Our inaugural Conference was a huge success! Besides being well-attended, our first event served as a lunching pad for many successful conferences to come. We encouraged (and always do) feedback from everyone – from vendor, sponsor, speaker and attendee – and all of the comments were positive and lifting. We thank you for such a great kick off. Below are the highlights!

Opening Keynote Address

Vice President of Military Affairs

Afternoon Keynote Address

Director of Investment Products
JUST Capital

Recruiting Top Veteran Talent

Moderator: Nicholas Antaki, Director of Marketing, VETS Indexes
Carol Eggert, SVP Military & Veteran Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal
Chris Davison, Veteran Recruiting & Warrior Integration Program Manager, BAE Systems
James Perduto, Head of Global Talent Acquisition & Mobility, First Data
Tommy Jones, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition, Military & Diversity Recruiting – Verizon

Retaining New Vet Hires

Moderator: Brian Rathjen, President, Roberts & Ryan
Scott Leishman, Assistant Director of Career Services, West Point Association of Graduates
Andrew Morton, Director, Social Engagement, Society for Human Resource Management
Keith Nattrass, Director, Military & Veteran Affairs, General Motors Defense LLC
Jim Beamesderfer, Vice President, Veterans Initiatives – Prudential Financial

Hard and Soft Skills: What Vets Bring

Moderator: George Altman, Editor, Military Times Rebootcamp
Jeffrey Jack, Veterans Employment Program Manager, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Mike Miller, Chief, Private and Public Engagement, DoD, Transition to Veterans Program Office
Chris Crace, Military/Veterans Affairs Leader, Ernst & Young
Christopher McManus, Executive Director, Veteran and Spouses Hiring Program, Accenture

Building a Strong Veteran Culture

Moderator: Leo Shane III, Deputy Editor, Military Times
Michael Kelly, AVP, Military Affairs, USAA
Gerry Borja, Sr D&I Program Manager, Oracle HR Diversity and Inclusion, Oracle
Rosalinda Maury, Dir of Applied Research and Analytics, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University
John Tien, Managing Director – Citi

Supporting Spouses and Military Families

Moderator: Christine Aquino, VP, Business Operations, Sightline Media Group/Military Times
Cheryl Endres, Advisor, Military Programs, LaQuinta by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Chip Hawkins, Diversity & Military Talent Program Lead – Manager, Talent Acquisition, Aetna
Liz O’Brien, Senior Director, Military Spouse Program, Hiring Our Heroes/U.S. Chamber of Commerce
William Pishotta, National Military Recruiting Program Manager – Combined Insurance
Laura Schmiegel, Head of Military and Veteran Affairs – Booz Allen Hamilton

Sharing Your Employees

Moderator: Karl Snyder, Chief Market Strategist, VETS Indexes
Bruce Townshend, Chief, Employer Engagement, DoD l ESGR
John Tansill, Head of Veterans Program, FDM Group
Jamal Jessie, Senior Military Recruiting Consultant – Southern Company

Partner Recognition

New York City Veterans Alliance
Wild Bills
Bob Woodruff Foundation