Mentoring Veterans: Bridging the Gap Between Service and Workplace Success
With additional training and specialized skills, veteran employees bring diverse experiences and knowledge to the modern workforce. But their skills and training often go underutilized in the workforce.
One Syracuse University study found that veterans typically changed jobs at least two times within their first few years of employment.
But veteran mentoring programs can be an ideal solution for assisting service members back into civilian working life. Mentoring can help create more connective networks for veterans while transitioning their military strengths to workplace success. Joins us along with AcademyWomen, a global leadership and professional development organization that empowers aspiring, current and past women military leaders through mentoring, training, and growth opportunities to impact positive change locally, nationally and globally, to learn how mentoring can impact military veterans in finding jobs after active duty and develop their skillsets for greater career success. In this presentation, Susan Feland, founder of AcademyWomen, and Nicole Schuler, Program Director of the eMentor Leadership Program, will walk us through:
- How formal mentoring programs impact veterans
- Best practices for setting up a mentoring program
- How to keep veterans engaged for ultimate impact
Susan Feland, Founder, AcademyWomen
Susan Feland is the founder and president of AcademyWomen, a global leadership and professional development nonprofit organization that empowers aspiring, current and past women military leaders through mentoring, training, and growth opportunities to impact positive change locally, nationally and globally. Susan also leads program and curriculum innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in the Executive Education Department, where she regularly interviews and works with international leaders and experts at the highest levels of organizations. Susan has a real passion for building programs that weave technology with meaningful human contact to create relevant, accessible, and immediate impact. Through her career, Susan has worked in space systems acquisitions, as a professor at the Air Force Academy, at the American Embassy in Paris, and held a variety of different roles at Merrill Lynch, the Hoover Institution, Stanford Graduate School of Business and community-based nonprofits. Susan has diplomas from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the University of Paris – Sorbonne and degrees from Middlebury College and the United States Air Force Academy.
Nicole Schuler, Program Director, AcademyWomen
Nicole Schuler enlisted in the United States Navy in 2004 and subsequently served aboard the USS RONALD REAGAN in the Weapons Department as an Aviation Ordnanceman. While onboard, she deployed on the ship’s maiden voyage in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. At the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class, she received an appointment to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon graduation from the preparatory school, she reported to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2011, Nicole graduated from Annapolis with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. After graduating from The Basic School, Information Operations Staff Officer Course, Legal Officer Course and Adjutant’s Course; Nicole reported to 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines and served as the Battalion Administrative Officer. In early 2017, Nicole took the position of Vice President of an Aerial Services Drone Company, which she held until the birth of her second child. Currently, she serves as the Program Director for the eMentor Leadership Program.
AcademyWomen is a global leadership and professional development organization that empowers aspiring, current and past women military leaders through mentoring, training, and growth opportunities to impact positive change locally, nationally and globally. This organizational mission is achieved by serving a broader community of military, military spouse, and veterans by extending its expertise to power and manage several online mentoring programs. AcademyWomen has been recognized nationally for its state-of-the-art mentoring and leadership development programs by numerous organizations to include the Department of Defense, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Hiring Our Heroes Initiative, and has been awarded as a top winner of the Leadership Excellence Awards for four years in a row.