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Meet the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program Class of 2021

The Class of 2021 is a diverse group of leaders working to improve outcomes for post-9/11 veterans and their families.

October 26, 2021 //   2 minute read

In June, the Bush Institute announced the 2021 class selected to participate in the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program, a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at individuals serving our Nation's veterans who are motivated to broaden their skillsets, knowledge, and influence across the country. 

The Class of 2021 is a diverse group of leaders working to improve outcomes for post-9/11 veterans and their families. The cohort includes active-duty service members, veterans, military spouses, and civilians, and they hold a variety of roles including business and community leaders, members of veteran-serving nonprofits, as well as leaders in government, academia, and active and reserve military service members.

Meet the Scholars


 Jay Garcia, Global Veterans Program Manager, Fortinet, Inc.

“The network that was developed as well as the comradery and partnership that we were able to develop from this program are going to assist everybody in helping this community.”

Kimberly Tapia, Entrepreneur, Polanko Group

“The networking opportunity has been fantastic, and [the program] has also given me the confidence to do the research and really look into what it would take to better amplify veteran entrepreneurs across this country.”


Dylan Tete, Executive Director, Bastion

“This program has been life changing for me…I knew I had to take this opportunity to perhaps start this new chapter of my life, so I’m very grateful to the Bush Institute and the Veteran Leadership Program for allowing me to do just that.”

Babs Chase, Vice President, Military and Veterans Programs, The Manufacturing Institute

“The [Veteran Leadership Program] has really raised the bar because you don’t just learn what kind of leader you strive to be, you really learn what kind of leaders you want to be around.”

Check out the 2021 Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program photo album here. 

The Bush Center gratefully acknowledges the support of The Boeing Company as the Founding Program Underwriter. 

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