Exelis, Korn Ferry and Points of Light Train Veterans to Apply Military Experience to Leadership in Civilian Careers

  Exelis, Korn Ferry and Points of Light Train Veterans to Apply Military
  Experience to Leadership in Civilian Careers

Business Wire

MCLEAN, Va. -- January 24, 2014

Through its corporate volunteer service program Exelis Action Corps, defense
and aerospace company Exelis Inc. has partnered with global talent consultancy
Korn Ferry and nonprofit organization Points of Light to launch the Leveraging
Military Leadership Program. This leadership development and training program
helps veterans apply their military experience to leadership roles in the
civilian sector.

The four-month program, provided as a free offering to an inaugural class of
35 veterans from across the United States, will launch Jan. 24 in McLean, Va.
A team of global leadership experts from Exelis and Korn Ferry will kick off
the program by leading three days of onsite instruction, group exercises and
lectures. The in-residence portion of the program will be followed by focused
offsite, online, and integrated learning components, as well as individual
coaching – the same research-based leadership development services offered by
Korn Ferry to Boards, CEOs and senior executives at leading global

“Our focus is not on securing a job – it’s on helping these veterans apply
their leadership skills in new and different environments so they can forge a
viable career path that will enable them to thrive,” said Exelis Chief
Communications Officer David Albritton. “The Leveraging Military Leadership
Program helps veterans make their skill sets even more relevant, securing
their place as a 21^st century leader.”

The transformational leadership development experience is designed to help
veterans strengthen their personal, interpersonal and executive communication
skills and develop a clear career strategy. In the career-development
sessions, veterans will chart their professional journey, learn how to apply
their leadership skills in civilian positions, and clearly articulate their
differentiated value proposition.

An important aspect of the Leveraging Military Leadership Program is the force
behind its creation. The program concept was initiated during an Exelis
leadership development program, designed and led by Korn Ferry. While
participating in the program, Exelis Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer
Erica Jeffries, was planning a project to set veterans up for success as they
depart military service, and Korn Ferry was eager to extend its reach to serve
veterans and their families. It was clear that a partnership between Korn
Ferry, Exelis Action Corps and Points of Light would provide veterans the rare
opportunity to experience world-class civilian leadership training. Jeffries,
a former White House fellow and Army helicopter pilot, spearheaded the program

The military experience of the participants varies, ranging from junior
enlisted to senior officer ranks in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air
Force. These distinguished veterans were selected through a competitive
process from a pool of more than 100 applicants. Many of the participating
veterans hold public and private sector management positions across a variety
of industries.

The Leveraging Military Leadership Program will convene multiple times a year
and will be held in various sites across the country. Program organizers will
target geographical areas with a strong military and veteran presence.

About Exelis Action Corps

The Exelis Action Corps is the signature volunteer service program for Exelis,
a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and services
company. Exelis Action Corps is designed to allow nearly 20,000 Exelis
employees to give back to their communities by serving military service
members, veterans and their families. Exelis leverages a 50-year legacy of
deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable,
mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in timing and
navigation, sensors, air traffic solutions, image processing and distribution,
communications and information systems, logistics and technical services; and
we are focused on strategic growth in the areas of critical networks, ISR and
analytics, electronic warfare and composite aerostructures. Headquartered in
McLean, Va., Exelis employs about 19,000 people and generated 2012 sales of
$5.5 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or
connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Korn Ferry International

At Korn Ferry, we design, build, attract and ignite talent. Since our
inception, clients have trusted us to help recruit world-class leadership.
Today, we are a single source for leadership and talent consulting services to
empower businesses and leaders to reach their goals. Our solutions range from
executive recruitment and leadership development programs, to enterprise
learning, succession planning and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). Visit
www.kornferry.com for more information on Korn Ferry, and
www.kornferryinstitute.com for thought leadership, intellectual property and

About Points of Light

Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer
service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the
world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of
nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in
30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear
where it’s needed most. For more information, go to


Exelis Inc.
Jill Wolf, 703-790 6419
Korn Ferry
Sean Healy, 201-857-2520
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