** Join GA and partners for a series of webinars for military spouses.**
Join us for a conversation with inspiring military spouses. They will share stories on how they got to where they are today and their insights into being a military spouse.
Why It Matters: Career growth, development, and fulfillment are things we are all looking for - let's get together to talk about it.
Reda is a practicing attorney and military families advocate based in Houston, Texas. She serves as in-house counsel for a large shipping and logistics company. Reda is also the Founder and CEO of GotSpot, a digital marketplace connecting small enterprises with micro-term commercial space rentals. Reda serves on the Boards of Leadership Houston, Texas Lyceum, League of Women Voters Houston, Sketch City, and Military Family Advisory Network.
Reda graduated from the University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, earning her Juris Doctor as well as a Certification of Specialization in Environmental Law. Reda also recently completed an MBA in Sustainable Business with a dual concentration in sustainable urban development, and environmental law and policy. Reda is a member of Leadership Houston Class XXIX, and a graduate of the Houston Young Lawyer's Association Leadership Academy. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Leadership Houston, the Texas Lyceum, and Sketch City.
A proud Army wife, Reda is a founding member of the Military Spouse JD Network. Reda is also a co-founder of the Keep Your Promise Alliance, and was named 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year for her advocacy on behalf of military families and veterans. She currently serves as the Houston Steering Committee Member for the Texas Veteran Spouse Network.
Reda is active in the Houston community. She serves as VP of Civic Engagement for the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area. She was a finalist for Houston Business Journal's 2016 Best Corporate Counsel Up-and-Comer Award, and was also named one of HBJ's 40 under 40 for 2014. In 2013, the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources honored Reda with the Distinguished Environmental Advocate Award for her contributions to environmental law and her community. The National Association of Professional Women named Reda a Professional Woman of the Year for 2011/2012.
I spent my first year as a military spouse in a great corporate job, then we moved to a duty station with few job opportunities so I completed my MBA online. Then we moved overseas where there were limitations on hiring Americans due to SOFA laws. When we finally moved to California in 2015, that's when I started my freelance writing job, and I have now successfully grown my business while living at 3 different duty stations!
I am a professional editor and author who has published hundreds of articles supporting the military community. My Seasoned Spouse blog shares resources and stories to encourage fellow military families. This year, my 3rd book, "Open When: Letters of Encouragement for Military Spouses," will be published by Military Family Books in September.
Shannon Stone-Winding is a military-veteran spouse with over 25 years of professional experience as a business strategist and expert. In 2016, she founded a consulting firm fostering equity, inclusion and diversity in higher education, serves as a board member for Women Employed Adult Student Success Council, and board advisor for Coalition of Veterans Organizations (CVO). In 2019, she was appointed president and chief executive officer for Black Alliance of Colleges & Employers (BACE). In 2020, she expanded her work in support of female veterans with the DePaul University MVI initiative. With expertise in networking, PR, and alliance-building, she formerly served as chief of staff for the National Association of African Americans in HR Chicago and was promoted to the National Board as senior vice president of Collegiate Affairs.
Through her consulting firm, she is co-convener for the WonderWomen Group launched by Dr. Stephani Mason, Professor, DePaul University. The group hosts dinner conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academic and corporate setting with female leaders. Outside of their dinner discussions, they also host larger scale panels. Fall 2019, they convened during the PhD Project Conference for a discussion on diversity with leading D&I scholars during the annual meeting of the PhD Project and reconvened virtually this past Fall for Building the Diversity Pipeline during the PhD Project Conference to highlight how Corporate America can engage with academia to build a diverse and inclusive talent pipeline. Last month, they virtually reconvened hundreds internationally on Expanding the Diversity of Women in Policy, Politics, and Government.
In recent years, she also has led weekly facilitation groups on campus through her firm, including Career Mapping with YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and advising for Money Matters with Onyx Rising Financial Services. She also coordinated with the campus Entrepreneurship Center for a summit called "Career and Entrepreneurship: Diversity in Action". At the Black Women's Expo, her consulting firm hosted a panel discussion called "Money and Jobs in Black Chicago" facilitated by Kelli McMiller, Strategic Engagement Leader and Vice President of Consulting, The Kaleidoscope Group and panelists including Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago; Maya Bordeaux, Global Chief HR Officer & Senior Vice President, Wilton Brands; Kim Waller, Executive Vice President, Willis Towers Watson; Dr. Stephani Mason, Assistant Professor, DePaul University Driehaus College of Business. Previously, she worked in corporate and consulting before transitioning to over a decade in higher ed supporting diverse populations, in addition to serving as staff advisor for the student veterans organization on campus.
Brian L. Alvarado is a military community advocate by day, and a military spouse, gadget geek, and amateur kitchen genius by night. He is the Director of Workforce Development on the Military Spouse Team at Hiring our Heroes, a program of the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation. This initiative is dedicated to measurably impacting military spouse unemployment and underemployment through the overarching strategies of grassroots engagement and public/private partnerships. In this role, Brian directs a team of dedicated professionals across several programs and initiatives that drive the attainability of economic stability through employment opportunities for the military community. As a military spouse, Brian has served as Naval Command Ombudsman at Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center aboard Naval Base Point Loma as well as various Family Readiness Group board positions in support of the sailors and families of commands his service member spouse has served with. He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Military Family Advisory Network. He is the 2018 Armed Forces Insurance United States Navy Spouse of the Year® and has been recognized by the American Military Partner Association with their National Community Service Award as well as the recipient of the 2016 Vanguard Equality Award from Equality California. He and his spouse, Matthew Alvarado, US Navy (Ret.), reside in Washington, D.C.
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