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Unlocking the Potential of the Veteran and Military Spouse Workforce

  • 30 Sep 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Zoom Meeting


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Unlocking the Potential of the Veteran and Military Spouse Workforce

Presented by: 

Christine Moreland, SHRM-SCP, SPHR and
Agnieszka Samsel, SHRM-CP, PHR

Every year, around 200,000 service members transition to civilian life, but many employers are unsure how to recruit and retain this important segment of the workforce. We also know that military spouses are an often untapped talent pool. Of the 600,000-plus military spouses, the Department of Defense estimates 25% are unemployed.

In this fast-paced and interactive webinar, we will share:
- Why organizations should consider hiring veterans and military spouses
- Building a business case to hire veterans and military spouses
- Benefits of hiring from these underutilized talent pools
- What’s keeping employers from maximizing the potential of the veteran workforce
- Solutions for better veteran hiring
- Resources to assist your organization with reaching veterans and military spouses

This webinar is a part of the SHRM / USAA Foundation Ambassador program.

Learning  Objectives

1. Understand the employment barriers, challenges, AND assets of the military community as well as the different employment needs of veterans and military spouses.

2. Become familiar with the current employment trends related to the military community including unemployment rates for veterans and military spouses.

3. Learn to articulate the employment business case for hiring from the military community.

4. Learn best practices across the employee lifecycle, applying HR strategies to military-connected employees.

About the Speakers

Christine Moreland, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Christine has been in the Human Resources field for 20 years and considers herself a generalist, but has extensive knowledge in many specialized areas of HR.

Currently Christine is volunteering as a USAA/SHRM Foundation Ambassador which she has been doing for the past 4 years with their Veteran’s Initiative program.  She created a partnership with the WA State SHRM and the YesVets during her time as the Workforce Readiness Director and continues to stay involved with the YesVets program and assists in planning events, presenting workshops for their annual Recognition and Resource Showcase and continues to promote the recruiting, hiring, and retention of veterans and military spouses.

She has volunteered on the WA State SHRM Board of Directors for 8 years in the following roles:  Diversity Director, Secretary, Executive Assistant, and Workforce Readiness Director. (Served 2 years in each role).

In addition, she has volunteered on her local SHRM Chapter Board of Directors in the following roles:  Secretary, Program Development, Workforce Readiness Director, President Elect, President, Past President, and Webmaster. 

Christine is active in her community and has created a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization (ACCESS TRI-CITIES) which helps educate the community and local businesses regarding the benefit of hiring individuals with disabilities.  The organization has been hosting an annual Recognition, Training and Job fair (1-day event) for the past 7 years which consists of hosting a recognition breakfast for employers who are leading the way in recruiting, hiring, and retaining, individuals with disabilities, providing workshops on relevant topics to help employers better connect with individuals with disabilities and concluding with a job fair.

 Agnieszka Samsel, SHRM-CP, PHR

Human Resources expert with cross-cultural experience and people analytics competency. Aga served in HR positions in finance, shipbuilding, retail, and hospitality industries. She lived and worked in Poland, Ecuador, and Spain, which allowed her to gain global commerce knowledge and appreciation for global cultures. Her education in economics and business administration provided her with a strong foundation of statistics, data analysis and ability to see the ‘big picture’ and make recommendations on how to increase organizational performance. Aga believes in leveraging people-related analytics to drive business decisions, improve efficiency and elevate employee experience.

Aga is a military spouse and is volunteering as a USAA/SHRM Foundation Ambassador, helping businesses understand the value the military community brings to the civilian workforce and the best practices to attract, hire, and retain these high-potential labor forces.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, 09/30/2021 from 11:30am to 1:00pm for this presentation.

Zoom webinar details will be emailed separately after registration and prior to the event.

Meeting Agenda: 

11:30am- Webcast Opens

11:40am- Announcements and Networking 

12:00pm- Presentation

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