National Vision Representatives Attend Veteran Hiring Events in Washington, D.C.

Last month, National Vision’s Talent Acquisition Team attended the KKR Vets @ Work Roundtable and the Hiring Our Heroes Military Hiring Fair in Washington, D.C.

These events provided our human resource representatives with a greater understanding of the unique challenges of attracting and retaining top veteran talent, while providing them with the necessary tools to address these challenges.

2017 Vets @ Work Roundtable 

This year’s Vets @ Work Roundtable was the fifth in-person conference which brought together roughly 40 human resource leaders from 16 portfolio companies in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the event was to brainstorm and share best practices in diversifying and inclusion of military professionals while creating a successful workforce.

Launched in 2011, Vets @ Work, is an initiative aimed at recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans across KKR’s U.S.-based private equity portfolio companies.

More than 30 of the portfolio companies have taken part in this initiative during the past five years, focusing on all aspects of hiring veterans and military spouses. This program features two primary strengths: a strong focus on its goal and the ability for participants to customize its approach.

During the roundtable discussions, our Talent Acquisition Team had the opportunity to engage in dialogue with expert panelists from the government, private sector and nonprofit communities. They discussed topics such as veteran sourcing options, finding military talent and retention efforts.

NVI HR Reps with Retired Generals

Retired General David Petraeus, Retired Command Sergeant Major Marvin Hill and National Vision Representatives.

2017 Hiring Our Heroes Military Hiring Fair

The Hiring Our Heroes event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling provided our Talent Acquisition Team with the opportunity to meet with nearly 250 job seekers from the military community.

It also provided our team with a chance to gain a better understanding of how their military experience can translate into a civilian job in different arenas. Many of the job seekers were exploring a career for the first time outside of the military and had many questions regarding what National Vision had to offer.

Looking Towards 2018

As we move towards 2018, we reflect on the accomplishments made in our Veteran Inclusion and Partnership Program – we hired 82 veterans as of the end of Quarter 3 in 2017 and made great strides towards expanding our presence within the veteran community.

Our hope is that in 2018 we will provide more veterans with meaningful career opportunities and support them as they transition into civilian life.

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Jessica Altamirano

Jessica Altamirano

Communications Specialist at National Vision, Inc.
Jessica Altamirano is a proud Veteran spouse who has worked for NVI since 2014. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. Jessica is passionate about corporate-nonprofit partnerships, philanthropic efforts in developing countries, Veteran recruitment, and creating a culture of health and wellness in the workplace.
Jessica Altamirano