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Leveraging military leadership

Career coaching program helps servicemembers transition to civilian life

Veterans engage for a group exercise during the first-ever Leveraging Military Leadership Program Jan. 24, 2014. Program organizers are soliciting applications for the second session of the program now through April 11. Photo courtesy of Exelis

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When a meeting of the minds happens, anything is possible - especially if all of those involved are passionate about their commitment to empower, inspire and prepare veterans for a successful transition to the civilian career world.

Three organizations have come together for this very purpose with an innovative leadership and career talent development program that gives veterans the tools, resources, empowerment and support they need to refine and develop their career objectives and goals.

The Leveraging Military Leadership Program (LMLP) is a groundbreaking four-month career coaching program for servicemembers who are transitioning to civilian life and work roles.  The program is a joint effort between Exelis Action Corps (the corporate volunteer service program of defense and aerospace company Exelis), global talent consultancy Korn Ferry and nonprofit organization Points of Light. The groups have collaborated to design a program to help veterans on their career journeys by strengthening their personal, interpersonal, leadership and executive communication skills and much more.  There is no cost for the career programming for selected and eligible participants.

The LMLP team is now accepting veteran applications for the second session of the program, which kicks off during the third week of June with a two-day onsite session in the Washington, D.C. metro area June 20 to 22.  Participants will have access to engaging online learning components and other remote-learning features that include personal, one-on-one coaching opportunities. Veterans of any rank who have separated from service within the last two years, or who will be transitioning in the next six months, are eligible to participate. There is no age limit or education requirement. Applications will be accepted online at through April 11. Participants will be selected and notified by May 5.

The LMLP executive coaches and talent management experts from Korn Ferry and Exelis help transitioning veterans refine, develop and translate their work and leadership skills to the private sector. The well-received and highly lauded first session of the program occurred early this year, and organizers are excited and honored to launch the second session.  

"This program is all about helping veterans apply their leadership in new environments," said Exelis Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer Erica Jeffries.  "We have had the privilege of coaching some amazingly talented people who have already made considerable sacrifices for their country. If our inaugural session in January is any indication of the sessions to follow, participants will be able to engage in a valuable professional experience focused entirely on accelerating their successful career transition."

Program partner Korn Ferry shares similar sentiments.

"We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude for their service," said Bernadine Karunaratne, president, U.S. Government Consulting Services, Korn Ferry.  "This program was designed to help veterans strengthen their personal, interpersonal and executive communication skills and develop a focused career strategy for the private sector. We believe the outcome will be positive not only for the participants but also their employers and the economy as a whole."

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