Monday, June 5, 2017

Thank You for Your Service: The Business Case for Mentoring Veterans - HUFFINGTONPOST

by Julie Silard Kantor
Originally published: May 31, 2017

At Twomentor, we like to share bi-weekly thought leadership from phenomenal executives and social entrepreneurs focused on: social impact entrepreneurship, mentoring cultures, sponsorship and elevating women & diversity in STEM careers. In an increasingly competitive STEM workforce, did you know that out of 1.4 million active duty military, at least 200,000 perform science, engineering and technical roles? Billions of dollars have been invested in training our veterans for leadership and with key skills to make it in the market economy. I learned this and more in a great meeting this week with Victoria Tucker Co-Founder & CEO of ZBGlobal as we discussed the business case for mentoring (and hiring!) veterans who have served our country.

Julie@Twomentor: What’s the business case for mentoring veterans for STEM companies specifically?

Victoria Tucker: Making the business case for mentoring a veteran starts with the rationale for hiring. A few years ago, I wrote an article The Dollars and Sense of Hiring a Military Veteran which listed twenty reasons. All address why companies should hire, but a few go beyond and argue the value-add – which appeals to the STEM industry. Foremost is that veterans are agile adopters of business structure and maneuver well in times of change or when working under pressure. As one of my veteran teammates said in response to a workplace challenge “No one is throwing a grenade at us. This is an easy fix.”