These American heroes and their families deserve a seamless career transition after their years of sacrifice, and I believe that this organization will provide the experience they deserve -- and will continue to provide -- long after they remove their uniform.
SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) January 23, 2023
The Honor Foundation [THF], a unique nonprofit transition institute created for transitioning members of the U.S. Special Operations Forces community has announced that Jon Skinner will assume the role of the Chairman of THF’s Board of Directors, starting in 2023. For the last eight and a half years, THF has successfully developed and implemented a nationally recognized transition program for elite members of the Special Operations Forces [SOF] Enterprise, helping them to navigate the complex career transformation from military to civilian life. It accomplishes this by way of an executive education-style curriculum that combines world class one-on-one executive coaching and industry mentoring, three months of intensive classroom instruction, and access to an elite nationwide professional network. Skinner, who has served as a member of THF’s board for the last four years, has been a long-time supporter of The Honor Foundation and various causes.
Skinner brings an extensive finance and executive management background and a history of philanthropic contributions to his new role. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of PSP Partners and its affiliates, PSP Capital, PSP Growth and Pritzker Realty Group based in Chicago, Illinois, and is responsible for implementing and overseeing the company’s strategic direction and is a member of the investment committee. Previously, Skinner was a Partner at William Blair & Company from 2008 to 2021, having been named a Vice Chair of Investment Banking at William Blair in 2021 after serving as the Head of Technology Investment Banking from 2015 to 2020. Prior to joining William Blair in 2006, he worked as both an investment banker and an attorney.
In addition to serving as chairman of the Board of Directors of The Honor Foundation, Skinner is also a member of Bottom Line Chicago’s regional Board, a member of the Chicago History Museum’s Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Springboard Foundation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School.
Skinner is also a frequent guest lecturer at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (in addition to others) on the topic of values-based leadership.
“As incoming chairman, I am fortunate in this new role to continue working alongside fellow board members, advisors and the dedicated THF Staff in growth and expansion of the organization and in the success of its program. Thank you to Harry Leonhardt, former chairman, for his exceptional leadership and contributions over the past two years. His commitment to The Honor Foundation is unmatched.
The Honor Foundation and I are grateful for the opportunity to support the men and women of the Special Operations Forces community who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. These American heroes and their families deserve a seamless career transition after their years of sacrifice, and I believe that this organization will provide the experience they deserve -- and will continue to provide -- long after they remove their uniform.
When I was first introduced to The Honor Foundation, the organization had one campus in San Diego and had its eyes set on opening a Virginia Beach location to have a greater reach in the Special Operations community. Today, our transformational transition program has benefited over 1,800 Alumni with eight campuses, serving personnel from each of the Special Operations components. Each participant is given a comprehensive set of tools and access to world class coaching and networking, to help translate their skills, talents and expertise into fulfilling and impactful leadership positions in the civilian workforce.
As elite members of the Special Operations Forces, their elevated levels of professionalism, maturity and diverse experiences will serve to benefit our nation’s workforce tremendously.”
Skinner is assuming the role of Chairman of the Board at an exciting time for THF as the organization continues to steadily expand its scale and impact while maintaining a high-touch, high-value experience and curriculum. To date, about 2,800 individuals and families have utilized THF, either through the full transition program or through specially tailored workshops, to assist those in the SOF community who are looking to jumpstart their own transition journey.
Matt Stevens, CEO of The Honor Foundation, who also serves on the THF Board of Directors, is excited to welcome Skinner as Chairman.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Jon over the past several years on the THF Board and I can think of no one better to lead this organization into its next phase! Over the years, his generous support and expertise have enabled THF to thrive and achieve our vision of impacting more men and women in the SOF community. I am looking forward to working closely with Jon to positively impact the lives of every member of the Special Operations community throughout their transition.”
About The Honor Foundation
The Honor Foundation (THF) is a career transition program for U.S. Special Operations Forces that effectively translates their elite military service to the private sector and helps create the next generation of corporate and community leaders. It achieves this through a three-month program which provides tailored executive education, one-on-one coaching, and access to a nationwide professional network. This program was built by the desire to serve others with honor for life, so that their next mission is always clear and continues to impact the world. Every step is dedicated to preparing these outstanding men and women to continue to realize their maximum potential during and after their service career. The Honor Foundation has 1,800+ graduates to date and has campuses in San Diego, CA; Virginia Beach, VA; Camp Lejeune, NC; Fort Bragg, NC; Eglin, FL; Tampa, FL; and two virtual campuses (THFv). The Navy SEAL Foundation is a Founding Partner of The Honor Foundation.