In Jacksonville, Florida, a donation of USD 30,000 was presented to the Wounded Warrior Project on Wednesday, November 9. The funds were raised from the inaugural Veterans on Wall Street Conference held in June on the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum in New York City. The Conference was instituted to bring awareness of the value of veterans in the workforce and highlight the financial services industry as a veteran-friendly employer.
“The Wounded Warrior Project provides critical services to our communities and to the men and women who have made great sacrifices for our freedom,” said Brigadier General (Ret.) Michael Fleming, Head of Deutsche Bank’s Global Business Services Center in Jacksonville. “We are proud to support Wounded Warrior Project’s important mission to honor and empower wounded warriors.”
On Thursday, November 10, the Bank’s employee network group, Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) hosted a cake cutting ceremony at 60 Wall to commemorate the 236th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The event, open to all employees, was attended by several of the external guards that protect the perimeter of 60 Wall who are former service Marines. Many of them are two and three tour combat veterans.
On Friday, November 11, Deutsche Bank along with Bank of America, Citi, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs gathered at Bryant Park in New York City to present checks totaling USD 600,000 to a collection of nonprofit organizations that serve veterans and military families in the US. The money was collectively raised earlier this year at the Veterans on Wall Street Conference. Representatives from the partner banks presented checks to American Corporate Partners, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, The Gift of Laughter, Wall Street Warfighters, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Jericho Project.
Underscoring Deutsche Bank as a leader in innovation, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association presented the Bank with the “Innovative Leadership” award for its collaborative effort with partner banks in hosting the inaugural Veterans on Wall Street Conference. The award is presented to firms that develop or employ exceptionally unique and creative approaches to their diversity efforts. This is the first time the Bank has received this award. Ellen Gardner, VOWS chair, who accepted the award remarked, “We are honored to receive the Innovative Leadership award but we are even more honored to have helped in raising awareness around the importance of attracting, retaining and developing former military personnel.”
From left, David Burrough, Deutsche Bank, Micah Heavener, Citi, Rodney Sumter, Bank of America, and Brigadier General (Ret.) Michael Fleming, Deutsche Bank