Northern Virginia Technology Council | Press Room | NVTC Celebrates Veterans Employment Initiative Anniversary

September 23, 2014
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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.
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.

David Lucien of DCL Associates.
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:

  • Susan Fallon of Monster Government Solutions described the recruiter tools on NoVaTechVets.org, including free job postings and veteran resume search

  • Duncan Barry of The MITRE Corporation introduced the VETWORKING program, a personal and professional development program for veterans and transitioning service members which combines elements of networking and mentoring

  • Mike Bruni of Leidos described the VEI HR working group’s efforts to educate member companies on best practices in recruiting, hiring, training and retaining veterans

  • Tim Cook of Commanders Inc. discussed how the Government Affairs working group advocates for legislative issues related to veterans employment

  • Jane-Scott Cantus of the ILEX Group, who leads the VEI Outreach working group, announced the creation of two new programs to recognize companies and individuals who support veteran hiring and the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative through outreach to employers, veterans and the media.

  • Mary MacPherson of M2WORKS LLC and Northern Virginia Community College highlighted how the Education working group is trying to identify pathways to professional opportunities through higher education and professional certifications, with a particular focus on work-based experiences for veteran students in the coming year.

    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.

    David Lucien of DCL Associates.
    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:

  • Signing up for a recruiting day or webinar
  • Utilizing the employer tools and job postings on NoVaTechVets.org
  • Joining a VEI working group
  • Committing to host a VETWORKING cohort
  • Hosting a veteran student intern
  • Helping to recruit other members and partners to join the VEI

    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.