Military Veterans Boost NYSE

While Lower Manhattan slowly came to from Sandy’s monstrous coup des ports last week, the Military Veteran Forum for Human Resources and Veterans Program Executives carried on at The New York Stock Exchange. The slow restoration of power to the Financial District and limited public transit to the tip of the island could not prevent a strong turnout of vets and execs from eagerly forging ahead with an ambitious agenda of “Integrating Veteran Talent Into Human Capital Strategy,” aimed at effectively recruiting, retaining, and engaging military veterans. (see Bell ceremony)

The initiative is a call to action, and an imperative in a still languishing job market with veteran unemployment numbers hovering at 9%.  For those who were not able to attend the program in person, a video archive of the program can be accessed via the Veterans page of our website to learn more about “Connecting with Military Talent – a Win-Win Proposition,” “Building an Effective Veterans Program,” and “What to Consider When You Hire a Vet.”       

Speakers and panelists included  Admiral James Winnefeld, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs; Col. Jack Jacobs, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient; Tom Wolzien, Lead Independent Director, TiVo; Mike Abrams, Co-Founder, Four Block and Author, “Networking for Veterans”;  Marshall Carter, Deputy Chairman, NYSE Euronext; and Duncan Niederauer, NYSE Euronext Chief Executive Officer.  Senior Correspondent for FOX Business Charles Gasparino moderated a panel on connecting with veterans.  Also in attendance were Rene Bardorf, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Community and Public Outreach, Department of Defense; Derek Blumke, Director, VITAL Initiative, Department of Veterans Affairs and Co-Founder, Student Veterans Association; Lisa Rosser, Founder and CEO, The Value of a Veteran; as well as well as HR and Veterans Program Executives from GE Capital – Energy Financial Services (NYSE: GE), JPMorgan Chase and Co. (NYSE: JPM), Goldman Sachs and Company (NYSE: GS), Honeywell (NYSE: HON), Citigroup, Inc. (NYSE: C), and AT&T (NYSE: T)