Shannon has led The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) in their continued quest to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home. This year THDF marched closer to their current goal of giving a quarter of a billion dollars to veterans housing organizations and projects by 2020 having already invested over $225 million since launching the effort in 2011. This year was marked by an incredible investment in disaster relief efforts after the devastating hurricanes across the U.S. south and Caribbean. As long time partners with Team Rubicon, THDF gave millions of dollars to TR and provided several thousands of associate volunteers to work in Texas, Puerto Rico and Florida to assist in the recovery of our communities alongside their veteran partners.
The Home Depot supported the HillVets team with supplies and planning for their ten days of recovery efforts in Houston, Texas following Hurricane Harvey.
As Head of Military and Veterans Affairs, Vivian was instrumental in creating, developing, and launching First Data’s multi-faceted military community programming. In almost four years of existence, First Data Salutes has earned numerous awards and accolades for its outstanding impact on veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, military spouses, and their military families, including being the #1 Employer by Military Times, Disabled American Veterans’ 2016 Outstanding Large Employer of the year, and #3 on DiversityInc’s annual list of Top Companies for Veterans.
In less than two years, under Vivian’s direction, the number of veteran and military spouse new hires at First Data grew by 10 percent. Vivian’s most recent accomplishment was leveraging the success of First Data’s military community programming and turning it into a global Corporate Citizenship program, the first of its kind at First Data. In addition to the work that Vivian has done within First Data, she is also a subject matter expert and thought leader within the veteran community at large. Vivian was a founding member of Blue Star Families, serves on the Virginia Military Advisory Council, the Board of Directors for the University of Georgia’s Alumni Association and Dog Tag Inc.