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    GMHRA Meeting & Educational Presentation - Creating Successful Military Employment Opportunities

    Date: August 9, 2019, 7:30am – 10:00am
    Heritage Family Credit Union
    30 Allen Street, Rutland, VT 05701
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    Meeting Agenda

    7:30 - 7:45 am

    Networking and Breakfast

    7:45 - 8:30 am

    Business Meeting

    8:30 – 10:00 am

    Presentation; 25 WebEx seats available

    Approved for 2.5 Professional Development Credits

    Presentation Materials will be distributed on Thursday. Certificate of Attendance for SHRM & HRCI will be distributed at the meeting and to those participating by GoToMeeting.
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    Tapping Ready Talent: Creating Successful Military Employment Opportunities

    An estimated 250,000 U.S. military members enter civilian life each year and more than 980,000 Americans serve in the reserve and national guard. These brave men and women possess an array of leadership, business, and technical skills that make them a valuable asset to any organization. Yet despite their vast potential, many struggle making the transition to the civilian sector or maintaining rewarding careers while serving in a reserve capacity. Veterans and reservists find it difficult to translate their service into skills and experience that would resonate with civilian employers. Conversely, many employers report difficulty in retaining veterans and reservists due to poor cultural fit, misaligned skills, and job location.

    In this session, we will provide participants with a basic understanding of military cultural awareness for anyone who works with, lives with, or cares for our military Veterans. In conjunction with SHRM Foundation, we can help employers, educators, healthcare providers, and community organizations mitigate the challenges present in building an inclusive organization where all employees thrive, and organizations achieve success. Participants will leave with a firm understanding on how to use the 3 Ps in conjunction with Gallup’s Q12 along with how to build trust and establish authenticity using the 3 Cs.

    Participants in this session will learn:
    1. How to recognize, understand and appreciate a military veteran.
    2. How to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with veterans and reservists.
    3. A process to attract veterans and reservists to inspire and create resonance.
    4. How to refine your hiring and retention strategies to support successful veteran and reservist integration.
    5. How to leverage the individual talents of veterans and reservists within the workplace to support long-term, mutually beneficial success.

    Melissa Norman is the Director of Human Resources Operations with Casella Waste Systems and volunteer Inclusion Captain for the SHRM Foundation and currently serves as the Workforce Development & Veteran Initiatives Director for the SHRM Vermont State Council and as the Vice President of Membership for the Green Mountain HR Association. Melissa is a career HR leader with a focus on creating engaging and rewarding workplaces by developing strategic talent acquisition practices and total rewards strategies that align employee talent with successful operational outcomes. Her career began with the National Life Group providing her with a solid foundation of HR knowledge and innovative practices that served to springboard her career onto the Southwestern Vermont VNA & Hospice, Central Vermont Public Service and later Green Mountain Power, and then King Arthur Flour. Melissa is a graduate of Norwich University and resides in Rutland, Vermont. Her son is an Army officer serving with the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum, NY.

    David Wheel, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP is the Program Support Specialist with the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR). Dave served as a US Army Field Artillery Officer from 1973 to 1978 and then as an Officer with the Vermont Army National Guard until 1995. Dave volunteers as the ESGR Liaison and At-Large Director with the SHRM Vermont State Council and also as the Technology Director for the River Valley HR Association. Currently, Dave works to promote a culture in which all Vermont employers support and value the military service of their employees. He provides direction and support for the implementation of the ESGR program in Vermont, providing education, recognition, and mediation regarding the rights and responsibilities available under federal law for Guard men and women, reservists, and their employers. Dave is a graduate of the University of Vermont and holds a Master’s in Administration from St. Michael’s College. Dave resides in Claremont, New Hampshire.