Restoration of Honor Act Assistance from NYSBA

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is offering free help to veterans who qualify for New York State benefits through the Restoration of Honor Act.  The Restoration of Honor Act authorizes the New York State Division of Veterans' Services (NYS DVS) to restore access to State Veteran Benefits to veterans who have Other-Than-Honorable Discharge (OTH) or a General Under Honorable Conditions Discharge due to any of the following:

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ProVetus Veteran Treatment Court Mentors Needed

ProVetus is a trained, peer mentoring program that helps Veterans and Service Members successfully transition from the military to the civilian sector.  They are seeking volunteer Veteran Court Mentors in Westchester County, NY and Middletown City, NY.

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40th National Veterans Wheelchair Games 2021 (Hybrid)

The VA New York Harbor Healthcare System is honored to join the National VA and PVA Team to host the 40th National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) in New York City in the summer of 2021.  The National Veterans Wheelchair Games poses an excellent opportunity for Veterans and their families to experience the world’s largest stage in New York City.  Look out Big Apple, you are about to be amazed at what our outstanding Veterans can accomplish through adaptive sports!

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Pace University Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Help

While the Paycheck Protection Program ended on May 31, 2021, borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. PPP loans made to eligible borrowers qualify for full loan forgiveness if during the 8- to 24-week covered period following loan disbursement the following conditions were met:
  • Employee and compensation levels were maintained
  • The loan proceeds were spent on payroll costs and other eligible expenses
  • At least 60% of the proceeds were spent on payroll costs
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Virtual Pride Block Party!

Student Veterans of America (SVA), Minority Veterans of America (MVA), American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER), Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA), and SPARTA are coming together to host a virtual Pride block party for the entire month of June!

Pride block parties are an integral part of LGBTQ pride celebrations across the country. Again this year, the pandemic has caused many pride parades, festivals, and block parties to be canceled for the safety of the community. Canceling these events does not mean that we can’t still celebrate our pride and make an impact in the community around us. 

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Team RWB 1776 Challenge!

18 DAYS. 1776 REPS.  CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

July 4th is all about celebrating America’s progress toward fulfilling our promise and ideals. This summer, Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) will showcase their commitment to the men and women who have served our country in support of our nation’s progress toward a more perfect union with the 1776 CHALLENGE, presented by TrueCar.  

 

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Blue Star Summer Camp - The Home Edition 2021

Blue Star Summer Camp returns with more amazing virtual field trips to museums and parks to keep kids busy and engaged—whether you're PCSing or staying put! Designed as a solution for COVID-19 closures, Blue Star Families continues to deliver on families' needs for quality, FREE virtual summer programming, all while staying safe.

 

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Guardian Revival's Boots & Paws Program

Guardian Revival's Boots & Paws Program provides veterans in need with working dogs.  Dogs are awarded along with a care package, which includes professional training sessions, veterinary coverage and food for up to a year, toys, leashes, and other essential care equipment.

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Military Women's Memorial #appreSHEation Campaign

The Military Women's Memorial is launching their #appreSHEaction Campaign on Saturday, June 12th.  The #appreSHEation campaign is an opportunity to honor the largest growing demographic in the military, and ensure future generations of girls and woman are able to see clear pathways and leadership examples through military service.

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Parent Management Training Group for Military Families

NYU Langone's Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic is offering a 6-week parent management training group beginning on Wednesday, June 9, 12:15pm.

Does your child struggle with ADHD or disruptive and impulsive behaviors?

Would you like to learn strategies and tools to help?

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VA Financial Hardship Enrollment

If you were previously denied enrollment in VA healthcare and now face financial hardship due to medical expenses, lost wages, etc., you can now apply for VA's Medical Care Hardship Program.  VA is granting financial hardship enrollment during COVID and now is the time to act fast.  Proof of unemployment form the Department of Labor is all that’s required for lost wages. 

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STEP UP for PTSD Awareness Virtual Walk 2021

June is PTSD Awareness month, with June 27th as PTSD Awareness Day. 

