As 2011 comes to a close, it is time to reflect back on a year of impressive accomplishments and to look forward to next year’s ambitious plans. As a young organization, I believe that 2012 will be a year of growth and maturing for Warrior Gateway as we continue to establish ourselves as a leader in the military/veteran non-profit sector.
This past year, Warrior Gateway received two significant recognitions for our work to date. In February of this year, I was selected as one of Federal Computer Weeks Federal 100, the top executives from government, industry and academia who had the greatest impact on the government information systems community in 2010. While the award recognizes the individual, it was the hard work of the entire Warrior Gateway team that lead to that recognition, an impressive feat for an organization that was less than 2 years old at the time of the award. We have been nominated again this year and I am hopeful that our continued innovation will put us at the top of the list again.
In May, we were also invited to participate as part of a small working group on veterans issues by the Clinton Global Initiative – America. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) was founded in 2005 by President Bill Clinton and is a non-partisan organization that convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. This is the first time CGI has focused on veterans issues and I am proud that we were included as thought leaders in this space. We have been invited back and plan on attending again in 2012.
While 2010 was focused on our launch of WarriorGateway.org, our innovative consumer web portal for veterans, 2011 will be marked as the year we revolutionized the military non-profit sector by creating the G.I. Network, the only no cost technology infrastructure for government and non-profits alike serving the military community.
We have spent most of this year developing and piloting the G.I. Network and to not spoil the public launch scheduled for mid-January let’s just say there is nothing like it available today. With over 200,000 non-profits included in the initial launch of the G.I. Network, we are going to make a significant jump forward in helping local communities connect to the Sea of Goodwill. We have already signed up several partners and look forward to working with them in 2012 to connect the veterans in their community with the local resources that exist to support them.
To sign up to learn more about the G.I. Network, please visit: www.GINetwork.org
My philosophy has always been to focus on achieving results and allow those results to speak for us. Warrior Gateway will always stay primarily focused on supporting our community and achieving results and partnership rather than self-promotion. This corporate ethos is what defines us and I believe elevates us above the others that follow the go it alone approach. We will continue to allow our results speak for themselves and look forward to announcing even more partnerships in 2012.
Happy Holidays and have a wonderful New Year!