Seeing the Whole Person: Preparing Veterans for the Civilian Workforce
- State a business case for hiring military-connected individuals specific to their organizations;
- Identify what makes a military-connected individual unique and valuable;
- Consider a plan for effective recruiting, hiring, and on-boarding of military-connected;
- Begin thinking of how to create a belonging culture to insure military-connected inclusion.
When you think of hiring veterans, what are the first things that come to mind? Right. Those are the first things that cross the minds of every HR professional and hiring manager as they start to think of adding veterans and military-connected individuals to their organizations. Join this session and participate as we dissect to the many moving parts that make recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans and military-connected individuals successful.
Judith Tavano, LERN-CPP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Special Project Coordinator Office of Diversity and Inclusion at University of Arkansas
Judith is currently special project coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arkansas with the remit to build a program to help all military-connected individuals prepare for the civilian workforce and to train employers to better recruit, hire, engage, and retain the military-connected. Judith serves as the chair of workforce readiness for NOARK. In this role, she has initiated a number of workplace outreach activities and is an active member of the Northwest Arkansas Council’s workforce committee. As a long-time HR educator, Judith has assisted hundreds of HR professionals in the state of Arkansas and beyond to achieve their bachelor’s degrees in Workforce Development and/or professional certification. Judith is a frequently requested HR trainer and speaker who most recently presented at the Arkansas State HR Conference on the workplace challenges faced by retiring and separating military officers. Judith holds a B.A. and M.A. from Simmons University, Boston, and the international designations of Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and Certified Program Planner (CCP) from LERN. Judith believes that the employing military-connected is an economic development imperative for Arkansas. The strategic inclusion of military-connected individuals into the northwest Arkansas workforce will not only create opportunities for military-connected individuals but also for the employers who will employ them, and the region as a whole.