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Hear about a new book chronicling the experiences of 53 Veterans as they transitioned from the military to civilian lives.

Hear about a new book chronicling the experiences of 53 Veterans as they transitioned from the military to civilian lives.

November 6, 2020

Sandy Lawrence has just released her new book called The Transitioned Veteran, Success beyond Service and we have an exclusive interview with her about the book. 

Learn about her background, why she chose to write the book, some insight into it's structure and how you can use it to help inform some of the decisions you need to make in the transition from the military to the civilian world. 

Sandy has interviewed 53 veterans and learned about the common and unique experiences of veterans from all of the branches of the military along with the different ranks. 

You can find the book at the following website: 

https://tinyurl.com/TTVSBS

Good luck. 

Listen to Colonel Keith Sousa describe many of the opportunities available to veterans

Listen to Colonel Keith Sousa describe many of the opportunities available to veterans

November 2, 2020

Colonel Keith Sousa has over 35 years of distinguished military service, starting as a Private and finishing his career as a Colonel in the US Army.

While on active duty he held numerous significant leadership roles in several locations around the United States and In Germany 

More recently he has been responsible for managing the daily operations of an Army Reserve Group located throughout the state of Michigan with direct supervision of sixteen personnel, and indirectly responsible for over one hundred personnel.  He ensured that the functions of personnel, training, logistics, maintenance, and budgeting were in accordance with established standards, rules and regulations.  He supervised the staff in the execution of their duties.  Monitored facility coordination operations.  Ensured that Army Reserve Centers were efficiently maintained, operated and controlled consistent with current directives and regulations. 

Colonel Sousa has some great suggestions for veterans to pursue upon separation from the military and some very important steps to take to ensure that you are able to take advantage of the benefits and opportunities that are available to you. 

If you want to reach out to him for more information, he can be reached at: 

1oldsoldier53@gmail.com

Also, if you want to explore several career related opportunities, check out the following web site: 

https://tinyurl.com/VetsandRC

Good luck. 

Listen to Roger Duke, Professor of Project Management and strong advocate of Veterans learning about PM Opportunities

Listen to Roger Duke, Professor of Project Management and strong advocate of Veterans learning about PM Opportunities

October 22, 2020

We’d like to welcome Roger Duke to the podcast.

Roger is project management professional that works out of Augusta Georgia. He is a professor of project management at Augusta University. He is also very involved in his local Project Management Institute chapter and has just finished serving 2 terms as its president. Roger has devoted his time to help military active and veteran soldiers improve their civilian career opportunities by translating their military skills into project management skills.

Listen to Roger share his personal stories and lessons-learned to help soldiers and their families have a better life.  

Topics:

  • His personal story  – how his father’s situation affected him and his family 
  • Challenges 
    • Deciding Career Path, Connecting and Networking with Employers, Translating Skills  
  • Why project management is the perfect career for soldiers 
  • Impact of planning early 
    • Planning 6 months ahead results in:  
    • Having a job when retiring 
    • Increased starting salary 
  • Certifications 
    • Govt expectations that contractors have PMPs
    • Opportunities for veterans with CAPM certification also
  • Importance of PMI and networking with local chapters 

For more information, feel free to reach out to Roger directly at: rogerduke@dukep3m.com or connect with him on LinkedIn.

You can learn more about PMI in general at www.pmi.org 

In the Detroit area, you can visit www.pmiglc.org or you can check out your local chapter by consulting the main PMI website 

Also, the Great Lakes Chapter of PMI will be hosting a full day career planning opportunity for veterans to develop their career strategy, learn more about project management and connect with some potential employers on January 16, 2021. 

For more information, go to the following website and select the "contact us" option for more information on this event and any of the other initiatives that might be of interest to you:  https://tinyurl.com/VetsandRC 

Good luck. 

