Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Reception: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m.
Adjourn: 9:30 a.m.
Eli Williamson: Co-founder and Board President, Leave No Veteran Behind and Director of Veterans Programs, Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
Rob Walker, Esq., Legal Counsel, Leave No Veteran Behind.
Sergeant Pete Kalenik, Chief of Staff, Leave No Veteran Behind.
Roy B. Sartin, Co-founder and Vice President, Leave No Veteran Behind.
Jennifer Whiteside, Vice President, H.R. Operations Manager, Military and Veterans’ Affairs, JPMorgan Chase.
What do an unemployed United States veteran, a gang-banger, a grade-schooler, and a farmer have in common? No, this is not a lead-in to a joke. As a matter of fact, the work of Leave No Veteran Behind is deadly serious. The answer to the above question is that these people peacefully come in contact every day in the roughest neighborhoods in Chicago — benefiting from the work of Leave No Veteran Behind, whose innovative program design allows it to serve as America’s largest transitional jobs program for former military men and women while working to combat youth violence in Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods. Their teams serve in safety and mentorship positions created by the city’s Safe Passage, GreenCorps, and One Summer Chicago initiatives. https://www.facebook.com/LeaveNoVeteranBehind
From another perspective, JPMorgan Chase Bank, which works with and supports Leave No Veteran Behind, the other above programs, and additional veterans’ affairs efforts, a few years ago launched its own ambitious program to focus on hiring military veterans in permanent employment positions and just recently announced a significant increase in its commitment to that effort.
We will hear about how both for-profit and non-profit efforts are making a difference for so many here in the Chicago area.
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
NOTE: For those who are able to remain after the formal program adjourns, the Gene Siskel Film Center will offer the CR Group members and guests a behind the “balcony” look at the projection booth.