The amount of passion in the room at the Tampa Firefighters Museum Thursday evening quickly became apparent as the crowd began to gather to engage a panel of "Not Your Average Speakers'' in conversation about "Bring 'Em Home! Transforming Military Might Into Civilian Talent.''
Even before panelists could take their seats, veterans seeking jobs and employers with jobs were trading contact information. Social service groups, military reps, nonprofit organizations and coaching consultants were talking about collaborations. College students and business leaders were considering how to help each other as well as friends of friends make additional connections.
The hubbub among attendees quieted down only long enough to make introductions, including Col. Scott DeThomas, base commander at MacDill Air Force Base
; Kiersten Downs of USF
and Student Veterans of America
; Ryan Moran of LVI Environmental Services
; and Brian Murphy of ReliaQuest
What followed were personal stories about making successful transitions, examples of individual and community challenges in connecting veterans with jobs, anecdotal evidence of great opportunities with local companies and a whole lot of sage advice.
Moderator Howard Altman of The Tampa Tribune got everyone engaged in conversation and the rest is history.
Read all about it in this account written by Reporter Keeley Sheehan and published the Sunday Tampa Bay Times in honor of Veterans Day: Tampa Bay veterans get job advice
The event was made possible by Nielsen
, PNC Bank
, MOSI Tampa
and the Tampa Firefighters Museum
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Diane Egner, a longtime journalist in the Tampa Bay region, is publisher and managing editor of 83 Degrees Media. Comments? Contact 83 Degrees.