Philanthropist Sylvie Légère joins SoldierStrong Advisory
STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 2 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sylvie Légère, social entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and co-founder of The Policy Circle, has joined the advisory board of SoldierStrong, chairman and co-founder Chris Meek said today.
“Sylvie Légère aims to develop innovative solutions that unite people for the common good and advance the next generation of changemakers,” Meek said. “Sylvie is also a board member of the Chicago Cubs Charities which harnesses the power of sport to champion youth, families and communities. We are thrilled that Sylvie brings her energy, her spirit of serving the greater good, and her unique perspective to SoldierStrong and our mission.
Légère and her husband, Todd Ricketts, whose family is the majority owner of the Chicago Cubs, recently demonstrated their commitment and compassion to American veterans by donating an Indego ® exoskeleton to SoldierStrong, the national organization at nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of military veterans nationwide by providing them with breakthrough medical technologies to help them take the next steps in life after service.
SoldierStrong introduced the device to Tyler Densford, a paralyzed veteran who had been selected to participate in a four-month program to test a bionic walking system through the St. Louis Veterans Administration in 2020, but the study was halted due to the COVID pandemic. Thanks to the donation to SoldierStrong, Densford can walk again and enjoy a better quality of life.
Beyond her philanthropic efforts, Légère co-founded The Policy Circle in 2015 and serves as chair of the board. The non-profit, non-partisan organization is designed “to educate, engage and empower women to be a force for positive change in their communities.” The organization emphasizes “fact-based civil discourse” as the preferred approach to productive civic engagement and change, and encourages members to “go beyond the headlines and take ownership of the issues.” .
Légère is Quebecer by birth, but American by naturalization. She earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Ottawa and a master’s degree in computer science with a specialization in learning sciences from Northwestern University. She has just published her first book, Trust your voice: A roadmap for targeting and influencing and is a frequently sought-after speaker focused on leadership and civic engagement. A healthy lifestyle advocate, Légère enjoys running, biking, camping and traveling with her husband and three children.
“I am happy and excited to join the SoldierStrong Advisory Board and put my experience to work for the veterans of our country,” Légère said. “Our country owes our veterans so much, and I hope my efforts will have a substantial and positive impact on as many veterans as possible.”
SoldierStrong literally helps American patriots take their next steps forward. Through scholarships and harnessing the most innovative technology in advanced rehabilitation, we help returning service men and women keep moving in the only direction they should know – towards before. Almost every dollar SoldierStrong receives goes towards supporting American patriots so they can reacclimate to civilian life. Our organization strives to remind veterans who have sacrificed so much that we are eternally grateful. For more information, visit http://www.soldierstrong.org/
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