ForwardHeroes is focused on catalyzing improvements in the lives of veterans, their families and their employers. In addition, the founders of ForwardHeroes – like many of us – envision veterans as substantial contributors to the enhancement of American society and the economy. Despite that vision, significant numbers of US veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce experience difficulty finding jobs, dealing with healthcare problems and coping with the resulting stress placed on their families. The totality of existing programs designed to enable our veterans to succeed in their transition to the civilian workforce (non-governmental, government-sponsored, and government run) have not sufficed thus far – and are unlikely to meet current and future needs. ForwardHeroes is a non-profit collaborative effort to help these veterans help themselves and to develop pathways to success. ForwardHeroes will help veterans as individuals, and as members of families and communities, integrate and benefit from training programs, new self- and mutual-help techniques, mentorship from contemporary career experts, in obtaining industry credentialing and certifications, and in propelling veterans into civilian careers and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Who We Are
Mike Snyder is a Silicon Valley-based economist with extensive international experience developing and executing science and technology-based initiatives. Snyder is the President and co-founder of the International Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Science, and Technology (IFEST) and a senior advisor to several IT, telecom, ecommerce, chemical, agricultural, and biotechnology startups. He brings to the ForwardHeroes mission over 20 years of senior executive experience leading analytical and project teams for US Government and non-governmental organizations to execute international, scientific, technological, educational, and economic programs.
A serial mentor and entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker and blogger, Babbitt has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Forbes and Under30CEO.com regarding social media's impact on business, career development, internships and higher education’s role in preparing emerging talent for the workforce. He is CEO of YouTern, where emerging talent connects with startups, non-profits and entrepreneur-driven small businesses through high-impact, mentor-based internships. At ForwardHeroes, Babbitt is focused on developing veterans' employability skills and connecting them with opportunities.
A veteran and distinguished graduate of Air Force programs, Asturias's efforts at Cisco Systems have led to successful training programs for Veterans in collaboration with the White House, Department of Defense, and State agencies, including recently in Michigan. Marc serves on the advisory boards for several organizations and start-ups in the entrepreneurship and technology space. At ForwardHeroes, Asturias is focused on enabling US Veterans to transition successfully into the workforce or embarking on their own start-up ventures, leveraging his 20 years of experience in technology, educational programs, innovation, entrepreneurship, and veterans affairs.
Tedeschi is President and CEO of EyeGo and SnapItScrew, as well as a successful serial inventor and entrepreneur. She advanced her inventions from concept through patents both nationally and internationally, setting up manufacturing, logistics, and retail operations for her products, and she is the holder of over 12 patents globally. Her entrepreneurial experience is key toward driving ForwardHeroes entrepreneurship and innovation programs for veterans.