Course Content

A McMorrow Veterans Initiative


Elements of Curriculum 

  • 20-Day, residential program administered over the course of three months
  • Participants receive a certificate of completion in ‘Veteran Transitional Leadership' from the USC Marshall School of Business
  • General topics and resources covered in the curriculum include:
    • Practical transition knowledge
    • Career development guidance
      • Custom guidance will be provided to each participant
      • Up to 12, small-scale networking events will be organized to connect participants with potential mentors in the civilian workforce
    • Rediscovery/Psychological Preparation
    • Exposure to USC educational opportunities
    • Family Support Resources
      • Financial and legal guidance


  • Module 1: Foundations for Change (5 days)
    • Topics: Family dynamics through transition, health and wellness, VA disability claim development, family finance/budgets/investments
    • Panels – Transitioned NSW Families, NSW Entrepreneurs
  • Module 2: Understanding One's Self (2 days)
    • Topics: Neuroscience education, utilizing medical resources, understanding new roles in the family/office, mindfulness practices, performance science
  • Module 3: Functions of the Firm (3 days)
    • Topics: Corporate structure, contextual leadership, marketing, diversity and inclusion, social enterprises, influence without authority
  • Module 4: Strengthening the Family (2 days)
    • Topics: Establishing values and trust (off-site retreat)
  • Module 5: Recognizing and Seizing Opportunities (5 days)
    • Topics: Business strategy, opportunity recognition, negotiation and persuasion, employment law, challenges of entrepreneurship
  • Module 6: Commitment to Action (3 days)
    • Topics: Achieving work/life balance, family plan overview

Additional Information

  • Lodging, meals, and admin expenses will be covered. Travel and dinner on evenings without networking events are not covered.
  • Childcare will be provided for participating families 
  • Programming available to high school and college age children