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Recruit and Retain Military Service Members: Shifting from Veteran-Friendly to Veteran-Ready
Monday 10/19/2020 01:00 PM - 01:20 PM   Add to calendar
Intended Audience: All Levels
Workplace Application:
Understand how organizations can become veteran-ready and support the success of veterans' careers while boosting the business' competitive advantage. 

The world and the workplace have shifted dramatically as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. A significant number of corporations paused their efforts focused on building inclusive workplaces. The expectation among most corporate leaders is to 'restart' their I&D efforts after the business climate returns to normal. Newsflash, disruptions are the new normal! The pausing of inclusion efforts provides for a strong indication of its perceived value. This session will provide executives and HR decision makers with specific strategies to ensure that inclusion is viewed as integral to any viable business strategy.

Learning Objectives:

  • The difference between veteran-friendly vs. veteran-ready
  • Why companies should strive to be veteran-ready
  • The insights and learnings Microsoft have found as we became veteran-ready through the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy*
  • The steps any company can take to become veteran-ready 

*Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) provides the veteran community with an 18-week (or two 9-week terms) training for high-demand careers in cloud development, server and cloud administration, and cyber-security administration.

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Chris Cortez, Vice President of Military Affairs,