Veterans Day Event

Since 2015, Thayer Leadership has partnered with Nasdaq Marketsite to co-host an annual Veteran’s Day Symposium in New York City. Thayer hosted the 7th Annual Veterans Day event in 2019 which featured Thayer founder Bill Murdy moderating a panel with United States Military Academy Superintendent LTG Darryl Williams and United States Naval Academy Superintendent VADM Sean Buck. The trio discussed the challenges and opportunities at our military academies, their personal leadership advice, and how corporations can develop future leaders by bridging the gap between the military and civilian sectors. The panel concluded with a fun fast-round of questions about the upcoming Army-Navy football game. The event continued with the U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper ringing the closing bell and remarking on the significance of Veterans Day. The Superintendents joined Esper at the podium and presented him with a signed Army-Navy football. 

In 2018, the Nasdaq Opening Bell was rung by LTG Darryl Williams, US Military Academy at West Point Superintendent. Following the opening bell, Chief Executive Group Editor in Chief, Dan Bigman, led a leadership rountable discussion centered around how today's executives can develop the next generation of America's business leaders. View the video recap here.

“It is so important to honor our veterans, but it is also imperative to hire, support, and train veterans," stated Dan Rice, President of Thayer Leadership. “There are so many issues related to veterans' employment, and companies that have embraced veterans' hiring have found that they are better companies overall.”

In 2017, the roundtable discussion on veterans hiring was led by Hiring Our Heroes President, Eric Eversole, with robust discussion about the state of the veterans hiring environment and unique challenges facing veterans’ families. The Nasdaq Closing Bell was subsequently rung with 50 Chairmen, CEOs, and Presidents who raised their hands pledging to hire more veterans for their companies during the next year. 

In 2016, Thayer identified categories of support that companies can provide to veterans and their families, encouraging all companies to adopt or enhance their Veteran’s Initiatives and to share them using #vetsdayceochallenge. In partnership with the Association for Talent Development, Thayer also published a special supplement of TD Magazine, sharing best practices from organizations that are trailblazers in recruiting, developing, and supporting veterans and active duty military.

Stay tuned for information about the 8th annual Veterans Day Event at Nasdaq Marketsite in November 2020.