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    Annual LRSHRM & RANE Collaboration Meeting - Being Intentional in the Hiring and Retaining of Veteran Team Members

    Date: July 11, 2019, 11:00am – 1:00pm
    Lynchburg Regional SHRM Inc. and the Resource Access Network for Employers (RANE)
    The Kirkley Hotel
    2900 Candlers Mountain Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502
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    Being Intentional in the Hiring and Retaining of Veteran Team Members 

    Over 150 years ago on behalf of a grateful nation, Abraham Lincoln made a promise that We as Americans will take care of those who have fought and/or have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending this Nation and her way of life.  We promised that we would do our due diligence to care for him/her and his families.  To acknowledge those sacrifices and to work to make him and his family whole again. 

    No one entity; not the Veterans Affairs, not Virginia’s Division of Veteran Services, Not Wounded Warriors or any other Veteran program can make this promise a reality by itself.  It takes the collaboration of the entire nation or in our case the entire State of Virginia.

    Our part in this endeavor to make the veteran and his family whole again is to help him or her secure employment.  It is no small thing because for many of us, our job is an extension of who we are.  

    The Human Resource Specialist, number one responsibility is to facilitate the recruitment/hiring and retaining of the most qualified and best fit team member to their company.  Veterans usually fit the "requirement', but to hire and retain them requires a certain level of intentionality


    Speaker Biography: 

    Dr. Robert M Walker Jr (DMin, MDiv, MA MFT) is an Ordained Elder (since 1994) in the Church, a Certified Life Coach and an Army Veteran.  He has been married to his high school sweetheart Alvena (Cookie) for over 30 years and they have two daughters Shahde’ Lorraine and Leah Marie.

    Dr. Rob (as most of his friends call him) is the recipient of the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star during his illustrious 28 years of military service.  He has deployed multiple times during his military career to such locations as Iraq, Qatar and Bosnia.  He has the distinction of being the only medical logistics officer to serve as the Director of the Joint Patient Movement Center while deployed in Qatar in support of U.S. Central Command Operations.  In addition, he was selected to be a member of the Medical Merit Society, which selects military and civilians who have made significant contributions to the Army Medical Service Corps. 

    Dr. Rob holds a Doctorate in Ministry with a Leadership focus from Regent University.  He has also obtained three Masters Degrees; Masters of Divinity, Duel Masters of Science in Logistics Management/Management from Florida Institute Technology and a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from the CACREP accredited Department of Marriage and Family Sciences of Northcentral University. 

    As an ordained Elder in the Church, Dr Rob has served in many capacities to include; Director of School of Ministry, Executive Pastor, First Assistant, and Youth Pastor.

    A Dynamic Speaker, preacher and teacher, Dr. Rob currently serves as the Chief of Veteran Services for the Virginia Employment Commission.  In this position, Dr. Rob and his team serve veterans by securing employment for Veterans and eligible spouses, including special disabled Veterans, disabled Veterans, economically or educationally disadvantaged Veterans, and Veterans with other barriers to employment.

    He was also recognized and selected by one of the most influential Christian Leadership Organizations; the John C Maxwell Leadership Team as one of the top 100 Transformational Leaders for 2018.


    Pre-Approved for SHRM Credit (1.00 Credit Hour)

    Pre-Approved for HRCI Credit (1.00 Credit Hour)


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