Strategies to Retain and Engage Military Veterans

SHRM 2012 Talent Management Conference
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Workplace Application: This session will provide a solid overview of retention issues specific to military veterans and provide solutions to overcome them.

Over 180,000 service men and women transition annually from military jobs to civilian life. The unemployment rate for veterans soared to 15.2 percent in January — the highest rate recorded since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking this data in 2006. In order to stay competitive in the global marketplace, where the war for talent is more present, you need to take advantage of this untapped section of the workforce. You will learn the common frustrations military veterans have with civilian employers that, if not mitigated, will cause them to leave. Service members have different integration needs, and vet-to-vet mentoring can be a challenge if you don't have a lot of former military employees. A veteran employee resource group can provide more than just employee engagement; it can drive real business value if leveraged properly. We will also cover recommended HR programs and policies to support military employees still serving in the National Guard and Reserves and their family members to ensure you hold on to your investment.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Lisa Rosser


Lisa Rosser is on a mission to help organizations improve their veteran recruiting and retention. Her unique background with years of experience in both military and human resources is what makes her the ideal person for training human resource professionals how to recruit, hire, and retain military veterans for employment.

Lisa's military career includes 10 years of Active Army duty and 11 years of service with the Army Reserve, including 2-1/2 years of mobilization after the events of 9-11. During her Active Duty time she participated in 3 major engagements (Gulf War, Somalia, and Bosnia). Her Army Reserve career focused on operations and performance management, recruiting, placement, training, and skills development. She retired from the Army Reserve in July 2011 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Lisa's civilian career capitalized on her Human Resources and Training military experiences into an eight year career at Accenture, a Global Fortune 500 consulting firm. In 2007, Lisa founded The Value Of a Veteran and published an employer guide to recruiting the military. The enthusiastic response to the hiring guide led to workshops for corporate, government and higher education organizations, as well as webinars on critical military hiring topics.

Chesapeake DEF
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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