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Deloitte Helps Transform Today’s Military Service Members into Tomorrow’s Business Leaders

Organization to host CORE Program to assist armed forces members in translating their military skills into a business context

NEW YORK, Nov.4, 2013 – As part of its commitment to supporting transitioning armed forces members, Deloitte will host the Career Opportunity Redefinition & Exploration (CORE) Leadership Program from November 14-16 at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas.  During the three-day session, 50 current and former service men and women will learn how to translate their military skills and experiences into business environments.

“Although significant resources are available to aid military members in the transition to civilian life, most focus on finding and securing employment,” said Christie Smith, managing principal, Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion, Deloitte LLP. “Our program aims to better equip them by providing business insights to help them align their strengths, experiences and aspirations with the requirements of the marketplace.”

In a 2012 survey by Prudential and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 60 percent of respondents said they had trouble translating their military skills into civilian experience, creating a significant barrier to employment. Leveraging leading practices from Deloitte’s award-winning development programs, the CORE Leadership Program will focus on targeted development areas, including:

  • Developing a personal brand and building a professional network
  • Communicating effectively
  • Understanding corporate functions and industries
  • Adjusting to a corporate culture

The event will also feature a panel of business leaders discussing what organizations are looking for in veteran candidates and sharing insights on the transition challenges that veterans face. Additionally, they will offer participants candid perspectives on how to maximize their military experience and showcase their strengths in a job interview.

“Through CORE and other signature programs, Deloitte is implementing an integrated, comprehensive approach to our military and veteran commitment,” said Kelvin Womack, managing principal, Diversity, Deloitte LLP and Deloitte Military & Veterans Initiative Leader. “Our commitment is also evident within our own organization as reflected through our talent strategy and inclusive culture.”

For the past four years, Deloitte has increased its commitment to our nation’s military, veterans, and their families, expanding its exposure and eminence in this arena. Deloitte’s goal is to build new and maximize existing opportunities to advance military and veteran causes across the continuum of support: emotional prosperity, including physical health and recreation, emotional health and family strengthening; and career prosperity, including education, employment and community reintegration.  In addition to CORE, some other key components of Deloitte’s Military & Veteran’s Initiative include:

  • Deloitte Day for Veterans – This fall marked the second year that Deloitte has hosted this informational event and networking open house for veterans and transitioning service members. Deloitte will expand this program over the next three years with an increased number of open houses in various U.S. locations.
  • Armed Forces Business Resource Groups (BRG) – With more than 900 members in 50 cities across the country, Deloitte’s Armed Forces BRG is a network of Deloitte personnel comprised of prior, current and retired members of the armed forces  who have come together to support recruitment, transition and retention of those who have served our country.
  • American Corporate Partners (ACP) – Among the strategic relationships with nonprofits that support military and veterans, this is the fourth year that Deloitte is working with ACP, an organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. With the help of business professionals nationwide, ACP offers veterans tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling and networking opportunities.
  • Warrior Games – For the fourth year in a row, Deloitte was proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Warrior Games. The 2013 event, hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Program, featured 260 wounded, ill, and injured servicemen and women from the U.S. Armed Forces and the United Kingdom’s Battle Back program competing in a Paralympic-style competition.

The CORE Leadership Program is part of Deloitte’s commitment to the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, which calls on businesses to provide service members and their families with opportunities and support. As part of this initiative, last spring Deloitte announced its commitment to set a goal of doubling its veteran hiring numbers over the next three years.

 

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