Department of Social Work Hosts Boots to Suits Conference

On September 11, 2014, Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) Department of Social Work and Military Professional, Personal, and Family Development Program, will host “Boots to Suits for HR Professionals and Hiring Managers Conference” at NC State University’s McKimmon Conference and Training Center, Raleigh, North Carolina. The conference will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This year’s conference is geared toward collaborating with human resources professionals and hiring managers on why veterans and spouses are an asset to any company or organization and encourages them to adopt military friendly hiring practices. 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.

Renowned speaker, Ret. Lt. Col. Lisa Rosser, founder and chief executive officer of The Value of a Veteran will give the keynote address. Rosser has done extensive work in assisting organizations improve their veteran recruiting and retention. Her military career spans 22 years (both active and reserve), 3 continents, and 4 major deployments, including the Gulf War, Somalia, Bosnia and a 2-1/2 year mobilization immediately following the events of 9/11. Her military career includes detailed work as a telecommunications officer and as an operations officer, and general work in the human resources side of the military – performance management, recruiting, staffing, training and skills development. Lisa Rosser retired from the Army Reserve in 2011 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Her civilian career included 8 years with Accenture, a Global Fortune 500 consulting firm. In 2007, she founded The Value of a Veteran. In that capacity, she is a consultant, author, speaker, and workshop leader on military hiring and retention strategy development. She delivers training workshops and seminars nationwide and consults with corporate, government and higher education employers.

Veteran owned/friendly companies and organizations such as Wal-Mart, Charlotte Bridge Home, CMS Staffing, Amidon Inc., Littler, Veteran Employment Services will share their expertise and best practices.
At the conference, participants will have the opportunity to earn HRCI, PDU and Continuing Education credits, network with other businesses as well as learn the following:

• Business reasons for hiring veterans
• Tax credit for hiring veterans
• Career fields available through the military
• Military culture
• Translation of military job skills to civilian workforce skills
• Employment and staffing techniques for military personnel
• Marketing to attract military applicants
• Time expectations for veterans transitioning from military
• Using social media to attract top talent
• What HR needs to know about veterans
• Sourcing and retention strategies for veteran employees

Cost for the conference is $179 per person for early bird group registration for up to six people through August 22. Early Bird registration for individuals is $199. On-site and registration after August 22, is $249. Exhibitor registration is $175. There are also sponsorship opportunities.

Founded in 1867, FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. It offers nearly 60 degrees in the arts, sciences, business, and education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. It serves a student body of nearly 6,000 students and has a faculty and staff of approximately 800.
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