Among the many innovative programs I helped to design and launch, my personal favorite is the ‘Helmets to Hard Hats’ programs for returning veterans. In partnership with then Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, I organized a number of round tables between the congresswomans office and manufacturers to help them understand the skills sets of veterans and how they can be translated into civilian jobs.
Of particular note is the Veterans Rapid Employment Initiative, a 2 week program I created to get veterans gainfully employed in manufacturing. The program consisted of classroom training and visits to different manufacturing sites and resulted in the placement of 10 veterans out of 17. Crain’s Chicago Business sent out a reporter to assess and highlight the program. Please click on the link to watch the video report.