The Paramount Veterans Network hosted a series of VIP Meet and Greets for the second year in a row during Summer 2022. These sessions were added to the VIP Meet and Greets Web Series, featuring a variety of industry professionals and C-suite executives from across Paramount Global. These sessions were created for the VetNet’s Veteran Immersion Program to meet with and learn from Paramount executive leadership and employees. The Meet and Greet moderators included: Richard M. Jones, EVP General Tax Counsel & Chief Veteran Officer, Paramount, Betty Diaz, Director of Programs & Operations, Paramount, and Brad Mueller, Director of Creatives for Paramount VetNet and Manager, Tax Incentives.
VIP Meet & Greet Web Series Season 2: Episode 4: Henry Schuster and Bruce McDonald
Award-winning producer for 60 Minutes, Henry Schuster and Paramount Events & Brand Experience Senior Producer Bruce McDonald spoke to the Paramount Veterans Network Veteran Immersion Program participants about story-telling during their Meet & Greet session. This session was moderated by Betty Diaz, Director of Programs & Operations, Paramount.
Henry Schuster and Bruce McDonald expressed the importance of thinking about your own story as you transition and start your civilian career. Having similar jobs, Bruce and Henry both carved out different paths in the industry. Henry mostly stayed in the broadcast news and journalism sector, while Bruce worked production on big events and was also a co-creator, writer, and producer for Steven’s Untitled Rock Show. Bruce also spent a day doing a story at Dave Grohl’s home studio, which would be a career win for many hoping to work in the industry.
Bruce and Henry also discussed the fascination and need for follow-up stories They both shared inspiring remarks and shared advice on many topics, including career transition during the Q&A portion of the meeting.
“I enjoyed learning all about storytelling. Their advice on the importance of ‘not being afraid to fail, and to always remember who you are’ really stood out to me.” -Ricky Enrique, Navy Veteran