The US Department of Veterans Affair's National Center for PTSD is hosting a virtual walk, STEP UP for PTSD.

Complete 27 minutes of exercise at any time during the month of June in recognition of PTSD Awareness Day on June 27th.

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Fordham University Free Veterans Writing Workshop

Fordham University and the Fordham Veterans Initiative invite you to participate in the Veterans Writing Workshop (VWW) Summer 2021 semester.  This is a virtual workshop that will take place online via Zoom.  Participants' writing will be eligible for publication in the annual print anthology, "Afterwords."  The workshop is FREE for all US Veterans.

**Registration begins on Tuesday, June 1.**

Registration is limited to 18 persons per workshop.  Once a workshop has reached capacity, you will be placed on a waiting list and given the opportunity to audit the workshop.

 

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2021 Guide to Military Benefits

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service presents a guide to military benefits that includes information on basic pay, VA home loans, health benefits, military spouse benefits, retirement and more.

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Send a Military Appreciation Starbucks Gift Card to Benefit Armed Forces Mental Health

Operation Gratitude and Blue Star Families have joined forces, partnering with organizations like Starbucks, during Military Appreciation Month to improve mental health and resiliency outcomes for our Armed Forces.  For those interested in showing support for the military community, customers can purchase a Starbucks Military eGift card from May 1-31, and Starbucks will donate $5 to Blue Star Families and Operation Gratitude to further support the mental health of the military community. Donations will be divided evenly between the two organizations.

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Military Kids Have Talent 2021

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation presents Military Kids Have Talent 2021!

Calling all performers, singers, dancers, tricksters, magicians, and more. Show off YOUR talents!

The grand prize winners for each of the six categories will receive a FREE three-night family vacation for four to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.  Hotel accommodations and airfare are provided. 

**Deadline to submit your videos is Friday, May 28th**

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NYC Section 8 Housing Waitlist Reopened!

New York City has opened its section 8 housing waiting list for the first time since 2006. The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is a federal program designed to provide rental assistance to low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing. 

**The waitlist is only open until May 28th**

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JP Morgan Chase VetsinTech Pitch Contest

Join VetsinTech for a pitch competition sponsored by JPMorgan Chase and a chance to win up to $25,000!  **Applications due by May 30th.**

On June 23rd VetsinTech will host a virtual pitch event for 5 veteran, military, and spouse-owned businesses that will be chosen, in advance, as finalists.

Businesses in the start-up and growth stages are welcome to participate.

They are looking for solutions that may be relevant to financial services, including fintech, cybersecurity, AI/machine learning, payments, etc. Startup companies must be 51% Veteran Owned.

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Veteran Research Participants Needed - Your Opinions on Access to Mental Health Care

Weill Cornell Program for Anxiety & Traumatic Stress Studies (PATSS), New York Presbyterian Military Family Wellness Center, and the Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RF CUNY) are conducting a research study on opinions of veteran mental health care.  The goal of this study is to learn from the opinioins of veterans in NYC on topics of military mental health, access to care, both positive and negative experiences, stigma, and other military mental health-related issues to help improve thier outreach and public education at New York Presbyterian's Military Family Wellness Center through its community partnerships.

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Year Round Veteran Discounts

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has put together a curated list of discounts offered to veterans, not just during Military Appreciation Month, but year-round.  These discounts include savings on cars, car rentals, apparel, footwear, electronics, education, and more.

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American Corporate Partners Veterans Mentorship Program

National nonprofit Amercian Corporate Partners (ACP) works with post-9/11 veterans to help them find meaningful employment after military service.  In ACP's most recent study of participants in its one year mentorship program, the average starting salary for veterans who utilized ACP was more than $86,000, and importantly, more than 86% of veterans are still at their same company one year later.  The program not only helps veterans find great jobs, but the right jobs for them.

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Heroes Linked Employment Program for Veterans

Heroes Linked is a nonprofit program that connects service members, Veterans, their spouses, and Gold Star families with a national network of volunteer advisors - many of whom are veterans.  These advisors are professionals with experience in their respective industries.  The program is web based and completely free.

