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March Chapter Meeting: Talent Solution: Transitioning Veterans

  • 03/13/2018
  • 11:45 AM - 1:45 PM
  • UofL Delphi Center, Founders Hall, 450 Whittington Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40222


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Talent Solution: Transitioning Veterans

This meeting will start promptly at 11:45 a.m.

This presentation is focused on the core challenge of translation & transferability when it comes to military veterans’ skills/experience when considering them for employment. The basis of the presentation aligns to the great research quote from the Institute for Veterans & Military Families (IVMF), Syracuse University – “Guide to Leading Policies, Practices & Resources”: “Employers…cite practical impediments to executing a veteran-focused employment strategy.  Such impediments form the basis of tension between external pressures based on ‘doing right’ by America’s veterans, and the practical realities associated with managing a fair, efficient, and effective human resources practice.” 

The presentation will start with the WHY you can choose to focus on hiring veterans; clearly identify the problem by making the business case – “The Challenge”; dive into “The Evidence”; shift the business case to the practical; then end with a call to action.


10:45 - 11:15 New Member Orientation
11:15-11:45 Networking & Lunch
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Sponsor Break
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
12:30-1:15  Translation and Transfer-ability
1:15-1:35 Why Should You Consider Hiring a Veteran?
Networking Event: Connect-A-Vet


The speakers will discuss the challenge of translation & transferability when it comes to military veterans’ skills/experience when considering them for employment.

James Tongate James Tongate

Program Manager of Military & Veterans Affairs

Human Resources - Talent Acquisition (Marsh & McLennan Companies)

James Tongate develops, executes and manages the high-value, high-touch military sourcing strategy via the enterprise Veteran Talent Initiative (VTI) program. He builds and sustains active talent pipelines for each of the five international Marsh & McLennan operating companies; manages metrics on candidate flow, progress, preparation of candidates, performance, & retention; assists in driving the employee life cycle approach to ensure retention and performance metrics remain high; and drives business value of the VTI program as the brand ambassador for internal / external partners, the program’s executive sponsors, as well as executive leadership.

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Cecilia ClarkCecilia Clark

Cecilia A. Clark (Cici) is currently a Sr. HR Generalist at Schwan’s Company.  She is a native Galvestonian and proud Texan with a strong military and human resources background.  She enlisted in the United State Army in April 2005, and served multiple enlistments with both active and reserve components, including a year-long deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After serving over 10 years and earning the rank of Staff Sergeant, she received an honorable discharge in 2015.  During her time in the service, she worked as a Bell 407 helicopter mechanic and then transitioned to working full-time in human resources.  Cici graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and from the University of Houston-Downtown with her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management and Business Development. After leaving active duty, she worked as a talent acquisition and talent management consultant providing veteran recruiting and social media branding strategies for clients. She also worked at NextOp, Inc., a veteran recruiting firm in the Houston area.

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Michelle DeJohn

Michelle DeJohn brings more than 15 years of management workforce development experience to the position of Employer Customer Service Manager for the Kentucky Career Center. In addition to more than a decade of working in Kentucky state government, Michelle has five years of prior experience in the private sector as the Human Resources and Training Department manager with Tele-Quest Teleservices. 

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