Hiring Our Heroes: Virtual Career Fair Town Hall

FRESNO (KFSN) — KFSN-TV is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative and Disney’s Veterans Institute for a virtual town hall on August 10.

The purpose of this town hall meeting is to prepare job seekers in the military community for the August 31 Hiring Our Heroes – Virtual Career Fair event.

Click here to register as a job seeker or employer at the virtual job fair on August 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You can watch Town Hall here or by using our ABC30 app on Roku, FireTV, Apple TV, and Android TV.

We’ll be joined by a panel of experts to answer live questions about how to help veterans and military spouses make a successful transition to a civilian career.

Panelists include:

  • Cappy Surette – Senior Manager, Executive and External Communications at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products and retired US Navy Captain
  • Meredith Lozar – Vice President, Army & Veterans at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and wife of an active duty United States Marine Corps serviceman
  • Phil Martin – Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise Holdings, Inc. and former US Marine
  • Sonia Garza – Manager of the Military Spouse Scholarship Program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and wife of an active duty U.S. Army Special Forces member
  • Beau Higgins – Senior Manager, Military Affairs at Amazon.com and retired US Marine Corps officer
  • Check out the following resources for veterans, military spouses, and families:

    Disney careers/heroes work here: Disney has a long history of respect and appreciation for the United States Armed Forces. Announced in 2012, Heroes Work Here is a company-wide initiative to hire, train and support returning veterans. Search for open positions based on your Armed Forces career field, military rank range, and preferred place of work. See also Apprenticeship & Development to find additional career readiness videos and tools to help you prepare for the next step in your career.

    Hire our heroes: We connect the military community – service members, military spouses, and veterans – with American businesses to create economic opportunity and a strong, diverse workforce.

    AVD: DAV is dedicated to one goal, to enable veterans to lead high quality lives with respect and dignity.

    Wounded Warrior Project: Each warrior has a next mission. We know that the transition to civilian life is a journey. And for every warrior, family member, and caregiver, that journey is different. We are here for their first step, and every step after that. Because we believe every warrior should have a positive future to look forward to.

    The Bob Woodruff Foundation: We navigate a maze of more than 46,000 nonprofit organizations to find, fund and shape innovative programs in the communities where our veterans, their families and caregivers live and work. BWF relies on partnerships with leading nonprofits, corporations, military, and government to meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans and their families.

    The mission continues: The Mission Continues is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers veterans to continue their service and empowers communities with talent, skills, and readiness to generate visible impact.

    USO: The USO strengthens American military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation.

    American Corporate Partners (ACP): American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a national nonprofit organization that helps returning veterans and active-duty spouses find their next career through one-on-one mentoring, networking, and online career advice.

    US Department of Veterans Affairs: VA for Vets, run by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, has everything a veteran needs to begin the career transition.

    Veteran Students of America: Through a network of more than 1,500 campus chapters, Student Veterans of America ensures that student veterans and military-related students realize their greatest potential.

    DOD SkillBridge: The DOD SkillBridge Program is an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through industry-specific training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service. SkillBridge connects Service members with industry partners through real-world work experiences.

    USAA: USAA is dedicated to the financial security of service members, veterans and their families. We provide expert advice, a full suite of financial products, and top-notch service that lets you know you’re part of the USAA family.

    Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP): The Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) connects military spouses with hundreds of employer partners who are committed to recruiting, hiring, promoting and retaining military spouses.

    Free LinkedIn Membership: In conjunction with SheerID, LinkedIn is offering eligible members of the US military community one year of access to LinkedIn Premium. You’ll also get unlimited access to over 10,000 courses through our LinkedIn Learning platform as part of the program.

    Blue Star families: We empower families to thrive while they serve and are committed to strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors to create vibrant communities of mutual support.

    Work Opportunity for Veterans (VOW): The 2011 Veterans Work to Hire Heroes Act provides a seamless transition for the military, expands education and training, and provides opportunities for veterans.

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