After the towers fell in 2001, many of America’s brightest minds felt the call to serve and dedicated their lives to serving their country. These people would have been in high paying private sector jobs but put their life on the line when their country needed them.

Now 15 years later, many are transitioning out of the military to civilian careers but are at an immense disadvantage, because they were overseas they did not develop the network and connections needed to find employment opportunities worthy of their world class skill sets. A resume on will not do for these Heroes.

That’s where the COMMIT foundation comes in, they hold incredible 2-day workshops that pair 12 elite veterans with 12 C-level executives to develop relationships and foster opportunities that are fitting for their elite skill sets.

Formed by veterans, patriots and those with friends and family in service, the COMMIT Foundation was created to help military veterans better transition into life after duty.

“We are dedicated to providing individual and sustained attention to high value Veterans as they move from military service to the professional civilian world. Our goal is to create opportunities for Veterans by fostering mentorship, extending and growing networks, promoting familiar camaraderie, and inspiring and accelerating Veterans into leadership roles, post-service.” — COMMIT Foundation

The foundation is putting on their first “Pursuing Your Passion” workshop for inspired, talented US veterans in Austin, Texas, October 12th and 13th.

The event puts aspirational veterans in the same room as successful entrepreneurs and business owners. Mentor sessions and breakouts throughout the workshop cover important themes and questions when considering entrepreneurship. Highlights of Austin’s event include a fireside chat with American astronaut Tim Kopra and a keynote speech from Paralympic gold-medal winning swimmer and Afghanistan Navy vet, Brad Snyder.

In addition, several incredible mentors have chosen to volunteer their time and wisdom to the workshop and its attendees. Jen Easterly, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism; Craig Cummings, Head of Corporate Development at the Moovel Group; Hans Erickson, CFO at Fractal Industries, Inc. and Guy Filippelli, President and CEO at RedOwl Analytics are among the ranks.

“I’m excited to engage with the COMMIT Foundation and play a small part in helping those that have recently completed their time in service to our country.” said Chris Thomas, US veteran, Founder of Fontinalis Partners and COMMIT Foundation Mentor. “‘If anyone understands how to work hard and compete a mission, it’s a motivated veteran. Soldiers, sailors, airman and Marines have incredibly valuable professional attributes and it’s important that we as a country give them every opportunity to apply their unique talents.”

The two-day workshop is possible due to support from FirstWave, Bunker Labs, The Clearing and Capital Factory. For more information on the COMMIT Foundation and their efforts to create serendipity for men and women separating from the uniformed services and entering the professional civilian world, check out their website here.

In 2015 HERO was in the process of relocating the company and the people at the COMMIT Foundation opened networks and homes to HERO, ultimately leading to our relocation to Austin, Texas, our access to a nationwide network of entrepreneurs and investors, as well as our acceptance into Techstars Mobility. Les Craig opened his network on an initial meeting in Montana and two days later, Navy SEAL Brad Snyder opened his home to our CEO Alex in Baltimore so that we could meet with customers, investors and mentors across the eastern seaboard. We are forever grateful for the help we received.

When the opportunity arose to help set up a workshop in Austin, we leapt at the opportunity and are extremely excited for the event! We hope that our friends in Austin will stop by the Capital Factory on Oct. 12th and 13th to meet some of the incredible people that are a part of this organization.