Listen to Gary Heitman, former Project Manager with Ford and Consultant to the Staffing Industry

Listen to Gary Heitman, former Project Manager with Ford and Consultant to the Staffing Industry

October 8, 2020

After a successful career as a Global IT Project Manager for Ford Motor Company and consultant and development vice-president to the staffing industry, Gary Heitman continues to share his technical knowledge and business background in Southeast Michigan. Gary now enjoys more flexible part-time work hours as a consultant to employers and job-seekers throughout Southeast Michigan.

Gary is the Economic Development interface for Plymouth Township and works closely with the State and County.  He has helped bring over 3000 jobs to Southeast Michigan since accepting for this role. He is also one of a 5 member board approved by the Governor of Michigan to work with Plymouth and Northville Townships to recruit new businesses.

An experienced organizational management change agent, Gary’s skills navigated Ford Motor through challenging times. Solutions for a worldwide work force depended upon his adept data analysis, listening at all levels and aptitude to convey messages in a thoughtful, respectful manner. Throughout his career, integrity and an ability to communicate well have made him a great resource for those looking to build and grow their businesses and professional networks.

Gary holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and he is passionate about engaging with people, especially from his alma mater. He has been a resume reviewer, mock interviewer, mentor, presenter on using social media to find a job and an overall positive reinforcer. He is very firm in his belief in the power of professional and personal networking, in person and digitally through all social media platforms.

Our interview with Gary gave us the opportunity to hear about his focus on helping people: 1. truly understand the value they bring to a potential employer, 2. learn how not to get discouraged in the job search and 3. gain a deeper understanding of how important it is for you to develop your personal network. 

You can read more about Gary by visiting his LinkedIn profile at:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/garyheitman/

Good luck. 

 

Learn about a cool VA Resource along with some upcoming plans for Veterans Programs

Learn about a cool VA Resource along with some upcoming plans for Veterans Programs

October 3, 2020

There are many different resources available for Veterans, and one of the main objectives of this podcast, is to help you navigate some of those resources. 

Many of the earlier episodes are with people who are providing support and we will continue to bring those kinds of resources to you. 

However, I just wanted to take a quick moment, and share a very cool resource that my brother provided to me.  You can check it out at:

https://www.va.gov/VetResources/

Simply log in, sign up for the email and select the other resources that may be of value to you. 

Also, check out this web site for further information about upcoming programs and resources for veterans:

https://tinyurl.com/VetsandRC

Good luck.  

Listen to Henry Storm, retired Lt. Commander, talk about how to connect with your VA Benefits

Listen to Henry Storm, retired Lt. Commander, talk about how to connect with your VA Benefits

September 26, 2020

We have the opportunity to talk with a truly passionate individual who is committed to helping veterans learn about their VA benefits and to take maximum advantage of them. 

Listen to some of the stories Henry tells about helping veterans and take some time to reach out and take advantage of the work that Henry, along with Ed Ruckle, are doing to help veterans. 

Take a look at the following website for more information. 

veteranfacilitator.com

Good luck. 

 

Hear about an upcoming TV show that covers veterans transferring into civilian life.

Hear about an upcoming TV show that covers veterans transferring into civilian life.

September 25, 2020

I am excited to share that PMI will be featured in the Lifetime television program Military Makeover: Operation Career on 28 September and 16 October at 7:30 AM ET hosted by Montel Williams. Operation Career captures the stories of military veterans transitioning out of the military and into civilian life. PMI’s segment features our very own membership product manager and military spouse, Kerry Brooks, and PMI member and veteran, Eric “Doc” Wright, who share their experiences with the military and how PMI is a valuable partner to US Military personnel, veterans, and spouses on the show.

 

PMI recognizes veterans’ unique qualities- strong leadership, strategic thinking, budget mindfulness, grace under pressure, and the ability to successfully complete a mission/project. These are all highly coveted skills in a project manager, and we want them to be part of the PMI family!

 

We know that as the world becomes more projectized, there is a high demand for qualified project professionals. Project management is an excellent choice of a profession for the hundreds of thousands of military personnel who transition each year, and their spouses, to consider as a life-long career.  Many transitioning military service members are often underemployed and undervalued, leading to unsatisfying post-military careers.  Many military personnel already possess the power skills and experience needed to become successful project managers, such as collaboration, communication, innovation and empathy.

