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Celebrating Those Who Keep Moving Forward
Kathie Sandlin, Editor
It’s been a little over 50 years since the historic March on Washington. And yet, these words resonate as deeply and profoundly today as they did in 1963.
This year, in honor of Black Heritage Month, Profiles in Diversity Journal is pleased to turn our spotlight on a group of corporate trailblazers who have found ways to “keep moving forward” throughout their lives—sometimes in the face of economic injustice, institutional racism, or unconscious bias. Between the covers of this issue of our magazine, more than 60 African-American professionals share stories of strength, inspiration, passion, and perspective.
You’ll learn how these accomplished professionals give back to their communities and pass on their acquired wisdom to a new generation. We invite you to read their stories—we think you’ll be heartened by them—and join us in celebrating the drive, the integrity, and the irrepressible spirit of these outstanding African-American corporate and community leaders.
Also in this issue, we’re taking a look at another courageous and committed group—returning veterans—and how employers and other organizations are supporting their success. You may be surprised to learn that what most veterans really want is the opportunity to take on a new challenge and find meaningful ways to continue to serve.
Get to know our picks for the Top 25 Most Influential Companies for Veteran Hiring—organizations that are out in front when it comes to starting the conversation, creating new programs, and providing the kind of support that helps level the playing field for returning veterans. See how these companies use new technologies, along with old-fashioned outreach and support, to help veterans find success and feel at home in a civilian workplace setting.
You’ll also read about some amazing nonprofit organizations, founded and run by passionate people with vision who saw a need and decided not to wait for someone else to fill it. The nonprofits are special in that they seem to grow almost like living organisms, fed by the desire of individuals to get involved, give back, pay it forward, or simply to help someone. You’ll learn how thousands of mental health professionals provide free therapy to members of the military and returning veterans in towns and cities across the U.S.; how veterans are bringing their leadership skills into some of America’s most underserved schools; and how the entertainment industry joined with veterans groups to create messaging that helps the rest of us understand that America’s veterans are looking for new challenges and new ways to serve.
I’ve was truly inspired by the people and organizations I got to know while putting together this issue of PDJ. So don’t miss a single story, because I’m sure you will be too.
Kathie Sandlin, Editor