NVTC Celebrates Veterans Employment Initiative Anniversary
On Tuesday, September 23, NVTC hosted a briefing to celebrate the anniversary and highlight the programs of the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI). NVTC Board member and VEI Co-Chair David Lucien of DCL Associates kicked off the event, which was hosted at ICF International in Fairfax, by sharing some of the Initiative’s goals and successes since it was launched in August 2013.
|David Lucien of DCL Associates, co-chair of the Initiative, kicked off the event with his remarks.|
These accomplishments include meeting with staff from the White House’s Joining Forces program and the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor and Defense; hosting two recruiting events to match companies with transitioning service members; serving as a private sector advisor to the Virginia Department of Veterans Services; proposing legislation that was passed by the Virginia General Assembly; and expanding the job board nationally in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association and 10 other national technology associations. Lucien also shared the success of the Inaugural NVTC Sporting Clays Tournament, which raised funds for the VEI, and recognized Northrop Grumman’s commitment to donate $250,000 to the Initiative over the next two years.
|Leaders of the VEI’s volunteer working groups shared the Initiative’s programs and how members and partners can get more involved.|
Following Lucien’s remarks, attendees heard from the leaders of the VEI’s volunteer working groups about the Initiative’s programs and how members and partners can get more involved:
Other speakers at the briefing included Virginia Deputy Secretary of Veterans Services and Military Affairs John Newby, who discussed the Commonwealth’s V3 program and the collaborative relationship between the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and NVTC, and Julie Hoyte, a participant in NVTC’s VETWORKING program, about the value of that program for transitioning service members and veterans.
|Monster’s Steve Cooker, co-chair of the Initiative, closed the program by outlining the Veterans Employment Initiative’s goals for 2015 and asking for the audience’s support.|
VEI Co-Chair Steve Cooker of Monster Government Solutions closed the program by outlining the Veterans Employment Initiative’s goals for 2015 and asking attendees to commit their companies’ support and their personal time to the Initiative by:
He concluded by asking attendees and their companies to consider making a donation to the NVTC Foundation to help grow the programs of the VEI, serve more companies and get more veterans hired in our technology community.