Early Bird Registration Extended for Boots to Suits Conference
Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) “Boots to Suits,” a Hiring Veterans Conference, has extended its Early Bird Registration to July 13, 2012. The conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m on July 19, 2012, in the Felton J. Capel Arena on the FSU campus.
The conference is ideal for business executives, managers, human resource professionals, search firms, or any employer who wants to recruit today’s competitive military talent. The conference is also designed for veterans transitioning from the military.
The keynote speakers will be Ret. Lt. Col. Lisa Rosser, founder and chief executive officer of The Value of a Veteran, and Ret. Lt. Col. Sandra Walls, president of AVPOL International, LLC (AIL). Rosser has done extensive work in assisting organizations improve their veteran recruiting and retention. Her military career includes 10 years of active Army duty and 11 years of service with the Army Reserve, including two and half years of mobilization after the events of 9-11. During her active duty time, she participated in three major engagements (Gulf War, Somalia, and Bosnia). Her Army Reserve career focused on operations and performance management, recruiting, placement, training, and skills development. Rosser’s civilian career capitalized on her human resources and training military experiences into an eight year career at Accenture, a Global Fortune 500 consulting firm. In 2007, she founded The Value of a Veteran and published an employer guide to recruiting the military. The enthusiastic response to the hiring guide led to workshops for corporate, government and higher education organizations, as well as webinars on critical military topics.
Walls is President/CEO of AVPOL International LLC (AIL), a small technical and logistics support services company, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee with satellite offices in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and Nevada. Walls served in the United States Air Force, retiring after 22 years as a Lieutenant Colonel. She managed supply and fuels accounts valued from $10 million to over $50 million.
Walls virtually made history everywhere she commanded, earning numerous individual and organizational awards. Since taking full control and ownership of AIL, revenues have tripled, earning her company’s nomination as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Recently, Walls was featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, April 2012 issue.
At the conference, employers will have the opportunity to discuss with prospective employees, among other things, their work expectations and potential career opportunities. Employers will also learn the following:
- Business reasons for hiring veterans
- Tax credit for hiring veterans
- Types of career fields available through the military
- Understanding the value of adding veterans to your organization
- Military culture
- Employment and staffing techniques for military personnel
- Marketing to attract military applicants
Veterans transitioning from the military will learn:
- Resume writing tips
- How to job search for competitive positions using your skill sets
- Match-making opportunities
- How to become an entrepreneur after military service
- Expectations transitioning from military to civilian life
- The impact of social networking on careers
- Salary expectations after military transitions
- Educational pathway to success
Cost for the conference is $75 for active, retired, or reserve military personnel. Early Bird group registration for six people is $85. Early Bird registration for individuals is $95. On-site and registration after June 29 is $125. Registration for vendors is an additional $150 to the individual/group rate.
To register for conference, visit us on the web at www.uncfsu.edu/extendedlearning. For more information, call (910) 672-1228.