Middletown, CT (October 8, 2016) – Veteran owned business, EMPOWER Leadership Adventure Center, will host, and facilitate a leadership development adventure program for, 24 veterans as part of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offered by the University of Connecticut School of Business.
On Saturday October 8, 2016, from 8:15AM to 5:00PM, UConn School of Business EBV will visit EMPOWER Leadership Adventure Center, located at 2011 South Main Street in Middletown, CT 06457. Veteran participants will take part in a series of aerial and ground-based adventure challenges designed and led by EMPOWER founder and former United States Army Ranger, Joe DeRing. The purpose of this upcoming program is to provide the veteran participants with an experiential adventure training which will supplement the curriculum of the EBV.
The EBV is a novel and ‘one-of-a-kind’ initiative designed to leverage the skills, resources, and infrastructure of higher education to offer a cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to veterans with disabilities resulting from their military service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Directed by UConn MBA Alumnus and retired Marine Corps LtCol, Michael Zacchea, the mission of the program is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity for our veterans, by leveraging cutting edge educational technology and principles of universal design and access to our program of instruction, in order to develop their competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture. The EBV has become an integral component of the Department of Defense’s efforts to transition military members with disabilities from military to civilian life. In 2009, the Department of the Army named the EBV as a national ‘best practice’ for programs serving soldiers and their families.
Before opening EMPOWER Leadership Adventure Center in 2009, Joe DeRing was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer with the rank of second lieutenant. As a lieutenant, Joe led light and motorized platoons of up to 60 men in combat operations as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). For his efforts and the success of his teams throughout OIF from 2003-2004, Joe was presented the Bronze Star. Joe was send back overseas to support Operation Enduring Freedom in September 2006. He was sent to Afghanistan to help lead a special working group in “Effects Targeting”, and his group was charged with developing, instituting, and publishing a standard operating procedure detailing proper implementation of non-lethal war fighting measures for the Afghan Nation Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) force. Joe led the effort to train all ANA and ANP forces across the country of Afghanistan and, for his leadership of the “Effects Working Group”, Joe received the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal.
EMPOWER Leadership Adventure Center has hosted over 70,000 participants for family-based leisure adventures, corporate team training and wellness development, youth leadership and character development, and athletic team leadership skill development.