Veterans on Wall Street: Honoring and Employing our Veterans

Veterans on Wall Streetâ„¢ Hold Sixth Annual Conference

Nov 01, 2016

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS), a consortium of more than 70 financial services firms including Citi, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and HSBC, held its sixth annual conference in the Goldman Sachs Conference Center on November 1. The conference brought together veterans and leaders from Wall Street and other industries, the US military, federal and local government and the nonprofit community to discuss issues central to veterans employment and to share best practices for attracting and retaining talent from the veterans community.

The conference featured a series of panels focused on an array of important topics, including veterans employment and retention, perspectives on post-military public service, communicating veterans’ value add and industry investment in veterans. Speakers included:

  • Elisa Basnight, Chief of Staff, The United States Mint
  • Courtney Billington, Vice President, Janssen Supply Group LLC
  • Phillip Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for New American Security
  • General Peter Chiarelli, U.S. Army (Retired), CEO, One Mind
  • Rosye Cloud, Senior Advisor for Veteran Employment, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Anne Meree Craig, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The COMMIT Foundation
  • Lawrence Duncan, Vice President of Federal and State Government Relations, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Maureen Gillan-Myer, Head of Human Resources, HSBC USA
  • Suni Harford, Managing Director, Regional Head of Markets, North America, Citi
  • Dr. Margaret Harrell, Director of Programs and Partnerships, Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • Peter Henry, Dean, New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business
  • Zachary Iscol, Founder and CEO, HirePurpose
  • Colonel William T. Johnson, U.S. Army, Executive Director, Joining Forces, Office of the First Lady
  • Alan Khazei, Founder and CEO, Be The Change, Inc.
  • Marjorie Morrison, Founder and CEO, PsychArmor Institute
  • Duncan Niederauer, Former CEO, NYSE Euronext
  • Richard Ramassini, Director of Strategy, PNC Investments
  • Brian Stann, President and CEO, Hire Heroes USA
  • Brigadier General Loree Sutton, U.S. Army (Retired), MD, Commissioner, New York City Department of Veterans Services
  • John Tien, Managing Director, Citigroup
  • Jake Wood, Founder and CEO, Team Rubicon

“Citi is committed to supporting the men and women that have served our country in their transition to civilian life. Veterans possess unique skills and we strive to provide them with the resources to transfer these into employment opportunities in the financial services industry,” said Suni Harford, Citi’s Regional Head of Markets for North America. “The sixth annual VOWS Symposium was an effective forum for us to collaborate with our fellow financial institutions on how we advance veterans’ employment issues and implement best practices in hiring and retaining veterans in the industry.”

“Veterans risk life and limb in service to our nation, and it is our duty to support and assist veterans in their transition to civilian employment,” said John Eydenberg, senior VOWS corporate sponsor and Vice Chairman, Corporate & Investment Banking, Deutsche Bank Americas. “The annual VOWS Symposium, now in its sixth year, celebrates the unique skill set of active duty service members and veterans and connects them to employers on Wall Street and across all industries through the VOWS consortium.”

“At Goldman Sachs, we recognize the valuable experience and traits that military veterans bring to the workforce, such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving,” said Jeff Schroeder, Chief Administrative Officer of Goldman Sachs. “As a cofounder of Veterans on Wall Street, we are proud to host the sixth annual VOWS Symposium that brings together key leaders across the public and private sectors to discuss the important issues that veterans face during their transition to the civilian workforce.”

“The men and women who serve in America’s armed forces help to make our country safer, and, as employees, offer the skills, education and experience to make the financial industry better,” said Joe Abruzzo, Head of HSBC Private Bank in North America. “We support VOWS not merely to honor our veterans, as important as that is. Our deeper purpose is to help these top-notch people find a professional home in banking. They are the caliber of job candidates that HSBC wants to hire, and if not with us then with at one of the other financial services firms in the VOWS consortium.”

VOWS is also the presenting sponsor of the Stand Up for Heroes concert benefiting the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which will take place on Tuesday, November 1, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. For more information about Stand Up for Heroes, visit

About Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS)

Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) is a consortium of more than 70 financial services firms dedicated to honoring former and current military personnel by facilitating career and business opportunities in the financial services industry. For more information, please visit or follow @VeteransonWS on Twitter.

Patricia Tuma, 212-793-7682
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