OUR FALL, 2019 AGENDA
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Registration and Continental Breakfast – Sponsored by ETF Global
Welcome and Opening Remarks – VETS Indexes and Military Times
Morning Keynote Address: Bob Jones
Successful Veteran Recruitment and Retention
Just a few years ago, veteran unemployment was at crisis levels and companies didn’t have to work too hard to recruit employees with military backgrounds. Now, the latest generations of Vets are essentially at full employment levels and many of the country’s biggest companies are aggressively seeking veteran talent. In this new competitive environment, companies must work harder to recruit top veteran talent. This expert panel will discuss the best ways to optimize the results of this process including: creating vet-specific recruiting teams, attending vet job fairs and networking through existing veteran employees.
Military Spouse and Family Support
Where would your career be right now if you had to move around the country every few years because of your spouse’s job? Military spouses must build their careers despite this huge obstacle and several others. Through their policies and practices, companies can help military spouses overcome these challenges. We will explore what actions companies can take to keep their military spouses even as they move around the country, to support spouses and families when their service members are deployed, and to bring more military spouses into their ranks.
Veteran Employee Resource Groups
For many service members, one of the hardest part of transitioning out of the military is losing the unique sense of camaraderie and joint purpose inherent in military service. A strong employee resource group can help address this for a company’s employees, recreating an environment of camaraderie with people who have similar backgrounds. This panel will explore the different forms such groups can take, the activities and services they provide and benefits they can have both for veteran employees and the companies they work at.
Lunch and Networking Reception
Afternoon Keynote: TBD
Recently Separated Veterans Panel
A panel discussion with a group of service members who transitioned out of the military recently, discussing their difficulties, successes and lessons learned.
Disabled Veterans in the Workplace
Some service members leave the military different than they entered it. They may have experienced significant physical trauma, such as the loss of a limb. They may carry mental burdens, such as PTSD or TBI. But despite these challenges, disabled veterans are a highly talented labor pool, filled with job candidates that will become integral parts of the companies they join. This panel will discuss how companies can find disabled vet talent, what sorts of accommodations such vets might need, and what laws mandate related to disabled veterans.
Partnering with the Government
Over the last decade, federal agencies have dedicated themselves to supporting veteran employment like never before. This includes the Veterans Affairs Department and Defense Department, as well as agencies that you might not immediately associate with vets, such as the Labor and Education departments. Congress also often seeks to address vet employment issues through legislation and hearings. This panel will explore ways that businesses can work with such government groups to find vet recruits, ways they can help you support your veteran and reservist employees and the rules surrounding veteran employment that companies need to know.
Cocktail Networking Reception
** The Expert Series reserves the right to alter the agenda without notice including substitution or cancellation of speakers and topics.