Each year, Veterans in Global Leadership inducts a new class of fellows that are rising stars in the veteran community.
Propelling student veterans on a path to leadership, this year’s fellows are diverse and have a wide range of backgrounds and interests.
Here are a few of the nation’s future veteran leaders.
Austin served seven years in the U.S. Air Force, which includes three deployments overseas as an all-source intelligence analyst.
Fluent in Mandarin, Japanese, and Manchu, Hudgins is a two-time recipient of the U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study Mandarin in Suzhou and X’ian, China.
He holds a B.A. from Rutgers University in Chinese and Cultural Anthropology. Currently, he is a part-time consultant with an international pharmaceutical corporation, working as a corporate security strategist.
He is an Ed.M. candidate at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education.
Joe served as a human resource/operations supervisor in the U.S. Army. He recently graduated from Pace and will pursue a dual MBA in human resource management and international business. A transgender man, Joe is passionate about assisting the LGBT community. He recently completed a “Mission Continues” fellowship, volunteering at a youth LGBT homeless shelter.
“Learning about the various career paths and perspectives from several successful professionals caused me to think outside the box,” Said Whimple. “The connections I made throughout the orientation are valuable beyond words.”
After participating in a VA work study for nearly two years, Joe landed a position with the New York City’s Department of Veteran Affairs’ healthcare human resource management department. Joe hopes to head a diversity and inclusion department for a major corporation to ensure employment equality.
Maureen served in the U.S. Army from 2001-2006 as a counterintelligence agent. A graduate from Campbell University, Maureen is pursuing a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Bowie State University in Bowie, MD.
“Through the training and mentorship of the Veterans in Global Leadership program, I am working to become a thought leader in mental health. The connections I have made will help me get a seat at the table,” Said Elias. “Veterans in Global Leadership is truly investing in high achieving student veterans to cultivate a new generation of leaders.”
In January, Maureen was selected to be a High Ground Veterans Advocacy Fellow. Her advocacy lead to her current employment on the Vietnam Veterans of America Veterans Health Council.