performed a particularly heroic act that resulted in the saving of a life or the prevention of serious injury. Selectees will receive the NCOA Military Vanguard Award named in honor and memory of enlisted recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor of their respective service.

Read the accounts of the heroic actions of our 2020 Military Vanguard Award recipients:

SSG BENJAMIN J. ROBERTS – US ARMY https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/VG-Story-USA.pdf

SSGT SAMUEL S. MULLINS – US MARINES https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/VG-Story-USMC.pdf

SO1 MARK T. PALMER – US NAVY https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/VG-Story-USN.pdf

CMSGT JAMES M. TRAFICANTE – US AIR FORCE https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/VG-Story-USAF.pdf

EM2 DANIEL M. PETERS – US COAST GUARD https://ncoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/VG-Story-USCG.pdf

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Darrell Owens Joins the Team at America’s Warrior Partnership
Congressional Advisor and Army Reservist to serve as Director of Government Relations

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Nov. 10, 2020 – America’s Warrior Partnership announced today that Darrell Owens is their Director of Government Relations, a newly created position at the veterans’ service organization. Owens also serves as an Army Reserve officer and just returned from United States Army Europe, where he was the Assistant Foreign Policy Advisor and Congressional Liaison. As the Director of Government Relations, Owens will be responsible for strengthening and fostering relationships within the veterans and military affairs community at the national level.

“I’m proud to have another veteran on the team to bring a great perspective to veteran’s issues,” stated Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “He brings a wealth of experience and a deep knowledge of veterans’ needs that will help us to strengthen key relationships and to share our mission to empower veterans.”

Before joining AWP, Owens was a staffer in Congress for nearly 14 years. He was recently the National Security Advisor and Military Legislative Assistant for Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), handling the Senator’s military, veterans, foreign affairs, homeland security, and intelligence issue portfolio.

Owens is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, he worked for the National Energy Marketers Association for two years before joining the Capitol Hill office of Representative John E. Peterson (PA-05), then his successor, Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05). While working for Thompson, he handled the Congressman’s military and veterans issue portfolio.

He joined the United States Army Reserve and was deployed overseas to South Korea, Poland, and Germany. He is a 2012 graduate of the Air Force Air Command and Staff College, a 2016 graduate of the United States Army War College with a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies. Owens is a 2019-2020 Marshall Memorial Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

“I look forward to supporting and sharing the vision of America’s Warrior Partnership,” said Owens. “It is critical to have veterans’ needs and voices to be heard at all levels of decision-making. While significant progress has been made as Congress leaned into VA transformation through reforms, new programs, and greater authorities, we still have more work to do – especially to reduce veterans’ suicide. I’m proud to be a part of that effort.”

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visitAmericasWarriorPartnership.org
@AWPartnership #awpartnership


New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce

By Lisa Ducharme, Executive Director, New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce

Why was the New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce (NEVCC) created?

The quick answer, is we were created to help our military-connected businesses throughout New England, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, where we have over 140,000 veteran-owned businesses. With a long-term goal of being their for all of our veterans and their family members.

I was originally asked to establish the Massachusetts Veterans Chamber of Commerce and later was asked to switch to the establish the NEVCC, after a strategic planning process and determined it would be best to start as a Regional Chamber, as states are small.

There were a lot of things that needed to be considered before establishing a Veterans Chamber of Commerce, 1st, do we need it? 2nd, is it sustainable? 3rd, Can we build the trust?

When I was asked, I personally had to figure out, why we needed a Veterans Chamber of Commerce, because Chambers of Commerce are declining in membership. Then I started to think back, we have the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legions, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), all great organizations, all have been around along time, but none of them focus on Veteran Businesses.

When I thought about the organizations, I used in 2013 when I started my business, like the Small Business Development Centers, Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE, and Veteran Business Outreach Centers, these are great organizations, but they focused providing resources that are part of the SBA family. None of them provided me any veteran specific resources. In many cases, they don’t focus on the lessons we learned in the military that make us great business owners.

We have over 2.4 million veteran-owned businesses throughout the United States, and when the new census is completed, the numbers are going to be higher. As veterans we have a proven history of being there for each other. Our World War I pilots taught us “Got Your Six”, and that has been a thread through history, that will not change, we will be there for each other. When we establish an organization for our veterans, and when we build trust in that organization, it is sustainable.

Who are the founding members of the organization and how were they chosen?

Lisa Ducharme, founded the New England Veterans Chamber of Commerce. She was selected by Michael Zacchea, Executive Director, United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce. She was selected due to her military background, in-depth understanding of veteran resources, veteran business resources, experience doing outreach with veterans and working with veteran owned businesses, collaborations with organizations, as well as her experience as a business owner. Lisa is a 20-year Air Force retired veteran, the daughter of a 30-year retired Air Force, Vietnam veteran and mother of a retired Army soldier. As the owner of Your Visual Alternatives, Lisa was well acquainted with the challenges of small business.

What is the organization’s purpose and/or mission?

The NEVCC’s purpose and mission is to help military-connected businesses launch, operate, and scale successful businesses, acting as a central hub and support network through which members can access resources designed to help them grow sustainable businesses that create jobs and contribute to healthy communities.

We think it’s important to remind our veterans the lessons we learned in the military, and how we can use them in business. We are focused on business, networking, social development and resource assistance.

What types of events does the organization plan on hosting?

We started off focusing training, that was not offered locally, such as Daymond On Demand, Builder Profile 10, LinkedIn for Businesses, etc. We participated in the Veterans Grow America/The Rosie Network, Virtual Veteran Business Pop-up. Starting at the end of February 2020 we had open zoom office hours seven days a week to assist businesses. We reached out to each business that we had worked with and provided them resources and information.

During COVID-19 our focus is to help businesses connect via a variety of challenges, which encourages networking, business development, social development and resource assistance. We will continue to connect our businesses to different training opportunities.

Once we are able to start doing networking events again, we will host a variety of networking events, to connect our businesses to one another and also business opportunities.

What do you see as the missing gaps in New England for veterans and veteran families?

The missing gaps are not the resources, it’s how to we get the resource information out to the veterans and their families.

Reaching our veteran and military caregivers are probably the biggest gap, because they are focused on taking care of the veteran, and do not realize all the resources and assistance that is available to them.

The ultimate key is to remind everyone they are not alone, and we have resources and assistance for everything! I always say, friends may come, and friends may go, but our military connection is forever, and I mean it.

What role does diversity play in your organization moving forward?

Diversity played a role in the establishment and running of the NEVCC, and will continue moving forward. As veterans, we are diverse, not only in race, religion, age, gender, cultural background, but also in our branch of service, and when we served and more. It is important to take input from all our military-connected businesses, we are here for them, and we need to have everyone’s input.

What do you feel is the biggest problem facing New England veterans?

The biggest problem facing New England Veterans is veterans and their families understanding resources available to them. Gaining trust in organizations that are there to assist them, is not easy. When I retired from the Air Force, I was surprised how many organizations reached out and said they supported veterans, but didn’t always provide the services they said they did. As a veteran business, there are businesses who want our information, generally so they can get paid sponsorships and sell their services to veterans.

Many veterans, don’t realize they are veterans. I have had veterans tell me they want to start a business to help veterans understand what is available, and my first question is what is their definition of a veteran. One in three will exclude me as a veteran, because they don’t understand the definition of a veteran. I have had Guard and Reserve members tell me they aren’t veterans, because they didn’t have any active duty. I remind them they qualify as a veteran, under the Veterans Administration, and I provide them the link to the Veterans Identification Card (VIC).

