Minority Veterans of America’s Emerging Leaders Program is designed to invest in developing the next generation of minority veteran leaders as they continue to make differences in their own communities.

Working to address the leadership gap that exists for minority veterans, the program includes an annual retreat, 12 months of personal and professional development opportunities, and mentorship from community partners, career coaches, and program alumni. 

The Emerging Leaders Program is open to veterans of color, women, LGBTQ, and (non)religious minority veterans.


The Emerging Leaders Program was born from our Emerging Leaders Retreat, piloted in Seattle in 2019, where MVA welcomed 25 individuals from around the country for a three-day leadership retreat.
The retreat has evolved into an ongoing development program complete with training opportunities and the facilitation of a supportive cohort community. 

Core Training

  • Minority Vets Inclusion, Equity, and Justice Summit offered in conjunction with the Emerging Leader Retreat

Emerging Leaders Retreat

  • 3-day retreat focusing on connection to community, establishing relationships, and learn basic community organizing principles

12-month Leadership Development

  • Monthly group meetings with personal and professional training

Mentorship and Coaching

  • Individual professional mentors and coaches for each participant

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided the opportunity to shift delivery of our Emerging Leaders Retreat into a virtual offering.

In addition to our traditional retreat offerings, Minority Vets will offer Day 0 the Minority Vets Inclusion, Equity, and Justice Summit – which will be open to our members, partners, and sponsors.

Given the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our minority veteran communities, the Summit will offer a virtual exhibit hall for employers and resource providers to engage with participants.

The Summit will be hosted using the vFairs interactive platform and will include live stages and session, a participant lobby, and interactive exhibit hall for employers and resource providers.  All Summit content will be hosted on the conference website for one month following the event.

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Holding true to our mission of creating belonging and advancing equity for minority veterans, we do not believe that cost should be a barrier to access for participation.

Applications close on September 27, 2020. 
Applicants will be selected after reviews of short essays and brief interviews. 

The cohort will be selected and notified by October 15, 2020.
Once selected, participants will complete a few assessments, and meet briefly with the program manager to explore goals for the program. 


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