Corporate Partnership Eases Transition for Female Veterans

Nonprofit organization American Corporate Partners (ACP) says it will provide a minimum of 500 free, personalized corporate mentorships to post-9/11 female veterans as they transition into the workplace. The yearlong mentorships are personalized and one-on-one, with businesswomen assisting veterans with building up their civilian resume, managing work-life balance, and refining leadership skills.

ACP is a New York City-based organization committed to addressing career transitions for veterans. In addition to the Women’s Veteran Mentoring Program — which launched this spring — ACP provides free mentoring for all veterans as well as an online network that provides career and employment advice.

To date, more than 7,500 veterans and service members have completed an ACP mentorship, and more than 60 corporate partners are involved in the organization’s mentoring programs, including AT&T, Citi, Deloitte, Disney, General Electric, IBM, MasterCard, PNC, and Wells Fargo.

Veterans are paired with an ACP mentor who best aligns with their personal career goals. Mentors and mentees then meet with one another throughout the year to assess progress; veterans also have access to professional networking opportunities and career development workshops during this time.

“All service members transitioning out of the armed services face a challenge, but women in particular face a unique set of challenges,” said retired Gen. Ann Dunwoody in a press release. She is the U.S. Army’s first female four-star general and an ACP Advisory Council member.

The organization anticipates that more than one million active service members will transition to civilian life over the next few years, and more than 100,000 women will be among them.