Military Veteran Networking

LEADERSHIP
BEYOND
THE FRONTLINE

Be part of something bigger than ourselves. Connect with purpose-driven veterans who share military camaraderie, leadership, and ambition.

Military Veteran Networking

LEADERSHIP BEYOND
THE FRONTLINE

Be part of something bigger than ourselves. Connect with purpose-driven veterans who share military camaraderie, leadership, and ambition.

Meritorious
is a private community for military veteran and military spouse business leaders with

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Member Portal

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Networking Events

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Professional Development

Communities

Accelerate your connections and further hone your leadership skills and business acumen through

Mentor Connect

Tactical Decision Games

Masterminds

Meritorious
is a private community for military veteran and military spouse business leaders with

member portal icon Meritorious

Member Portal

events icon Meritorious

Networking Events

professional development icon Meritorious

Professional Development

Communities

Accelerate your connections and further hone your leadership skills and business acumen through

Mentor Connect

Tactical Decision Games

Masterminds

“Our mission is to empower our military and veteran leaders to grow together long after we take off our uniform. Veterans are an incredible workforce. We dominate entrepreneurship and are the backbone of American business. Harnessing military camaraderie through a single community allows us to excel professionally while contributing to a greater purpose, as we did in service.”

Ryan Loya, Co-Founder, Meritorious
USMC Veteran, 2/5 Fox Company

“Our mission is to empower our military and veteran leaders to grow together long after we take off our uniform. Veterans are an incredible workforce. We dominate entrepreneurship and are the backbone of American business. Harnessing military camaraderie through a single community allows us to excel professionally while contributing to a greater purpose, as we did in service.”

Ryan Loya, Co-Founder, Meritorious
USMC Veteran, 2/5 Fox Company

HOW MERITORIOUS CREATES VALUE

100 Respondents Said…

  • Leverages camaraderie and network effect of the military community
  • Meet trustworthy, qualified decision makers
  • Peer-to-peer interactions resulting in professional and small business partnerships
  • Mentorship to enhance productivity so we can better serve our clients and local communities
  • Cold outreach is more often answered by fellow veterans
  • Raises the profile of military culture through a centralized community
  • Bridges donors and nonprofits serving active duty, veterans, and their families
  • Networking with fellow military members is vital to continued growth

“HOW MERITORIOUS CREATES VALUE”

100 Respondents Said…

  • Leverages camaraderie and network effect of the military community
  • Meet trustworthy, qualified decision makers
  • Peer-to-peer interactions resulting in professional and small business partnerships
  • Mentorship to enhance productivity so we can better serve our clients and local communities
  • Cold outreach is more often answered by fellow veterans
  • Raises the profile of military culture through a centralized community
  • Bridges donors and nonprofits serving active duty, veterans, and their families
  • Networking with fellow military members is vital to continued growth

OUR MEMBER PORTAL GOES BEYOND TRADITIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA

Meet advisors via Mentor Connect, RSVP to in-house events, and access Startup SMB Hub to engage entrepreneurs and investors.

WHO’S AROUND ME? (MOBILE APP LAUNCHING SOON!)

Whether traveling on business or hanging out locally, use our mobile app to geolocate and meetup with members nearby.

OPTIMIZE YOUR NETWORK THROUGH PEER-TO-PEER VIRTUAL EVENTS

Join our fast paced Tactical Decision Games to resolve issues, gain new ideas, and leverage the collective wisdom of military-connected leaders.

EXECUTIVE COACH LED MASTERMINDS TO FAST TRACK GROWTH

We offer masterminds for aspiring leaders, business owners, and transitioning veterans to sharpen personal and professional skills.

MEMBER BENEFITS

Our all-in-one, centralized member portal goes beyond social networking. Members can:

  • Geolocate and meet-up using our mobile app
  • Leverage in-house peer-to-peer networking events
  • Optimize career and business via coach led masterminds
  • Be a mentor, and find a business advisor, via Mentor Connect
  • Build B2B and investor contacts with our Startup SMB Hub
  • Search for career opportunities or find high caliber talent
  • Join Meritorious Working Committees to move the needle on military-connected issues
Meritorious-iPhone-Member-Portal-Profile-Exclusive-network-for military-veterans

PARTNER BENEFITS

Meritorious offers partners enhanced, targeted visibility (nonprofits receive in-kind support):

  • Custom organization page listed on our partner directory
  • Host events and highlight external events within the portal
  • Post jobs and opportunities on our careers page
  • Inclusion in external and internal communications
  • Nominate team members as mentors on Mentor Connect
  • Create your own community within Meritorious

EVENTS

Join us at one of our many upcoming events, or host an experience to leverage your business and services.

