Next Step: Business Skills for Veterans and Athletes

Tuck launches Next Step: Transition to Business, a two and a half week learning experience specifically designed for veterans and elite athletes looking to make a move into the business world.

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Tuck launches Next Step: Transition to Business, a two and a half week learning experience specifically designed for veterans and elite athletes looking to make a move into the business world.

Veterans and athletes have long thrived in the Tuck MBA program and in the school’s executive education and minority business offerings, but with Next Step: Transition to Business, Tuck is tailoring a program to the needs of these specific audiences for the first time.

“We believe veterans and transitioning elite athletes have a lot in common,” says Punam Keller, associate dean for innovation and growth. “They’re both transitioning from careers they have dedicated their life to, and we feel they will respect and learn from each other.”

Next Step will run March 1-18, 2017. The program combines the strengths Tuck is known for—rigorous business training, experiential learning, individual career coaching, and a collaborative environment—with a special sensitivity to attendees’ needs and life experiences. Next Step is designed for individuals who possess leadership qualities and a strong drive to succeed.

“We are empathetic to what veterans and athletes have gone through, and we’re eager to connect them with successful business managers, who are also veterans, to share their advice and leadership skills,” says Keller.

Whether a Next Step participant is a military veteran or Olympian, the goal of the program is the same: “To help every one of our participants focus strengths, translate experiences, and identify opportunities so they can land the excellent jobs they absolutely deserve,” says Keller.