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SBT Newsletter 11/18


Stand Beside Them at Gracie Mansion for Mayor's Breakfast

We were invited to the annual Mayor’s Reception for Veterans Day hosted by Mayor Bill

DeBlasio and his wife Chirlane McCray. On a beautiful sunny, brisk Sunday morning, our founder and CEO Stephanie Richmond attended with two of the SBT family: Marine veteran/SBT Coach Dr. Kimberly Graham and her SBT coachee Ivan Snook, a Marine veteran currently attending graduate school at Columbia University. Since Kim lives in Pennsylvania and Ivan was living in Seattle before recently moving to NYC to study, all of their prior coaching sessions had been by phone. What a unique place Gracie Mansion was for them to meet in person for the first time!

Another Columbia grad student and Marine vet, Dustin Jones joined our group (center left). Dustin is working on a documentary for the Columbia School of Journalism about transitioning veterans, and Ivan will be part of it. At the Breakfast the Mayor officially launched VetConnectNYC, a platform where NYC veterans, service members and their families can access a network of over 80 public, private and non-profit service providers covering a variety of needs including housing, education, healthcare and employment, and SBT is a participating organization.

Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) Event

Monday, November 12th was AITAF's (Arts in the Armed Forces) Tenth Anniversary event

where the play True West by Sam Shepard was performed by a stellar cast led by Adam Driver (Marine vet and actor), and Michael Shannon. AITAF brings free high-quality arts programming to active duty service members and veterans around the world. Congratulations to @AITAF on their first decade of service to our heroes and their families! On the way into the theater, our CEO was excited to meet Army Capt. (ret.) Florent Groberg, Medal of Honor recipient

WeWork and Bunker Labs Veteran Opportunity Fair

Another evening during Veterans Week, SBT participated in a Veterans Opportunity Fair sponsored by WeWork and Bunker Labs, and we networked like crazy. Stephanie was accompanied by SBT’s Coordinator of Coaching Jenna Pulvermiller, and our IT Intern Joanne Han. It was held at the WeWork near Times Square, and we had a chance to tell some wonderful veterans about what we do and how our coaching can help them.

GoDaddy features SBT on Veteran's Day

Recently we got a call fromGoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, asking to

highlight Stand Beside Them and our coaching on Veterans Day, which they did! Here’s one of their messages: 

"There’s nothing like helping somebody else. When you see the difference you can make, it really makes you feel good." When it comes to helping veterans, Stephanie Richmond, founder of Stand Beside Them, wants nothing more than to see them succeed. And with 182 coaches, her nonprofit is doing just that. Happy Veterans Day!

THANKS GO-DADDY!… we’re happy for the exposure! 

L'OrealUSA's Have a Beautiful Day Event: SBT partnered

Stephanie with Army Vet Nina Semczuk

We brought some coachees and other wonderful women veterans for a day of pampering at L’OrealUSA’s annual "Have A Beautiful Day" event. It was a fantastic day, starting with breakfast and a warm welcome from L'OrealUSA CEO, Frédéric Rozé. Shining Service and Women Veterans Interactive also copartnered.

SBT Coachee/Veteran Spotlight: Justin Hsu

We’re very proud of Justin Hsu, a Navy veteran and former recipient of SBT coaching, who is Senior VP/Sr. Corporate Security & Resilience Program Manager at Citizens Bank. Justin planned his transition with Connecticut SBT Coach Vivian Ciampi. Justin wants to help others transition successfully and speaks to veteran groups all the time, as does SBT Coach and Navy veteran Fiona Bain. Justin has provided us with a YouTube video testimonial explaining to veterans how SBT coaching helped him. Hope you like it!

Other veterans we have coached are also offering to do video Testimonials and these are hosted on our YouTube Account. Please Subscribe! Army veteran Jim Derry, discusses how he followed his dream and started a new business with the help of his SBT Coach Michele Brant. To view all our video testimonials click here. Subscribe to our Youtube channel here!

SBT Updates Our Brochures

We have a new brochure, courtesy of our wonderful I.T. Intern from NYU, Joanne.

Joanne is also working on remodeling our website and we plan to release a sharp new site that's easy to navigate both on desktop and mobile devices early in 2019!

SBT Coach & USAF Vet Mark Sachs Speaks at Veterans Appreciation Day at the USDA

Longtime SBT Coach, USAF Veteran Mark Sachs, gets a big thank you for speaking on behalf of SBT at a gathering of veterans assembled at the USDA Agricultural Research Service for their Veterans Appreciation Program. Thanks so much Mark!!

Veteran's Day Parade

It was a thrill to watch the Veterans Day Parade hosted by the United War Veterans Council (UWVC). Here are some snapshots from that spectacular event!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with those near and dear to you! May everyone on active duty far from home know we have you here in our hearts on this holiday, and we are so grateful to you for keeping us safe!

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