How can people get involved in your organization?

I encourage anyone interested in getting involved or if they have questions on starting or growing a business, to contact us https://nevcc.org/contact or email admin@nevcc.org

Anything else that is important that you feel we should know?

On 9/11/2001, for the first time in over 50 years, foreign terrorism was in our own back yard, it awakened in us the sacrifices that our military make every single day, and ignited programs to support our military in their mission and beyond. Because of 9/11 the American People have an appreciation and relatability of what our military goes through with heightened alert, fear and panic and so much more.

With COVID-19 and the unrest across America, our National Guard and Reserves have again been called in service. Many had to leave jobs, which means the businesses that have Guard and Reserve members, have to do without. Our Guard and Reserve members who were going to school, many had to put school on hold, or some let their grades suffer, because they didn’t want to have to miss a semester.

So many Programs have been put in place to support those who support our freedoms. Now that we have these programs, it’s my privilege to help people become aware, gain access and benefit from the support that is out there.


US Organizations Receive Diversity Impact Awards at ERG Leadership Summit

Greensboro, NC (October, 2020)The Association of ERGs & Councils (a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions) recognized the outstanding achievements of Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and other DE&I initiatives at the Diversity Impact Awards™ ceremonies during the USC Marshall Center for Effective Organizations 2020 ERG Leadership Summit Week: A Virtual Event October 19 – October 24.

Each evening of the conference included award ceremonies honoring the Top 25 US Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERGs, Top 10 Diversity Action and Executive Sponsor of the Year Recognition Awards. “The virtual event didn’t dampen the spirit and excitement of the award winners as they celebrated the incredible accomplishments of their teams,” said Lynn Cowart, Principle and Chief Operations Officer at Talent Dimensions.

The Diversity Impact Awards™ was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™. The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm, PRISM International, Inc.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ were reimagined to leverage a data-driven and scientifically-validated model developed by Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama and CEO of eePulse, to ensure buy-in from key stakeholders and drive greater learning. The awards were segmented to create a level playing field for individual ERGs, enterprise-wide ERG programs and non-ERG Diversity initiatives. For the second year, we are honoring the important work of Executive Sponsors.

“While we were excited to launch the new Diversity Impact Awards after almost a year of research and gaining input, launching a new awards structure during COVID-19 was challenging to say the least. We considered taking a hiatus given what organizations were experiencing. We quickly realized that this work was far too important and the individuals volunteering countless hours to create organizations where ALL people felt engaged, included and that they belong, must be recognized,” said Cile Johnson, Principle and Chief Business Officer at Talent Dimensions.

Congratulations to all our Diversity Impact Award winners!

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 25 ERG Award recipients:

  1. Blue Cross NC – GlobalNet
  2. Novant Health – Women’s Business Resource Group
  3. Northwestern Mutual – Asian Employee Resource Group
  4. Rockwell Automation – Cultures Connected
  5. Northwestern Mutual – Women’s Employee Resource Group
  6. ChristianaCare – Women’s Employee Network (WEN)
  7. Mount Sinai Health System – Heritage of Latino Alliance Employee Resource Group
  8. Northwestern Mutual – Hispanic Employee Resource Group
  9. Northwestern Mutual – Mutual disAbility Alliance
  10. NextEra Energy – African American Employee Professional Group
  11. Novant Health – Persons with Abilities Business Resource Group
  12. Novant Health – Black/African American Business Resource Group
  13. Southern California Edison – Latinos for Engagement, Advancement and Development (LEAD)
  14. Erie Insurance – Women’s Affinity Group
  15. Bank of America – LEAD for Women
  16. Northwestern Mutual – Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG)
  17. NextEra Energy – Women in Energy
  18. Novant Health – Pride Business Resource Group
  19. State Street – Professional Women’s Network Massachusetts Chapter (PWN-MA)
  20. Novant Health – Veterans’ Business Resource Group
  21. JetBlue – JetBlue African Diaspora Experience (JADE)
  22. Dominion Energy – We3
  23. American Airlines – Latin Diversity Network EBRG
  24. Halliburton – Women Sharing Excellence
  25. American Airlines – Professional Women in Aviation EBRG

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERG Award recipients:

  1. Bank of America – Bank of America Enterprise ERGs
  2. Northern Trust – Northern Trust Business Resource Council Advisory Council (BRCAC)
  3. Asurion – Asurion ERGs
  4. Cigna – Power of Connections Wellness Circles
  5. Southern Company Gas – 2019 ERG Program Expansion/Evolution
  6. Banner Health – Team Member Resource Group (TMRGs) Launch
  7. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Diversity Council and Employee Networks
  8. Perdue Farms, Inc. – “Day of Understanding”
  9. Tennessee Valley Authority – TVA ERG Collaboration
  10. American Airlines – Abraham’s Tent – Christian, Jewish and Muslim EBRGs

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Top 10 Diversity Action Award recipients:

  1. Mount Sinai Beth Israel – Go Red Event
  2. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  3. Froedtert Health – Disability Etiquette
  4. Ricoh – International Women’s Day
  5. Halliburton – Focus on Family
  6. NASCAR – Heritage History Series
  7. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana – Strategic Plan
  8. Novant Health – Health Equity Council
  9. American Airlines – Virtual Inclusion Week
  10. Novant Health – Cross Cultural Communications Program

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Executive Sponsor of the Year recipients in alphabetical order:

  • Dominion Energy – Wendy Wellener, Vice President – Shared Services
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. – Kate Stengle, Vice President Internal Audit
  • Northern Trust – Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM)
  • Novant Health – Chere Gregory, MD, SVP Chief Health Equity Officer Diversity & Inclusion

About the Diversity Impact Awards™
The Diversity Impact Awards™ program was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™. The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. The new award process leverages a data-driven and scientifically validated model to create collective learning within and across organizations. The honor award was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm, PRISM International, Inc.

About the ERG & Council Conference™
ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital links for improving organizational results. However, to remain impactful and effective, they need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge and to learn and share best practices. They need opportunities to network, celebrate and grow. This was the purpose of the first annual conference designed specifically for ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting http://www.ergcouncilconference.com.

About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of ERGs & Councils is a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions and the premier resource for transforming Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Employee Network Groups to impact key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting www.ergcouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM, a Talent Dimensions company, is a full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting, training and products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, addressing unconscious bias, increasing cross-cultural competencies and creating more effective ERGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting www.prismdiversity.com.


America’s Warrior Partnership Kicks-off 2020 Empower Veterans Giving Campaign on November 2

America’s Warrior Partnership announced today the launch of their year-end giving campaign, “Empower Veterans,” to raise funds to increase awareness and service programs for military veterans, their families, and caregivers. The campaign begins Monday, Nov. 2, and runs through the end of the year. AWP is also participating in the 2020 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the world’s most extensive annual workplace charitable giving campaign.

“Our core mission is empowering communities to empower veterans,” stated Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “The Empower Veterans fundraising campaign encourages donors to give, engage, and empower so we can continue to provide these valuable programs and services dedicated to connecting organizations with the resources and partners they need to serve veterans on a local community level.”

For every dollar donated to the 2020 Empower Veterans Campaign, $0.96 goes directly to support programs such as these:

Community Integration
America’s Warrior Partnership’s proven model provides veteran-serving organizations with the tools and services they need to offer local veterans a customized program to serve their needs.

The Network
A digital coordination center connecting local veteran-serving organizations with national resources when a veteran’s request cannot be met locally.

