2011 29th Annual Industry Liaison Group National Conference Venue

The Louisiana ILG is privileged to host the 29th Annual Industry Liaison Group National Conference, July 25, 2011-July 29, 2011 at the New Orleans Marriott. The theme for the 2011 ILG National Conference is “Embrace the Rhythms of Harmony & Equality”.

$695 (2 1/2 day conference) register after April 30
$845 (3 1/2 day preconference and conference) register after April 30

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Sunday, more about June 26, 2011

2011 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition
June 26 2011, Las Vegas Convention Center

This year’s military veterans pre-conference program is designed to offer you strategies for every aspect of the hiring and retention process.  You will discover easy-to-apply tips for effectively recruiting, hiring and retaining military veterans, transitioning service members, and our men and women serving in the National Guard and Reserve.  The program will also include workplace strategies for military spouses and families.  Learn from successful examples of workplace strategies to maximize this talent pool.

After the sessions, there will be a special networking luncheon to continue the knowledge-sharing with the speakers and meet new colleagues.  Seating is limited so reserve your space by registering today!

Schedule of Events*

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
8:30 – 9:35 a.m.
Creating and Working Your Military Inclusiveness Strategy

In this session, you’ll discover the top 10 reasons to hire veterans and retain your reservists; conduct an organizational SWOT to ensure a military-friendly culture; learn about tax incentives for hiring veterans and those with disabilities; and understand the ROI of tying your military hiring strategy to your organization’s goals.  This session will provide specific action steps necessary to develop and implement your strategies as well as define measurements of success.
9:35 – 9:45 a.m.
9:45 – 10:50 a.m.
A Fresh Perspective from Job Design to Outreach, Interviews & On-the-Job Accommodations

This session provides valuable strategies for finding qualified veteran applicants from a variety of credible sources, helps you decode a military resume, develop interview questions to draw out relevant skills and experience, and correlate the value of military experience and skills to your organization’s business roles.  You’ll also understand your responsibilities under the ADA Amendments Act, de-bunk the myths about traumatic brain injury and PTSD, know where to find guidance for on-the-job accommodations, and create a culturally-sensitive on-boarding plan and orientation program.
10:50 – 11:55 a.m.

Creating Inclusive Workplace Strategies to Retain Veterans, Reservists and Military-Connected Talent

This session focuses on the win/win solutions—what works for a military talent pool works for everyone in the organization. You will learn employer responsibilities under USERRA, how to incorporate affinity groups and Vet-to-Vet mentorship programs, develop your organization’s community culture for understanding and support of those serving in the military and their families, and the value of workplace flexibility. You will also learn the latest tools and resources to help you successfully hire, retain and maximize the value of this talent pool.

11:55 – Noon
Closing Remarks
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch and Resources Panel


2011 Veterans On Wall Street Conference

Thursday June 23, 2011 at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City

The one-day conference will be held Thursday June 23, 2011 on the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, convening Wall Street firms, industry participants, transitioning service members, recent veterans and their families, military and government leaders, military support organizations and others who have a shared interest in veterans employment opportunities. The conference seeks to raise the profile of veterans on Wall Street and highlight the financial services industry as a veteran-friendly employer.

The conference agenda will include breakout sessions for industry-wide sharing of best practices, information sessions for recent military veterans and employment workshops.

The conference is sponsored entirely by the participating banks; attendance is free of charge, and contributions above conference cost will be allocated across a handful of established, national veterans-focused charitable organizations. Seating is limited. Register for the VOWS Conference. For more information please email:

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2011
Conference Registration opens at 9:30 am
Conference Time: 10:30 am – 4:30 am

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86, W 46th St and 12th Ave
New York, NY 10036-4103

By Allison Bruce
Posted April 18, 2011

What: Power Your Business diversity conference
8AM – 5:30PM  April 26
Amgen’s conference center in Thousand Oaks or online through WebEx (link provided to those who register in advance of the conference)
$99 in person or $59 online; registration is on a first-come basis
To register:

Owners of minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses will have a chance to learn about pursuing contracts with the government and private companies, as well as ways to secure loans and funding, at a daylong conference in Thousand Oaks on April 26.

The Power Your Business event, hosted by Amgen in the biotechnology company’s conference center, will highlight how small-business owners can capitalize on their status as diverse suppliers.

A wide range of business owners have signed up for the event, said Debbie Gregory, owner of, an online directory of resources, and founder of Veteran and Military Business Owners Association, an organizer of the event.

“Veterans make wonderful entrepreneurs,” Gregory said, emphasizing the skills and discipline they bring to their work.

The idea of the conference is to give them and others resources they can use in their businesses.

Keynote speakers will include personal finance expert Jordan Goodman, known as the “money answers man”; motivational speaker Linda Larsen; and Rocky Chavez, acting California Department of Veterans Affairs secretary.

Gregory said the day also will include panel discussions covering certification and verification, finance and loans, government contracting and how to win business from top corporations. Corporate participants will include Toyota, Microsoft, AT&T, Pfizer and others. The federal Department of Veterans Affairs, Labor Department and Small Business Administration also will be involved.

Goodman has written several books and co-wrote the Barron’s Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms.

He said personal finance is closely tied to business finances when it comes to small-business owners. He said his role is to make them aware of programs that can help land jobs with government agencies or large corporations.

“They offer great services, the companies need them and they just don’t know how to reach each other,” he said. That’s what the conference and organizations such as the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association are all about, he said.

Veterans in particular bring great technical and management skills to their businesses, but sometimes have the challenge of not having worked in the corporate world, he said. Many don’t realize that companies are looking for them as suppliers to meet certain requirements and mandates — something that can provide opportunities for their businesses.

“These programs exist, but in many cases, they’re not really communicated well to veterans and minorities,” he said.

Farryn Melton, Amgen’s vice president of strategic sourcing, said Amgen seeks to enhance its own supplier diversity program through partnerships and by hosting events, such as the conference.

Gregory commended Amgen for its role in the conference.

“Amgen reaches out and is a company that doesn’t just talk, but walks the walk when it comes to supplier diversity,” she said.

The conference is open to a limited number of attendees in person as well as online.

In addition to Amgen and the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association, the event is being organized by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Ventura County; National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; Southern California Minority Business Development Council; and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Save the date!

May 9, approved 2011


EPCC Admin Services Center
9050 Viscount Blvd., Bldg. A
El Paso, TX 79925


Come join us for a Contractors Networking & Teaming Opportunities Forum

Hosted by: Contract Opportunities Center of El Paso Community College

Sponsors being sought.  Contact Joseph Conway at 915-831-7747 or Keith Gutierrez at 915-831-7749 for more info.