BENEFITING: HC COMMITMENT INC
SITUATION: Veterans are typically underutilized after serving in the military. US Military Veteran's are America's greatest asset. After being formally trained in leadership, instilled supernatural discipline, and have lived in the most austere conditions and stressful environments, military veterans still had to perform at maximum capacity and make decisions that ultimately saved or cost lives. Many veterans are accustomed to working a high operational tempo, which has trained them to become decisive, make sound judgments, and have the ability to live with the results. Whether these results are positive or negative, veterans have been trained to reassess the situation and adjust fire or "pivot". These same traits are consistent with successful entrepreneurs and community leaders.
MISSION: Maximize veteran talent to grow the US economy and build local communities.
The 22Fellows is a full-time program for a committed group of ambitious veteran leaders. While HCC is partnered with SMU Cox School of Business and the Caruth Center of Entrepreneurship, the program is non-degree bearing, and entails approximately 336 hours of informative sessions and case studies, and covers expansive approaches to veteran leaders in business and community.
This initiative connects veteran participants with distinguished veteran entrepreneurs and high-level executives in both the for-profit and not-for-profit industries as a way to develop the veterans' talents. Participants will learn varying methodologies of entrepreneurship, develop a network of peers, and exchange ideas with mentors and others who can help them make an impact in both the economy and their communities.
The curriculum draws from the program founder's background who owns and operates a successful technology firm launched in 2008. Andy holds undergraduate and graduate degrees along with executive certifications in entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of North Texas.
Parallel with military service, an aspect of this fellowship is the opportunity to establish camaraderie with other motivated veterans who are also seeking to create change through action. The 22Fellows will also have a chance to meet and build relationships with guest speakers comprised of entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, pro athletes, and executive leaders. The alumni remain actively involved, ensuring the program continues to meet the needs of future veteran leaders.