Last week, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) held a military career fair in Washington DC, giving our service members, veterans and their spouses a chance to connect with meaningful employment opportunities from nearly 100 employers.
This career fair was especially impactful because of its focus on military spouses, who have sometimes been out of the workforce for extended periods of time. The day included two motivational workshops for military spouses, which left them feeling confident and lifted.
“I was inspired, rejuvenated and ready to confront the challenges of job-hunting,” said Beth Jarvis, an Army veteran and military spouse.
Carol Fishman Cohen, the co-founder of a company called iRelaunch.com, led the morning workshop. Carol shared her story of returning to work after 11 years out of the workforce, as well as case studies of real military spouses who went back to work after a long absence.
“The session with Carol was entirely relevant and the information she shared was rich food for thought and immediately actionable,” said military spouse Cornelia Mason.
The afternoon lunch and employer panel included, Vice President of HR for Sears Holdings Sherry Nolan-Schultz and Time Warner Cable Washington Bureau Chief Jennifer Babich, both military spouses. They joined Pamela Hardy, senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, and Pamela Green, Vice President at the Society for Human Resource Management.
“You could not have put together a more authoritative, inspiring and dynamic panel of speakers for the lunch session,” Mason said.
Jane Watrel, a News4 journalist and a military spouse, moderated the panel and produced a story about the day. Check out the coverage and learn more about MOAA’s career conferences here.
MOAA’s career fair highlights employment, an important focus of Joining Forces. The First Lady and Dr. Biden have both been leaders in calling on Americans to hire veterans and military spouses, and the results have been extraordinary. Throughout the nation, over 60,000 veterans and military spouses have been hired, and companies have committed to hiring more than 160,000 veterans and military spouses in the coming years. Through efforts like those of MOAA, we are hiring American heroes and inspiring them to their greatest potential.
Brad Cooper is the Executive Director of Joining Forces.