Corporate Veteran Initiative (CVI)
A program to help corporate leaders better understand the unique skills and experiences that veterans can contribute to a business. AWP works with participating companies to develop and implement workplace solutions that enable veterans to thrive in their careers and become valuable assets to their employers.

Four Star Alliance
A national initiative committed to ensuring that veterans, their families, and caregivers have access to vetted adaptive sports, recreational therapy, and wellness programs.

Operation Deep Dive
The nonprofit’s initiative to prevent veteran suicide ramped up in December 2017 with its launch of Operation Deep Dive (OpDD), a community-based veteran suicide prevention study led by America’s Warrior Partnership and researchers from the University of Alabama with a grant funded by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. In September 2020, the research team published initial findings that identified a significant gap in data on suicide among veterans, revealing that official records under-represent the severity of this crisis.

Operation Deep Dive is currently conducting interviews to investigate veteran lives lost to suicide or a non-natural cause of death. Researchers seek individuals who are 18 years of age or older and have lost a relative, loved one, friend, or co-worker, who was a veteran to suicide within the last 24 months. Both the interviewee and the veteran must have lived in the same community – which must also be one of the 15 states where OpDD is active – before the veteran’s death.

Raise the Awareness | #empowerveterans #give #engage #empower
2020 Empower Veterans Campaign | www.americaswarriorpartnership.org/giving
2020 Combined Federal Campaign | https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visit www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org
@AWPartnership #awpartnership


America’s Warrior Partnership Celebrates Passage of Federal Legislation Empowering Communities to Prevent Veteran Suicide

After years of educating the nation on community initiatives to eliminate military veteran suicide, national nonprofit America’s Warrior Partnership today celebrated the passage of federal legislation that will deliver critical resources to communities nationwide to develop and implement impactful suicide prevention services for veterans, their families, and caregivers. The new law is an important step forward in reversing the national trend of 20 veterans who die by suicide on average every day, as reported in a 2018 report from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, co-written by Chairman Jerry Moran, Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and Ranking Member Senator Jon Tester, will establish a grant program empowering community-based organizations to conduct proactive outreach to local veterans and connect them with holistic support programs to improve their quality of life. The legislation’s community-based strategy to suicide prevention is a critical component that America’s Warrior Partnership President and CEO Jim Lorraine has urged policymakers to prioritize in multiple testimonies to the U.S. Senate and House Committees on Veterans Affairs.

“The risk factors affecting a veteran’s mental health are vastly different depending on the community in which they live, which means local organizations are in the best position to understand and address these issues,” said Lorraine. “The importance of empowering these community-based service providers has been the foundation of our outreach and testimony to Congress, so I am pleased that this legislation acknowledges the role communities play in preventing veteran suicide.”

The law’s focus aligns with the core mission of America’s Warrior Partnership: empowering communities to empower veterans. Each of the nonprofit’s programs and services is dedicated to connecting organizations with the resources and partners they need to proactively and holistically serve local veterans. Veteran-serving organizations employing the nonprofit’s signature Community Integration service model have engaged more than 53,200 warriors since February 2014.

The nonprofit’s initiative to prevent veteran suicide ramped up in December 2017 with its launch of Operation Deep Dive (OpDD), a community-based veteran suicide prevention study led by America’s Warrior Partnership and researchers from the University of Alabama with a grant funded by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. In September 2020, the research team published initial findings that identified a significant gap in data on suicide among veterans, revealing that official records under-represent the severity of this crisis.

The call for urgent action to prevent veteran suicide was amplified when more than 200,000 veterans and veteran advocates from all 50 states signed a petition urging Congress to prioritize the issue. The petition was started by Mission Roll Call, a program of America’s Warrior Partnership and a digital grassroots movement, providing veterans with a powerful, unified voice delivered directly to policymakers. Mission Roll Call Executive Director Garrett Cathcart shared the stories of veterans impacted by the suicide crisis in written testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs in September 2020.

“Veterans need local resources where they can comfortably seek assistance, and Congress must step up to help communities in this endeavor,” said Cathcart. “We wish to expressly thank Representatives Mark Takano and Phil Roe for their bipartisan cooperation in bringing this bill from the Senate through the House for President Trump to sign into law. This is a win for our entire country, particularly veterans seeking access to mental health services that have historically been difficult to provide in remote communities.”

As the new law goes into effect, America’s Warrior Partnership will continue to support the fight to eliminate veteran suicide through OpDD, which is currently conducting interviews to investigate veteran lives lost to suicide or a non-natural cause of death. Researchers seek individuals who are 18 years of age or older and have lost a relative, loved one, friend, or co-worker, who was a veteran to suicide within the last 24 months. Both the interviewee and the veteran must have lived in the same community – which must also be one of the 15 states where OpDD is active – before the veteran’s death.

For more information on OpDD, including the latest findings and details on how to participate in an interview, visit americaswarriorpartnership.org/deep-dive.

VETERANS CRISIS LINE | A service member or veteran in crisis can call 1.800.273.8255 and press 1 or send a text message to 838255 to connect for help.

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org
@AWPartnership #awpartnership

America’s Warrior Partnership Awards $60,000 to 3 San Diego Military Veteran Groups

America’s Warrior Partnership announced today that it has awarded $60,000 in grants from its annual Patriot’s Pour, a campaign created to raise donations for holistic military veterans programs, to San Diego-based military veterans organizations. The funds, raised by Murphy Development Company and Lusardi Construction Company, were awarded to three San Diego-based military veterans and community service groups.

The three local nonprofits receiving the grants include Vets’ Community Connections, a nonprofit that assists veterans and their families with integrating into the San Diego community; 2-1-1 San Diego, a free 24-hour confidential phone service helping San Diego residents connect with community services; and the San Diego Veterans Coalition, a nonprofit inspiring and encouraging collaboration and cooperation among service providers and veteran service organizations to improve support for veterans within the San Diego region.

Organizations were chosen based on America’s Warrior Partnership’s proprietary Community Assessment Tool, which helps to determine the community’s ability to serve local veterans. The assessment concluded that “leadership” among local veteran-serving organizations was an area of strength, while “proactive outreach” was an area that could be better supported due to San Diego County’s large size.  America’s Warrior Partnership identified local organizations that understood the importance of holistic Community Integration and could work in collaboration to implement and enhance proactive outreach programs to connect veterans with the resources and opportunities they have earned through their military service.

“Local veteran-serving organizations are a pillar of the San Diego community, which has one of the nation’s largest military footprints with more than 222,000 veterans and 229,000 active-duty service members living in the county,” said Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “No single group can effectively serve every one of these veterans on its own, so Patriot’s Pour offers a way for our Community Integration program to support the entire community to amplify local veteran services. We thank Murphy Development and Lusardi Construction for bringing the campaign to San Diego and driving immense support from local groups to give back to our veterans.”

As Patriot’s Pour participants, Murphy Development and Lusardi Construction offered their vendors, subcontractors, tenants and brokers the opportunity to offer funds in support of San Diego veterans. A donation was generated for every yard of concrete the companies poured at The Campus at San Diego Business Park Building 3 project in 2019.

“We are proud to support our San Diego veterans and help them find the resources they need,” said R. Michael Murphy, President of Murphy Development Company. “Thank you to America’s Warrior Partnership for the opportunity to support our veterans, and thank you, veterans, for your tremendous service.”

“Lusardi Construction Company, together with our valued subcontractors and consultants, are blessed to be able to support our veterans of this great country,” said John A. Bailey, Chairman of Lusardi Construction Company.

