Bridging the Civil-Military Divide: Panel Discussion, Lunch & Networking Event

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Star Mountain Capital, Star Mountain Charitable Foundation (SMCF), Military Leadership Circle (MLC), Military and Veterans Appreciation Trust (MVAT) and the Resurrecting Lives Foundation will host a special luncheon, entitled ‘Bridging the Civil-Military Divide: Panel Discussion, Lunch & Networking Event’ on Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 11:00am – 1:00pm (PDT) in Los Angeles, CA. Our Speakers include:

  • Brett Hickey, Founder & CEO, Star Mountain Capital and Founder, Star Mountain Charitable Foundation
  • Matt Driskill, Founder, Military Leadership Circle
  • Don Schwarz, Chairman, Military and Veterans Appreciation Trust
  • Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, Founder & Chairwoman, Resurrecting Lives Foundation

The discussion will feature brief remarks from public and private sector leaders on policy and partnership solutions focused on:

  • Opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to hire talented and high “grit” veterans, a key driver in long-term employee performance
  • Effective public/private partnerships which increase the leadership capacity of the U.S. Armed Forces, invest in the lives of transitioning veterans and strengthen America’s communities
  • Veteran testimonials on lessons learned from navigating a successful transition out of military service
  • Government and industry’s role in fostering innovation to meet America’s national security challenges

“Star Mountain Capital’s Charitable Foundation helps bring great people together by connecting established U.S. small and medium-sized businesses with talented individuals looking for their next career move,” said Brett Hickey, Founder & CEO, Star Mountain Capital and Founder, Star Mountain Charitable Foundation. “We are developing new tools to better connect military veterans, former athletes and others with growing businesses looking for additional team members. We believe in empowering people to build high quality careers as a core aspect of society.”

“The Military Leadership Circle is honored to once again unite corporate leaders, veterans’ service organizations, and active duty military members in an educational and inspirational event,” said Matt Driskill, Founder, Military Leadership Circle. “We realize the value in our more than 20 million veterans and over 2 million active and reserve service members is of the highest importance to both the health of our communities and economy as well as our national security interests. We hope others will continue to join us in breaking down the civil-military divide in American society.”

“Every year, more than 100,000 new veterans join the American workforce. We are grateful that our partners and supporters recognize the need for Heroes Linked and stand with MVAT as we fulfill our long-standing mission to provide needed services where traditional resources have fallen short,” said Don Schwarz, Chairman, MVAT Foundation.

“At Resurrecting Lives Foundation, we honor our fallen heroes by caring for their brothers and sisters who return,” said Dr. Gordon. “We are focused on providing support for our veterans with mild TBI by connecting them with employment opportunities and transitional assistance for a successful post military career. I am pleased and honored to be part of this collaborative problem-solving group.”

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Investing in the Growth Engine of America® – Star Mountain Capital is a specialized asset management firm focused on investing in the large and underserved U.S. lower middle-market of companies with typically between $10 million and $150 million of annual revenues. Star Mountain’s distinctive business includes a custom-built media and technology platform bringing proven, large market resources to smaller businesses as a value-added lender and investment partner.

As part of its ESG, Star Mountain’s Charitable Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 focuses on improving lives through economic development, including job creation, health & wellness and cancer research. Notable missions include helping match military veterans, former athletes and women with high quality small and medium-sized business career opportunities across the country, including within Star Mountain’s portfolio which in aggregate represents over 200 companies.

Star Mountain was named one of the 2017 Best Places to Work by Crain’s New York Business.


The Military Leadership Circle breaks down divides between the military and civilian world in a way that bolsters corporate effectiveness while simultaneously equipping military leaders for more meaningful service. The MLC strives to unite social influencers across all institutions in order to inspire mutually beneficial collaborations that will strengthen both American military and civilian organizations.


The Military and Veterans Appreciation Trust (MVAT) is a non-profit founded in 2007. MVAT’s mission is to provide for veterans where other resources have proven to be insufficient. Through their work, MVAT hopes to help change the culture of the US to show how those who protect our freedoms here and afar are supported and recognized for their dedication to service above self.


The Resurrecting Lives Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by physician Dr. Chrisanne Gordon which advocates for educational, vocational and employment opportunities for the more than 60,000 veterans of the OIF/OEF, and especially the nearly 450,000 veterans from all military conflicts and branches of service who are currently affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI).


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