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Backpacks for Life Collection for Homeless and At-Risk Veterans

Backpacks for Life is now accepting donations at Sunrise of New Dorp until Thursday, May 20.  Please stop by to drop off your donations of essential items that will be provided to homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. 

Backpacks for Life is an organization dedicated to creating new solutions to decades old problems for veterans of all eras.  Empowering veterans by offering them a sense of security in their well-being is the foundation of their cause.  They provide veterans with personalized assistance based on their specific needs so that veterans know that there is HOPE and that they can get on a path to self-sufficiency.  

Backpacks for Life collaborates with a vast network of fellow veteran resource organizations, including NYC Veterans Alliance's own Veterans Mutual Aid Program.

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American Red Cross Reconnection Workshops for Veterans & Families

The American Red Cross offers Reconnection Workshops, a series of workshops for veterans and their families.

Whether you or a family member have recently entered the military or you are a long-time veteran, navigating the many transitions connected with military and veteran service can be hard. Reconnection Workshops aim to ease the stress that comes with these changes.

This free, confidential Red Cross program offers effective ways to work through challenges, improve wellbeing and build skills through small-group discussion and hands-on activities. Workshops help improve connections at home, at work and within communities. They invite active duty service members, members of the Reserves and National Guard, veterans and military families to participate.

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NYU Data Future Lab Incubator Program

NYU Tandem's Data Future Lab Next Round Incubator Program is now accepting applicants for its next cohort. If you’re the founder of a Seed to Series A startup based in New York (or with plans to enter New York), apply now. Their equity-free, 1- to 2-year incubator program offers benefits specifically curated to help extend runway and scale sustainably.

 

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Warrior Writers Editing and Revision Workshop Series

Join Warrior Writers for their first Editing and Revision Workshop Series! This particular workshop series will focus on how to turn a first draft into a final draft, or at least an edited version! These are not generative workshops, as in they will not be giving prompts to write new pieces. Participants will come to the workshop with a piece they have already written, and throughout the three sessions, work with the facilitator to edit and craft it into an elevated piece of work. 

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American Airpower Museum's WWII Arsenal of Democracy Air Demonstrations

In observance of Memorial Day Weekend, American Airpower Museum (AAM) continues their historic participation in the Jones Beach Air Show, flying their fabled "Arsenal of Democracy" warbirds over Jones Beach on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30!  AAM’s fleet of iconic and meticulously restored military aircraft will include a B-25 Mitchell Bomber, Douglas C-47 Skytrain troop transporter, Grumman TBM Avenger Torpedo Bomber, Curtiss P-40 Flying Tiger, P-51D Mustang Fighter, AT-6 Texan Warbird and AT28D5 Nomad Vietnam Era Fighter.  AAM’s WWII aircraft will also have practice fly days Thursday, May 27 and Friday, May 28 in the a.m. and p.m.

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Warrior Writers Memorial Day Commemoration

Warrior Writers presents A Memorial Day Commemoration, two days of virtual art, healing, and community from Sunday, May 30, 10am to Monday, May 31, 10pm (Eastern Time).

This Memorial Day Weekend, please join Warrior Writers for two days of wellness, art, and community. They will be offering a full program of free virtual events, including meditation, writing workshops, visual art workshops, performances from veteran artists, and even a cooking lesson! They welcome all veterans, active duty, military family members, artists, allies, and healers who are interested in their mission to engage in artistic expression and support veterans in the discovery of the arts as a transformative tool. This “virtual retreat” will have spaces for creation, reflection, and connection. Learn more about each session in the schedule below. When registering, select all the sessions you would like to attend. You will receive an email with Zoom links for your personalized schedule!

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2021 Virtual GI Film Festival San Diego

KPBS in partnership with the Film Consortium San Diego present the 2021 GI Film Festival, a completely virtual multi-day event from Tuesday, May 18 through Sunday, May 23.

