Military Spouses | How She Got There - Finding Career Success
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Tuesday, 20 April

1 2 pm EDT

Washington, D.C. (Online)


In Partnership With:

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AVIVV logo
The Seasoned Spouse logo
Blue Star Families logo
Army Wife Network logo
Wounded Warrior Project logo
Veterans Florida logo
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Military Spouses | How She Got There - Finding Career Success | April 20

Reda M. Hicks Photo


Founder, GotSpot, Inc.

Lizann Lightfoot Photo


The Seasoned Spouse

Shannon Stone-Winding Photo


President @ Black Alliance of Colleges and Employers (BACE) | Military Veteran Spouse | President @Shannon Stone Consulting

Brian L. Alvarado Photo


Director, Workforce Development, Hiring Our Heroes |US Chamber of Commerce

20

Tuesday, 20 April

1 2 pm EDT

Online

Anywhere
Online
FREE!
Cost

In Partnership With:

Bunker Labs  logo
AVIVV logo
The Seasoned Spouse logo
Blue Star Families logo
Army Wife Network logo
Wounded Warrior Project logo
Veterans Florida logo
Fiverr logo

Questions? Read our FAQs

About This Event

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.


Military spouses webinar series:


* Design Your Dream Job | April 27
* Personal Branding, Bridging Gaps And Addressing Job-hopping | May 4
* Remote Career Path For You | May 11
* Nailing Virtual Interviews | May 18
* Communities And Resources | May 25

About the Instructors

Reda M. Hicks Photo

Founder,
GotSpot, Inc.

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.

Lizann Lightfoot Photo

The Seasoned Spouse

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 Photo

President @ Black Alliance of Colleges and Employers (BACE) | Military Veteran Spouse | President @Shannon Stone Consulting

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 Photo

Director, Workforce Development,
Hiring Our Heroes |US Chamber of Commerce

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.

About Our Partners

Bunker Labs

Bunker Labs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a national network of veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs dedicated to helping the military-connected community start their own business. Bunker Labs is committed to seeing that every entrepreneur, including small business owners, in the military-connected community has the network, tools, and resources they need to start their own business. Learn more about Bunker Labs: www.bunkerlabs.org

AVIVV

AVIVV is a certified woman, minority, and military spouse-owned firm offering professional services to the energy industry ranging from program management, construction management, and material management to general contracting (GC).

Through AVIVV’s “Impact Now” program, the firm places a top priority on training, mentoring, and employing military spouses and veterans throughout the country. Over 75% of AVIVV’s workforce are women, minorities, veterans, military spouses, and individuals of the LGBTQ+ community.

The Seasoned Spouse

Seasoned Spouse, authored by Lizann Lightfoot, is a blog and social media presence that provides resources and support for military families, especially anyone facing a deployment. We are all in this together! Military loved ones all need to help each other, and no matter how long you have been part of the military lifestyle, the experiences that "seasoned" you can help others navigate military challenges.

Blue Star Families

Founded in 2009 by military spouses with you in mind, we empower military families to thrive by connecting them with their civilian neighbors – both people and organizations – to create strong communities of support.

Army Wife Network

AWN is an all-volunteer powered collective group of military spouses and military community members on a mission to globally empower other military spouses, families and service members by providing resources that engage, educate and encourage. Their podcast, Army Wife Talk Radio, is celebrating its16th year on the air! Follow along at armywifenetwork.com or any Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter @armywifenetwork.

Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project is a charitable organization that helps veterans and active duty service members. It is one of the largest veterans service organizations in the United States with office locations and partners across the country.

Veterans Florida

Veterans Florida is a non-profit created by the State of Florida to help military veterans transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state. Veterans Florida provides powerful tools for veterans to take advantage of the benefits of living and working in the Sunshine State.

Through our Career Services Program, we connect veterans with employers who are eager to hire veterans for jobs that put their particular military skills to use. We also assist veterans in creating a winning resume and preparing for job interviews. Employers receive veteran recruiting assistance and may apply for our Workforce Training Grant.

The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program provides all the knowledge needed to successfully launch and operate a business. As soon as their business is up and running we keep them connected with mentors and resources.

Veterans Florida’s mission can be summed up in our theme – Your Pursuit. Our Power. – because we recognize military veterans are incredibly focused and will succeed in achieving their personal and professional goals when they take advantage of our tools and resources.

Fiverr

Fiverr is a global marketplace for digital services that connects freelancers and businesses. Our mission is to change how the world works together. With more than 300 subcategories and users from over 160 countries, our freelancers have proven track records, and deliver top quality services, on time and on budget. Our ratings and review system helps you further vet the talent. You can find incredible, hand-picked talent based on your budget, with the most competitive prices on the market.

    Why Fiverr?
  • Branded over 1M businesses
  • Option for express 24 hour delivery
  • Filter based on style, price and deadline
  • Fully customized to your needs!

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