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Webcast: Helping Military Members Transition to the Civilian Workplace

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Presented in partnership with the SHRM Foundation and the SHRM Ohio State Council

Presenter: Lisa Rosser, Value of a Veteran

June 2012 (available through June 2, 2013)
Program length: 60 minutes

Over 180,000 service men and women transition annually from military jobs to civilian life. With this influx of veteran talent, it is critical that supervisors are prepared for their role in helping those military members make a good assimilation into this new culture. Untrained supervisors can inadvertently hinder a service member's transition through careless thoughts or actions. This program will review strategies for getting the most from these valued workers. You will learn the common frustrations military veterans have with civilian employers, which, if not remedied, can cause them to leave. Service members have different integration needs, and vet-to-vet mentoring can be a challenge if you don't have a lot of former military employees. A veteran employee resource group can provide more than just employee engagement; it can drive real business value if leveraged properly. The program will also cover what USERRA means for employers and recommended HR programs and policies to support military employees still serving in the National Guard and Reserves and their family members.

About the speaker: Lisa Rosser is a consultant, author, speaker and workshop leader. Her military career includes 10 years of active Army duty and 11 years of service with the Army Reserve, including more than two years years of mobilization after the events of 9/11. During her active duty time she participated in three major engagements (Gulf War, Somalia, and Bosnia). Her Army Reserve career focused on operations and performance management, recruiting, placement, training, and skills development. She retired from the Army Reserve in July 2011 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In civilian life, Ms. Rosser has provided insight from her HR and military experiences. She worked at Accenture, a Fortune 500 consulting firm. In 2007, she founded The Value Of a Veteran. Her clients include a number of Fortune 500 companies, including several already recognized in G.I. Jobs magazine's "Top 100 Military-Friendly" employers. Ms. Rosser is the author on a leading book on the topic of military hiring, "The Value of a Veteran: The Guide for Human Resource Professionals to Regarding, Recruiting, and Retaining Military Veterans." That books continues to elicit praise from within the HR and diversity communities for its detailed overview of the elements of effective veteran hiring programs

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