Additional Information about Patriot’s Pour | https://www.americaswarriorpartnership.org/patriots-pour

About America’s Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives.

www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org | @AWPartnership | #awpartnership

About Murphy Development Company
Murphy Development Company master plans and develops state-of-the-art corporate industrial parks in San Diego. In Otay Mesa, the area just north of the U.S./Mexico Border in San Diego, the 33-year-old company has developed or master-planned nearly 10 million square feet and is responsible for attracting numerous Fortune 500 tenants to the area. The company is also developing 31 acres in the Scripps Ranch sub-market of San Diego. Murphy Development is headquartered in Otay Mesa.

www.murphydev.com

About Lusardi Construction
Lusardi Construction was founded in 1958 by Warner Lusardi, and his father, Peter, in the garage of their Southern California home. What started out as two men with big ideas and a tremendous work ethic developed into the classic American success story. In the years since, the firm has completed thousands of buildings and covering millions of square feet. Lusardi Construction is one of the nation’s most successful full-service general contractors.

www.Lusardi.com


NCOA Corporate Partner Sponsorship (Professional Military Recognition Programs and Scholarships)

The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) is a Military Service Organization (MSO) created in 1960 to address quality of life issues for enlisted members of our Active, Reserve, Retired and Veteran members of all branches of the military, National Guard cadre as well as families. We are seeking Corporate Partners to support our Military Service Organization’s Professional Development (MSOPD) Recognition Programs and the NCOA National Scholarship Program.

Corporate Partner Sponsorship is available at 2 different levels – Silver Level at $3,500 and Gold Level at $5,000. For each level we will place your company logo and a link to your website on our NCOA ADVOCATE homepage. The NCOADVOCATE Newsletter (see attached) is distributed weekly via e-mail to nearly 40,000 NCOA Basic and Premium Members. Additionally, Gold Level Sponsors will have their Company Logo and link included On the NCOA website ncoausa.org

The Corporate Partner/MSOPD Program will recognize Distinguished Graduates of Professional Military Education Courses and those who receive Special Recognition from their Services (i.e. Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Inductees, Service Members of the Year at Major Command Level). In addition, funds would be used to provide scholarships for military family members through the NCOA Scholarship Fund.

Corporate Partner Designee will also be added to NCOADVOCATE E-Mailing list. For our planning purposes, please let me know whether your Company would be interested in supporting this program.

Please contact Joseph Terry at (210) 819-0568 or via e-mail to jterry@ncoausa.org if you have any questions, comments or require additional information.


US Organizations to Receive Diversity Impact Awards at October Conference

The Association of ERGs & Councils (a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions) released their annual list of the Top 25 US Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERGs, Top 10 Diversity Action and Executive Sponsor Recognition Awards.  These groups will be recognized at an award ceremony during the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations 2020 ERG Leadership Summit Week: A Virtual Event October 19 – October 24, 2020.

The Diversity Impact Awards™ was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™.  The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

In 2018, PRISM International was acquired by Talent Dimensions to help organizations weave Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) into the fabric of its culture.  “This can only happen if the organization develops a DE&I strategy aligned to the business strategy and the appropriate structure exists to ensure successful implementation.  Diversity Councils and ERGs (BRGs, Affinity Groups, Networks, etc.) serve as one of the most important levers to drive the tactical execution of that strategy,” shares Lynn Cowart, Principle and Chief Operations Office at Talent Dimensions.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ were reimagined to leverage a data driven and scientifically validated model developed by Dr. Theresa Welbourne, Senior Affiliate Research Scientist at the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations, Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama, and CEO of eePulse, to ensure buy-in from key stakeholders and drive greater learning.  The awards were segmented to create a level playing field for individual ERGs, enterprise-wide ERG programs and non-ERG Diversity initiatives.  For the second year, we are honoring the important work of Executive Sponsors.

“While we were excited to launch the new Diversity Impact Awards after almost a year of research and gaining input, launching a new awards structure during COVID-19 was challenging to say the least.  We considered taking a hiatus given what organizations were experiencing.  We quickly realized that this work was far too important and the individuals volunteering countless hours to create organizations where ALL people felt engaged, included and that they belong, must be recognized,” said Cile Johnson, Principle and Chief Business Officer at Talent Dimensions. “Our partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations further supported the importance of the recognition of leaders and organizations.”

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards recipient rankings will be revealed at USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective (CEO) Organizations ERG Leadership Summit Week October 19 – October 24.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 25 ERG Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Professional Women in Aviation EBRG
  • American Airlines – Latin Diversity Network EBRG
  • Bank of America – LEAD for Women
  • Blue Cross NC – GlobalNet
  • ChristianaCare – Women’s Employee Network (WEN)
  • Dominion Energy – We3
  • Erie Insurance – Women’s Affinity Group
  • Halliburton – Women Sharing Excellence
  • JetBlue – JetBlue African Diaspora Experience (JADE)
  • Mount Sinai Health System – Heritage of Latino Alliance Employee Resource Group
  • NextEra Energy – African American Employee Professional Group
  • NextEra Energy – Women in Energy
  • Northwestern Mutual – Asian Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Women’s Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Hispanic Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Mutual disAbility Alliance
  • Northwestern Mutual – Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG)
  • Novant Health – Women’s Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Persons with Abilities Busines Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Black/African American Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Pride Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Veterans’ Business Resource Group
  • Rockwell Automation – Cultures Connected
  • Southern California Edison, Latinos for Engagement Advancement and Development (LEAD)
  • State Street – Professional Women’s Network Massachusetts Chapter (PWN-MA)

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERG Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Abraham’s Tent – Christian, Jewish, and Muslim EBRGs
  • Asurion – Asurion ERGs
  • Bank of America – Bank of America Enterprise ERGs
  • Banner Health – Team Member Resource Group (TMRGs) Launch
  • Cigna – Employee Resource Groups
  • Northern Trust – Northern Trust Business Resource Council Advisory Council (BRCAC)
  • Perdue Farms, Inc. – “Day of Understanding”
  • Southern Company Gas – 2019 ERG Program Expansion/Evolution
  • Tennessee Valley Authority – TVA ERG Collaboration
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Diversity Council and Employee Networks

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Top 10 Diversity Action Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Virtual Inclusion Week
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana – Strategic Plan
  • Froedtert Health – Disability Etiquette
  • Halliburton – Focus on Family
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel – Go Red Event
  • NASCAR – Heritage History Series
  • Novant Health – Health Equity Council
  • Novant Health – Cross Cultural Communications Program
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard – Disability Etiquette: Perspective Changing
  • Ricoh – International Women’s Day

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Executive Sponsor of the Year recipients in alphabetical order:

  • Dominion Energy – Wendy Wellener, Vice President – Shared Services
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. – Kate Stengle, Vice President Internal Audit
  • Northern Trust – Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM)
  • Novant Health – Chere Gregory, MD, SVP Chief Health Equity Officer Diversity & Inclusion

About the Diversity Impact Awards™
The Diversity Impact Awards™ program was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™.  The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils.  The new award process leverages a data driven and scientifically validated model to create collective learning within and across organizations.  The honor award was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

About the ERG & Council Conference™
ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital links for improving organizational results. However, to remain impactful and effective, they need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge and to learn and share best practices. They need opportunities to network, celebrate and grow. This was the purpose of the first annual conference designed specifically for ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting http://www.ergcouncilconference.com.

About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of ERGs & Councils is a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and the premier resource for transforming Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Employee Network Groups to impact key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting www.ergcouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM, a Talent Dimensions company, is a full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting, training and products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, addressing unconscious bias, increasing cross-cultural competencies and creating more effective ERGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting www.prismdiversity.com.

About USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations
Since its founding over 40 years ago, the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), a research center in the USC Marshall School of Business, is world-renowned for its breakthrough research and insights on organizational performance, effectiveness and talent management. Today, CEO is at the forefront, discovering and creating the latest knowledge in the design and management of organizations for companies that range from mid-sized to the Global 500. CEO’s worldwide network includes research scientists, faculty experts, best-selling authors, and corporate partners. Working together, they provide forward-thinking leaders with trusted insights and the hands-on learning they need to help them solve complex problems and build highly effective, sustainable organizations.


Keynote Lineup for VIRTUAL Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2020 includes Leaders from FAA, CISA and The White house

Steve Dickson, Administrator, FAA; Brian Harrell, Assistant Director, DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA); and Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, The White House, will deliver keynote presentations at Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2020 Virtual Event taking place September 15-17.  Additional keynote panels are Drone Delivery in the Era of a Pandemic; UPS Panel on Building a Drone Delivery Airline While Balancing the Gender Equation; and Expanded Operations, Regulatory Update and Lessons Learned from IPP.

For the first time, Keynotes will be free to attend for anyone with Virtual Exhibit Hall pass. In addition to accessing the keynotes, attendees will be able to chat with one another during the sessions and network with one another through a sophisticated AI-powered networking tool. Registration is available here: https://virtual.expouav.com/page/1554247/register?promo=209221

“The need to come together has never been greater,” said Lisa Murray, Event Director. “We’re thrilled that these top UAS leaders have chosen Commercial UAV Expo as the platform for sharing critical updates and information during these extraordinary times.”

Keynote Presentations

Steve Dickson, FAA
UAS Today and Onward

Over the past year, the industry and the FAA have made substantial progress related to UAS. Operators have received part 135 air carrier certification, the long-awaited remote identification rule was proposed and will soon be finalized, aircraft type certification efforts are underway, and emergency relief and public safety operations have expanded. But where is the FAA really on the path to full integration? This journey began and is progressing deliberately, with an absolute commitment to safety every step of the way. As technology has advanced; experience has been gained through real-world operations, such as those conducted under the UAS Integration Pilot Program. Regulatory efforts have progressed bringing the destination closer every day. In this keynote address, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson will discuss the state of UAS, today and in the future.

Brian Harrell, CISA
Security Threats & Opportunities; DHS CISA Resources for Commercial Enterprises

“Private industry does not own the airspace above generation facilities, above a transmission substation, above a water plant — so the overhead threat for attack is absolutely real today.”—Brian Harrell. In his Keynote address, Brian will provide an update on joint efforts of DHS, DOJ, HHS and other agencies to anticipate and mitigate threats, the risks posed by—and opportunities for use of – unmanned systems, the importance of investing in an insider-threat and other crisis mitigation programs, and resources available for industry including free workshops, training and webinars through the DHS CISA. The goal is protecting key infrastructure and other assets including the electric grid and water resources and preparing for worst-case scenarios.

Michael Kratsios, The White House
Update from the White House

As President Trump’s top technology advisor, Michael has led the development and execution of the Administration’s national technology policy agenda since inauguration. Under his leadership, the White House launched National initiatives for artificial intelligence, quantum computing, 5G and broadband communications, autonomous vehicles, commercial drones, STEM education, and advanced manufacturing. Chief Michael will provide an update on the latest developments from the White House.

Keynote Panels

In addition to the Keynote Presentations, the program includes three Keynote panels:

Drone Delivery in the Era of a Pandemic

The successes of drones deliveries for sending medicine and organs to hospitals quickly, or delivering aid in disaster areas, has not only been a step forward for proof of concept, but the PR engendered has been an important boost for the drone industry. How have deliveries been progressing, particularly throughout the pandemic, and what are next steps toward expanding these programs for other types of package delivery via drone?

Panelists include Lisa Ellman, Commercial Drone Alliance & Partner, Hogan Lovells, (Moderator); Bala Ganesh, UPS; Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc with additional speaker announcements to come.

Building a Drone Delivery Airline While Balancing the Gender Equation

The UPS Flight Forward team is comprised of women leaders. In this inspiring Keynote they’ll share not only the new technologies being deployed and integration into the existing UPS airline fleet, but also their experiences as they’ve been actively balancing the gender equation. Speaker announcements coming soon.

Expanded Operations, Regulatory Update and Lessons Learned from IPP

Jay Merkle will kick off the session with a regulatory update and will then engage panelists in candid discussion about their IPP experiences. He’ll focus on how these learnings and insights will inform the expansion of drone programs.

Panelists include Jay Merkle, FAA (Moderator); Katelyn McCauley, San Diego IPP; Cathy Cahill, University of Alaska IPP; Mark Blanks, Virginia IPP; James Grimsley, Advanced Technology Initiatives, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

About Commercial UAV Expo Americas

Commercial UAV Expo Americas, presented by Commercial UAV News, is the leading international trade show and conference for the commercial drone market. Its sixth edition, September 15-17, 2020 will take place virtually. For more information, visit www.expouav.com/.

Commercial UAV Expo Americas and its sister event Commercial UAV Expo Europe are produced by Diversified Communications’ technology portfolio which also includes Commercial UAV News, GeoBusiness Show, International Lidar Technology Forum, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, SPAR 3D.com, AECNext Technology Expo & Conference and AEC Next News. For information on opportunities for vendors at Commercial UAV Expo Americas, contact Katherine Dow, Sales Manager, at kdow@divcom.com or +1.207-842-5497. For attending information, visit www.expouav.com or email info@expouav.com.

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VetsLegal – Lawyers for Warriors

Can you help put legal remedies in reach of a Veteran who is at risk of homelessness and suicide during the pandemic? The grassroots supporters of Veterans Legal Institute will rally on November 9 at its annual event Lawyers for Warriors, presented again this year by Wright, Ford Young & Co.

2020 Lawyers for Warriors Flier for November 9 event

If you are able, all support is meaningful and brings the power of compassionate pro bono legal care to homeless, disabled, and low-income Veterans who need us to stand by them right now. Please visit www.vetslegal.org


NVBDC Announces: Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Kathryn Poynton to Join NVBDC Advisory Board

NVBDC announcement
Serving as the National Director of Events for “Hiring Our Heroes” and with over 32 years of military service in staff positions for the National Guard Bureau and U.S. Army, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Kathryn Poynton is a great addition to the NVBDC‘s Advisory Board.

National Veterans Business Development Council (NVBDC) is “Changing How American Businesses Perceive Veteran Owned Companies.” Senior leadership is the organization’s foundation for accelerating programs and mentorships and increasing corporate relationship opportunities for NVBDC certified Service-Disabled/Veteran Owned Businesses (SD/VOBs). The NVBDC Advisory Board is a diverse and inclusive group of high-level men and women involved with procurement and supplier diversity programs from various businesses to support our Officers and Board of Directors.

Early in Kathy’s career, her ambition set her on a path for high-level achievements. She is a highly focused visionary with 25+ years of experience providing strategic management in operations, human resources, project and program management and employee development. During her military career, Kathy has deployed to Honduras, Panama, Turkey, Kuwait and Afghanistan. She served as a reserve component liaison officer under the 5th Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom stationed at Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq, where she was awarded the Bronze Star.

Kathy has also developed initiatives and communications strategies to assist transitioning service members, and Veterans to find meaningful employment; this led her to become the spokesperson for the Hiring Our Heroes program at military and community events.

Kathy’s skills and lifetime achievements collectively bring an inspiring perspective to the National Veteran Business Development Council Advisory Board.


