May 1, 2012

A Successful Rooftop Event!

The COMMIT Foundation’s first rooftop discussion was a successful one! Participants in the evening’s event included recently transitioned veterans, executives from a dozen corporations and a handful of non-profits that are all working together to make a difference in the lives of veterans. Amongst many other things, we discussed crafting one’s narrative, what skill sets translate to the business world and how to add value to an organization.

Emmy Probasco, a Naval Academy graduate and Rhodes Scholar who is currently out-processing from the Navy, gave credit to COMMIT for helping her make tough decisions about next steps. Brad Snyder, a Naval Academy graduate and Wounded Warrior, credited COMMIT for helping him transition by providing him a clear path. COMMIT worked with the SOCOM Care Coalition and provided Brad a corporate internship, a re-location to Baltimore and a place to live. COMMIT has also been intimately involved in facilitating Brad’s training for the paralympics in London where he will go for gold in multiple swimming events. We are so honored to be a part of his team!

General (Ret.) Mike Nardotti, Vietnam veteran, former JAG of the Army and currently a partner at Patton Boggs, is a COMMIT mentor. At Thursday’s event, he spoke about veterans with multiple deployments since 9-11 and their entry into the private sector. He commended their leadership skills and ability to make tough decisions due to the situations they’ve been in downrange. “Decision-makers are what businesses need, particularly in these tough times.”

GDC4S Vice President Bill Weiss discussed the benefits of hiring veterans and how in the midst of a drawdown in overseas conflicts, companies can benefit from an experienced group of men and women who truly know their business and have the leadership skills to make a difference in the space.

The COMMIT Foundation creates serendipity for men and women as they transition from the uniformed services to the private sector. We build solutions around individuals and focus on quality and impact. We are thankful to the corporate sponsors from Thursday’s event, which included General Dynamics C4 Systems, The Chertoff Group, Cloudera, BB&T, Berico Technologies, Oxpoint Holdings, American Continental Group and 7-Eleven. We are excited to announce that all funds raised from this event will go towards our female mentoring workshop to be held this fall.

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