  • TACTICAL DECISION GAMES
    Peer-to-Peer Networking and Situational Exercise
    January 14, 2021  |  6:00PM ET

  • MASTER DISRUPTION: HOW TO PREDICT & DECIDE
    With Superforecaster, Regina Joseph
    January 19, 2021  |  6:00PM ET

  • MERITORIOUS MASTERMIND
    Business Development for Founders, Six Part Series
    January 25, 2021  |  6:00PM ET

  • MERITORIOUS FIRESIDE CHAT
    With Barry Bridger (Air Force Lt. Col., Vietnam POW)
    January 28, 2021  |  6:00PM ET

  • MERITORIOUS TALKS: AMAZON
    Q&A with Beau Higgins, Senior Manager Military Affairs
    February 2, 2021  |  2:00PM ET

  • MERITORIOUS PARTNER CONVENING
    Quarterly Business to Business Networking
    February 18, 2021  |  2:00PM ET

View Events Flyer

MEMBER BENEFITS

Our all-in-one, centralized member portal goes beyond social networking. Members can:

  • Geolocate and meet-up using our mobile app
  • Leverage in-house peer-to-peer networking events
  • Optimize career and business via coach led masterminds
  • Be a mentor, and find a business advisor, via Mentor Connect
  • Build B2B and investor contacts with our Startup SMB Hub
  • Search for career opportunities or find high caliber talent
  • Join Meritorious Working Committees to move the needle on military-connected issues
Meritorious-iPhone-Member-Portal-Profile-Exclusive-network-for military-veterans

PARTNER BENEFITS

Meritorious offers partners enhanced, targeted visibility (nonprofits receive in-kind support):

  • Custom organization page listed on our partner directory
  • Host events and highlight external events within the portal
  • Post jobs and opportunities on our careers page
  • Inclusion in external and internal communications
  • Nominate team members as mentors on Mentor Connect
  • Create your own community within Meritorious

EVENTS

Join us at one of our many upcoming events, or host an experience to leverage your business and services.

  • TACTICAL DECISION GAMES
    Peer-to-Peer Networking and Situational Exercise
    January 14, 2021  |  6:00PM ET

  • MASTER DISRUPTION: HOW TO PREDICT & DECIDE
    With Superforecaster, Regina Joseph
    January 19, 2021  |  6:00PM ET

  • MERITORIOUS MASTERMIND
    Business Development for Founders, Six Part Series
    January 25, 2021  |  6:00PM ET

  • MERITORIOUS FIRESIDE CHAT
    With Barry Bridger (Air Force Lt. Col., Vietnam POW)
    January 28, 2021  |  6:00PM ET

  • MERITORIOUS TALKS: AMAZON
    Q&A with Beau Higgins, Senior Manager Military Affairs
    February 2, 2021  |  2:00PM ET

  • MERITORIOUS PARTNER CONVENING
    Quarterly Business to Business Networking
    February 18, 2021  |  2:00PM ET

View Events Flyer

MEMBERSHIP

For less than a bottle of Dewar’s, gain access to a pre-vetted community of likeminded individuals who want to see each other succeed. Membership is open to military veteran and military spouse leaders. Transitioning veterans receive a one year, complimentary membership.

ESSENTIAL MEMBERSHIP: $25 / YEAR

  • Access to Member Portal (App Coming Soon!)
  • Directory, Direct Messaging, Jobs and More
  • Connect with Advisors via Mentor Connect
  • Networking Events and Tactical Decision Games
  • Monthly Masterminds

EXECUTIVE MEMBERSHIP: $500 / YEAR

  • Essential Membership, plus
  • Listed as a Partner Organization
  • Custom Organization Page
  • Inclusion in Internal and External Communications
  • Post Jobs and Opportunities
  • Option to Co-Host Event
JOIN
JOIN

TRANSITIONING VETERANS & MILITARY SPOUSES
COMPLIMENTARY ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP

Transitioning active duty service members and their spouses can use Meritorious to connect with mentors, attend peer-to-peer networking events, and Masterminds specific to those transitioning. Veterans who transitioned out of the service within the last 12 months can also apply.

MEMBERSHIP

For less than a bottle of Dewar’s, gain access to a pre-vetted community of likeminded individuals who want to see each other succeed. Membership is open to military veteran and military spouse leaders. Transitioning veterans receive a one year, complimentary membership.

ESSENTIAL MEMBERSHIP

$25 / YEAR

  • Access to Member Portal (App Coming Soon!)
  • Directory, Direct Messaging, Jobs and More
  • Connect with Advisors via Mentor Connect
  • Networking Events and Tactical Decision Games
  • Monthly Masterminds
JOIN

EXECUTIVE MEMBERSHIP

$500 / YEAR

  • Essential Membership, plus
  • Listed as a Partner Organization
  • Custom Organization Page
  • Inclusion in Internal and External Communications
  • Post Jobs and Opportunities
  • Option to Co-Host Event
JOIN

TRANSITIONING VETERANS & MILITARY SPOUSES

COMPLIMENTARY ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP

Transitioning active duty service members (full-time members of the military only) and their spouses can use Meritorious to connect with mentors, attend peer-to-peer networking events, and Masterminds specific to those transitioning. Veterans who transitioned out of the service within the last 12 months can also apply.

