October 30, 2020


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes will honor Howard Schultz and Sheri Kersch Schultz with the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement at this year’s Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards Gala, presented by USAA, and held virtually on November 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

“Their guiding belief in unlocking human potential by opening doors to opportunity embodies the spirit of the President’s Award,” said Eric Eversole, president of Hiring Our Heroes and vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “It is a great honor to recognize the Schultz family for their commitment to bridging the civilian-military gap and efforts to create meaningful employment opportunities for transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses.”

In 1996, Sheri Kersch Schultz and Howard Schultz, chairman emeritus of Starbucks Coffee Company, co-founded the Schultz Family Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to create pathways of opportunity for populations facing barriers to success. Under their leadership, the foundation concentrated on employment opportunities for post-9/11 veterans. This initiative helps service members and their families successfully transition into professional careers by bringing together leaders from the private and public sectors.

Hiring Our Heroes also announced that JDog Brands will receive the Capital One Small Business Award and the finalists in the other six award categories are:

Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award, for overall excellence in hiring and retaining veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses:; Ecolab; Pentagon Federal Credit Union; and Wells Fargo & Company.

Military Community Nonprofit Leadership Award, presented by NBCUniversal, for demonstrated commitment to supporting veteran and military spouse employment and economic opportunity: Easterseals DC, MD, VA; Military Officers Association of America; Operation Gratitude; and Wounded Warrior Project.

Steve Robinson Post-9/11 Veteran Employment Award, presented by Prudential Financial, for effective and sustained efforts to enhance the ability of post-9/11 veterans and transitioning service members to find meaningful employment: Deloitte; Indeed; Lockheed Martin Corporation; and Salesforce.

Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment Award, presented by Comcast, for demonstrated leadership in addressing the unique challenges and demands for wounded warriors, military spouses, and military caregivers in their search for meaningful employment: Northrop Grumman; United States Postal Service; and Veterans Village of San Diego.

Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring Award, presented by USAA, for demonstrated leadership and commitment to hire military spouses and empower them as they search for meaningful careers: Deloitte; First Command Financial Services; Werner Enterprises; and Zeiders Enterprises, Inc.

Colonel Michael Endres Leadership Award for Individual Excellence in Veteran Employment, presented by Cheryl Endres, military spouse, for an individual who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in employment opportunities for veterans, transitioning service members, and spouses: Jim Beamesderfer, Prudential Financial; Courtney Browne, Maximus; Michael Immler, First Command Financial Services; and Hal Pittman, Arizona Public Service.

The awardees in each category will be announced during the 10th Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards Gala presented by USAA on November 18, 2020.

About Hiring Our Heroes
Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) is a 501(c)3 organization under the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The non-profit launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through its comprehensive training and hiring events, fellowship programs, and online tools. HOH programs and services are available in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and on military installations around the world.

About The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF)
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.