Dog Tag Inc. Wins U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes Award

Dog Tag Inc. (DTI) received the Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment Award at the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s 8th Annual Hiring Our Heroes Awards. DTI won for our demonstrated leadership in addressing the unique challenges and demands for wounded, ill, and injured veterans as well as military caregivers in their search for meaningful employment. Read more about the 8th Annual Hiring Our Heroes Awards here.

Dog Tag Inc. Named Finalist for U.S. Chamber Foundation’s 8th Annual Hiring Our Heroes Awards

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Contact: Andrea Hutchins (571) 458-6296

Dog Tag Inc. Named Finalist for U.S. Chamber Foundation’s

8th Annual Hiring Our Heroes Awards

Recipients Will Be Recognized at Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards Gala


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced that Dog Tag Inc. is a finalist for the 8th Annual Hiring Our Heroes Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment Award. Dog Tag Inc. is among 24 finalists nominated for an award for demonstrated leadership in addressing the challenges faced by veterans, transitioning service members, military spouses, and military caregivers in their search for meaningful employment.

“The individuals and organizations recognized as finalists for this year’s awards exemplify what it means to be not just military friendly, but military ready,” said Eric Eversole, a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and president of Hiring Our Heroes. “These organizations have raised the bar across industries and across the country, implementing innovative approaches to recruit, hire, and retain veteran and military spouse talent.”

The Hiring Our Heroes awards are given in six categories: Veteran and Military Spouse Employment; Post-9/11 Veteran Employment; Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment; Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring; Small Business Veteran and Military Spouse Employment; and Individual Leadership. This year’s finalists are:
 
Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award, for overall excellence in hiring and retaining veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses in the private sector: Capital One; CarMax; Deloitte; Werner Enterprises

Steve Robinson Post-9/11 Veteran Employment Award, for effective and sustained efforts to enhance the ability of post-9/11 veterans and transitioning service members to find meaningful employment: Amazon; Boeing; Cushman & Wakefield; UPS

Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment Award, for demonstrated leadership in addressing the unique challenges and demands for wounded, ill, and injured veterans as well as military caregivers in their search for meaningful employment: Dog Tag Inc.; PyschArmor, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring Award, for demonstrated hiring, mentorship, and support of military spouses in their search for meaningful employment: Bank of America; Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Foundation; WWC

Small Business Award for Veteran and Military Spouse Employment, for demonstrated leadership by a small business or organization (less than 500 employees) in hiring veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses: Flags of Valor; Operation Gratitude; R.Riveter; She Swank Marketplace

Colonel Michael Endres Leadership Award for Individual Excellence in Veteran Employment, for an individual who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in employment opportunities for veterans, transitioning service members, and spouses: Danny Chung, Chief of Staff and Business Manager for Military Affairs at Microsoft; Marjorie Morrison, Founder and CEO at PsychArmor; Sean Kelly, Director of Talent Acquisition for Worldwide Operations at Amazon; Tom Downs, Senior Manager, Diversity Talent Acquisition, Capital One

The winners in each category will be announced during the 8th Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards Gala, presented by USAA, at the U.S. Chamber on November 14, 2018.

Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through more than 1,100 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and on military installations overseas; a suite of free online career-based resources; and the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.

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Cohort 8 DTI Fellow Gabriela Bell Featured on The Medium

Cohort 8 Fellow Gabriela Bell was recently featured in The Medium! Gabi is an Air Force military spouse interesting in starting her own non-profit to help military families. Learn more about Gabi and other Cohort 8 Fellows here.

Read Gabi’s feature in The Medium here!

DTI Alum Pete Scott's Non-Profit Fields 4 Valor Featured on WUSA9

Fields 4 Valor, a 501c3 non-profit founded by DTI Alum Pete Scott, was recently featured on WUSA9. Pete founded Fields 4 Valor (F4V) while enrolled in the Dog Tag Fellowship with the intent that no veteran or their family should go hungry. His farm grows food which feeds veteran and military families, giving away everything from tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, cucumbers, honey and more.

Read more about Fields 4 Valor here.

NBC Washington's Tommy McFly Features Dog Tag Fellowship Program and Starbuck's Brownie In Honor of National Military Appreciation Month

NBC Washington's Tommy McFly recently spoke with CEO Meghan Ogilvie and Cohort 7 Fellow Alisha Mason about the Dog Tag Fellowship program, our Starbuck's Dog Tag Brownie, and more in honor of May being National Military Appreciation Month.

Watch the clip on NBC here.

Fellows Jacquelyn and Stephen Tell their Story (VIDEO)

A few weeks ago, Dog Tag Bakery, Inc. staff, fellows and alumni had the pleasure of sitting down with Linda Dahlstrom and Joshua Trujillo from Starbucks Newsroom to tell their story. 

Inspired by what he heard, Josh, created this beautiful video that showcases two of our current fellows: Navy Veteran Jacquelyn Dyer and Air Force Veteran Stephen King.  Their story is one of inspiration, hope, and the benefit of being a part of the Dog Tag community.