America’s Warrior Partnership Welcomes TAPS to the Four Star Alliance

America’s Warrior Partnership announced today that the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the nation’s leading organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes, has joined the Four Star Alliance, a membership program of vetted community organizations that provide therapeutic recreation and wellness programs to veterans, their families and caregivers.

“For the last several years, our Annual Survey has found that recreation is the most sought-after resource among veterans and their families, and the Four Star Alliance helps veterans find reliable recreational therapy programs, ” said Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “With their expansive network of military and veteran families, TAPS will help expand the Four Star Alliance’s reach to ensure the loved ones of our fallen service members have access to reliable wellness programs.”

Since 1994, TAPS has offered comprehensive support services to more than 90,000 survivors of fallen military in the form of peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars and retreats, youth programming, casework assistance and connections to community-based care.  TAPS facilitates online and in-person support groups and offers a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been profoundly affected by a death of a military loved one.

“For more than two decades, TAPS has been a leader in the study and support of individuals impacted by complicated grief and bereavement; building peer-to-peer and other critical programs for individuals experiencing the loss of a loved one,” said Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder of TAPS. “By joining the esteemed Four Star Alliance, we are advancing yet another opportunity to meet our families where they are and provide them with hopeful healing.”

The Four Star Alliance helps veterans select a trusted therapeutic recreation and wellness program by bestowing the Program of Excellence designation on its member organizations. Each member earns this designation by passing a vetting process conducted by America’s Warrior Partnership that considers fiscal responsibility, use of effective practices and level of satisfaction among those they serve.

For more information, visit FourStarAlliance.org.

About TAPS

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. Since 1994, TAPS has offered support to more than 90,000 survivors who have been profoundly affected by a death of a military loved one. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

About America’s Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. For more information, visit www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.


America’s Warrior Partnership and Alaska Coalition for Veterans & Military Families Bring National Resources to Local Veterans

America’s Warrior Partnership and the Alaska Coalition forAlaska Coalition Veterans & Military Families (AKCVMF) are collaborating on an initiative to empower Alaskan community organizations with national resources and best practices for serving local military veterans, their families and caregivers. Since formalizing their partnership in late 2019, AKCVMF has worked with America’s Warrior Partnership to develop and fund support programs for local veterans, including services responding to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our signature service model, Community Integration, emphasizes a one-size-fits-one approach that enables local organizations to better connect with both veterans and partnering service providers,” said Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “The Community Integration program’s success hinges on a local leader who understands the strengths and weaknesses of existing veteran support programs, ensuring that resources are appropriately allocated. AKCVMF is perfectly positioned to fill this role in empowering Alaskan veteran.”

“We connect dozens of veteran-serving organizations across the state, and with the support of America’s Warrior Partnership, we can introduce our coalition to national partners and resources to fill any gaps in local services,” said Magen James, Executive Director of AKCVMF. “Strenghtening our networks of support has already had a positive impact, as we were positioned to provide additional resources to veterans navigating the COVID-19 crisis.”

The Community Integration service model is built around four key pillars:

1. Connect veterans with requested services and community resources;
2. Educate veterans about the opportunities available to them, while also educating the community about the value that veterans can offer in a civic capacity;
3. Advocate on behalf of veterans to ensure their community delivers continuing support; and
4. Collaborate with veterans and the community to create and implement holistic plans that improve their quality of life.

Alaskan military veterans, families and caregivers seeking assistance can contact the AKCVMF through the link on our website: akcvmf.org/assistance.html.

About the Alaska Coalition for Veterans & Military Families
The Alaska Coalition for Veterans & Military Families (AKCVMF) is a network of organizations throughout Alaska that work together to meet the needs of local service members, veterans and their families. AKCVMF’s mission is to educate, inform and help connect this population with services to ensure healthy futures. For more information, visit akcvmf.org.

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute. For more information, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.


NVBDC WELCOMES THOMAS LOFFREDO AS OUR NEWEST ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) senior leadership is the organization’s foundation to accelerate programs, mentorships and increase corporate relationship opportunities for NVBDC certified Service-Disabled / Veteran Owned Businesses (SD/VOBs). National Veteran Business Development Council’s Advisory Board is a diverse and inclusive group of high-level men and women involved with procurement and supplier diversity programs from various businesses to support our Officers and Board of Directors.

Thomas Loffredo’s corporate background and rigorous training to earn the Army’s elite U.S. Ranger designation makes him a great addition to the National Veteran Business Development Council’s Advisory Board.

Formerly the Director of Strategic Sourcing & Procurement at MetLife, Inc., Thomas was instrumental in transforming the organizational model, contracting structures and service platforms for one of the most significant cost centers in the business with a $400M + annual spend. Early in his career, Thomas worked for Johnson & Johnson, NYSE, among other major corporations while affiliated with niched technology consulting firms.
With over 22 years of experience in Information Technology, technology services, strategic sourcing and procurement, Thomas has negotiated multi-million-dollar contracts with world-class technology corporations and professional services providers.
Thomas is the founder of a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB); Patriot Staffing & Services, LLC, a full-service staffing company that provides customized solutions for resource planning, sourcing/procurement, staff augmentation and vendor management. The National Veteran Business Development Council’s motto is Veterans helping Veterans, and our Advisory Board needs to have representation from Service-Disabled/Veteran Owned Businesses to stay current with the issues and concerns within the veteran owned business community.

LOFFREDO COMMISSIONED AS A US ARMY SIGNAL OFFICER, AND EARNED AIRBORNE & RANGER DESIGNATIONS
Being a Ranger is an honor shared by a distinct few. In order to become one, you must pass a series of grueling tests that will push your body and mind to the limit. The Rangers are the most elite large-scale fighting force the Army has to offer.

“It is so important to the NVBDC mission that we appoint our advisors with the right knowledge, a proven track record, and a connection with major corporations to achieve our goals to help our certified Veteran Business Owners. One of our stated objectives for 2020 was to find and appoint U.S. Military Veterans with a strong corporate procurement background to our board and Tom meets those standards.” said Brigadier General (ret) Richard Miller, President, National Veteran Business Development Council.

PLEASE JOIN NATIONAL VETERAN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL IN WELCOMING THOMAS LOFFREDO TO THE NVBDC ADVISORY BOARD
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ANNOUNCING TOM


America’s Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership recently launched the Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership, the first community-based program dedicated to empowering the Navajo Nation’s military veterans, their families and caregivers. The program is currently conducting proactive outreach to the estimated 15,000 veterans living in the Navajo Nation to educate them on available resources and connect them with holistic support services.

The Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership elevates the work of local veteran-serving professionals by bridging the gaps that exist between community service providers and national resources. Supported by funding from the Schultz Family Foundation, it is the culmination of the Community Integration program, which America’s Warrior Partnership conducts in three phases to assess a local veteran population, develop a program plan tailored to their needs and implement a holistic care program within their community.

“Our assessment found that local veterans seek assistance with housing, applying for benefits, accessing behavioral health support and finding reliable transportation,” said Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “We have worked closely with the community over the last year to comprehensively understand these obstacles, and the Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership was designed to holistically address them.”

The program empowers veterans to navigate issues at every stage of their post-military lives by focusing on four steps:

1. Connect veterans with requested services and community resources;
2. Educate veterans about the opportunities available to them, while also educating the community about the value that veterans can offer in a civic capacity;
3. Advocate on behalf of veterans to ensure their community delivers continuing support; and
4. Collaborate with veterans and the community to create and implement holistic plans that improve their quality of life.

