From War to Workplace: Strategies for Recruiting and Hiring Veterans with Disabilities

2014 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: This session provides resources and practical strategies for hiring, retaining and accommodating veterans with disabilities in the workplace.
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Many of the 2.5 million troops deployed since 9/11 are now transitioning to the civilian workforce, a situation that poses challenges to both HR practitioners and veterans, some of which may have newly acquired disabilities. Learn how to develop a veteran focused recruitment strategy and capitalize on resources for attracting, hiring and retaining veterans with disabilities. This session addresses common questions surrounding applicability of military service to civilian jobs and types of accommodations that may ensure productive performance. 

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Judy Young


Judy Young is Associate Director at the Executive Education of Cornell University’s ILR School. She is responsible for the instructional design and management of public workshops and custom programs for HR and D&I practitioners seeking to advance their skills and leverage equity and inclusion for organizational effectiveness.  Judy’s focus is on developing and sharing strategies for effectively balancing legal obligations with promising practices that promote respectful and inclusive work environments for all.  Judy’s special interest and expertise include the inclusion of workers with disabilities and veterans and she has assisted many organizations in their efforts to increase the integration of these groups in the workplace. Judy  is a frequent presenter at major diversity, employment, and veteran-focused conferences and she is a member of the speaker’s bureau of the Society of Human Resource Management.   

Kathleen Lee


Kathleen joined Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) in April 2010, in a dual role as Project Coordinator of the Research and Technical Assistance Center on Vocational Rehabilitation Program Management and Business Outreach Specialist for the National Technical Assistance, Policy, and Research Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities.

Kathleen's prior experience includes more than fifteen years in job placement and business outreach. She has extensive work experience in providing technical assistance to national and regional employers in the areas of accommodations, accessibility and adaptive technology, recruitment, and retention. Kathleen has numerous years of executive management experience including federal employment grants funded through the Department of Labor, Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Social Security Administration. Other areas of experience include human resources, grant proposal writing, research, and program evaluation.

Her primary interests center on organizational culture and strategic human resources management of diversified workplaces that are inclusive of people with disabilities and veterans with disabilities. She is active in working with veterans in her community through the American Legion Auxiliary Post 422.

Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Business Acumen
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