Don Baird - Ohio
Keri Cabral - Georgia
I am honored to nominate Don Baird for ACP mentor of the month. Right from the start of our mentorship program, I could easily tell our conversations would be enjoyable and meaningful. I instantly knew from the beginning that he is a caring leader that looks out for his people. As someone transitioning from the military after 30 years, I immediately felt connected with him because of his character. In our very first meeting, he just wanted to know about me and my family, and that meant a lot to me, because you can tell he genuinely cares about people, this program, and what it is designed to do. After getting to know each other, he took the time to review my resume and provide me with guidance on how the corporate world and recruiters look at my resume and what refinements I could make to tell my story better for others to understand that may not have any knowledge of military language. As I embarked on my very first civilian position, it was immensely useful to have Don to bounce challenges and ideas off of to help me navigate this new adventure in my life. He provided very insightful thoughts followed by past experiences of his own, and what seemed to work well or didn't for him. As a very successful leader within the Emerson corporation, he was able to provide me with several scenarios he had to work through, and gave me thoughts to think about to help me with my transition.
When I started my first job, one key piece of mentorship Don gave me was, he said I was undervaluing myself and said I was capable of so much more based on my experience, and he was spot on. After just a couple of months and discussions with Don, I soon realized I needed and wanted more, and thanks to Don's support, I was able to search, find and accept a job with more responsibility and compensation, which was great for me and my family. I don't know if I would have made the change so soon without the support and mentorship from Don. Don is more than just an authentic leader and mentor, he is a friend that cares about the people he interacts with. Don is also entering a significant transition in his life as he will soon be retiring. There is no doubt in my mind he will be extremely missed by his team because of the leader and friend I have come to know him to be. Don is a special person, and ACP is fortunate to have him.
-Brian W., U.S. Army, Colorado
Please accept my nomination of Keri Cabral for ACP’s Mentor of the Month recognition. Keri’s support during my transition from a 20-year Marine Corps career into a second career in Human Resources has made a significantly positive impact on both my professional development and my work-life balance. Keri embodies the dedication to ACP’s mission of providing quality mentorship, networking, and online career advice to servicemen, servicewomen, and active duty spouses transitioning from military to civilian careers.
Keri balances a home life, full of joy and challenges, with a demanding, meaningful career as a Human Resources Executive Director for Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions / Cold Chain Digital Solutions. Keri’s role in Emerson is very demanding, yet she exudes an air of positivity that can only be described as infections and inspiring – she has mentored me beyond expectations. My spouse is still on active duty and is currently deployed overseas – we have two small children, so it’s an understatement that transitioning from my military career to a full time civilian HR career has been challenging. Keri’s mentorship has been invaluable over the past ~10 months and I would like to highlight her talents as an ACP Mentor of the Month!
-Aicha C., U.S. Marine Corps, California