“Since launching the program, we have connected with more than 114 veterans, family members and caregivers living in the Navajo Nation to support them in navigating their benefits and assisting with housing issues,” said Inann Johns of Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership. “As we continue conducting proactive outreach in the months to come, we look forward to empowering veterans with the support they have earned through their service.”

Navajo Nation veterans seeking connections with local and national resources can contact Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership by calling 928-910-4225 or visiting AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute. For more information on the organization and how to get involved, visit wAmericasWarriorPartnership.org.


Hire Patriots

Show Your Patriotism

This is how we can all show our patriotism. I have always loved America. We have been the Light of the world ever since World War II. We have been the bulwark of liberty, justice and free enterprise. And all the people of the world have looked toward us for hope, inspiration, and as a defender of the oppressed, afflicted, imprisoned, and starving. We have emulated the highest aspirations of the faith most Americans have in a loving, merciful and just Creator. — In my personal effort to participate in keeping America’s Light shining, I chose to serve our nation’s military, veterans, and their families, as well as all US citizens who appreciate them.

In 2004, soon after the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, I was living next door to Camp Pendleton Marine Base, loaded with 75,000 warriors. One day, one of them, who lived in my neighborhood and had a family, knocked on my door. While in Iraq his wife had lost her job and by the time he returned, his house had no electricity. She had run out of money but did not want to tell him until he got home. “Sir, he said, as I opened my door, “Do you have any kind of chores or repairs you need to get done?” – That is when I created a free job board for all the residents in my county, San Diego, to post jobs for our local US Marines and Navy, HirePatriots.com.

It has been a tremendous sensation! Tens of thousands of our US Marines and Navy have earned extra income and found lasting friendships with many of the civilians they met. Hire Patriots even received an award for stimulating the local economy. (See Video) PEOPLE Magazine also did a feature about us in their America’s Heroes Among Us. And because of the great human interest stories our free job board creates we are frequently invited to speak on TV and radio, even nationally. (See some HERE.)

Since receiving great national media attention, we now offer to provide a localized and customized Hire Patriots website and job board for free to any community in America. This is a great opportunity for business sponsorship. The advantages of any business doing so is detailed in my Amazon best seller, The Patriotic Business Plan.

In addition to our job boards, we have held many military job fairs on bases here and across the U.S., nine marriage retreats for combat veterans, and assisted car donatein starting over 100 veteran owned businesses that now employ hundreds of other veterans every day.

Providing these great services is a heavy burden on our personal financial resources, so my wife and I founded Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3 non-profit. Our critical source of support has come through our CarDonation2Veterans.com program.

If you have, or know anyone who has, an unwanted vehicle, please consider calling 888-433-6202 anywhere in America.

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NDVets’ Monthly Minute

March has been a tough month for us due to the COVID-19 sweeping the nation.

At NDVets, we took immediate action to insure the health and well-being of our veterans and staff. Based on CDC recommendations, we immediately communicated and encouraged behaviors that help prevent the spread of illness and also provided infection prevention training to our veterans.

We are proud to say that our programs are still open and as of today, we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We also launched an Emergency fundraiser on our website and Facebook page. Our Executive Director Leo Cuadradro was interviewed by ABC7 and KCRW to raise awareness on how COVID-19 is affecting homeless veterans and why we launched an Emergency Fundraiser.

You can find the story broadcasted on ABC7 here.

Homeless veterans face a higher risk of exposure to the Coronavirus sweeping the nation. While we do our very best to keep our facilities open 24/7, COVID-19 has severely impacted our operations.
The money raised will help provide emergency clothing, basic hygiene necessities and additional resources to hire temporary staff since over 20% of our staff has been affected by the school closings.

Donate

In-kind donations

Due to the shortage of basic hygiene necessities, we are actively looking for donations of: 3M face masks, hand sanitizers and plastic gloves (Large and Extra Large).

If you want to make a donation, please contact info@ndvets.org

Donate on our Facebook Fundraiser

Have a Facebook account? Donate on our Facebook COVID-19 Emergency Fundraiser!

Sneak peek into April
We continue to adapt to the ongoing changes and will keep you updated of any changes on our social media.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control for the latest Coronavirus information. You can also read about VA’s public health response and how the City of Los Angeles is responding to the Coronavirus.


Mission Roll Call Launches Social Media Campaign for Military Veterans to Connect During COVID-19 Crisis

Crowd-sourced video series will empower veterans to maintain supportive communities as social distancing practices continue

Mission Roll Call today announced the launch of “Be A Leader,” a new crowd-sourced social media video series that will empower veterans, their families and caregivers to virtually connect with each other and share their experiences during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Content shared using the #MRCBeALeader hashtag on social media will highlight stories and advice from veterans to encourage personal growth, optimistic communities and responsible behavior in the months to come.

“With a wealth of experience handling critical and stressful situations in a calm, positive manner, military veterans are ready to lead by example in this time of uncertainty,” said Garrett Cathcart, executive director of Mission Roll Call. “This campaign will give all veterans an opportunity to share how they are checking in on their buddies, entertaining their families, and staying active so others will be inspired to do the same as the nation continues to practice social distancing.”

In addition to videos created and shared by followers of Mission Roll Call’s social media channels, the series will feature insights and words of encouragement from individuals such as Medal of Honor recipients Sal Giunta and Clint Romesha, as well as retired NFL player and U.S. Army veteran Nate Boyer.

The “Be A Leader” campaign is an extension of Mission Roll Call’s goal to provide veterans with a platform where they can make their voices heard on the key issues impacting their lives. Mission Roll Call is a program of national nonprofit America’s Warrior Partnership that has connected with more than 535,000 veterans, family members, caregivers and advocates since launching in 2019.

Veterans and community members who wish to participate can post content and follow the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the #MRCBeALeader hashtag and tagging @MissionRollCall.

About Mission Roll Call

Mission Roll Call is the first-ever movement of its kind — one dedicated to giving every veteran a voice in advocating for the issues that are important to them. The program created a digital community where veterans, their families and caregivers can make their voices heard. Veterans can share their stories through comments on our social media pages and respond to online polls about the most urgent issues facing veteran communities. These messages, views and insights are delivered directly to policymakers and civic leaders with the goal of enacting lasting, positive change.

For more information, visit MissionRollCall.org. Mission Roll Call is a program of America’s Warrior Partnership. America’s Warrior Partnership is a nationally recognized nonprofit with a Platinum Guidestar Seal of Transparency.

Source: America’s Warrior Partnership


Working Wardrobes Announces the Appointment of Steven Forry as the Chief Development Officer

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. (March 18, 2020): Among his new responsibilities, Forry will play a key role in helping Working Wardrobes rebuild after a fire destroyed the nonprofit’s Irvine headquarters in early February of 2020.

Throughout his professional career, Forry has raised millions of dollars for well-known organizations throughout Southern California, including St. Joseph Health’s Mission Hospital, Scripps Institute of Medicine and Science, Sharp Healthcare, UC San Diego School of Medicine & Science, and Memorial HealthCare. His proven track record includes expertise in fundraising, board development, strategic planning, capital campaigns, staff development, and organizational administration.

“We are so grateful Steven has joined our leadership team at such a critical time,” said Jerri Rosen, Founder, and CEO of Working Wardrobes. “Our world took a major turn on February 2nd after a fire devastated our operations. We’re facing this challenge head-on and with full force. I am confident that with Steven’s
guidance and support, the remainder of this year – as well as the next 30 years – will be cause for celebration!”

