The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes today announced the organizations selected to receive top honors at the Eighth Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards Gala. The winners were chosen in six categories for their demonstrated leadership in addressing the challenges faced by veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses in their search for meaningful employment.
“These award winners are the tip of the spear when it comes to veteran and military spouse employment opportunities,” said Eric Eversole, vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and president of Hiring Our Heroes. “As competition for top talent in the public and private sectors continues to increase, these awardees are winning the war for talent and will reap the benefits as their businesses continue to grow and prosper.”
Stuart Parker, CEO of USAA; Bonnie Amos, spouse of the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Jim Amos; Chef Robert Irvine; and Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, spoke to senior leaders from myriad public, private, and nonprofit sectors at the gala.
The Honorable R. James Nicholson, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, was recognized with the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement for his sustained support of veterans and military families. Nicholson is currently senior counsel with the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. He is also a fellow of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Other awards presented include:
Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award – Deloitte received this award for overall excellence in hiring and retaining veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. Other finalists were Capital One, CarMax, and Werner Enterprises.
Steve Robinson Post-9/11 Veteran Employment Award – Amazon received this award for effective and sustained efforts to enhance the ability of post-9/11 veterans and transitioning service members to find meaningful employment. Other finalists were Boeing, Cushman & Wakefield, and UPS.
Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment Award – Dog Tag Inc. received this award for demonstrated leadership in addressing the unique challenges and demands for wounded, ill, and injured veterans as well as military caregivers in their search for meaningful employment. Other finalists were Flags of Valor, PsychArmor, and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).
Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring Award – Microsoft received this award for demonstrated hiring, mentorship, and support of military spouses in their search for meaningful employment. Other finalists were Bank of America, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Foundation, and WWC.
Small Business Award for Veteran and Military Spouse Employment – Flags of Valor received this award for demonstrated leadership by a small business or organization (less than 500 employees) in hiring veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. Other finalists were Operation Gratitude, R. Riveter, and She Swank Marketplace.
Colonel Michael Endres Leadership Award for Individual Excellence in Veteran Employment – Sean Kelley, Director of Talent Acquisition for Worldwide Operations at Amazon, received this award for going above and beyond to make a difference in employment opportunities for veterans, transitioning service members, and spouses. Other finalists included Danny Chung, Chief of Staff and Business Manager for Military Affairs at Microsoft; Marjorie Morrison, Founder and CEO at PsychArmor; and Tom Downs, Senior Manager, Diversity Talent Acquisition at Capital One.
The 24 finalists were chosen from a competitive field of nominees. The winners were selected by the Hiring Our Heroes Awards Committee. Judging was based on criteria such as innovative recruiting and retention strategies, military community engagement and leadership, as well as an ongoing commitment to hire veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses.
Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through more than 1,100 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and on military installations overseas; a suite of free online career-based resources; and the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.