Promoting Veterans as Strategic Assets for a United Economy
Military transition is tough, especially for new veterans aiming to lead in the 75% of U.S. industries that under-hire them. Every year, hundreds of service-connected professionals and organizations in Maryland and beyond engage Maryland Smith to bridge this civil-military professional divide. Some seek knowledge and experience through traditional degree programs. A growing number seek networks and credentials tailored to distribute veteran leadership beyond the defense sector.
In 2019, Smith committed to address these needs with an open cooperative platform designed to channel public-private ideas and investments into programs and partnerships with three missions:
1. Enhance Vet Present Value
Enhance vet present value with sustainable solutions to vet underemployment
2. Enable Vet Lifelong Learning
Enable vet lifelong learning by connecting cross-generational leaders for U.S. enterprise
3. Elevate Vet Entrepreneurship
Elevate vet entrepreneurship by evidencing its ties to community and economic development
Each mission is advanced through activities such as expert panels, leadership speakers and mentorship events; data-driven collaboration with corporate and non-profit organizations; and joint initiatives with other U.S. universities investing in veterans. Together they comprise the Initiative for Veteran Lifelong Leadership.
These community partners have aligned with our commitment to promote veteran employment as a strategy, to design programs and platforms inclusive of all uniformed service-connected professionals, and to partner on data-informed impact analysis of our efforts to develop veteran lifelong leaders.