LEADERSHIP
BEYOND
THE FRONTLINE

Connecting with successful executives who share military camaraderie and leadership experience, creates real and actionable business outcomes. But harnessing the full potential of this network is piecemeal at best. Until now.

LEADERSHIP BEYOND
THE FRONTLINE

Connecting with successful executives who share military camaraderie and leadership experience, creates real and actionable business outcomes. But harnessing the full potential of this network is piecemeal at best. Until now.

Meritorious
is the only private network exclusive to military veterans and military spouses in senior level positions.

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Member Portal

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Exclusive Events

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Professional Development

Startup Hub

Mentor Connect

Join the hub exclusive to those who served, and accelerate your connections into high powered, high growth business opportunities.

Meritorious
is the only private network exclusive to military veterans and military spouses in senior level positions.

member portal icon Meritorious

Member Portal

events icon Meritorious

Exclusive Events

professional development icon Meritorious

Professional Development

Startup Hub

Mentor Connect

Join the hub exclusive to those who served, and accelerate your connections into high powered, high growth business opportunities.

SEEKING A MORE TARGETED APPROACH?
Our unique member portal is an intuitive space to network.

TRAVELING ON BUSINESS?
Check-in and geolocate professionals before you take off.

NEED INTRODUCTIONS?
Direct message members and chat via forum and groups.

RAISING CAPITAL?
Visit our Startup Hub to post your project.

“WHY MERITORIOUS?”

100 Respondents Said…

  • Rebuilds camaraderie with military community
  • Ensures interactions are qualified
  • Meet trustworthy decision makers
  • More productive use of one’s time investment
  • Cold outreach is more often answered by fellow veterans
  • Less overhead doing business with veterans
  • Networking is important, but networking with fellow military members is vital to continued growth

“The military community takes care of each other in a way that is hard to replicate. This community is so important because we all bring our own experiences and talents to elevate one another to ensure the success that each and every veteran and their families deserve. I believe I have a lot to contribute and want to be part of that story.”

“WHY MERITORIOUS?”

100 Respondents Said…

  • Rebuilds camaraderie with military community
  • Ensures interactions are qualified
  • Meet trustworthy decision makers
  • More productive use of one’s time investment
  • Cold outreach is more often answered by fellow veterans
  • Less overhead doing business with veterans
  • Networking is important, but networking with fellow military members is vital to continued growth

“The military community takes care of each other in a way that is hard to replicate. This community is so important because we all bring our own experiences and talents to elevate one another to ensure the success that each and every veteran and their families deserve. I believe I have a lot to contribute and want to be part of that story.”

HOW IT WORKS

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No commitment needed to apply.

HOW IT WORKS

Complete our application to stay informed of next steps.
No commitment needed to apply.

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MEMBER PORTAL

Our exclusive member portal is built with you in mind, affording all the features you need in one location.

  • Member Directory and Direct Messaging
  • Event Registration without leaving your member portal
  • Startup Hub connecting entrepreneurs with partners, mentors and investors
  • Careers page and Organization Database
  • Community Forum, plus dedicated Groups
  • Geolocation with Check-in and Trip feature for business travelers
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  • Professional Blog with members as guest bloggers
  • Live Feed and recurring Digest
  • Personalized Profile with easy social profile import
  • Privacy Settings that are fully customizable
  • Secure Login and Payment Gateway
  • Ruby and Ruby On Rails base technology
  • Native App for iOS and Android (future feature)

MEMBER PORTAL

Our exclusive member portal is built with you in mind, affording all the features you need in one location.

Meritorious-Member-Portal-Directory-Geolocate-Exclusive-network-for military-veterans
  • Member Directory and Direct Messaging
  • Event Registration without leaving your member portal
  • Startup Hub connecting entrepreneurs with partners, mentors and investors
  • Careers page and Organization Database
  • Community Forum, plus dedicated Groups
  • Geolocation with Check-in and Trip feature for business travelers
Meritorious-iPhone-Member-Portal-Profile-Exclusive-network-for military-veterans
  • Professional Blog with members as guest bloggers
  • Live Feed and recurring Digest
  • Personalized Profile with easy social profile import
  • Privacy Settings that are fully customizable
  • Secure Login and Payment Gateway
  • Ruby and Ruby On Rails base technology
  • Native App for iOS and Android (future feature)

MEMBERSHIP

Annual membership is open to military veterans and military spouses in senior level positions, including founders. Please apply to be on our waitlist, which allows us to verify military service and professional background.

FREEMIUM

  • For transitioning service members, military spouses, and early stage founders
  • Limited access to member portal
  • Access to virtual events
  • Mentorship connections as a mentee

REMOTE EXECUTIVE: $500 Annually

  • For all executive levels and founders
  • Full access to member portal
  • Access to virtual events
  • Discounted tickets to special events
  • Mentorship connections as a mentor
  • Early membership rate available ($500 for the first year)

VP EXECUTIVE

  • For executive level members only, excluding C-Suite
  • Everything in Remote Executive membership, plus
  • Access to private member club
  • Complimentary tickets to special events
  • Opt in to coaching units

C-SUITE EXECUTIVE

  • For C-Suite level members only, and founders
  • Everything in Remote Executive membership, plus
  • Access to private member club
  • Complimentary tickets to special events
  • Opt in to coaching units
  • Opt in to angel group

MEMBERSHIP

Annual membership is open to military veterans and military spouses in senior level positions, including founders. Please apply to be on our waitlist, which allows us to verify military service and professional background.

