"Stacy has been a wonderful mentor and I am truly grateful for her time, knowledge, and advice. Stacy provided me guidance on resume building, interviewing techniques, and motivated me to expand my professional networking. Stacy was accessible, adaptive, and incredible supportive. Most importantly, Stacy gave me the confidence to see the worth I might bring to the civilian sector upon departure from the military. I struggled to translate my skills prior to our work, and now I feel at ease communicating how I can be an asset in and out of the military.
Stacy was appropriately aggressive in encouraging me to look for opportunities to engage with the civilian sector. Due to her preparation, I participated in a job fair, reached out to talent placement agencies, and even conducted introductory phone interviews. Each of these milestones was incredibly developmental.
When serving in the military, it is not a matter of "if" you will transition out but rather "when." I think so many of my peers and fellow Soldiers struggle in the transition because they lack the knowledge that Stacy so graciously shared with me. I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have been matched up with Stacy. Stacy is a tremendous asset to the American Corporate Partners program."
- Laura K., US Army, Washington DC, Paired with IBM Mentor
"The mentorship has been outstanding, and John has been very generous with his time. We met for breakfast when I was in New York a few months ago, and have corresponded via email since. I've been utilizing the relationship to help target where exactly I want to end up in real estate. John has been very helpful answering specific questions I have about the industry."
- Samuel B., US Marine Corps, Encinitas, CA, Paired with JPMorgan Chase & Co. Mentor
"My mentorship is going very well with Tory. He has been a great source of advice, mentorship, networking, interview prep, and perspective that I have grown to respect very much. I look forward to continuing the relationship for a long time. He and I keep in regular contact (2-3 emails, meetings, or phone calls total each month) and plan to continue on that path in the future. I very much appreciate you connecting me to him."
- Christopher M., US Army, Evanston, IL, Paired with Goldman Sachs Mentor
"We've met twice in the last month and each meeting continues to get better. Because of our travel schedules, we have agreed to also schedule calls on the phone and use Skype in between our monthly in-person meetings. I was selected recently at my company to do a 360 feedback, which is a good thing. At the same time, Dave has me doing the StrengthFinder analysis. We're going to sit down together to go through the results and chart out an improvement plan. This program has really had a huge impact on my career and life. Thanks!
- Jack S., US Army Reserve, Minneapolis, MN, Paired with General Mills Mentor
"The mentorship is going very well. I actually had my second meeting with Katherine yesterday. Yesterday she set up meetings for me to speak with two accountants in different industries (Ag and Oil) so I could learn about their experiences as accountants and learn about the sort of things they do on a day-to-day basis. For our next meeting we will be discussing my goals, plans to achieve those goals, problems and challenges that may arise, alternative plans in case my initial plan does not work, etc. I think that her input has been very valuable and she has been extremely helpful."
- Aiko S., US Marine Corps, Bakersfield, CA, Paired with Occidental Petroleum Mentor
As of June 1, 2013 2466 veterans are ACP Alumni.
What is an ACP Alumnus? An ACP Alumnus is a veteran Protégé who participated in an ACP mentorship for at least 6 months and expressed that his or her mentorship has proven valuable in a variety of professional-development areas.
To recognize the successes of ACP’s Protégés, ACP periodically spotlights Protégés who have gone above and the beyond the requirements of the Mentoring Program to make the most of their mentorships. Mentors nominate their Protégés for this recognition by submitting a brief description detailing what their Protégé has done to help ensure their mentorship has been beneficial. ACP then reviews the nominations in order to select which Protégés to spotlight. Protégés are spotlighted on the website and through ACP’s social media.
If you believe that your Protégé deserves to be spotlighted, please email a brief synopsis explaining their dedication to the mentorship to email@example.com. Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on our website and social media.
Mentors are encouraged to submit nominations as they wish.
Spotlight: Jeffrey Adams, Atlanta, US Army
Mentor Keith Williamson, Atlanta, Home Depot
I would like to nominate Jeff Adams for the Protégé Spotlight. Jeff has been an outstanding partner during this ACP journey that we began in 2012. Jeff and I have developed a great relationship during our time together. For instance, when I offered insights and challenges for him to use during his transition to civilian life as a business professional, he has immediately responded by taking these tips as a way to think deeply and inquire further about how he can better utilize them.
Jeff took the extra step of using our partnership in his graduate studies by offering real-world insights to his class and professor that he gathered when we toured one of our company distribution centers. Jeff was also able to go and apply new skills that he is focusing on by using them during his professional networking conversations and asked for feedback from me after these events. During our debriefing of such events on what went well and his next steps, I was able to become the student of the partnership because he was able to share some of his insights and lessons learned that will be useful to me during future networking events of my own.
I have truly appreciated Jeff’s enthusiasm to learn, his enthusiasm to share, and his personal friendship during this partnership we have formed over the last few months. I look forward to maintaining our connection after the official program is over so that I can enjoy Jeff’s future successes as he embarks on a very successful civilian career.
Spotlight: James Martin, National Southeast, US Marine Corps
Mentor Joan Fialkowski, National Southeast, Citi
James is a Marine Corps Veteran currently working for Tampa Fire Rescue as a firefighter. I was immediately pulled into James’ story and knew I wanted to be a part of helping James achieve his goals. James wanted to start and run a nonprofit Veteran Service Organization that would provide adventure travel and excursions to disabled veterans.
At our first meeting I realized straight on that James didn’t just have a dream – he had a goal. He was clear in what he wanted to do, and he was clear who and how he wanted to help. It has been 5 months since that first meeting and I must say I am honored to have been paired with James. James has taken ownership, he is now establishing concrete goals and is well on the way of making his dream a reality. He consistently works hard to achieve all of the milestones that we set early on for establishing this non-profit. He has not let anything stop his drive and determination to “get ‘er done.”
James has come a long way from that unsure young man. He is busy networking, finding leads, talking with lawyers, putting the final touches on his Business Plan, advising on his web site design, taking classes and continuing his full time career with the Tampa Fire and Rescue. He has taken his singular goal and molded it to become a wonderful testament to those that gave so much. Through his dedication and drive, Second2None Excursions, will be opening its doors later this year and will serve all disabled military veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
Thanks for letting me be a small part of this endeavor.
To recognize the outstanding work of participating Mentors, ACP has created the Mentor of the Month contest. Each month, ACP staff reviews nominations and selects 1–3 Mentors who have had the greatest impact on their Protégés. To commemorate the winners, each selected Mentor is featured on the ACP website and both Mentor and Protégé receive an ACP memento.
If you are a Protégé and would like to recognize the outstanding work of your Mentor, please send up to one paragraph explaining how your Mentor has had a positive impact on you. Please email all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on its website.
Veteran Protégés are encouraged to submit nominations as many times as they wish.
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