Transition Summit to bring Soldiers, spouses together with potential employers

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Karen A. Iwamoto
Staff Writer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Hawaii Transition Summit takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, here, bringing with it information and opportunities for transitioning Soldiers, family members and veterans.

Nearly 100 private-sector companies and government organizations will be on post to conduct job interviews, engage in networking events and host workshops and roundtable discussions.

“It’s the first transition summit held here in Hawaii,” said Ann Greenlee, state director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment & Training Service. “We’ve had Hire Our Heroes job fairs, but this summit will be more extensive. It’s an invaluable opportunity (for transitioning Soldiers, family members and veterans) to meet national-level employers who will really be able to help in the transitioning process.

“It’s also a leg up for military spouses who will be able to meet with local employers who are interested in hiring military spouses,” she added.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald will be at the summit to deliver keynote speeches.

Army veteran Kualii Makaneole, who retired from active duty in 2013, will be part of summit panels focused on perspectives on transition, where he will share his insight and experience.

He said preparing himself for a post-Army career was key to his successful transition. He attended numerous career fairs and workshops, pursued a degree from the University of Phoenix and took on part-time jobs that eventually helped him to secure his current full-time position as a JROTC instructor at Leilehua High School.

“You need to have a personal (transition) plan in order to get what you want,” said Makaneole, who retired as a master sergeant in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

Makaneole added that the Hawaii Transition Summit could help Soldiers, family members and veterans accomplish a plan.

After wrapping up at Schofield Barracks, the summit moves on to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on July 8-9, with panel discussions, networking opportunities and a job fair.

 

Register

To eliminate long lines at the event, those who plant to attend the Hawaii Transition Summit should register ahead of time at uschamberfoundation.org/event/hawaii-transition-summits.

The official Hawaii Transition Summit schedule of events and a map of workshop locations for Schofield Barracks follows.

Schedule of Events

The schedule and map of locations are subject to change.

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July 7

All events take place at the Nehelani.

 

1-1:05 p.m. — Welcome message from Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, senior commander of U.S. Army Hawaii.

 

1:05-1:25 p.m. — Keynote speech by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas A. Perez.

 

1:25-2:25 p.m. — Perspectives on Transition from the National Level panel, moderated by Col. Adam Rocke of the Soldier for Life program. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii will participate.

 

2:25-3:25 p.m. — Conversations with Employers on Best Practices panel, moderated by Ross Cohen, executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program. Representatives from Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase will participate as well as recently transitioned Army veteran Kualii Makaneole and the spouse of a recently transitioned Soldier.

 

3:25-5 p.m. p.m. — A networking event for attendees, employers and job seekers with a speed mentoring component between select employers and job seekers.

 

 

July 8

Events take place at the Martinez Physical Fitness Center.

 

9 a.m. — Job seekers may begin to register.

 

10-10:05 a.m. — Welcome message from Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, senior commander of U.S. Army Hawaii.

 

10:05-10:20 a.m. — Remarks by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald.

 

10:20-11:30 a.m. — Conversations with Employers on Best Practices panel, moderated by Ross Cohen, executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program. Representatives from Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase and the Soldier for Life program will participate, as will recently transitioned Army veteran Kualii Makaneole and the spouse of a recently transitioned Soldier.

 

11:30 a.m-1 p.m. — Hiring fair for Soldiers, spouses and veterans.

 

 

July 8

Event takes place at the Nehelani.

1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Hiring Fair and Veterans Service Organization Expo featuring federal/state agencies and nonprofit resources.

 

 

 

 

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