Veterans & Military Families

Veteran Leadership

We focus on developing the leadership skills of veterans and those who serve them and their families.

“America’s veterans have taken on the toughest tasks imaginable.  Now it’s our turn to continue to help.”
— President George W. Bush

Government programs and initiatives, corporations, millions of individuals, and more than 45,000 philanthropic organizations are committed to improving veterans’ quality of life. However, there’s misalignment, duplication, confusion, and gaps in providing effective services to transitioning veterans and their families.

What is lacking is effective leadership training for those who are responsible for implementing the programs and policies. In breaking down the civilian-military divide, leadership matters.

The Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program is aimed at accomplished leaders from diverse sectors across the country who are motivated to increase their impact in supporting our Nation’s veterans. Scholars include active-duty service members, veterans, and civilians from different backgrounds and sectors.


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Founding Program Underwriter


Veteran Leadership

Read Kelley Jiou's biography.
Kelley Jiou

Director, Leadership and Programming George W. Bush Institute

Read Jason Galui, Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret.)'s biography.
Jason Galui, Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret.)

Director, Veterans and Military Families George W. Bush Institute

Read D’Juan Wilcher, Lieutenant Commander, USNR's biography.
D'Juan Wilcher
D’Juan Wilcher, Lieutenant Commander, USNR

Deputy Director, Veterans and Military Families George W. Bush Institute

Read Christopher Vidaurre's biography.
Christopher Vidaurre

Senior Program Manager, Veterans and Military Families George W. Bush Institute

Read Michael Bailey's biography.
Michael Bailey

Senior Program Manager, Leadership Programs George W. Bush Institute

Read Alex Gorsky's biography.
Alex Gorsky

April and Jay Graham Fellow George W. Bush Institute

Read James Nicholson's biography.
James Nicholson

Secretary Department of Veterans Affairs

René Bardorf

Senior Advisor, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Peter Chiarelli

Former CEO, One Mind; Veteran U.S. Army

Dan Goldenberg

Executive Director, Call of Duty Endowment

Mark Goulart

Former Principal, Deloitte Consulting; Veteran U.S. Army

Todd Platt

Chief Executive Officer, Hillwood Investments