In the U.S. military, what matters is the teamwork and what can be accomplished together versus individually. We who served carry that lesson forward into civilian life once we take the uniform off for the last time.
There are many veteran entrepreneurs who have created business services, to partner with nonprofit groups, federal and state agencies, to lend our skills learned as civilians to reach back and pull up – we continue to serve – this time we serve our fellow military service members as they begin the next chapter of their lives as civilians. Why?
Because those of us who have crossed that chasm know how terrifying, dizzying and disorienting the transition can be. I often compare it to what it might feel like to arrive at a totally new planet…EVERYTHING and EVERYONE around you is different and many times, you feel alone, uncertain and discouraged. What you learned and helped you succeed on the first planet doesn’t help much on this one. Planet Civilian.
So Lance T. Walker, a fellow Air Force veteran with a Special Ops background who created the We Hire Heroes Network, one of the leading veteran employment resources on the web, decided to innovate.
Here’s the result: a 10-day VIRTUAL Summit that brings together 20 career and personal development professionals in a volunteer effort to ease the transition to civilian life. Lance had attended many other summits, events where an organizer gathered experts from one industry or other. He thought, Why not apply this technology to bring together those who serve military veterans and those in transition, and their spouses?
He looked around and saw it hadn’t been done before so he created it.
The first-ever online summit -brilliantly branded Civilian Boot Camp – kicks off May 14th and ends May 23rd when yours truly wraps up the Summit as the Closing Keynote. I am honored and humbled to join these 19 servant leaders.
See the entire speaker lineup, truly something for everyone – here at the event’s News Release. Or enjoy this one-minute video that describes the Summit’s objectives perfectly.
READY TO REGISTER FOR FREE? Here’s the link. Now….who can you share this blog post with who needs the knowledge? Needs a nudge? Needs a professional network filled with veterans ready to make new, valuable connections that will lead to next steps and career success?
Below is an image of the team; the list of speakers, hyperlinked to LinkedIn profiles is below it.
Please think of at least one person and share this post with him or her. They will thank you!
Antwain Thomas, USN (Ret.), “Business and Financial Strategies for Veterans”
Deanna Cowling, Transition Mentor, “Exploring Your Federal Career Options”
Deborrah Ashley, Civilian Supporter, “How to Grow Affluence by Building Influence”
Dylan Raymond, United States Army (Ret.), “Moving Swiftly from Deployment to Employment”
Francina Harrison, US Navy Spouse, ” Strategies for Re-Engineering Your Career”
Jenny W Clark, Civilian Supporter, “Secrets for Contracting with the Federal Government”
Lance T. Walker, USAF Veteran, “Why Veterans and Their Families Need a Boot Camp Out”
Lila Holley, United States Army (Ret.), “Sharing Female Veteran Transition Stories”
Lisa Nichols, Civilian Supporter, “Creating Your Best Destiny: Unlock Your Abundance”
Melissa Peavey, Civilian Supporter, “Discovering Your Passion & Activating Your Life’s Purpose”
Melissa Washington, USN Veteran, “Connecting and Empowering Female Veterans”
Michael Kissinger, United States Army (Ret.), ” Real Income Strategies for Military Spouses”
Michelle Tillis Lederman, Civilian Supporter, “Principles of Likability Leadership”
Sam P Lark Jr , US Air Force Spouse, “Using Social Media to Create Career Security”
Tom Wolfe, USN (Ret.), “Successful Career Strategies for Military Veterans”
Trevor O. D. Noel, USAF (Ret.), ” Putting the Human Back in Human Capital Acquisition”
Vivian Manghram-Favors, MBA, USN (Ret.) “Crowdfunding for Veteran- Owned Businesses”