Military Veteran Networking

LEADERSHIP
BEYOND
THE FRONTLINE

Connecting with successful veterans 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.

Military Veteran Networking

LEADERSHIP BEYOND
THE FRONTLINE

Connecting with successful veterans 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 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

Accelerate your connections into high powered, high growth business opportunities. Further develop and hone your leadership skills 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

Accelerate your connections into high powered, high growth business opportunities. Further develop and hone your leadership skills through

Mentor Connect

Tactical Decision Games

Masterminds

OUR MEMBER PORTAL GOES BEYOND TRADITIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA

RSVP to in-house events, join experiences led by executive coaches and use our Startup Hub to connect with 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.

“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

“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.”

“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.”

MEMBER PORTAL

Our dedicated member portal offers a robust suite of features in one location.

  • Member Directory and Direct Messaging
  • In-House Events with One-Click Registration
  • Startup Hub connecting entrepreneurs and investors
  • Careers page
  • Groups and Forums
  • Meritorious Working Committees to move the needle on military-connected issues
  • Geolocation including Check-in and Trip feature
Meritorious-iPhone-Member-Portal-Profile-Exclusive-network-for military-veterans

SMALL BUSINESS

Veteran and military spouse owned businesses, and those supportive of the military community, can opt for enhanced visibility.

  • Custom Organization Page listed on our Partner Directory
  • Host Events as a resource to members while generating business leads
  • Post Jobs on our Careers page
  • Inclusion in external Eblasts, internal Newletters and Push Notifications
  • Added admin rights to Publish Content as an Industry Expert

EVENTS

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

  • MERITORIOUS MASTERMIND
    Business Development for Founders, Six Part Series
    November 23, 2020  |  6:00PM ET

  • TACTICAL DECISION GAMES
    Peer-to-Peer Networking and Situational Exercises
    December 1, 2020  |  6:00PM ET

  • HOW TO BUILD A VETERAN HIRING PROGRAM
    With Matt Kress, Starbucks
    December 2, 2020  |  6:00PM ET

  • MERITORIOUS PARTNER CONVENING
    Quarterly Business to Business Networking
    December 3, 2020  |  2:00PM ET

  • MERITORIOUS MASTERMIND
    Optimize Your Career During COVID
    December 8, 2020  |  6:00PM ET

  • ACCESS TO CAPITAL
    For Companies Receiving Government Contracts
    December 16, 2020  |  6:00PM ET

MEMBER PORTAL

Our dedicated member portal offers a robust suite of features in one location.

  • Member Directory and Direct Messaging
  • In-House Events with One-Click Registration
  • Startup Hub connecting entrepreneurs and investors
  • Careers page
  • Groups and Forums
  • Meritorious Working Committees to move the needle on military-connected issues
  • Geolocation including Check-in and Trip feature
Meritorious-iPhone-Member-Portal-Profile-Exclusive-network-for military-veterans

SMALL BUSINESS

Veteran and military spouse owned businesses, and those supportive of the military community, can opt for enhanced visibility.

  • Custom Organization Page listed on our Partner Directory
  • Host Events as a resource to members while generating business leads
  • Post Jobs on our Careers page
  • Inclusion in external Eblasts, internal Newletters and Push Notifications
  • Added admin rights to Publish Content as an Industry Expert

EVENTS

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

  • MERITORIOUS MASTERMIND
    Business Development for Founders, Six Part Series
    November 23, 2020  |  6:00PM ET

  • TACTICAL DECISION GAMES
    Peer-to-Peer Networking and Situational Exercises
    December 1, 2020  |  6:00PM ET

  • HOW TO BUILD A VETERAN HIRING PROGRAM
    With Matt Kress, Starbucks
    December 2, 2020  |  6:00PM ET

  • MERITORIOUS PARTNER CONVENING
    Quarterly Business to Business Networking
    December 3, 2020  |  2:00PM ET

  • MERITORIOUS MASTERMIND
    Optimize Your Career During COVID
    December 8, 2020  |  6:00PM ET

  • ACCESS TO CAPITAL
    For Companies Receiving Government Contracts
    December 16, 2020  |  6:00PM ET

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to military veterans and military spouses in senior level positions. Transitioning Veterans can apply for a one year, complimentary membership.

ESSENTIAL MEMBERSHIP
$12 / MONTH

  • Try it free for 60 days
  • Access to member portal
  • Startup Hub and Mentor Connect
  • Virtual events and Masterminds
  • App (launching soon)

EXECUTIVE MEMBERSHIP
$500 / ANNUAL

  • Essential Membership, plus
  • Post jobs and opportunities
  • Host on-demand event showcased in portal
  • Custom organization page listed on our partner directory
  • Option to be a content creator

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 are also encouraged to apply.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to military veterans and military spouses in senior level positions. Transitioning Veterans can apply for a one year, complimentary membership.

ESSENTIAL MEMBERSHIP

$12 / MONTH

  • Try it free for 60 days
  • Access to member portal
  • Startup Hub and Mentor Connect
  • Virtual events and Masterminds
  • App (launching soon)

EXECUTIVE MEMBERSHIP

$500 / ANNUAL

  • Essential Membership, plus
  • Post jobs and opportunities
  • Host on-demand event showcased in portal
  • Custom organization page listed on our partner directory
  • Option to be a content creator

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 are also encouraged to apply.

VETERAN HIRING

Meritorious offers mutually beneficial opportunities for both members and companies hiring veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses. Corporate partners 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

VETERAN HIRING

Meritorious offers mutually beneficial opportunities for both members and companies hiring veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses. Corporate partners 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

MENTOR CONNECT

Those who served our country should not have to hit reset in the civilian sector. Our members are decision makers who can guide service members towards meaningful opportunities aligning with their experience.

We collaborate with non-profit partners to enlist transitioning veterans who have served successful careers in the military, and their spouses, while providing non-profits in-kind visibility on our platform.

Mentorship enriches all individuals involved. It not only supports our service members and military spouses, it contributes to the professional development of our members.

MENTOR CONNECT

Those who served our country should not have to hit reset in the civilian sector. Our members are decision makers who can guide service members towards meaningful opportunities aligning with their experience.

We collaborate with non-profit partners to enlist transitioning veterans who have served successful careers in the military, and their spouses, while providing non-profits in-kind visibility on our platform.

Mentorship enriches all individuals involved. It not only supports our service members and military spouses, it contributes to the professional development of our members.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Essential Membership is $12 / month, and Executive membership is $500 / annual.
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 the only national network supporting military veterans and military spouses in senior level positions, with private member portal, networking events and professional development. The member portal connects members with each other, entrepreneurs with advisors and investors, and supports mentorship between members and transitioning service members. Meritorious events range from networking huddles and partner convenings, to educational presentations and larger, inspirational TEDx style talks. Members committed to growing personally and professionally can join Meritorious Masterminds, facilitated by trusted executive coaches. We offer Masterminds tailored to business owners, professionals looking to advance their careers or change careers, transitioning service members or recently transitioned veterans.
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.
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 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 $12 / month, and Executive membership is $500 / annual.
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 the only national network supporting military veterans and military spouses in senior level positions, with private member portal, networking events and professional development. The member portal connects members with each other, entrepreneurs with advisors and investors, and supports mentorship between members and transitioning service members. Meritorious events range from networking huddles and partner convenings, to educational presentations and larger, inspirational TEDx style talks. Members committed to growing personally and professionally can join Meritorious Masterminds, facilitated by trusted executive coaches. We offer Masterminds tailored to business owners, professionals looking to advance their careers or change careers, transitioning service members or recently transitioned veterans.
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.
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 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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