 

With 1.3 million active US military and 18 million US Veterans, PMI has a dedicated program with resources military personnel need to successfully transition to civilian life. You can learn more about the program on our website at https://www.pmi.org/military.

 

When to Watch

PMI’s segment will air twice on The Lifetime Network and will be available 24 hours a day following the airings on http://www.militarymakeover.tv/.

Add the events to your calendar using these links: 28 September and 16 October

 

Also, check out the following website and let me know if you are interested in the programs we are running for veterans:

https://tinyurl.com/VetsandRC

 

I hope you’ll join me in watching and you are able to take advantage of the programs that we are running. 

 

Good luck.  

Listen to Huda Kattan, CEO of Huda Beauty, talk about pursuing passion and purpose in your career.

Listen to Huda Kattan, CEO of Huda Beauty, talk about pursuing passion and purpose in your career.

September 16, 2020

After graduating from the University of Michigan in Dearborn, Huda Kattan moved to Dubai in 2006. 

A few years later, she moved to Los Angeles where she studied makeup. Among her clients were celebrities such as Eva Longoria and Nicole RIchie.  

Huda then returned to Dubai where she became employed by Revlon as a makeup artist.

In April, 2010, upon the advice of one of her sisters, Huda started a beauty-related blog which she named "Huda Beauty" on which she would post makeup tutorials and tips.

In 2013, Huda founded a cosmetics line which, like her blog, is also called "Huda Beauty. Her first product, a series of false eyelashes, was released through Sephora.  The Huda Beauty label achieved success with the sales of the false eyelashes, which were famously worn by Kim Kardashian.

Huda's company, which is based out of Dubai, later began to offer other beauty products, including eye shadow palettes, liquid lipsticks, lip liners, highlighter palettes, foundations, concealers, baking powders and liquid eye-shadows.

Huda achieved popularity on Instagram, attaining more than 35 million followers as of 2019. Huda is ranked #1 on the "2017 Influencer Instagram Rich List", earning $18,000 for each post of sponsored content. Huda has been described as "a Kim Kardashian West of the beauty influencer economy", and was declared one of the "ten most powerful influencers in the world of beauty" by Forbes magazine. She was chosen as one of "The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet" by Time magazine in 2017.

In 2018, Huda began starring in her own original Facebook Watch reality series entitled Huda Boss alongside her family.  

Needless to say, I was thrilled when she agreed to do an episode for I Inc and Beyond. 

She openly shares many of her leadership philosophies as well as her belief that we all should strive to achieve both our passion and our purpose in our lives.  

Hope you enjoy the episode and good luck with your own pursuits.  

Listen to Bob Schwartz, successful IT executive,discuss ways to bring value to the job.

Listen to Bob Schwartz, successful IT executive,discuss ways to bring value to the job.

September 11, 2020

Take some time to dial in and listen to my interview with Bob Schwartz, former executive with EDS and currently with Cap Gemini, give us his perspective on how to be valuable in today's job market. 

Bob expands on the idea of developing and embracing a true learning mindset.  He also gives some great suggestions about dealing with personal risk and lastly talks about some powerful ways to gain experience in internships and hackathons. 

You can follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn at the following locations. 

Twitter:  @BobSchwartzMI

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bob-s/

Good luck. 

Listen to Byron Nemela with the DIA talk about programs for veterans.

Listen to Byron Nemela with the DIA talk about programs for veterans.

September 9, 2020

Byron is the Studio Programs Coordinator with the Detroit Institute of the Arts and in that role, he helps veterans not only learn more about art, but actually create art that reflects their personal self. 

Listen to the different programs the DIA has for veterans and how you can participate in one of these programs.  

Here's an example of how the DIA has been adapting their program during covid:
 
 
And to gain more information about the DIA in general, please check out the following link: 
 
 
Good luck.  
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