Established in 2015, the GI Film Festival San Diego aims to reveal the struggles, triumphs, and experiences of service members and veterans through compelling and authentic storytelling. Documentaries, shorts, narratives, and family-friendly films are presented, highlighting stories of heroism, resilience, and honor. 

 

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex is Reopened to the Public!

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is once again open to the public, Thursday-Sunday! As before, veterans and service members are eligible for free admission.  The museum will continue to offer virtual programs for current and former service members and their loved ones.  All virtual programs are free with advance regsitration.

 

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Veteran and Military Spouse Women's Leadership Symposium

Veterans Campaign and Homefront Rising will host their annual Women's Leadership Symposium on Friday, May 21 8-10pm (Eastern Time) and Saturday, May 22, 12-3pm (Eastern Time).  This year's program will be held virtually over Zoom and will feature an exciting lineup of speakers, panelists, and networking opportunities focusing on the challenges and opportunities that female veterans and military family members face when seeking public service.  

Participation in this symposium is open to persons of any gender who wish to attend.
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Travis Manion Foundation Memorial Day Honor Project

The Travis Manion Foundation is mobilizing volunteers to visit our national heroes interred at Arlington National Cemetery this Memorial Day weekend on behalf of their families and friends. The Honor Project ensures our nation's fallen heroes are not forgotten while engaging our patriotic network of Spartans.

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Google VetNet Career Week 2021

On June 22 - 24, 2021, Google’s Veterans Network, VetNet, is hosting the Google VetNet Career Week, a virtual three-day event offering any veteran, military spouse, and service member the tools, support, and advice needed to advance their careers. VetNet will be collaborating with many partners across numerous industries and offering exclusive access to executive leaders, including a fireside chat with the CEO of Johnson & Johnson and Alphabet/Google CFO, Ruth Porat, among many others.

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The Mission Continues Women Veterans Leadership Program

The Women Veterans Leadership Program (WVLP), launched in March 2020, provides leadership skills and knowledge for women veterans to build a movement in order to pursue equal opportunities for all women in leadership attainment.

WVLP program members will have opportunities to engage a nationwide network of women leaders and The Mission Continues staff throughout the five-months of the program and beyond. After completion of the program, WVLP graduates will gain access to a growing alumni network and be eligible for additional mentorship and leadership opportunities to help grow a veteran-led movement of service.

Cohort 3 submission deadline is Sunday, May 16, 2021.

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Military Veterans in Journalism Fellowship Opportunity

MVJ is hosting seven paid fellowships lasting about six months each at the newsroom of your choice!

Four of the fellowships are funded thanks to generous support from the Knight Foundation, two of the fellowships are possible thanks to the generous support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies and the one fellowship is thanks to the generous support of the Wyncote Foundation.

Applications are due Friday, June 11, 2021 and fellowships will begin in Fall 2021.

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VFW COVID-19 Health Survey 2021

Last April the VFW tallied responses to their COVID-19 survey and used that data to advocate for veterans with Congress and VA. The VFW has developed a follow-up survey to evaluate your health care experiences, how your health care may have changed in the last six months, and your perceptions of your overall physical and mental health over the past 30 days.

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SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will begin registrations for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) this Friday, April 30th at 9am (Eastern Time) and will open applications on Monday, May 3rd at 12pm (Eastern Time). This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Funds must be used for allowable expenses by March 11, 2023.

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Blue Ridge Heroes Resource Information Series

The Bay Ridge Center's Bay Ridge Heroes empowers older NYC veterans, their families, and active-duty service members with essential resources and services.  They are welcoming new members to their information series starting in May.  All sessions will be held via Zoom on Fridays 3-4pm (Eastern Time).

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National WWI Memorial Roll of Honor

In partnership with the United States World War One Centennial Commission, the World War I Roll of Honor features profiles of many of the more than 4 million American servicepersons who responded to the call of “Over There” in support of the war-weary Allies and helped achieve victory in "The War That Changed the World."  Search for and add your ancestors, let the commission know of any updates or corrections, and help them make the Roll of Honor the most complete collection of profiles, photos and other information in tribute to World War I U.S. servicepersons.

