November NOARK Meeting

HR Strategies for Closing the Gap between Veterans and Hiring Managers

Categories: Membership Meeting

NOARK is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

This event is approved for HRCI credits

This Program has been approved for 1.00 HR (Business) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

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According to a 2020 SHRM Foundation report, 90% of U.S. military veterans report obstacles in attaining employment. In 2020, the SHRM Foundation and published a report noting that only 55% of organizations have a program related to the employment of veterans. And, as recently as September 22, 2021, Forbes reports that U.S. talent shortages are at a 10-year high. There’s something wrong with this math. These numbers do not add up. Veterans are struggling to find employment and there is a talent shortage. HR to the rescue? Who better equipped than HR to take on the duel challenge of helping veterans position themselves to start their civilian careers and at the same time create organizational strategies to better recruit, hire, engage, and retain veterans?

But how? Where to begin? How to succeed? Join us on November 11th, Veterans Day 2021, to learn how you can build a program to effectively recruit, hire, and retain veterans in your organization. Take an hour of your time to learn more about veterans and the value they can bring to your workplace.

Hiring veterans isn’t just patriotic, it’s good business. But in the end, it has been said that the defense of this nation depends upon those willing to serve…and upon those who support that service. HR is uniquely positioned to support that service bridging the gap between the veteran talent pool and hiring managers.


Participants will be prepared to:

•       Better relate to military-connected applicants and team members.

•       See what makes a military-connected individual unique and valuable;

•       Build a strategically focused business case for effective recruiting, hiring, and on-boarding of military-connected;

•       Demonstrate how creating a ‘belonging culture’ to insure military-connected inclusion is ethically aligned with organizational DEI initiatives.


Judith Tavano, SHRM-SCP, SPHR has been serving the veteran community for over 20 years, helping veterans, currently serving National Guard, reserve forces, and military spouses enter, re-enter, and thrive in the civilian workforce. Judith serves as the chair of workforce readiness for NOARK. In this role, she has initiated a number of workplace outreach activities and is an active member of the Northwest Arkansas Council’s workforce committee. As a long-time HR educator at the University of Arkansas, Judith has assisted hundreds of HR professionals in the state of Arkansas and beyond to achieve their bachelor’s degrees in Workforce Development and/or professional certification. Judith is a frequently requested HR trainer and speaker, known to many as an expert in generational workplace dynamics.  

Judith holds a B.A. and M.A. from Simmons University, Boston, and the international designations of Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and Certified Program Planner (CCP) from LERN.

Judith believes that the employing military-connected is an economic development imperative for Arkansas. The strategic inclusion of military-connected individuals into the northwest Arkansas workforce will not only create opportunities for military-connected individuals but also for the employers who will employ them, and the region as a whole.

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