“The more exposure and understanding the women from corporations, who are in hiring positions, have of the value and skills women veterans have to offer, the opportunity for hiring should increase.”
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 05, 2014
The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design (TLE/LBD) is considered to be the Philadelphia region’s premier leadership development, executive coaching, and consulting firm. As part of the company’s commitment to supporting the community, TLE/LBD has partnered with 5 Star Women, a national community foundation dedicated to the successful transition of women veterans from military life to civilian society, to provide a woman veteran access to the new ExCel program.
ExCel was designed in response to corporate client requests to provide leadership development at the emerging female leader level where there was a void in internal programming. Participants of ExCel learn new leadership skills and gain a broader understanding of different areas of business and industry, while building a strong network of colleagues.
The partnership with 5 Star Women came about during a discussion between Shelley Potente, Senior Vice President TLE/LBD and Barbara Doyne, Founder and Executive Director of 5 Star Women when they recognized the “win-win” for both the woman veteran, her ExCel coaches, as well as her fellow corporate participants.
“As we continue to see more and more service women transition to civilian life, the better the veteran understands corporate business lines and industries, the easier the transition will be,” said Barbara Doyne.
Shelley Potente added, “The more exposure and understanding the women from corporations, who are in hiring positions, have of the value and skills women veterans have to offer, the opportunity for hiring should increase.”
The initial ExCel program, which kicked off in January, welcomed retired Army Lt. Colonel Maura “Mo” Gillian at no cost to her. “As a female Army office, I’ve been honored to lead service members and know that those skills will transfer to my civilian career. However, I have already learned so much from the instruction provided at ExCel and the interaction with my fellow participants,” said Mo Gillian.
Molly D. Shepard, President, CEO and Founder of TLE/LBD, originally started the firm in 2001 to address the limited representation of women in the highest ranks of American businesses and to help female leaders with the distinct issues and challenges they face. Today TLE/LBD continues to focus on supporting senior and high-potential women in building their leadership skills, increasing their self-assurance, and enhancing their overall effectiveness. According to Molly, the collaboration will be a long-term one, saying “we were honored to partner with 5 Star Women to offer Mo an opportunity to freshen up her leadership skills and help hone their application to the workplace. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with 5 Star in serving those talented women who have served us.”