Along with many development achievements throughout his career, Forry’s credentials also include the management of capital campaigns for Panas, Linzy, and Partners and for DeLauro and Associates. He is a published author and educator, having taught literature at Columbia University and development classes at UC Irvine, OneOC, and regional Association of Fundraising Professionals conferences. Forry is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

MORE ABOUT WORKING WARDROBES:
Working Wardrobes is Orange County’s foremost career development nonprofit, championing on behalf of at-risk men, women, young adults, and veterans to help them achieve the dignity of work. Founded in 1990 by CEO Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes has been serving the Southern California region for over 30 years, providing job training, career placement, and wardrobe services to more than 105,000 clients to overcome barriers to employment and achieve the Power of a Paycheck®. For more information please visit, workingwardrobes.org . Please direct media inquiries to Devon Poer, Marketing and Public Relations Manager at devonp@workingwardrobes.org or (949) 558-4145.


America’s Warrior Partnership Issues RFP for 2020 Symposium Speakers

America’s Warrior Partnership recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit speakers for its 2020 Annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium. The event gathers hundreds of veteran-serving professionals from the private and public sectors to share best practices and connect with resources tailored to empowering military service members, veterans, their families and caregivers.

“Thousands of professionals have attended our Symposium since it launched in 2014, and one of the reasons many return year after year is to continue learning from speakers who can help them improve the services they offer veterans,” said Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “We welcome proposals from experts who can further this mission and encourage attendees to connect with new resources and build new partnerships.”

Speakers from previous Symposiums include renowned author Sebastian Junger, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, Hope Unseen founders Scotty and Tiffany Smiley, and Medal of Honor recipients Sal Jiunta and Clint Romesha.

Presentation proposals for the 2020 Symposium should align with one of the following topics:

• Empowered veterans (with a focus on health and wellness)
• Empowered professionals (with a focus on education, business and entrepreneurship)
• Empowered families
• Empowered communities
• Empowered organizations

The submission deadline for all proposals is 5 p.m. EST on May 1, 2020.

For more information on the RFP and to submit a proposal, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org/Speaker-RFP.

The 2020 Annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium will take place at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta from August 25 – 27, 2020. For more information and to purchase tickets to this year’s event, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org/2020-Symposium.

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute. For more information on the organization and how to get involved, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.


Wright Ford Young & Co. Supports Southern California Veterans By Serving as the Title Sponsor of VLI’s Lawyers for Warriors

The Irvine-based accounting firm will donate $10,000 to champion low-income veterans in need of legal assistance.

Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) proudly announces that Wright Ford Young & Co. will serve as the Title Sponsor of Lawyers for Warriors. This annual fundraising event unites veterans, active service members, and other military supporters and advocates to help provide life-changing pro bono legal services for low-income veterans forging new opportunities and futures for themselves and their families.

This sponsorship continues Wright Ford Young and Co.’s charitable giving to the veteran community. In 2018, Wright Ford Young and Co. sponsored VLI’s American Patriots Ball, a gala honoring and celebrating veteran empowerment and was also the 2019 Lawyers for Warriors Title Sponsor. “We believe in supporting our veterans. We also believe in the importance of pro bono services to help veterans get a hand up, not a hand out. We are honored to support Veterans Legal Institute and Lawyers for Warriors,” said Jeff Myers, CPA and co-managing partner of Wright Ford Young and Co.

“We sincerely thank Wright Ford Young & Co. for their continued support of VLI,” said Antoinette Balta, VLI Executive Director and Co-Founder. “VLI was founded on a simple premise: everyone has a moral obligation to support those who sacrificed so much for our country and our freedom, particularly for those veterans who are struggling the most. Because of generous donations from companies like Wright Ford Young & Co., VLI has helped over 6,000 at-risk and homeless veterans by removing barriers to employment, housing, and healthcare. We appreciate the generous sponsorship and look forward to using those funds to continue to serve veterans in need.”

Lawyers for Warriors 2020 will take place on September 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. To purchase tickets, donate to the silent auction, or become a sponsor, please visit vetslegal.org. The honorees are long time advocates who have made significant contributions to veterans’ causes: Attorney of the Year Sherry Bragg from Weintraub Tobin; Law Firm of the Year Umberg Zipser LLP; Community Partner of the Year ProVisors; and Veteran of the Year “The Fab Four” (Bobby McDonald, Steven Spriggs, Chase Wickersham, and Col. Pete Seitz (Ret.)).

About Veterans Legal Institute:
Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) is a 501 (c) (3) organization that provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled, and low-income current and former US service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency. For more information, please visit vetslegal.org

About Wright Ford Young & Co:
Wright Ford Young & Co. is one of the premier Orange County based CPA firms that supports the growth needs of closely held companies, family businesses owners and high net worth individuals. Its employees are passionate about providing audit, tax, estate & trust and business advisory services that are solutions focused and industry specific. Wright Ford Young & Co. has invested over one million dollars since 2007 to serve for the greatest good in our local communities. For more information, please visit cpa-wfy.com

Minority Women Veterans Organization’s 2020 Shero of the Year

Congratulations Keione!

Keione A. Gordon has been selected as Shero of the Year for 2020. Keione has proven to be a real inspiration to female veterans worldwide.

Keione A. Gordon served 6 years in the United States Army Medical Command; she is also a mother of three children, Auzurae 23, Adrian 22, and Kaeden 12.

Keione A. Gordon sitting in a chair wearing a dark blue dressin a professional photo
Keione A. Gordon SHERO of the Year

During her service she was awarded an ARCOM, AAMs and an MOVSM for her service to soldiers and her surrounding communities. She grew up in a Suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, earned an Associate Degree in Allied Health/Medical Assisting and a Bachelor of Art in Healthcare Administration, while caring for her eldest children as a single mother. After a devastating corporate downsize, and the terminal cancer diagnosis of her father, Keione decided to follow in her many of her family’s footsteps before her and join the United States Army.

Keione has always enjoyed working with people and giving back to the community. Prior to the start of her military career, she had been active in church and several college, community, and national organizations, and spent time developing and cultivating those organizations through community involvement, activism and selfless service. She co-founded and served as the first National President of Alpha Gamma Xi Military Sorority, Inc., a non- profit 501c3, which allows the service minded military woman to have a true foundation and sisterhood and achieve her highest potential both professionally and personally. Alpha Gamma Xi defines a new sisterhood for military women, one with education, solidarity, philanthropy, cultural diversity and the advancement of Military Women.

She started a walk of faith in 2014 when she and 4 other veteran women decided to ban together and develop Alpha Gamma Xi Military Sorority, Inc. with a goal to be the premier Military Sorority in the World. Since, she has spearheaded the development of initiatives and programs that cater to Service Women, both past and present. She encourages the empowerment of women through membership and embodies a heart for service through her community work and outreach projects.

Her favorite part of this journey has been the ability to focus on the issues that affect many service women. She takes pride in being able to uplift women from all walks of life and lend a hand to those in need; whether it be financially, or emotionally, through programs like SHERO and the SWANS Outreach Program.

When she is not working or serving Alpha Gamma Xi, she enjoys writing, singing, and spending time with her family, who are a very important part of her life and support system. She is a licensed Medical Aesthitician and plans to open a wellness spa center focused on treatments and therapies for those who are looking for alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine.

She is many things to many people, but her most important roles in life are Mother and Daughter, though both her parents are now deceased.

“The things I love most in life are my family, my friends and my sorors. Without any one of these, I would not be who I am, I would be incomplete. They keep me grounded and humble but encourage me to reach for the stars. They believe in me even when I am unsure of myself. A constant support that I am blessed to have.”

Source: MWVO


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