Feb 27 2015
MOAA President VADM Norb Ryan, USN (ret.), Dorothy McAuliffe, First Lady of Virginia, and C.C. Gallagher, Deputy Director, Spouse and Currently Serving Programs
MOAA hosted its 11th Military Spouse Symposium, “Keeping A Career on the Move®,” February 24th in Norfolk, Virginia which drew more than 200 military spouses.
Virginia’s first lady Dorothy McAuliffe kicked off the award-winning professional-development conference by reaffirming her commitment to military families. “Here in Virginia, the governor and I are absolutely committed to supporting our military families,” McAuliffe said. “We know that you face unique challenges, and we are glad to work with organizations like MOAA to make sure that military families get the support that they need and they deserve.”
To support military spouses in the workforce, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation providing eligibility for unemployment compensation to military spouses who leave employment to accompany their active duty servicemember to a new duty station. Virginia joins 46 other states offering this critical benefit.
Karen Golden, Deputy Director of Government Relations (moderator) with Julie Gifford, Regional Military Liaison, Office of the Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs, Commonwealth of Virginia and Nora Graves, President, Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education.
The first panel of the day focused on “The Nuts and Bolts of Spouse Employment.” The discussion centered on the state and federal policies, national programs, installation resources, and local employment and educational opportunities that help military spouses advance their career opportunities
Representatives from MOAA’s Transition Center provided career-focused seminars to assist spouses with workforce entry. Sessions included LinkedIn strategies, developing your 30 second commercial and resume and interviewing tips.
Additional sessions focused on entrepreneurship and tips for navigating federal employment.
Jade Rouzeau, Bre Kingsbury, Mia Guinan, Pauline Arredondo and Lucy Bustamante.
The day concluded with the popular “Real Spouses, Real Stories” panel. Military spouses who have navigated a wide variety of industries and used strategic volunteer opportunities to keep their careers on the move shared insight for managing a career while “married to the military.”