Exelis and Korn Ferry seek veterans and transitioning service members for intensive military to civilian leadership program

Exelis (NYSE: XLS) and Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY) are seeking applicants for the Leveraging Military Leadership Program (LMLP), a free program helping new veterans apply leadership experience to civilian positions. Participants engage in topics such as defining career vision, mapping out a targeted post-military career strategy, creating an action plan that includes networking, using social media, refining interviewing skills and resume-building.

Applications for the fifth session will be accepted online through May 15 and acceptance notification will take place on June 1. Veterans and service members of any rank who left service in the last two years, or will transition in the next six months, are eligible to apply. The program serves veterans from all branches of service with military experience ranging from junior enlisted to senior officer ranks.

The LMLP, now in its fifth cohort, is hosted by Exelis Action Corps, the volunteer service program for aerospace and defense company Exelis, and Korn Ferry, the preeminent authority on leadership and talent.

“We are pleased to announce the fifth cohort of the Leveraging Military Leadership Program in Herndon VA,” said Korn Ferry Senior Partner Noah Rabinowitz. “This program continues to evolve and adapt to the unique needs of our transitioning veterans. At its core, the LMLP is about elevating the veteran and helping each one discover his or her own path to a meaningful post-military career.”

It is critical veterans understand what sets them apart in the civilian workforce and how to communicate this to potential and current employers. Participation in the LMLP helps veterans achieve this, providing short and long-term benefits.

Nearly 165 recent veterans, or those about to transition, have already completed the pro bono program and took part in Korn Ferry’s viaEDGE® agility assessment. The test measures overall learning agility as well as five specific agility areas, including mental, people, change, and results agility, as well as self-awareness. The exercise showed that two-thirds of veteran participants are more learning agile than civilian counterparts who took the same assessment.

“The training, skills and dedication of our veterans are tremendous assets in any market. The LMLP helps them transfer those skills developed in the military to the civilian world and gives these men and women thee tools to clearly articulate their unique value proposition to potential employers,” said James Wallace, Exelis Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer.

The participants in the upcoming LMLP cohort will benefit under a team of global leadership experts from Exelis and Korn Ferry that will lead three days of onsite instruction, group exercises, and lectures. This in-residence portion of the program, which takes place Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26 in Herndon, Virginia, will continue with four months of focused offsite, online, and integrated learning components, as well as individual coaching – the same research-based leadership development services offered by Korn Ferry to board members, CEOs, and senior executives at leading global organizations.

“The dedication exhibited by the LMLP staff is clearly indicative of how committed they are to veterans issues,” said Gregory Keetch, a transitioning U.S. Air Force Officer, and [2014] LMLP graduate. “Dynamics of teamwork and a culture of mutual respect and dignity permeate all of their actions.”

Graduates of the program have landed exceptional civilian jobs at companies such as Lockheed Martin, Amazon and McKinsey & Company.

Application link: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1522111-jQP48ldiAi

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