November 11, 2021
On Nov. 11, 2021, UL’s Military Business Resource Group (MBRG) will host a Veterans Day celebration on the Northbrook campus. Retired Lieutenant General Charles Hooper, a member of UL’s board of directors, will join the group and Jennifer Scanlon, president and chief executive officer of UL, in dedicating a plaque to honor UL’s employees who have served in the military. As part of UL’s commitment to fostering an inclusive, equitable and diverse workplace, the company supports the MBRG in honoring military veterans and their families.
Veterans Day began as Armistice Day in 1919, as President Woodrow Wilson marked the end of major hostilities in what became known as World War I. The holiday is now recognized in America as Veterans Day, celebrating military veterans and their service to their country. However, MBRG is a global group that encompasses all military service, regardless of the country or whether the service was voluntary or conscripted. While this event is on Nov. 11, the monument and plaque honor the sacrifices and dedication of all UL employees who have served.
Lieutenant General Hooper
Hooper had an extensive military career prior to his appointment as a UL board member earlier in 2021. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he was commissioned as an infantryman in 1979. Throughout his career, he served both staff and command assignments in the U.S. Army Armor Center, 25th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division and U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Hooper’s political-military positions included Assistant Army Attaché to the People's Republic of China, an instructor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. and, most recently, Senior U.S. Defense Official/U.S. Defense Attaché and Chief, Office of Military Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy Cairo in the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Hooper also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University and was awarded the Don K. Price Award for Academic Excellence and Public Service. In 2005, he returned to Harvard University as a senior research fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is now a senior fellow on the Avoid Great War Project at the Harvard Belfer Center for Science and an International Affairs and a Council on Foreign Relations member. We are honored that Hooper will participate in UL’s Veterans Day celebration and plaque dedication.
Military Business Resource Group (MBRG)
The MBRG’s purpose is to make a positive impact on veterans and their families. It is open to any employee who was or is in the military, employees with a friend or family member who has served or is still serving and any employee interested in promoting awareness of military and veteran issues. The group wants to create meaningful networking opportunities for veterans or active military employees, support veteran causes and help connect veterans with career opportunities, including those at UL.
Group members also recognize the importance of honoring and remembering veterans. By hosting Hooper for the plaque dedication on Nov. 11, the group hopes this will be a memorable Veterans Day for employees. It will also be a permanent reminder of the support the MBRG and UL wish to provide to military members, veterans and their families worldwide.
UL’s employees can attend the dedication in person at 10:30 a.m. CT on Nov. 11. If you have questions about the event or the Military Business Resource Group, you can email them to [email protected]