Hiring Our Heroes pays tribute to former Senator Elizabeth Dole
WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne P. Clark presented the Honorable Elizabeth Dole with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Gala Our Heroes Awards, presented by the USAA, Nov. 9 at historic Decatur House.
“Throughout a lifetime of public service, Senator Elizabeth Dole’s passion has been to lend her voice to the voiceless and find purpose in service to others. No one deserves the President’s Hiring Our Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award more and on behalf of the United States Chamber of Commerce, I am honored to have the opportunity to celebrate his accomplishments,” said Clark.
Dole founded Caring for Military Families: The Elizabeth Dole Foundation in 2012 to educate and support the 5.5 million spouses, mothers, fathers and other loved ones who care for our nation’s wounded warriors. Over the past decade, Hiring Our Heroes and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation have worked together to identify employment opportunities for caregivers and resources for employers to hire and retain caregivers.
“Too many carers still struggle to hold down a job, especially one that rises to the level of their qualifications,” Dole said. “We owe it to these hidden heroes to explore every possible way to keep the American workforce open to military caregivers – from flexible work hours to telecommuting options to more generous paid leave policies.”
In addition to the President’s Award, Hiring Our Heroes has presented several other awards to individuals and organizations committed to serving and supporting military veterans and their families.
The Colonel Michael Endres Leadership Award for Individual Excellence in Veteran and Military Spouse Employment was presented to a United States Marine Corps Veteran Handsome Higgins. Higgins is senior director of military talent acquisition at Amazon.
Wells Fargo was recognized with the Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award for overall excellence in hiring and retaining veterans, transitioning military members and military spouses.
Prudential Financial’s Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity, Robert Barea, presented In effect with the Steve Robinson Post-9/11 Veteran Employment Award.
The Wounded Veteran and Caregiver Employment Award, presented by Comcast, went to Booz Allen Hamilton for his demonstrated leadership in addressing the unique employment issues faced by wounded warriors and military caregivers and in creating pathways to economic stability.
T-Mobile received the Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring Award, presented by USAA and the Military Community Nonprofit Leadership Award, presented by NBCUniversal, was awarded to the D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.
Sportswear line owned by black, women and veterans ICON was recognized as the winner of this year’s Capital One Small Business Award. ICONI means “I can overcome, nothing is impossible”.
About hiring our heroes
Hire Our Heroes (HOH)is a 501(c)3 organization of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The nonprofit was launched in March 2011 as a national initiative to help veterans, transitioning military members and military spouses find meaningful employment. Together with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s extensive network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through its comprehensive training and hiring events. , scholarship programs and online tools. HOH programs and services are available in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and on military installations worldwide. For more information on programming and initiatives: HiringOurHeroes.org; @HiringOurHeroes on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public about the conditions necessary for businesses and communities to thrive, how businesses positively impact communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.