The Honor Foundation Announces the Hiring of Philip Dana, Global Talent Executive

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Dana comes to non-profit “ultimate talent laboratory” from private sector

Phil Dana, a global talent executive, has joined The Honor Foundation.

The Honor Foundation, a non-profit transition institute for members of the Navy Special Warfare and Special Operations Forces communities, announced today that global talent executive Philip Dana has joined The Honor Foundation as Vice President, Chief of People Operations. This move will empower The Honor Foundation to achieve its vision of impacting 65,000 members of the Special Operations Forces Community by 2020.

Former US Navy Enlisted and Officer, Dana comes to The Honor Foundation team with a legacy of founding and building some of the largest corporate military hiring programs in the country. At Sears Holdings, Dana was a Talent Acquisition Diversity Leader, supporting more than 32 business units and over 300,000 employees. Later, as a manager of Talent Acquisition at Amazon, he founded the military talent program now called Amazon Warriors. Dana has also led talent acquisition efforts, with military hiring emphasis, at Life Technologies, NuVasive and Intuit.

Dana’s leap from the private sector to public speaks to his passion to advance the careers of the unique Naval Special Warfare/ Special Operations Forces communities without limitation, and also to the unique culture The Honor Foundation has built for it’s small team to thrive. “I look forward to bringing The Honor Foundation’s Fellows to a precipice to give them the best possible opportunity to find the right job, the right company, the right culture and at the right time,” says Dana.

In this new role, Dana is charged with growing The Honor Foundation’s base of sponsors, mentors who can impart knowledge to The Honor Foundation’s Fellows, world-class employers and donors who understand the mission, and truly care about the long-term impact this limitless talent pool can have. He will also work to develop a data-driven and transparent record of results in the graduation of each Fellow. His skillset will not only enable the growth of The Honor Foundation’s partners and Fellow placements, but will allow him to provide strategic leadership, long-term vision and life-long guiding of the Fellows by providing effective coaching and professional development with the ultimate goals of improving retention once they are hired inside a new organization.

Joe Musselman, The Honor Foundation’s founder and CEO, says, “Our People Chief must be the champion of The Honor Foundation’s values and culture. Phil joins The Honor Foundation with the same belief that our small, for-purpose organization must organize, inspire, and activate tens of thousands in a big way. With Phil as our People Chief, we look forward to growing our people and programs while watching our veterans thrive as a result , inside their next great adventure in life..”

The marriage of Dana’s skillset and The Honor Foundation’s vision of impacting 65,000 members of the Special Operations Forces Community by 2020 will not only bring this vision to fruition, but also hopes to usher in a new era around the efforts organizations develop to hire transitioning members of the military across all branches and throughout the country.

About The Honor Foundation
The Honor Foundation provides executive education, professional development, career coaching, and transition management to US Special Operations Forces. As the creators of the first transition institute for the US Special Operations Forces (SOF) community, The Honor Foundation collaborates closely with the Special Operations Forces community, top business schools and America’s finest companies in order to support veterans from the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community as they move into the next phase of their careers.

The leader within its space, in 2012 The Honor Foundation identified the need for a transition program that is tailored to the experience levels and skill set of those in the Special Operations Forces military who were seeking their next great adventure in the private sector. The Honor Foundation’s founder, Joe Musselman, interviewed over two-hundred Navy SEALs in 2013 who had recently transitioned into the private sector. He discovered that the most pressing need reported by this group study was professional development and transition. Due to the nature of their workup and deployment schedule, of the group surveyed, less than thirteen-percent had job offers on the table by their end of service date. Recognizing this critical need, The Honor Foundation created the first Professional Development and Transition Institute for the Navy SEAL and US Special Operations Forces community. Recently coming on board as a Founding Partner, The Navy SEAL Foundation has collaborated closely alongside its members, America’s finest companies, top business schools, and leading entrepreneurs in order to create a new community post the community for our nation’s elite.

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