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November 13, 2017

WNET and Ernst & Young Co-Host Veterans Day Luncheon, Panel Discussion

On Friday, November 10, 2017 WNET and Ernst & Young (EY) co-hosted a luncheon event and panel discussion in honor of Veterans Day. The first-time collaboration between WNET and EY came about through conversations with WNET trustee Ellen Hives, who is a partner at Ernst & Young. The event was a continuation of WNET and WLIW’s commitment to veterans, from the veterans story-sharing website, to Wavelength’s Veterans Content Sharing Initiative and initiatives like Veterans Coming Home and Legacies of War.

EY Executive Director and Veterans Network Leader Tony Klimas introduces a panel of veterans

EY Executive Director and Veterans Network Leader Tony Klimas opened the event and welcomed guests, including members of the local veterans community and Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS). After screening excerpts from the PBS documentary series The Vietnam War and American Medevac, WNET President & CEO Neal Shapiro sat down with director Morton Dean to discuss the former CBS correspondent’s coverage of the Vietnam War and his motivations for producing American Medevac.

DiversityInc founder and CEO Luke Visconti moderated a panel of private sector veterans to conclude the event. The discussion focused on veterans building a better working world – as entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and champions of diversity and inclusiveness. “The one piece of advice I would offer to a transitioning veteran is: don’t aim low,” said Kevin Jacobsen, a US Air Force veteran and cybersecurity professional at EY. “Don’t underestimate your own ability.”

Panelist Koma Gandy Fischbein, an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and a US Navy veteran, said, “You have to lean on people. There are folks that are looking for you to fail, but there also those who are looking at you to succeed. And you have to learn to find those hands that are reaching down to pull you up when you fail, because failure is part of leadership.”

You can watch and share the full panel discussion on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EYCareersUS/videos/10154947682126471/

Neal Shapiro and former CBS correspondent Morton Dean discuss American Medevac

WNET’s Neal Shapiro and Diane Masciale join veteran panelists, EY partners and event attendees for a group photo

(L-R) WNET Trustee and EY partner, Ellen Hives; EY Executive Director and Veterans Network Leader, Tony Klimas; and Vice President and General Manager of WLIW21, Diane Masciale


Image at top: (L-R) Panel moderator Luke Visconti, and panelists: Koma Gandy Fischbein, Stephen Maire, Christine Lantinen and Kevin Jacobsen. All images in this post, credit: Cindy Ord.

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