EVENT:  The University of California, Irvine and its community partners will host a Veteran Talent Recruitment & Retention Bootcamp for human resources professionals, designed to help boost the full-time employment of men and women who have served in the military.

WHEN/WHERE:   8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, UCI Student Center (grid E8, bldg. 113 on campus map)

INFORMATION:  Media planning to attend should contact Cathy Lawhon at 949-824-1151 or clawhon@uci.edu. Attendance and parking are complimentary for media who RSVP in advance.


8:35 a.m.      Breakfast session on “The State of the American Veteran: The Orange County Veterans Study,” featuring Thomas Parham, UCI vice chancellor for student affairs

9:20 a.m.      Panel called “Overview of Common (and Commonly Misunderstood) Veteran Health Issues & Resources,” moderated by Dr. Chris Reist, UCI associate professor of psychiatry & human behavior

10:55 a.m.    Legal panel entitled “Navigating Potential Issues & Reaping Benefits,” moderated by Grace Tonner, UCI professor of lawyering skills

12:30 p.m.   Lunch and panel featuring speakers from PIMCO and Edwards Lifesciences on “Building a Successful Veteran Recruitment & Retention Program from Within by Utilizing Existing Veteran Talent”

2 p.m.           Panel on “Proven Strategies to Recruit, Retain & Develop Military Talent,” moderated by Steven Johnson, UCI director of talent acquisition & employment services

3:55 p.m.     “How We Succeeded – Hiring 50,000 Veterans and Tips from the Blackstone Veteran Playbook,” featuring Blackstone Group adviser Michael McDermott

BACKGROUND:  A recent study of Orange County veterans by the USC School of Social Work indicates that only 50 percent of post-9/11 and 30 percent of pre-9/11 veterans work full time. This event is the first in a series of Joint Veteran Talent Reintegration Conferences designed to improve those numbers. UCI is collaborating with PIMCO, the Orange County Forum, the Orange County Community Foundation, the Veterans Legal Institute, Military Connection, the Orange County affiliate of the National Human Resources Association and others on the series. For a full agenda of the July 18 “boot camp,” visit http://www.veteran.uci.edu/jointVTRC/hrbootcamp.php.