“I look forward to speaking with my Mentor every month and we talk about all kinds of life events; he is a ray of sunshine in my difficult transition. He recently connected me with another HR director at Yum Foods (Bjorn). I enjoyed the opportunity to go to the Taco Bell headquarters and see how civilian HR managers work and discover the challenges they face. I know David must be very busy, but he always makes time for our conversations and he never makes me feel rushed. I really appreciate having David as an ACP Mentor!”
- Michael L., US Navy, CA, Paired with Yum! Brands Mentor
“My Protégé and I have a great rapport even though our relationship is limited to phone and e-mails. I am honored to know Kamran and hope my guidance has been helpful. I also stay in touch with my previous ACP mentees. I am very grateful to ACP for connecting me to three outstanding veterans. They are all terrific people.”
- Bob V., CA, Boeing Mentor
To recognize the successes of ACP’s Protégés, ACP periodically spotlights Protégés who have gone above and the beyond the requirements of the Mentoring Program to make the most of their mentorships. Mentors nominate their Protégés for this recognition by submitting a brief description detailing what their Protégé has done to help ensure their mentorship has been beneficial. ACP then reviews the nominations in order to select which Protégés to spotlight. Protégés are spotlighted on the website and through ACP’s social media.
If you believe that your Protégé deserves to be spotlighted, please email a brief synopsis explaining their dedication to the mentorship to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on our website and social media.
Mentors are encouraged to submit nominations as they wish.
Spotlight: Xarviera Appling, San Antonio, TX, US Air Force
Mentor Christine Nowakowski, Minneapolis, MN, General Mills
I am nominating Xarviera Appling for the protégé spotlight. Xarviera is a joy to work with. She is a phenomenal self-starter who is capable of juggling her military career and location transfer while completing her master’s degree in public health. Her experiences in Africa have inspired her to learn more in order to help improve the living conditions and survivability of others. She is on a strong path forward towards her goal of attaining a doctorate’s diploma. Xarviera has passion for helping others and I am honored to be part of her journey. I am very impressed by her planfulness and her open approach to a very different environment from the military. She easily connects to others and asks the right questions, synthesizing the information to help build a solid foundation for her future. I look forward to continued success and I know that others will benefit from her excellence and dedication as she seeks ways to reduce exposure to and consequences of contagious diseases.
Spotlight: Kyle White, Oceanside, CA, US Marine Corps
Mentor John Rall, Grants Pass, OR, Wells Fargo
To recognize the outstanding work of participating Mentors, ACP has created the Mentor of the Month contest. Each month, ACP staff reviews nominations and selects 1–3 Mentors who have had the greatest impact on their Protégés. To commemorate the winners, each selected Mentor is featured on the ACP website and both Mentor and Protégé receive an ACP memento.
If you are a Protégé and would like to recognize the outstanding work of your Mentor, please send up to one paragraph explaining how your Mentor has had a positive impact on you. Please email all submissions to email@example.com. Please note that ACP reserves the right to post all nominations on its website.
Veteran Protégés are encouraged to submit nominations as many times as they wish.