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You hired a Veteran, now what? Supporting and retaining your Veteran team members.

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


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Presented by: 

Kevin Meenaghan and Sean Dalgarn

Many organizations make significant efforts to hire Veterans and military spouses. Yet nearly HALF of military Veterans leave their first job within the first year! Why is that? We know that organizations invest significant resources to hire people; what can we then do to increase retention of these highly capable new-hires.

During this engaging virtual presentation, we’ll get a better understanding into the mindset of a transitioned military Veteran. We will learn what we can do to support the Veteran and retain their talent.

Learning  Objectives

1.    Understand what military Veterans need in a work environment and why they leave their jobs.

2.    Explore what is needed by Veterans and best practices to support Veterans in their post-military careers.

3.    Understand some of the biases and stigmas that we have with Veterans and Service-members, and what to do about them.

About the Speakers

Kevin Meenaghan

Kevin Meenaghan, Chief Strategist and President of Wardroom Success Strategies, has first-hand experience and insight into the power of the Wardroom from 26 years as a Navy pilot and officer. His own personal leadership journey began in the Wardrooms and flight decks onboard Navy aircraft carriers, where his leadership abilities orchestrated the movements of hundreds of crew members as they assisted in the takeoff and landing of aircraft, and the employment of carrier strike group ships. Upon his transition from the military, Kevin shared his leadership knowledge as an executive coach and college associate professor of leadership and business management, and has facilitated the training of hundreds of leaders in business, nonprofit and government organizations. A 2014 graduate of Leadership Skagit, Kevin served as a facilitator for 5 years. Kevin is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Success Signals Communication Style trainer and DiSC trainer. Prior to founding Wardroom Success Strategies, Kevin also worked as a Navy Community Liaison and was the Academy Director at Cascades Job Corps for two years.

Kevin also facilitates Peer Support Training with Growing Veterans, providing 20 hours of training that is certified by the Washington State Mental Health Counselors Association.

Kevin holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the United States Naval Academy and a M.S. degree in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne University. He and his family live on a 20-acre farm in Mount Vernon.

Sean Dalgarn

Sean is the Executive Director of Growing Veterans in Lynden, WA, whose mission is to end isolation through creating purpose & belonging. Growing Veterans strives to accomplish this by growing food, community, and each other.

Sean served in the United States Airforce from 2005 to 2009 as a Security Forces airman. He deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2007, and to Kuwait in 2008. After an honorable discharge from active-duty service, Sean completed a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Human Services at Western Washington University. Growing Veterans provides Sean the opportunity to share his passion for sustainable agriculture and veteran advocacy.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, 10/21/2021, 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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