"Make it Monday" forum - Harness the Unrealized Potential of Veterans in Your Workplace

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Name: "Make it Monday" forum - Harness the Unrealized Potential of Veterans in Your Workplace
Date: November 6, 2023
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM AKST
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

🌟 Harness the Unrealized Potential of Veterans in Your Workplace 🌟
🌟 Jessy Lakin (AKWP) - A dedicated advocate for veterans and active-duty service members, with extensive experience in the field.
🌟 Sarah Allman (AKBH) - An innovator in the integration of veterans into the workforce, providing fresh and effective approaches.
🌟 Laura Dean (American Legion) - Representing the American Legion, sharing organizational insights on empowering veterans in the workplace.
🎤 Your Moderator: Mary Beth Goodman, Clinic Director at the Cohen Clinic at Alaska Behavioral Health, is a licensed professional counselor, bringing 25 years of clinical experience in helping military families and veterans.
✅ Proven strategies to tap into the hidden talents of veterans.
✅ Innovative tips and tricks for a more inclusive workplace.
✅ A supportive environment that benefits veterans and your organization.
We will also touch upon the following areas:

1. **Veterans' Skills and Experiences**: Highlight the diverse skills and experiences that veterans bring to the table. Discuss how these skills can be an asset to various industries and roles.
2. **Overcoming Stereotypes and Myths**: Address common misconceptions about veterans, such as issues related to PTSD and rigid military structures, and provide evidence of the strengths and adaptability that veterans often possess.
3. **Recruitment and Onboarding Strategies**: Share effective strategies for recruiting and onboarding veterans, such as military job translation services, mentorship programs, and tailored training.
4. **Creating an Inclusive Workplace**: Explore the importance of creating an inclusive and supportive work environment that accommodates the unique needs and experiences of veterans.
5. **Mentorship and Support Programs**: Discuss the role of mentorship and support programs in helping veterans integrate into the civilian workforce and develop their careers.
6. **Government and Community Resources**: Provide information about available government incentives and community resources that can assist in hiring and retaining veterans.
7. **Workplace Culture and Diversity**: Examine how a diverse workforce, including veterans, can enhance creativity, innovation, and overall company culture.
8. **Skill Development and Training**: Discuss opportunities for further skill development and training, including education benefits like the GI Bill and on-the-job training.
9. **Corporate Social Responsibility**: Explore how companies can align their corporate social responsibility initiatives with veteran support programs and partnerships.

Jessy Lakin currently serves as Program Lead of Alaska Warrior Partnership, supporting the community and the veterans served through the Community Integration Model. A veteran of the United States Army, Jessy served as a Forward Observer with two combat tours to Sadr City Iraq (06-08, 08-10) with the 1st Brigade Combat Team 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas.  He has spent his civilian career giving back to veterans in Alaska, volunteering with multiple veteran organizations, and creating opportunities for Alaska warriors to thrive.

Sarah Allman is the office manager at the Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic. Sarah brings both her professional acumen and a profound commitment to the well-being of military families. With her experience as an Air Force veteran and a veteran spouse, she possesses a unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities that come with military life. Sarah's passion for mental health advocacy and her tireless efforts as a veteran advocate have been instrumental in creating a supportive and empathetic environment for those who have served our country.

Laura Dean is an Air Force veteran who serves her community in many ways through her tireless work at the American Legion, her work as a financial advisor in the community, and her passion for suicide prevention through innovative resourcing. She has extensive experience in intelligence, analysis, and maximizing staff as the greatest resource.

Mary Beth Goodman has been the Clinic Director at the Cohen Clinic at Alaska Behavioral Health since January 2020. She has worked with military families and veterans her entire 20-year clinical career. Mary Beth received her undergraduate degrees in mathematics, physics, philosophy, and education from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She continued her graduate studies in counseling and psychology at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, VA. Mary Beth has been fortunate to have worked to help individuals who struggled with PTSD, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, divorce, addiction, and sensory integration issues. She works with adults, children and families and has yet to find a corner of the world where hope does not exist.


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Event Sponsors:
  • AT&T
Dena'ina Center, 2nd floor
Date/Time Information:
11:30 am to Noon - Networking
Noon to 1 pm - Presentation
Contact Information:
Tosha Swan

Registration is due by 5 pm the Thursday prior, but please RSVP at your earliest convenience. A $2 fee will be added to all walk-in registrations, and available seating is not guaranteed.

  • General Admission +  Lunch: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members
  • Table Reservation (Seats 8):  $230 Members / $280 Non-Members
  • Coffee Table Reservation: $13 Members / $15 Non-Members
  • Students: $15 w/ID
  • Virtual via Zoom: $10 Members / $15 Non-Members
  • Punch Card (10 lunches): $330 Members / $380 Non-Members

CANCELLATION NOTE: For a full refund, registration must be canceled by 5 pm the Thursday prior. No refunds will be given after this date. If you do not arrive by 12:00 pm, your seat will be forfeited. All registrations are transferable to another person upon your request.

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