APPLY

VETERAN HIRING

Meritorious offers mutually beneficial opportunities for both members and companies hiring veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses. Hiring managers can:

  • Post career opportunities
  • Interface with high caliber talent pipeline
  • Connect with transitioning service members, recently transitioned veterans and military spouses
  • Support mentorship pathways
  • Host networking events, Masterminds, or custom events
  • Support veteran affinity groups by sponsoring employee memberships
BOOK A DEMO

VETERAN HIRING

Meritorious offers mutually beneficial opportunities for both members and companies hiring veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses. Hiring managers can:

  • Post career opportunities
  • Interface with high caliber talent pipeline
  • Connect with transitioning service members, recently transitioned veterans and military spouses
  • Support mentorship pathways
  • Host networking events, Masterminds, or custom events
  • Support veteran affinity groups by sponsoring employee memberships
BOOK A DEMO

MENTOR CONNECT

We’re not reinventing the wheel or competing with other mentorship platforms. Rather, we offer an additional avenue for members to mentor others, find a mentor, or both.

Our focus is top-down. Mentorship of business owners, nonprofit professionals, and executives paves the way for operational efficiently, improved decision making, and stronger leadership.

Mentors with military backgrounds truly understand the plight of transitioning service members and spouses. Many are decision makers ready to hire and train.

MENTOR CONNECT

We’re not reinventing the wheel or competing with other mentorship platforms. Rather, we offer an additional avenue for members to mentor others, find a mentor, or both.

Our focus is top-down. Mentorship of business owners, nonprofit professionals, and executives paves the way for operational efficiently, improved decision making, and stronger leadership.

Mentors with military backgrounds truly understand the plight of transitioning service members and spouses. Many are decision makers ready to hire and train.

APPLY TO BE A MENTOR

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Essential Membership is $25 / year, and Executive Membership is $500 / year.
Having potential members complete a sign up form is our mechanism for reviewing applicant’s professional information, and verifying military service.
We review all applicants on a rolling basis and usually respond within 24 hours. Once accepted, you will receive an activation email to select membership level and finish building out your profile.
No. Upon completing the sign up form, those who qualify will receive an email with activation instructions. Prior to entering the platform for the first time, you will be required to select a paid membership level. Transitioning active duty service member and their spouses, and recently transitioned veterans, are encouraged to apply for a complimentary one year membership.
Open-enrollment networking communities lack filtering for relevance and quality of membership. Curated memberships like Meritorious ensure interactions are qualified, and a productive use of one’s time investment.
Meritorious is a community for military veteran and spouse business leaders, with private member portal, networking events and professional development, including Mentor Connect, Tactical Decision Games, and Masterminds. We connect members and businesses with each other, entrepreneurs with advisors and investors, and support mentorship between members, and transitioning service members. Our members can host events and join groups to move the needle on military-connected issues.
Meritorious is the brainchild of co-founders Katherine Kostreva, former national Director of Development and Marketing for PsychArmor Institute and Northeast Region Executive Director for Bunker Labs, and Ryan Loya, a US Marine Corps Veteran, and fractional CEO for startups at Columbia Technology Ventures. During Ryan’s transition from the military, the duo lobbied to reform the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP), with key mandates now law in NDAA 2019, including the requirement that TAP be completed 365 days prior to End of Active Service, and program impact be measured, consolidated and delivered to Congress annually. Over the past few years Katherine and Ryan struggled to find groups specific to military connected individuals for peer-to-peer support and professional growth. They set out to build such a platform that would create connectivity and access to resources during a time of social distancing, with capacity to scale both virtually and physically post pandemic.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Essential Membership is $25 / year, and Executive Membership is $500 / year.
Having potential members complete a sign up form is our mechanism for reviewing applicant’s professional information, and verifying military service.
We review all applicants on a rolling basis and usually respond within 24 hours. Once accepted, you will receive an activation email to select membership level and finish building out your profile.
No. Upon completing the sign up form, those who qualify will receive an email with activation instructions. Prior to entering the platform for the first time, you will be required to select a paid membership level. Transitioning active duty service member and their spouses, and recently transitioned veterans, are encouraged to apply for a complimentary one year membership.
Open-enrollment networking communities lack filtering for relevance and quality of membership. Curated memberships like Meritorious ensure interactions are qualified, and a productive use of one’s time investment.
Meritorious is a community for military veteran and spouse business leaders, with private member portal, networking events and professional development, including Mentor Connect, Tactical Decision Games, and Masterminds. We connect members and businesses with each other, entrepreneurs with advisors and investors, and support mentorship between members, and transitioning service members. Our members can host events and join groups to move the needle on military-connected issues.
Meritorious is the brainchild of co-founders Katherine Kostreva, former national Director of Development and Marketing for PsychArmor Institute and Northeast Region Executive Director for Bunker Labs, and Ryan Loya, a US Marine Corps Veteran, and fractional CEO for startups at Columbia Technology Ventures. During Ryan’s transition from the military, the duo lobbied to reform the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP), with key mandates now law in NDAA 2019, including the requirement that TAP be completed 365 days prior to End of Active Service, and program impact be measured, consolidated and delivered to Congress annually. Over the past few years Katherine and Ryan struggled to find groups specific to military connected individuals for peer-to-peer support and professional growth. They set out to build such a platform that would create connectivity and access to resources during a time of social distancing, with capacity to scale both virtually and physically post pandemic.

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