(Kansas City – April 6, 2016) Nineteen veterans making the transition from military service to the private sector graduated this week from the Kauffman FastTrac New Venture entrepreneurial development program. This program was offered by Fort Leavenworth’s “Soldier for Life” Transition Assistance Program that was sponsored by the Center for Transitional Leadership (CTL) and Kauffman FastTrac. Kansas City Mayor Sly James was the guest speaker during the ceremony. The graduation was held in the Kauffman Conference Center in Kansas City, MO. The event was covered by local evening news channel.
More than 700 military leaders retire or leave active service from Fort Leavenworth each year. CTL and the Kauffman Foundation are working as co-sponsors to offer the Kauffman FastTrac program to veterans enrolled in the Fort Leavenworth. The only such program taught on a military facility. FastTrac provides would-be entrepreneurs the knowledge and skills they’ll need to start and be successful in their own businesses.
The Center for Transitional Leadership, Inc. (CTL) is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Its mission is to assist and empower armed forces personnel during their transition from military service to private sector employment. CTL offers its associates seminars, training and networking opportunities; provides research and publications with a focus on practical application rather than institutional theory; and helps them identify specific companies and hiring managers that will help with transitional interviewing.
One of CTL’s “associates,” a retired Army lieutenant colonel, was recently selected as “Chief Innovation Officer” for the Kansas City government, reporting to both Mayor Sly James and City Manager Troy Schulte.