Uber Hosts Student Veterans of America for Two-Day Leadership Summit at San Francisco Headquarters

Dozens of veteran and active military leaders from Student Veterans of America (SVA) gathered at Uber HQ in San Francisco this past weekend for a two-day summit on leadership, technology and bridging the military-civilian divide.

SVA chapter leads participated in a variety of leadership and chapter development activities throughout the course of the summit, including teaming up with Uber employees to brainstorm, develop and present business plans on how to successfully operate and fund local SVA chapters.

The summit featured participation from senior executives at Uber such as Senior Vice President of Business Emil Michael, as well as tech industry leaders from Twitter, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Techstars and Skybox. Admiral Eric T. Olson, USN Retired and UberMILITARY Advisory Board Member, delivered the keynote address Saturday morning.

A SVA participant asks a question during Friday’s opening session.

A SVA participant asks a question during Friday’s opening session.

UberMILITARY Director Todd Bowers hosts a fireside chat with Uber Senior Vice President of Business and UberMILITARY Executive Sponsor Emil Michael.

UberMILITARY Director Todd Bowers hosts a fireside chat with Uber Senior Vice President of Business and UberMILITARY Executive Sponsor Emil Michael.

“At Uber we are committed to working with veterans and other members of the military community to help facilitate a smoother, more successful transition into civilian life. Through our work with UberMILITARY and organizations like Student Veterans of America, we’ve seen that many of the skills developed in the military – including leadership, work ethic, the ability to work together in small teams and solve tough problems – are very applicable to the civilian workplace. We’re honored to partner with this next generation of leaders as they return from service and begin the next chapter of their careers.” — Emil Michael, Senior Vice President of Business, Uber and Executive Sponsor, UberMILITARY

Two participants present an overview of their local SVA chapter.

We are proud that we could host Student Veterans of America this weekend to help them both develop new chapter business plans and forge professional connections with tech industry leaders.” — Todd Bowers, UberMILITARY Director and Marine Corps Veteran
Uber employees and SVA participants pose for a final photo after Chapter Business Plan presentations.

Uber employees and SVA participants pose for a final photo after Chapter Business Plan presentations.

“The Leadership Summit is an excellent platform for highly-skilled veterans entering the workforce to learn from business leaders, like those at Uber and across the tech industry who are actively looking to mentor veterans in preparation for the jobs of tomorrow. There are so many professional opportunities right now, with a vital need to fill hundreds of thousands of jobs in the coming years. These students are able to network with industry experts who can help them take their education and put it into practice with rewarding careers.” — D. Wayne Robinson, SVA President & CEO

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