Beyond the Battlefield
June 13, 2008
The Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that helps wounded soldiers, has announced their inaugural leadership summit. The four-day conference has been named “Beyond the Battlefield”. The focus of the conference is to maximize the leadership skills, financial success, and quality of life for men and women wounded serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Planners expect sixty wounded warriors to attend the summit. The conference is being offered through a partnership with The Hartford and will be held June 18-21 at TPC Sawgrass in Jacksonville, FL.
The Hartford is a Fortune 100 company and one of the nation’s largest financial services companies. The Hartford has committed $250,000 to the conference. This has enabled all of the veterans to attend free of charge.
“These brave men and women are returning from the front lines with a diverse set of experiences, leadership skills, and knowledge that directly translate to the business world,” said Ramani Ayer, chairman and CEO of The Hartford. “As a corporate community and a nation, we have a responsibility to recognize the enormity of the sacrifice these individuals have made and to help them return from the battlefield to business.”
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have seen the return of nearly 31,000 wounded veterans. These brave men and women deserve every benefit they can be offered. Beyond the Battlefield is just another great service, in a growing list, being offered by the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project also offers career and benefits counseling, adaptive sporting activities and combat stress seminars.
“Through these leadership summits, The Hartford and the Wounded Warrior Project are giving the severely wounded men and women of our armed forces an amazing opportunity to improve their personal finance knowledge and develop the skills needed to form solid business relationships,” said Wounded Warrior Project Founder and Executive Director John Melia. “The leadership summits will help inspire and motivate the warriors to achieve their personal and business goals.”
Programming at the summit will include:
- A forum on small business ownership, showcasing a panel of veterans who have successfully pursued entrepreneurial ambitions after leaving the service. The panel will feature Charles B. Perry, chairman and CEO, of Pinkney-Perry Insurance Agency, Inc.; Karl Dorman, co-founder of Front Line Medical, a national producer and distributor of American made, top quality orthopedic and sports medicine care products; Brendan Hart, founder and CEO of Quantum Executive Group, a management consulting firm that focuses on solving issues of concern for leaders of companies, governments, and institutions; and Michael Durant, a seasoned helicopter pilot and inspiration for the film Black Hawk Down, now the owner of Pinnacle Solutions, Inc., a company that provides flight simulator devices. Durant will also serve as the summit’s keynote speaker.
- A financial literacy seminar addressing the unique challenges of disabled veterans, based on content from The Hartford’s financial literacy program, Playbook for Life. The summit will also include one-on-one financial planning sessions for wounded warriors and their families.
- A career fair that will offer one-on-one sessions with The Hartford’s vocational counselors, who are experts at integrating disabled individuals into the professional workforce. The fair will also feature a number of companies that have committed to hiring wounded veterans, whose leadership skills are in high demand by large corporations.
- A seminar in business golf etiquette led by PGA TOUR professionals, followed by the inaugural Wounded Warrior Project Golf Tournament, where wounded veterans will play along with business leaders.
For more information and a full schedule of events, please contact Ayla Hay at (757) 340-7425 or via email at . For additional information on business services offered by The Hartford, please contact Kelly J. Carter at (860) 843-9420 or via email at .