Thank you to Starbucks Newsroom for capturing the essence of the mission of Dog Tag in such a powerful video. 

Dog Tag Bakery Brownie Launches at Starbucks!

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DOG TAG BAKERY AND STARBUCKS RECOGNIZE NATIONAL MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH WITH THE LAUNCH OF A DARK CHOCOLATE & POTATO CHIP BROWNIE AT STARBUCKS STORES

Georgetown’s favorite pastry destination, Dog Tag Bakery, will launch the Dog Tag Bakery Brownie on May 1, 2018 at Starbucks locations nationwide in honor of National Military Appreciation Month. This brownie is a delicious twist on Dog Tag Bakery’s classic recipe, topped with a salted potato chip crumble, and will be available in over 8,000+ participating Starbucks locations nationwide starting May 1, 2018 until June 4, 2018 (or while supplies last).

Inspired by a shared commitment to helping our veterans and military families, Dog Tag Bakery developed this special limited-edition brownie for Starbucks customers to help raise awareness for veteran causes. Dog Tag Bakery’s entrepreneurial fellowship program combines education with hands-on experience to create a living business school, to build a bridge to employment and to help veterans, military spouses and caregivers find fulfillment in their professional and personal lives. To learn more about Dog Tag Bakery’s program, please visit www.DogTagInc.org.

Together we’re #BakingADifference in the lives of our veterans and military families.

Product Name: Dog Tag Bakery Brownie. The packaging will state “Salted Potato Chip Crusted Brownie”
Unit Price: $3.95
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Availability: Available in over 8,000 Starbucks locations nationwide
PR Contact: Meghan Ogilvie / 202.527.9388 / info@dogtagbakery.org and Hilla Narov / 212.995.1833 / hnarov@fullpic.com

DTI Fellowship Professor Doug McCabe Wins 2018 Magis Medal from Alpha Sigma Nu

Georgetown professor and longtime DTI Fellowship instructor Dr. Douglas McCabe won the 2018 Magis Medal from Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Dr. McCabe, who teaches Principles of Management and Business Policy in Dog Tag Fellowship program through their partnership with Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies, was awarded the Magis Medal for his exemplary record of service in social justice advocacy and involvement with Dog Tag's program. This is Dr. McCabe's second award for his work with Dog Tag; in 2016 he won the Service Leadership Award from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business.

Today.com Features Dog Tag Bakery

At Dog Tag Bakery, something special is brewing––and it isn't just our delicious coffee. Today.com explores how our Fellowship program is #bakingadifference in the lives of veterans and military families. Featuring DTI alumni John Lira and Sharod Wade, and current Cohort 7 Fellows Mika Hunter and Kim DeFiori. Click the button below to learn more or read the piece here.

Bakery Renovations: We're Upgrading

Bakery Renovations: We're Upgrading!

By Alisha Mason

Dog Tag Bakery is closing its doors for a few days for a much-needed face lift.  We close at 3:00pm, Saturday February 17th and will reopen at 9:00 am on Thursday the 22nd.  

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BUT DON’T WORRY!  Everything being done will benefit our customers, our employees, and our Dog Tag Inc. fellows.  When we open our doors again on the 22nd, we hope you’ll be back and bring a friend (or several). 

An important aspect of running a business is always finding ways to improve.  2018 marks the beginning of Dog Tag Bakery’s third year in this building.  Think of the number of brownies, blondies, and loaves of bread that have come out of the kitchen.  We need a little face lift.  This means, renovation time!  Most of the renovations will be cosmetic; you may not even notice them, but you will definitely be the benefactor.

We’re upgrading the cabinets behind the front counter, which will help us be more organized and efficient to serve our customers.  We’re also adding more power outlets in the dining area, specifically for our wonderful patrons.

Back in the kitchen, we’re getting NEW FLOORS!  Who likes slipping and sliding all over the kitchen with sharp utensils in your hands?  Not our awesome chefs and bakers.  With the new floors they’ll be able to spend more time imagining amazing new recipes or perfecting the current menu, and not worrying if they’ll slip and fall.   

Finally, and probably most important for our customers, we are adding a NITRO COLD BREW COFFEE machine, one of the first in Georgetown.  This system is hot in the coffee scene (in a cold kind of way)!  Coffee is served straight out of the tap, not over ice, and is infused with nitrogen, which creates a smoother and silkier coffee.  Cold brew coffee is great, but with this new system we won’t have to wait hours for the brewing process to complete.

During renovations our fellows will be hard at work, taking Business Accounting and Communications courses from Georgetown University professors and continuing their rotations with Dog Tag Inc. staff.  We are grateful for Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies for opening space for us to keep the classroom instruction going during renovations.  

Our entire staff is enthusiastic for the demolition day to begin.  From Chris, our Head Chef, to Caelan, our Bakery Manager, the excitement is building for the final reveal.  Come visit the new and improved Dog Tag Bakery, and see for yourself what all the excitement is about.

We’ll see you on the 22nd!