APRIL, 2024 | NEW YORK CITY AND VIRTUAL

SPRING 2024 CONFERENCE
AGENDA

Thank You for Attending

Hosted by VETS Indexes, this semi-annual conference included discussions of best practices and challenges related to veteran employment, recognition of companies going above and beyond for vets and their families, and lots of opportunities to network. The bi-yearly conference is designed to offer attendees actionable tools and information to establish and build upon veteran initiatives. It also provides a great opportunity to network with peers from leading companies.

VIDEO REPLAYS

(All Times Are Eastern Time)

8:00am-8:45am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45am-9:00am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

George Altman
President | VETS Indexes

9:00am-9:30am

Keynote Speaker – Michael Miller
Director of the Military-Civilian Transition Office, U.S. Department of Defense

The Military-Civilian Transition Office (MCTO) is a function within the Defense Human Resource Activity’s Defense Support Services Center. MCTO designs, supports, oversees, and evaluates the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP), SkillBridge Program, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP), and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon initiatives (BYR). MCTO provides streamlined transition and reintegration services to efficiently deliver resources, training, information, and deployment-cycle support to transitioning service members, members of the National Guard and Reserve, and their families worldwide.

Mike is a retired U.S. Army “Soldier for Life” who completed Chief Human Capital Officer assignments at U.S. Army installation, Division, and Corps; strategic enterprise assignments in Department of the Army, joint, and multi-national headquarters; and operational deployments in Somalia and Afghanistan.

9:30am-10:15am

5 Star Employer Best Practices for Supporting Military Spouses & Families

MODERATOR

George Altman
President | VETS Indexes

PANELISTS

Josh Deason
Military Talent Acquisition Partner | Southern Company

Susan DeWitt Christ
Culture & Inclusion Veterans Program Manager | Oracle

Jezebel Rivera
Vice President of Talent Acquisition | Fiserv

Nikita Wallace
Manager, Military Talent Attraction | Spectrum

10:15am-10:35am

Morning Break & Networking Session

10:35am-11:20am

Higher Education: The Secret Pipeline for Veteran Talent

MODERATOR

Jared Lyon
President & CEO | Student Veterans of America

PANELISTS

Matthew Butler
Senior Director of Military and Veterans’​ Services | Fordham University Office of Military and Veterans’ Services

Brett Gagnon
Senior Vice President, Chief Enterprise Architect | Fulton Bank

John Lees
Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition | Serco

11:20am-12:05pm

Are Your Automated CRM and ATS Systems Filtering Out Top Military-Connected Candidates?

MODERATOR

Patrick Sence
Program Manager, DE&I | General Dynamics Bath Iron Works

PANELISTS

Scott Hamilton
Military Recruiting Program Leader | NextEra Energy

Ahmond Hill
Director of Career Services | West Point Association of Graduates

Marcus “Ohley” Ohlenforst
HR Military Workforce Strategist, Chief of Staff Officer | USAA

Matt Watkins
Military Program Manager | Premise Health

12:05pm-1:05pm

Luncheon and Networking

1:05pm-1:50pm

Rank Bias: The Misguided Preference for Officers and Higher Ranks – and How Your Organization Can Capitalize by Finding Great Enlisted Talent

MODERATOR

Chris Munsey
Senior Manager of the Operating Model | United Rentals

PANELISTS

Sidney Covington
Veterans Engagement Associate | AmeriVet Securities

James Tongate
Vice President, Government & Military Relations | BeneLynk

Nathan Wilson
Manager, Business Continuity Risk | GXO Logistics

Rob Arndt
Founder & CEO | Buffer Springs

1:50pm-2:35pm

Leveraging Military Leaders: How Veterans on Your Board and in Your C-Suite Can Improve Corporate Governance

MODERATOR

TJ Martin
Senior Military Recruiting Program Manager | USIC

PANELISTS

Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)
Senior Director, Transition and Member Services | Military Officers Association of America

Torrey Garrison
Vice-President of EHS/Leadership Development | Performance Contractors

CSM Scott Laczynski
Command Sergeant Major | New York City Recruiting Battalion – U.S. Army

Elizabeth Valade
Owner/Command OIC/Board Member | Pro Level Baseball Group/K9 Kavalry

2:35pm-2:55pm

Afternoon Break & Networking Session

2:55pm-3:40pm

The Best Programs and Resources in 2024 to Connect Employers with Transitioning Veterans

MODERATOR

Ellis Mensah, MBA
Clinical Supply Project Manager | Merck

PANELISTS

Fatina Brave
Director Talent Acquisition | Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Richard Comitz
Chief Operating Officer | American Corporate Partners

Lucie Piper, LMSW
Director of Development | Military Spouse Ambassador Network (MSAN)

Len Tokar
Manager, Associate Solutions | Public Consulting Group

3:40pm-4:25pm

The Veteran Perspective: Understanding the Modern Military Veteran Workforce

MODERATOR

Bruce Townshend
Chief – Employer Engagement | ESGR, DoD

PANELISTS

Aaron Knowles
Deputy Director of Public Affairs | 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) – U.S. Army

Kristen Schmalz
Clinical Recruiter | Select Medical

Brian Brooks
Talent Acquisition Manager | Knowles Precision Systems

4:25pm-4:30

Closing Remarks

4:30pm-5:30pm

Networking Cocktail Reception