10 Steps to Becoming a Military Ready Employer

SHRM 2013 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: Learn how to develop and implement military-ready strategies from C-Suite buy-in, outreach and job design, to performance management and engagement.
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Drawing on extensive research, this fast-paced session addresses how to identify program and policy elements for military hiring that you need to consider: branding, communications, job design, sourcing, flexibility strategies, benefits, interviewing, on-boarding and assimilation, engagement and retention, performance management, development, training and succession planning, internal and external community engagement. You will learn how to define plan goals and measure and report the success of each strategy component. Leave this session with an understanding of the unique issues and special considerations for military-connected talent (former service members, Guard and Reservists, their spouses and family care givers) and discover similarities to other workplace talent issues and concerns that serve to easily bridge the solution process.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 17, 2013 - 7:00am to 8:15am

Sherrill A. Curtis, SPHR

Sherrill A.
Curtis, SPHR

Sherrill’s practice specializes in strategic human resource and business management solutions for global, small business and individual clients offering leadership development, culture transformation, coaching and communications. She is the researcher and author of SHRM’s toolkit “Behind the Lines: 10 Steps to Becoming a Military-Ready Employer; a frequent media resource; and advocate for integrative workplace strategies, improved legislation and military-transition programs that support successful transitions for military-connected talent.

Three of the six SHRM Pinnacle Award recognized programs she spearheaded support successful career transition for military talent. Special resource and educational events produced for clients and non-profits deliver a  “whole person” approach supporting the needs of military and their families.  Co-produced events include: the award wining Annual Stand Down in Morristown supporting at-risk and homeless veterans transition to self-sufficiency; and Annual Hiring & Resource Fair - a networking, hiring, conference experience for job seeking former military and employers.  Sherrill’s 25 plus years of volunteer leadership include Senior Advisory and Board roles for: “We Are Veterans” (national, led by PBS affiliate, WGVU); VETSweekNJ, hosted by Community Hope, Inc..; and Military & Veterans Affairs Director, Garden State-Council-SHRM.  In partnership with United Way Northern NJ, she developed and co-leads the state-wide coalition “NJ Supports Vets”. Her current projects include co-authoring: “PTS in the Workplace, “It’s Not Just a Veteran Issue” and a series of “Making the Connection” guides for employers, state councils and chapters to develop successful outreach with military talent. 

Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
Business Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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