Since it was founded in 1862, the Union League of Philadelphia and its members have been dedicated to supporting our nation's freedom and ideals, with special emphasis on issues and opportunities related to our military members, veterans and families. After World War II, the Union League formed a Veterans Committee so members could offer jobs to vets in their companies. By 1947, our members had placed 1,215 veterans. Once again, the League is helping veterans find jobs and success in civilian life. In 2014, inspired by our motto, "Love of Country Leads," a small group of members created the Union League Veterans Initiative to bring 21st Century support to our nation's finest.
All of the Veterans Initiative projects and programs are designed to create and enable the best opportunities for veterans and their family members to achieve success in civilian life, while offering rich volunteer experiences for Union League members. Here is an overview of the Veterans Initiative programming.
VETERANS ON BROAD STREET
VETERANS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENT
UNION LEAGUE OF PHILADELPHIA
Monday September 26, 2016 8AM-4PM
The Union League Veterans Initiative has partnered with the United States Chamber of Commerce's national Hiring our Heroes program to host our third annual veteran's career and hiring event.
The Professional Development Workshop will offer veterans, family members and employers the opportunity to welcome "thought leaders" who will present the latest in military transition, veteran hiring, and the state-of-veteran affairs. The program includes panel discussions on success factors for veteran and employer job transition and personal branding. On site resume and interview tools as well as professional photographs will be included.
The Veterans on Broad Street Job Fair will welcome more than 50 employers who are expected to attend to meet highly-qualified, job-ready veterans and family members. LinkedIn(r) workshop, Drexel University's MySTEPS military resume translator, interview techniques workshop and the availability of professional attire through the Union League Veterans Professional Attire project.
Union League Veterans Initiative Fellowship Program - Union League members, comprised of our region's most successful business leaders, work with high-potential veterans in a six-month program designed to increase success in their civilian lives. The first cohort of 15 Fellows graduated in June of 2016. Applications for the 2017 co-hort will open in November, 2016.
Professional Attire Drive - The Veterans Initiative is pleased to collect gently used clothing for distribution to veterans during the VETERANS ON BROAD STREET career event in September. Our Professional Attire Drive events have collected more than 1,000 suits for veterans and family members to present their best in interviews and on the job.
BRAVO ZULU Circle: The Veterans Initiative is pleased to honor companies that have been independently ranked by GI Jobs as the most military-friendly employers in the nation. Union League members hold leadership positions in these companies, which, collectively, are expected to hire more than 50,000 veterans in the next year. The companies are: Accenture, AlliedBarton, AmerisourceBergen, AstraZeneca, Berkshire Hathaway, Boeing, Citibank, Comcast, Deloitte, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, Independence Blue Cross, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Controls, JP Morgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Merck, PECO/Exelon, Exelon Utilities, PNC Bank, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Sunoco & Sunoco Logistics, United Healthcare, and UPS.
Union League 2016 Veterans Initiative
Mary L. Hagy, Life Member, Past Vice President and Director, Union League of Philadelphia
Veterans Initiative Founder and Chair
Dr. Susan Aldridge, Chair, 2016 VetEd Committee
Dr. Christopher D'Ascenzo, 2016 Chair Veterans on Broad Street Committee
Michael Muscarella, 2015 and 2016 Chair, Veterans Professional Attire Drive
Peter Gutekunst and Dr Karen Lawson, 2016 Co-Chairs, Veterans Fellowship Program
Michael Maher, 2016 Committee Member At Large
Tiffany Roibu, 2016 Committee Member At Large
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