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    Vital Factors in Hiring & Retaining Transitioning Military & Veterans

    Date: November 19, 2015, 11:15am – 1:00pm
    CenterPoint Conference Park
    Conference Center/Commons Building
    (Adjacent to Alki Bakery)
    20809 72nd Ave S
    Kent, WA 98032
    Early Registration: SKCHRA Chapter Members are $27.00, Non-SKCHRA Chapter Members are $32.00 and Students are $17.00 (Meal Deal Card Holders save 10%)
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    Despite improvements in veteran employment, gaps remain in businesses’ and organizations’ veteran retention programs including being able to translate military skills to civilian ones and convert military credentials to civilian occupations, according to a report produced by Monster (Veterans Talent Index, Monster and, July 29, 2015).  This presentation is designed to provide HR professionals practical guidance for creating work environments and opportunities that encourage transitioning military and veterans to stay and grow with their current employers.

    Hiring and on-boarding a new employee has associated resources and time costs that are lost if an employee does not stay in the position.  There is a true “bottom-line” loss when a business or organization can potentially hire but not retain an extremely talented workforce.  In these cases, the return on investment is little to nothing.  The question asked is how to prevent this from occurring?  One way is to ensure your business or organization is knowledgeable and respectful of transitioning military and veterans’ situations, talents, and skills.  The process is a joint one with the anticipation that transitioning military and veterans and employers need to work together to achieve successful employment and retention. 

    The discussion will include connecting to the vast pipeline of veterans and transitioning service members exiting military installations in Washington State and other areas, not just to do the right thing by hiring, but with the intention to retain.  Participants will leave with valuable knowledge about understanding, assisting, retaining, and relating with them after hire.  Time will be spent on understanding the similarities and differences between military and civilian cultures and how that applies to the workplace as well as best practices for making the workplace more inclusive and veteran supportive.  Additionally, since one out of three veterans return to civilian life with a service-connected disability (Veterans Talent Index, Monster and, July 29, 2015), some scenarios together with resources will be provided. 

    HR (General) Credit has been approved for this presentation

    Presented By:

    Nancie Payne

    Nancie joined the Thurston EDC team in October 2014 bringing 26 years of professional workforce development experience to the team.  The majority of her career has focused on the development and identification of opportunities for individuals beginning careers, wanting to advance in their career, or looking to change careers.  To that end, she has consistently participated in community-based boards and activities to promote economic growth locally and regionally.

    Nancie served on the Thurston EDC Board of Directors from 1988-2012 and was Board Chairperson in 1993. She also served on the Workforce Development Council from 1998 to 2014 and was Board Chairperson from 2006 to 2009.  As a small business owner of 26 years she has been a Thurston County Chamber of Commerce member and served on the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004.  She is a board member of the Washington State Learning Disabilities Association and until 2015 was a board member of the Washington State Business Leadership Network.  Nationally, she is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Learning Disabilities Association of America and Board Member and until July 2015 was the Region 8 Representative for the Commission on Adult Basic Education.  She is a SHRM member as well.

    Nancie has a small business background as the founder and owner of a consulting and professional development company focusing on organizational development, human resources management, curriculum development, and diversity and inclusion.  Nancie is a forward thinker who strongly believes in building relationships and forming partnerships for the benefit of communities.   She is a skilled facilitator, speaker and trainer whose abilities in workforce development are extensive.


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