FREEMIUM

  • For transitioning service members, military spouses, and early stage founders
  • Limited access to member portal
  • Access to virtual events
  • Mentorship connections as a mentee

REMOTE EXECUTIVE: $500 Annually

  • For all executive levels and founders
  • Full access to member portal
  • Access to virtual events
  • Discounted tickets to special events
  • Mentorship connections as a mentor
  • Early membership rate available ($500 for the first year)

VP EXECUTIVE

  • For executive level members only, excluding C-Suite
  • Everything in Remote Executive membership, plus
  • Access to private member club
  • Complimentary tickets to special events
  • Opt in to coaching units

C-SUITE EXECUTIVE

  • For C-Suite level members only, and founders
  • Everything in Remote Executive membership, plus
  • Access to private member club
  • Complimentary tickets to special events
  • Opt in to coaching units
  • Opt in to angel group
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ENTERPRISE

Meritorious is at the intersection of diversity and inclusion, and professional development. By partnering with Meritorious, corporations can:

  • Sponsor employee memberships
  • Bolster veteran affinity groups
  • Support mentorship pathways
  • Enhance soft skills like leadership, communication and collaboration
  • Improve employee retention and engagement
  • Access high caliber talent pipeline

ENTERPRISE

Meritorious is at the intersection of diversity and inclusion, and professional development. By partnering with Meritorious, corporations can:

  • Sponsor employee memberships
  • Bolster veteran affinity groups
  • Support mentorship pathways
  • Enhance soft skills like leadership, communication and collaboration
  • Improve employee retention and engagement
  • Access high caliber talent pipeline
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GIVING BACK

Military camaraderie is a force multiplier with the power to create economic impact. Our Freemium membership provides transitioning veterans and military spouses free access to mentorship, hiring, and networking opportunities. Our robust network of executives are also tremendous assets for early stage founders seeking advisors and investment support.

GIVING BACK

Military camaraderie is a force multiplier with the power to create economic impact. Our Freemium membership provides transitioning veterans and military spouses free access to mentorship, hiring, and networking opportunities. Our robust network of executives are also tremendous assets for early stage founders seeking advisors and investment support.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Our Freemium membership offers complimentary limited access to our member portal. Remote Executive membership starts at $500 (Early Rate) for the first year. Standard annual membership dues is $750. Waitlists for other membership levels are not yet available.
A waitlist is our mechanism for accepting applications, reviewing applicant information, and verifying military service.
We review all applicants on a rolling basis. Once accepted, you will receive an activation email to select membership level and finish building out your profile. Waitlists for VP and C-Suite Executive memberships are not yet open.
No. Please submit via application link. 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 between Freemium or paid membership level.
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 the only national network exclusive to military Veterans and military spouses in senior level positions, with an all-in-one online portal featuring member directory, Startup Hub, Mentor Connect, groups and forums, career opportunities and more. The Startup Hub connects entrepreneurs with advisors, investors and potential partners, while Mentor Connect, brings together members and transitioning veterans and spouses. Meritorious in-house events range from virtual peer-to-peer networking huddles and executive coaching workshops, to presentations on corporate social responsibility and the US economy, to larger, inspirational TEDx style talks. Unique to Meritorious, members can request to host events as a resource to their fellow Veterans, while growing their brands. They can also join Meritorious Working Committees (MWC) to collaborate and move the needle on issues affecting military transition, employment, mental health, homelessness, wounded warriors and women Veterans.
Businesses and startups should be generating $250,000 per year in revenue, or have raised $500,000 in capital, or have 5 or more full time employees (not including outsourced contractors). Business owners who do not meet these criteria, but have previous executive leadership experience will be considered. Our Freemium membership is available to early stage founders.
Meritorious is the brainchild of co-founders Katherine Kostreva, current national Director of Development and Marketing for PsychArmor Institute, 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 executive level peer-to-peer 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

Our Freemium membership offers complimentary limited access to our member portal. Remote Executive membership starts at $500 (Early Rate) for the first year. Standard annual membership dues is $750. Waitlists for other membership levels are not yet available.
A waitlist is our mechanism for accepting applications, reviewing applicant information, and verifying military service.
We review all applicants on a rolling basis. Once accepted, you will receive an activation email to select membership level and finish building out your profile. Waitlists for VP and C-Suite Executive memberships are not yet open.
No. Please submit via application link. 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 between Freemium or paid membership level.
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 the only national network exclusive to military Veterans and military spouses in senior level positions, with an all-in-one online portal featuring member directory, Startup Hub, Mentor Connect, groups and forums, career opportunities and more. The Startup Hub connects entrepreneurs with advisors, investors and potential partners, while Mentor Connect, brings together members and transitioning veterans and spouses. Meritorious in-house events range from virtual peer-to-peer networking huddles and executive coaching workshops, to presentations on corporate social responsibility and the US economy, to larger, inspirational TEDx style talks. Unique to Meritorious, members can request to host events as a resource to their fellow Veterans, while growing their brands. They can also join Meritorious Working Committees (MWC) to collaborate and move the needle on issues affecting military transition, employment, mental health, homelessness, wounded warriors and women Veterans.
Businesses and startups should be generating $250,000 per year in revenue, or have raised $500,000 in capital, or have 5 or more full time employees (not including outsourced contractors). Business owners who do not meet these criteria, but have previous executive leadership experience will be considered. Our Freemium membership is available to early stage founders.
Meritorious is the brainchild of co-founders Katherine Kostreva, current national Director of Development and Marketing for PsychArmor Institute, 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 executive level peer-to-peer 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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