May 13, 2019 | People

With the U.S. unemployment rate at the lowest point in nearly 50 years, filling open positions is becoming a serious pain point for many organizations. Talent acquisition today requires creative methods and critical thinking that goes beyond matching keywords to resumes.

Since 2013, The Honor Foundation, a San Diego-based nonprofit, has been working to help solve that problem. The 120-hour, MBA style program has helped nearly 450 Navy SEALs and members of other Special Operations forces apply their field experience to leadership positions in corporate America. These men and women enter the workforce as highly skilled problem solvers with years of experience leading teams, managing resources, and delivering results.

Thanks to The Honor Foundation, graduates of the program have the tools they need to translate their experience and enter the workforce with confidence. If your talent pipeline is running low, here are six candidates ready to join your team.

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1. Mike Daley, Culturally Intelligent, Versatile, Solutions Focused Leader

What he brings to the team: Proven leader with over 20 years of experience delivering results and growing teams in Operations, Logistics, and Project Management. Meticulously driven to complete complex tasks on time and on budget while mitigating risk in situations with rapid change.

Areas of interest: To lead an Operations or Logistics team and contribute to the mentoring and development of team members. Mike wants to work with a team that is driven and fully committed to the mission and willing to put the needs of others before their own.

Education: Masters Degree, Business Administration & Management, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business


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2. Andrew White, Transformational Leader, Problem Solver, Change Agent

What he brings to the team: Task and outcome oriented professional with proven ability to build trust, motivate and lead diverse teams in planning contingencies, managing risk, maintaining accountability and achieving goals.

Areas of interest: Looking for a company that has highly motivated teams that aim above the status quo. Andrew wants to be part of the projects/program management process, lead, make impactful decisions, have autonomy, and get challenged on a daily basis.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership, Associates Degree in Computer Science


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3. Ashley Thompson, Servant Leader, Strategic Thinker, Problem Solver, Cross-Functional Integrator

What he brings to the team: Ashley thrives in complex, ambiguous environments. He naturally cuts through the clutter to identify and implement viable solutions to difficult problems. He is multilingual and excels at bridging cultures to create the conditions in which diverse teams can thrive.

Areas of interest: Looking for an organization that is committed to improving the world by creating opportunities for its people. His ideal role would allow him to lead multi-cultural teams in an international environment, to provide creative solutions to complex issues while challenging him to learn new things every day.

Education: Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of California Los Angeles


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4. Tres Smith, Complex Problem Solver, Interpersonal Dynamics, Executive Leadership

What he brings to the team: Diverse experience in strategic and operational planning and execution, organizational management, and collaborative team building achieved through risk based critical thinking and competitive analysis.

Areas of interest: Seeking the opportunity to contribute, to be challenged, to lead and to be led, to participate in collaborative environments achieving unified objectives.

Education: BS Earth Systems, Sciences, George Mason University, MS Military Studies, USMC Command and Staff College, MS National Security and Resource Strategy, Eisenhower School, National Defense University


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5. David SwartzStrong Belief System, Stable, Clarity of Conviction to the Team

What he brings to the team: Developing, leading and leveraging his experience in a team-oriented environment. David provides a servant leadership style, and is passionate about professionally developing and teaching teams to be our future leaders.

Areas of interest: Director or Senior Leader of Operations, Leadership/Training Development, Project/Program Management, Business Development or Sales.

Education: SMU Cox School of Business Executive MBA Candidate



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6. Ed Williams, Strategy and Development, Organizational Leadership, Cross-Cultural Communication, Program Management

What he brings to the team: Ed has developed a versatile, self-aware style of leadership. He brings over two decades of experience in design thinking and strategy development – figuring out what needs to happen with limited direction.

Areas of interest: Senior Strategy and Business Development, Chief of Staff, Director or Program Management for teams in the tech field or active lifestyle sector that share his future focused energy philosophy.

Education: MA from The University of Kansas; BS from The United States Military Academy

If your organization could benefit from service-minded, adaptable, problem solvers like these, there is no more elite group of talent than the graduates of The Honor Foundation. Contact The Honor Foundation here to learn more about employing, mentoring, coaching and sponsorship opportunities for this world-class program.

Question: What can you do to serve people who have dedicated their lives in service to others?  

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