Matthew J. Louis
Services Offered
Speaking, Advisory
Most Recent Book Title
Mission Transition: Navigating the Opportunities and Obstacles to Your Post-Military Career
Book Description
Mission Transition is an essential career-change guide for any transitioning veteran that wants to avoid false starts and make optimal career choices following active duty.

Every year, about a quarter of a million veterans leave the military - most of whom are grossly unprepared for the transition. These servicemembers have developed incredible leadership, problem-solving, and practical skills that are underutilized once they reach the civilian world, a detriment to both themselves and society.

Well-intentioned Transition Assistance Programs and other support structures within the armed forces often leave veterans fending for themselves. And the mission-first culture of the military results in servicemembers focusing on their active duty roles in the year leading up to their separation, leaving them little time to adequately prepare to join the civilian world.

Mission Transition guides military personnel through the entire process of making a successful move into civilian professional life. This book will:

Guide you through the process of discovering what path you want to take going forward
Teach you the strategies that will make your résumé stand out
Provide suggestions to help you prepare for and ace the interview
Discuss ways to acclimate to your new organization’s culture and pay it forward to other veterans

Each chapter includes advice from other veterans, illustrations of key concepts, summaries, and suggested resources.
Location (city/state/country)
Cincinnati, OH USA
Author bio
Matt Louis is one of the nation’s leading experts in career transition for veterans and public service professionals. He coaches individuals on their transition efforts and advises employers on hiring programs designed to successfully assimilate these valuable talent pools. He is the author of the award-winning HarperCollins book Mission Transition, a practical guide for veterans in career transition, their families, and their employers.
Matt serves as the veteran Transition Assistance officer for his West Point class, is a National Speaker for the US Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes program, advises the board of YourNexStage in Washington D.C. and the nonprofit Soldiers To Sidelines, and actively serves several other veteran collaboratives around the country.
During active commissioned service in the US Army, Matt served in the Southwest Asia combat theater and in the 194th Separate Armored Brigade. During reserve commissioned service, Matt served on the staff of the Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, and commanded multiple regions around the country for the US Military Academy’s Admissions Office. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserves and serves on the Service Academy nominating committee for his local Congressman.
Matt holds an MBA in Operations and Finance from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Point, and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, holds the ASCM organization’s Certified Supply Chain Professional designation, and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Matt also leads global strategy and transformation projects at Deloitte, the largest professional services firm in the world, and is the primary author of 3D Opportunity for the Department of Defense (Additive Manufacturing Fires Up), one of Deloitte University Press’ most sought-after articles.
Prior to Deloitte, Matt held operational, production, and quality roles in multiple divisions of both General Electric and Procter & Gamble. His work in both organizations was global in scope, overseeing projects and business in the US, Europe and Asia.
Professional Speaker Topics
Veterans, Military to Civilian Transition, Veteran Hiring Programs
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