Exelis, Korn Ferry and Points of Light help veterans leverage military experience for success in civilian leadership roles

MCLEAN, Va., June 17, 2014 –Through its employee volunteer service program Exelis Action Corps, defense and aerospace company Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has partnered with Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY), a single source of leadership and talent consulting services, and nonprofit organization Points of Light to host the second cohort of Leveraging Military Leadership Program (LMLP). The program helps new veterans apply their leadership experience to civilian positions.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than one million military service members are projected to leave the military in the coming years. The LMLP teaches veterans how to strengthen their personal, interpersonal and executive communication skills, clearly articulate their unique value, and chart their professional journey based on a strong career strategy.

The second session will kick off June 20-22 in McLean, Virginia and will include a class of 37 veterans from nearly all branches of service with military experience ranging from staff non-commissioned officers to senior officer ranks. The participants will benefit from a team of global leadership experts from Exelis and Korn Ferry who will lead three days of onsite instruction, group exercises and lectures. The in-residence portion of the program will be followed by four months of focused offsite, online, and integrated learning components, as well as individual coaching – the same research-based leadership development services offered by Korn Ferry to Boards, CEOs and senior executives at leading global organizations.

Derek Gordon, a veteran Navy E2C pilot, recently began working as a consultant at a prominent consulting firm after leaving active duty in April. He credits the LMLP with helping him to prepare for job interviews. He participated in the first class session of the program, which kicked off Jan. 24-26.

“When I made the decision to leave the military, the job search and interview process was a looming unknown that I had really never faced. When I attended LMLP I was entering into final-round interviews with multiple external consulting agencies and large technology and pharmaceutical companies,” said Gordon. “The insight of what employers were looking for and the added practice of simulated interviews with feedback from professional head hunters gave me the polish, fine tuning and confidence to needed to succeed in that final, most important step. Finally, the career coaching provided after the seminar allowed me to hit the ground running as I began my new career journey.”

"Our goal is to help military leaders capitalize on the world-class development they have already received and apply it to leading in civilian organizations," said Noah Rabinowitz, senior partner, global lead for Executive Leadership Development, Korn Ferry. "This program helps them create a vision, strategy and action plan and gives them the tools to translate their military experience into meaningful accomplishments that are relevant to the civilian recruiter or hiring manager."

“As a veteran who has made the transition from the military to the civilian workforce, I recognize some of the challenges that veterans are facing today,” says Erica Jeffries, chief inclusion and diversity officer at Exelis, and one of the program’s founders. “Our program helps veterans to navigate those challenges and encourages them to seek out the opportunities that will leverage their talents and skills.”

“Military leaders who are transitioning into civilian roles have the greatest success when they train themselves to step away from a military top-down leadership style and adapt a collaborative and sometimes ambiguous decision-making style often found in corporate settings,” said Bernadine Karunaratne, president, U.S. Government consulting services, Korn Ferry. "We are honored to assist them as they embark on their new journey.”

The Leveraging Military Leadership Program will convene multiple times a year and will be held in various sites across the country.

About Exelis Action Corps
The Exelis Action Corps is the signature volunteer service program for Exelis, a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and services company. Exelis Action Corps is designed to allow nearly 17,000 Exelis employees to give back to their communities by serving military service members, veterans and their families. Exelis leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in timing and navigation, sensors, air traffic solutions, image processing and distribution, communications and information systems, logistics and technical services; and we are focused on strategic growth in the areas of critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare and composite aerostructures. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Exelis employs about 17,000 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com.

About Korn Ferry
At Korn Ferry, we design, build, attract and ignite talent. Since our inception, clients have trusted us to help recruit world-class leadership. Today, we are a single source for leadership and talent consulting services to empower businesses and leaders to reach their goals. Our solutions range from executive recruitment and leadership development programs, to enterprise learning, succession planning and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). Visit www.kornferry.com for more information on Korn Ferry, and www.kornferryinstitute.com for thought leadership, intellectual property and research.

About Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to http://www.pointsoflight.org.