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BPW Foundation Participates in Veterans on Wall Street Conference

Posted by YWM on June 22, 2012

CEO Moderates Panel on Women Veterans and Mentoring

Candice Mendenhall, ICF International, Deborah Frett, BPW Foundation and Ginni Guiton, USO at the Veterans on Wall Street Conference.

Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation CEO Deborah L. Frett participated in the Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) Conference, Thursday, June 21 in New York City, and moderated a panel: “Women Veterans in Transition and Developing Effective Mentoring and Network Programs.”

The one-day conference, jointly organized by Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Citi, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, brought together Wall Street firms, industry participants, transitioning service members, veterans seeking jobs in the financial sector, military and government leaders, military support organizations, and others who have a shared interest in veterans’ employment opportunities. The goals of the conference are to raise the profile of veterans on Wall Street, educate employers about how veterans’ skill sets match up with the needs of Wall Street, and highlight the financial services industry as a veteran-friendly employer.

Frett moderated an interactive panel and presentation that highlighted the challenges women veterans face during civilian career transition, addressed the importance of mentoring, and provided strategies and best practices for developing and incorporating mentoring programs for women veterans in the financial workplace. Panel attendees will discus the benefits for the financial industry of having employees engage with veteran employees on a sustained basis as mentors, and Frett also introduced Wall Street attendees to BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus™. Launched in January, 2012, this ground-breaking program connects women veterans and military spouses with working women mentors and subject matter experts (SMEs).  Participants receive free career development support and guidance to find and keep meaningful employment.

In addition to Frett, panelists included veteran Ellen Gardner, Deutsche Bank Director who retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander; Candice Mendenhall, SVP Human Resources at ICF International (and Joining Forces Mentoring Plus™ mentor); and veteran Ginni Guiton, USO Development Office Administrator (and Joining Forces Mentoring Plus™ mentee) who retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel.

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One Response to “BPW Foundation Participates in Veterans on Wall Street Conference”

  1. Amarezza said

    I’m curious if you know how many female veterans were in attendance at the fair?

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