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BSF 2021 Military Family Lifestyle Survey

Blue Star Families’ 2021 Military Family Lifestyle Survey is officially open!

Help Blue Star Families show what military, veteran, and National Guard/Reserve families, like yours, need to thrive. 
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NYU Veterans Future Lab Apex Program

The NYU Veterans Future Lab is accepting applications for Apex, its 9-month, no-cost, equity-free incubator for early-stage ventures led by veterans and military spouses. Apex offers a host of curated benefits, including: free desk space; access to NYU's formidable resources including leading faculty, student interns, a 10,000sqft makerspace; up to $200,000 in in-kind benefits such as legal hours with Orrick and AWS credits; and much more. Don't miss this opportunity to grow your venture — apply now!


The Military Money Show Podcast

April is National Financial Literacy Month.  Now is a great time to review and upgrade your financial smarts! The Military Money Show is the podcast that helps U.S. Servicemembers, Veterans, and their spouses make, save, invest and spend money wisely.

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Military to Mercy College to Math Teacher

Earn a tuition-free Master of Science Degree in Mathematics Education funded by the National Science Foundation. Go from the Military to Mercy College to Math Teacher. 

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Free VA Counseling for Military Sexual Trauma

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers free counseling and treatment to veterans experiencing mental and physical health conditions related to military sexual trauma (MST).  Veterans do not need to have a VA disability rating, have reported MST, or have other documentation of the experience to get this care.  These services may also be available to veterans not eligible for other VA care. 

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Cisco Veteran IT Academy

The abilITy Cisco Academy or IT Academy is an innovative training program where people with disabilities and veterans can earn industry-recognized skills and a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification.  The IT Academy, in partnership with the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities and the NYC Mayor's Office of Veteran's Affairs, helps students get connected to employment opportunities in the IT industry.

Key Components of the Program:

An Accessible Academy that has been adapted for different learning styles in a physically accessible environment.  it is tuition-free for qualifying students.

Work Readiness - Students participate in workshops and one-on-one coaching that adress topics such as resume writing, networking, mock interviews and workplace etiquette, often with potential employers.

Paid Internships provide students opportunities to apply skills in the workplace.

Cisco Certification that is professionally recognized within the tech industry.

Connections to Employers are a vital part of the program.  Students work with an Employment Specialist who helps create individualized career plans and facilitates connections to jobs.

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US DOD/VA Biennial Suicide Prevention Conference

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) present their Biennial Suicide Prevention Conference virtually on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 through Thursday, May 20, 2021.  This year's theme - Make Every Connection Count:  Putting the 7 Strategies for Suicide Prevention to Work - promotes a comprehensive approach to prevention, which uses evidence-informed programs, tools, and practices to foster connectedness, increase coping and problem-solving, create protective environments, and strengthen suicide care, among other efforts. 

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NYS Division of Veterans' Services Veterans Speaker Program

The NYS Divison of Veterans' Services offers the Veterans Speaker Program.  This is an educational program that honors the remarkable legacy of service that veterans have provided, preserves their historically valuable first-hand accounts of military life, and informs the next generations about the contributions, challenges, and sacrifices of our Armed Forces.

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Interactive NYC Map to Veteran Owned Businesses

This spring, the NYC Department of Veterans' Services will launch an interactive map to make it easier for New Yorkers to find and support veteran owned businesses.

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Hope For The Warriors Memorial Day Virtual Fitness Challenge

The Hope For The Warriors presents their Memorial Day 30x30 Virtual Fitness Challenge through the month of May.

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NPower Technology Training and Development

NPower is recruiting for their Fall 2021 Tech Fundamental cohort that begins on August 9.

Expand your IT knowledge to help you thrive in promising civilian careers. Most NPower graduates are employed at industry-leading companies across the technology, financial services, media, and consulting sectors.

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