Selected candidates earn leadership certificates and other credentials through the only professional development training provided exclusively to military spouses.
SAN ANTONIO, TX, August 19, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Military Spouse Advocacy Network (MSAN), with presenting sponsor Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC), is delighted to announce the 50 military spouses selected for the 2022 cohort of the Military Spouse Leadership Development Program (MSLDP).
To view a complete list of selected participants, including their photos, bios, and location information, please visit www.militaryspouseadvocacynetwork.org/msldp22-selectees.
The tremendous success of MSLDP’s inaugural cohort in 2021 encouraged more than 900 military spouses to pursue one of 50 vacancies in 2022.
Selectees were asked to submit professional resumes, personal references, and engage in MSAN’s Mentorship-HUB. Candidates were selected based on their personal and professional commitment to leadership, exemplary community improvement, dedication to lifelong learning, and strong desire to influence their communities positively.
The cohort will complete a virtual four-month training program focused on learning the fundamentals of leadership, service, advocacy, and mentorship from world-renowned institutions and professionals, impactful voices in the community, and support from MSLDP alum. Training and certifications are provided by:
Harvard University, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative
McChrystal Group, McChrystal Academy
Verenice Castillo, MSAN’s Founder & CEO, shared her excitement about MSLDP’s 2022 cohort: “Military Spouses are considered movers and shakers because of their service, leadership, mentorship, and advocacy for the change they want to see in their communities. They are leaders with visions, and they need and deserve the opportunity to receive guidance, support, and official training to help them reach their goals. We are honored to receive DCUC’s support and commitment to join this effort and provide future leaders in our communities with the fundamentals to be successful.”
Anthony Hernandez, President and CEO of the Defense Credit Union Council, committed his support to the finalists as well: “As a former commander and now President/CEO of the Defense Credit Union Council, I firmly believe our military spouses make incredible contributions to the success of our Armed Forces. Learning how to focus and target this energy through leadership development is a force multiplier. I am very proud of the work the MSAN Leadership Program provides, the ongoing work of its graduates, and now this second cohort of talented spouses. I hope each learns and experiences the best training from our Nation’s leading institutions and work together to make things better!”
The first MSLDP cohort was an overwhelming success thanks to support from our steadfast partners, Caliber Home Loans and Lockheed Martin. This year, the Veterans United Foundation joined the growing collaboration. Now, MSAN is seeking additional funding to offer this training to more spouses throughout the year. For sponsorship opportunities or to donate, please visit www.militaryspouseadvocacynetwork.org/support-msan, or contact the development team at [email protected].
About Military Spouse Advocacy Network
Military Spouse Advocacy Network (MSAN) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that aims to create stronger military families through education, empowerment, and support. MSAN’s one-of-a-kind Military Spouse Mentorship-HUB bridges military families from every branch of the Armed Forces around the world with a virtual Education and Resource Center, New Military Spouse Support Program, and Leadership Development Program. We collaborate with military installations, Department of Defense (DoD) resources, and trusted partner organizations to provide a unique 24/7 peer-to-peer mentorship experience. For more information on MSAN and its programs, visit www.militaryspouseadvocacynetwork.org. Follow MSAN on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
About Defense Credit Union Council
DCUC is a 501c6 trade association representing the interests of federally and state-chartered credit unions serving our military around the globe. By maintaining a close and constant liaison with the Pentagon, the Council supports its member credit unions and the Department of Defense (DoD) in coordinating policy, procedures, and legislation impacting morale and welfare, financial readiness, and the delivery of quality financial products and services to DoD personnel and their families. Organized in 1963, the Council’s membership consists of 180 credit unions with over 23 million members. For more information on the Defense Credit Union Council, visit https://www.dcuc.org.
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