SAN JOSE, April 17, 2014 – AcademyWomen has just been named the 2nd place winner in the Non-profit Organization category of the 2014 Leadership 500 Excellence Awards! For the past 30 years, Leadership Excellence, in partnership with HR.com has identified and recognized the Top 500 leadership organizations and their strategies and solutions in their yearly ranking. AcademyWomen was selected by HR.com based on the profound impact of their eMentor Programs on military women, veterans, and military spouses. These award-winning web-based mentoring programs connect career and peer mentors with military, veteran and spouse protégés to assist them with achieving their unique professional and personal goals.
“The award winners from the 2014 Leadership 500 Excellence Awards program are the top firms with outstanding leadership programs from over 1,250 nominated companies. To be in the top 10% of any category is truly spectacular, and it’s a true demonstration of the hard work and effort by these great companies,” says Debbie McGrath, CEO HR.com.
In these especially challenging economic times, there have been hundreds of thousands of transitioning veterans and military spouses looking for meaningful employment. They must overcome limited professional networks, a lack of direct experience in particular jobs or industries, and strong cultural differences to find a satisfying civilian career. Meanwhile, companies have been investing millions of dollars to find talent, not realizing the potential the veteran and military spouse communities have to offer. Leveraging the lessons and success from its award-winning eMentor Programs and in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes initiative, AcademyWomen expanded its online eMentor programs to help bridge the gap between job seeking veterans, military spouses and corporations searching for motivated, skilled talent.
The President of AcademyWomen, Susan Feland, said “Mentoring provides a valuable resource for veterans and spouses, while engaging corporate mentors who appreciate the skills this community can bring to their organizations. A mentor removes some of the anxiety of navigating a new career path in the corporate world by providing insights into civilian careers and corporate hiring practices. Mentors help protégés overcome fears and dream big!”
The eMentor Program accelerates the transition time to civilian work and life by matching protégés to people who understand the challenges unique to service members and their families, by mentoring individuals to find jobs that fit, making past experience relevant, and helping veterans and spouses to gain confidence in new cultures. Derek Nail, a retired Army Officer said, “I love the Veteran eMentor Program … I could select my own mentor and meet with him as often as I like. I can’t tell you how important the program has been to me and my job search. If I didn’t have this program I don’t know where my job search process would be right now.”
Please visit www.ementorprogram.org to learn more about our progressive mentorship programs.
You can read more about this year’s Top 500 award winners at: http://www.hr.com/LE_April2014
AcademyWomen is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2003 as a leadership and professional development organization supporting all current, former and future women military officers to achieve their highest potential as leaders. Through the eMentor Leadership Program, AcademyWomen also serves uniformed men, enlisted servicewomen/veterans and military spouses.