FALL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE | OCTOBER 14, 2021

FALL AGENDA

(All Times Are Eastern Time)

10:00am-10:15am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:15am-10:45am
Morning Keynote

10:45am-11:25am
VETS Indexes 5-Star Employer Best Practices Roundtable

A panel comprised only of 5-Star Employers, talking about the most important aspects of their veterans programs

11:30am-11:50am
Morning Break

11:55am-12:35pm
Preventing and addressing veteran underemployment

Underemployment — working a job that is below one’s skill level — is a big problem for vets in particular.

12:40pm-1:20pm


Breakout Panels 1
Option 1: USERRA Guide: What you need to know about the laws governing treatment of Guard/Reserve employees

USERRA is the law companies must follow when dealing with Guard/Reserve employees, but ESGR leaders have noted that many companies don’t know or understand the rules.

Option 2: Military spouse recruiting: Which methods give you the most bang for your buck?

Employers don’t always know where to recruit military spouses. This panel will give a breakdown of the various approaches available, their costs, and their benefits.

1:25pm-2:05pm
Breakout Panels 2
Option 1: Improving identification and tracking of your veteran employees

Companies constantly tell us that it is hard to know which of their employees are vets, but a few orgs have developed good techniques to address this.

Option 2: Finding and contracting with veteran-owned suppliers/vendors

It’s not just who you hire but also who you contract with — this panel will talk about the importance of engaging veteran owned businesses and how to find them.

2:05pm-2:25pm
Afternoon Break

2:30pm-3:10pm
The importance of mentorship and apprenticeship programs for transitioning veterans

Mentorship and apprenticeship programs are a very important part of the veteran hire on-boarding process — this panel will discuss various forms mentorship and apprenticeship programs can take and why they are so critical for veteran hires in particular.

3:15pm-3:55pm
Working from home: The pros and cons for the military-connected community

The remote work revolution is helpful to the military community in some ways – particularly the additional flexibility offered to military-connected groups that most need it – but challenging in other ways – such as difficulty developing connections and a sense of joint mission/purpose.

3:55pm-4:00pm
Closing Remarks

** The Expert Series reserves the right to alter the agenda without notice including substitution or cancellation of speakers and topics.