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2023 Summit

Oct 4-6th

Wednesday, October 4th

17:30 – 19:30 Kick Off Reception & Welcome Remarks by Duke Men's Basketball Head Coach Jon Scheyer 

Duke Athletics Hall of Fame,

306 Towerview Drive, Durham, NC 27708


Thursday, October 5th

07:00 – 08:00 Optional Walk/Run, start at Washington Duke Inn

08:30 – 09:00 Optional Continental Breakfast

09:00 – 10:00 Welcome - Aaron Kay, David Sherman, & Sean Kelley

10:00 – 11:45 Pitch Competition Session 1

The Enabling Role of Courage in the Successful Transition of Veterans to Civilian Life

Moran Anisman-Razin, University of Limerick

Assisting Veterans’ Transition to the Civilian Workforce by Cultivating Opportunities: A Growth-Mindset-of-Opportunity Intervention

Paul A. O'Keefe, University of Exeter Business School

Transitional Trajectories: Understanding Veterans' Social Integration and Loneliness in Academic Environments

Greg J. Norman, University of Chicago

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 13:30 LinkedIn Veteran Opportunity Report: Actionable Insights to Connect Veterans to Economic Opportunity: A report for Veterans, Employers, and Policy Makers

Cory Boatwright, LinkedIn

13:30 – 14:15 Newly Published VTRL Research

The Surprising, Negative Consequences of Heroizing the Military

Matt Stanley, Duke University

14:15 – 16:30 Pitch Competition Session 2

How Moral Injury Influences the Computation of Moral Confidence in War Veterans

Hongbo Yu, UC Santa Barbara

Organizational Roles as Cues for "Zooming-In" and "Zooming-Out": Insights and Challenges for Veterans

Ken Fujita, The Ohio State University

The Relationship Between Expectations and Adjustment During the Military-to-Civilian Transition Process

Walt Sowden, Tripler Army Medical Center

Employer Bias on Military Spouse Employment and Its Effect on Military Families

Clarissa Steele, Kansas State University

17:30 – 20:30 Dinner & Special Performance by  CreatiVets (

Duke Gardens, Doris Duke Center

420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708

Shuttles to Duke Gardens leave Washington Duke Inn at 17:00, 17:15, and 17:30

Friday, October 6th

07:00 – 08:00 Optional Walk/Run, start at Washington Duke Inn

08:30 – 09:00 Optional Continental Breakfast

09:00 – 09:45 VTRL's Perspective on the System & Vision for Longitudinal System Wide Impact Project

09:45 – 11:00 Policy and Advocacy Partner Updates

Policy Implications about how the Public Perceives Veterans: New Insights from the RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute

Rajeev Ramchand, RAND Corporation

Bridging The Divide: A Conversation

Allison Jaslow, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

11:00 – 12:00 Sponsor Research & Proposals

Exploring Emerging Opportunities: Impacting Veteran Outcomes and Military Family Transition Decision

Elizabeth O'Brien & Brooke Prouty, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Empowering Veterans: Exploring the Multidimensional Impacts of Transition on Health and Wellness

David Lee, CVS Health

How Amazon's Culture of Innovation is Breaking Bias for Veterans and other Diverse Communities

Charlotte La Belle, Amazon

12:00 – 12:30 Wrap-Up

12:30 – 13:30 Optional Lunch Grab & Go 


As a way to bridge the corporate world and academia,

the VTRL is taking an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to prime the pipeline of social science veteran research through the VRTL Pitch Competition. We are closing the gap that was noted in our strategic direction by encouraging the publication of veteran-focused social and psychological research in top journals and creating momentum toward the application of these learnings in employment and higher education.

The pitch competition is currently underway and applications are closed for this year’s summit


More than an endorsement, your sponsorship provides the VTRL with the means to put on the summit. This is an opportunity to help us lead the charge in building our ecosystem.

2022 Summit Recap

Key Reflections

The 2022 Summit was a massive success. The Fuqua and UCSB research teams presented the research they have been working on since 2021 to spur conversations in subsequent breakout sessions.


Attendees ranged from leaders within their respective industries:

Change Leadership Breakout

Individuals from participating corporations, government agencies, and veteran servicing organizations discussed the

theory to practice applications of the work presented by the research team to drive meaningful change across industry and through government agencies.

Academic Breakout

The research team led a discussion among leaders from other academic institutions. In the breakout session, there was an opportunity to dive deeper into the work presented to the summit at large, provide feedback, and brainstorm new ideas.

Toy Brain

The event would have not been a success without our sponsors. Beyond the financial support, these sponsors engaged with the attendees and laid the foundation for a platform of deep learning. 


There were various topics to attend from keynote speakers with diverse backgrounds. Some of the presentations include:

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