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McDonald Family Foundation Contributes to Female Entrepreneurship Grant

The Robert A and Diane J. McDonald Foundation has contributed matching dollars with Main Street Ventures for the The Wendy S. Lea Female Founder Grant that is awarded to first-time female founders and companies.  Read the complete article.

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Bob McDonald To Receive 2020 Horatio Alger Award

Founded in 1947, The Horatio Alger Association honors the achievements of outstanding leaders who have accomplished remarkable successes in spite of adversity by bestowing upon them the Horatio Alger Award and inducting them as lifetime Members. The Association has named 14 individuals who have overcome adversity to achieve personal and professional success to is 2020 Member Class. Bob […]

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Robert McDonald Room Dedication at The Thayer Hotel

Every guest room at the renown Thayer Hotel in West Point, NY is dedicated to a distinguished graduate of West Point.  The decor of each room reflects the accomplishments and milestones of an individual who has made significant contributions to the nation and world. Below are the major milestones in the life of Robert McDonald: […]

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13th Annual Stand Up for Heroes

It was an honor for both Diane and I to attend the 13th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event organized by the Bob Woodruff Foundation in the Hulu Theater of Madison Square Garden in New York City November 4, 2019.  I also attended the Leadership Council meeting of the Bob Woodruff Foundation that morning, kindly hosted […]

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Bob McDonald VA Portrait Unveiling

We walked over to the VA headquarters building before 4 p.m.  Once we walked in the door, Diane and I were inundated with our former colleagues and friends.  We introduced our daughter Jenny and her husband Scott Rowland.  First it was the members of Protocol, then our photographers, then our Special Agents, and then office […]

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National Veterans Resource Center Tour

Thursday morning Ray Toenniessen, Associate Vice President of IVMF, picked me up and took me to the new National Veterans Resource Center, a new building on the Syracuse campus that will house IVMF and its resources.  It is a beautiful new building, funded primarily by a donation by Dan D’Aniello, Co-Founder of Carlyle and Chair […]

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Keynote Speech Re-Cap At SynFiny

I recently spoke to the partners and employees of SynFiny, a Cincinnati-based global consulting firm, about my leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  I was asked to talk specifically about how to change corporate culture.  I began my talk by asking an important question, “What do you do, and what steps do you take, […]

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McKinsey Leadership Forum Re-Cap

It was my privilege to speak to a group of about forty or so business leaders at the McKinsey Leadership Forum.  Other speakers included my friends Admiral (Retired) Eric Olson, former Commander of the U. S. Special Operations Command, and Beth Colbert, former McKinsey Partner and Head of Office of Personnel Management when I was […]

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Bob McDonald Visit Re-Cap To Ukraine For Its VA Best Practices

Monday morning I was up at 5:30 a.m. in my hotel room in the Hyatt Regency Kyiv in Ukraine.  I exercised in the hotel fitness center and cleaned up.  I met my host John Boestler, CEO of Combined Arms, at 8:30 a.m.  We were driven to the veterans hospital Lisova Polyana in the Obolonsky district […]

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The Leadership Potential of War Veterans

Bob McDonald was recently interviewed by UATV during his visit to Ukraine to talk more about how the year-old The Ministry for Veterans Affairs can model itself after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. McDonald who is the former CEO of Procter & Gamble, and, the eighth United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs shared insight […]

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Recent Posts

McDonald Family Foundation Contributes to Female Entrepreneurship Grant

The Robert A and Diane J. McDonald Foundation has contributed matching dollars with Main Street Ventures for the The Wendy S. Lea Female Founder Grant that is awarded to first-time female founders and companies.  Read the complete article.

Bob McDonald To Receive 2020 Horatio Alger Award

Founded in 1947, The Horatio Alger Association honors the achievements of outstanding leaders who have accomplished remarkable successes in spite of adversity by bestowing upon them the Horatio Alger Award and inducting them as lifetime Members. The Association has named 14 individuals who have overcome adversity to achieve personal and professional success to is 2020 Member Class. Bob […]

Robert McDonald Room Dedication at The Thayer Hotel

Every guest room at the renown Thayer Hotel in West Point, NY is dedicated to a distinguished graduate of West Point.  The decor of each room reflects the accomplishments and milestones of an individual who has made significant contributions to the nation and world. Below are the major milestones in the life of Robert McDonald: […]