Hiring Our Heroes: Virtual Career Fair Town Hall

NEW YORK — WABC-TV is partnering with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative and Disney’s Veterans Institute to construct a virtual town hall on August 10th.

The purpose of this town hall is to prepare job seekers from the military community for the Hiring Our Heroes – Virtual Career Fair on August 31st.

click here Register as a job seeker or employer for the virtual career fair on August 31 from 1pm to 4pm

Eyewitness News reporter Sonia Rincon will moderate Wednesday, August 10 at 12:00pm at City Hall

You can watch City Hall here or with our ABC13 Houston app on Roku, FireTV, Apple TV, and Android TV.

She will be joined by a panel of experts to answer live questions about how to help veterans and spouses make a successful transition to a civilian career.

Panelists include:

  • Cappy Surette – Senior Manager, Executive and External Communications at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products and a retired US Navy Captain
  • Meredith Lozar – Vice President, Military & Veterans Affairs at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and spouse of a US Marine Corps active duty soldier
  • Phil Martin – Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise Holdings, Inc. and former US Marine
  • Sonia Garza – Military Spouse Fellowship Program Leader at US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and spouse of an active duty US Army Special Forces soldier
  • Beau Higgins – Senior Manager, Military Affairs at Amazon.com and retired US Marine Corps officer
  • SEE ALSO | Disney heroes work here

    Disney’s support of the US Armed Forces is an important part of the company’s history, dating back to its inception almost 100 years ago. Military service members have risked their lives to protect our freedom and we are no more honored to support them in all areas of work here at The Walt Disney Company.

    To ease their transition into civilian life and to support them in their post-service careers, in 2012 Disney launched Heroes Work Here, an initiative designed to recognize and honor their sacrifices and service and provide them with a chance when they are looking for meaningful work in the private sector. Since its inception a decade ago, The Walt Disney Company has hired more than 11,000 veterans.

    Our cast and military-service employees are an integral part of our Disney family and contribute immeasurably to support the company’s mission of creating unparalleled family entertainment.

    Check out the following resources for veterans, spouses, and families:

    Disney careers/heroes work here: Disney has a long history of respect and appreciation for the US Armed Forces. Announced in 2012, Heroes Work Here is a company-wide initiative to hire, train and support returning veterans. Search for open positions by your military career area, your military rank, and your preferred job location. Also look at learning & Development to find additional career prep videos and tools to help you prepare for the next step in your career.

    We hire our heroes: We connect the military community—military members, spouses, and veterans—with American businesses to create economic opportunity and a strong and diverse workforce.

    DAV: DAV is dedicated to a single purpose, to empower veterans to live quality lives with respect and dignity.

    Wounded Warriors Project: Each warrior has a next mission. We know that the transition to civilian life is a journey. And for every warrior, family member, and caregiver, that journey is different. We are here for your first step and every step that follows. Because we believe every warrior should have a positive future to look forward to.

    The Bob Woodruff Foundation: We navigate a maze of more than 46,000 nonprofit organizations to find, fund, and create innovative programs in communities where our veterans, their families, and caregivers live and work. BWF leverages partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations, corporations, the military and government to meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans and their families.

    The mission continues: The Mission Continues is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit organization that empowers veterans to continue in service and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills and willingness to make visible impact.

    USO: The USO empowers American service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation.

    American Corporate Partners (ACP): American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a national nonprofit organization focused on helping returning veterans and active-duty spouses find their next career through in-person mentoring, networking, and online career advice.

    US Department of Veterans Affairs: Operated by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, VA for Vets has everything a veteran needs to begin their career transition.

    Student Veterans of America: Through a network of more than 1,500 campus chapters, Student Veterans of America ensures that student veterans and military-connected students reach their greatest potential.

    DOD SkillBridge: The DOD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service. SkillBridge connects service members with industry partners in real-world work experiences.

    United States of America: USAA is dedicated to the financial security of military members, veterans and their families. We offer expert advice, a full range of financial products and superior service that lets you know you’re part of the USAA family.

    Department of Defense Military Partners Employment Partnership (MSEP): The Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) connects military spouses with hundreds of partner employers committed to recruiting, hiring, promoting and retaining military spouses.

    Free LinkedIn Membership: In partnership with SheerID, LinkedIn is offering one year of LinkedIn Premium access to eligible members of the US military community. As part of the program, you also get unlimited access to more than 10,000 courses through our LinkedIn Learning platform.

    Blue Star Families: We empower families to thrive during their service and are committed to strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors to create vibrant communities of mutual support.

    Veteran’s Opportunity to Work (VOW): The Veterans Opportunity to Work to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 provides a seamless transition for service members, expands education and training, and provides opportunities for veterans.

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    Dais Johnston

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