There are more than half a million veterans across the state of South Carolina—and thousands of those veterans, along with military spouses, are currently unemployed— or, in many cases, underemployed or undereducated—and they leave service with enormous amounts of skills and specialized knowledge that is often lost in the translation to civilian life.

The transition to civilian or corporate employment has its own challenges, as well—challenges that must be addressed in order to ensure our veteran and military populations can find their fit within our workforce. From identifying potential gaps in the hiring process to translating skills, the Veteran Employment Summit was designed by two entities familiar with the subject—the South Carolina chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and The RECON Network.

This one-day conference will focus on both sides of the issue—the hiring side (for HR and staffing professionals) and the employment side (for veterans and military spouses).
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Attendees to the VET Summit will experience
Speakers in HR and Veteran Employment from across S.C
Resources to Help Recruit and Retain Veterans
Face-to-Face Networking 
and Connections 
About the 2019 S.C. VET Summit
The Kroc Center
424 Westfield St, Greenville S.C
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Veterans & Military Spouses
Staffing and HR Professionals and Recruiters
Event Agenda
*All event information subject to change

This conference has been submitted for SHRM and HRCI credits. Approval pending.

7:30 a.m.
Registration Open
8:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks

With Special Guest: S.C. Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette

9:00 a.m.
Session 1 Breakouts

15 Things Veterans Wish You Knew (Hiring Track)

Intro to the CareerChoice GPS assessment (Veteran Track)

"Hot Jobs" and the Hiring Economy in S.C. (Veteran Track)

9:45 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
Session 2 Breakouts

Finding the "What" and your "Why" in the Job Search (Veteran Track)

The Veteran Community in South Carolina - An Overview (Hiring Track)

Making Your Company Truly Military Friendly (Hiring Track)

11:00 p.m.
Keynote: Carl Sharperson

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former United States Marine Corps pilot, Carl has held a number of senior sales and operational positions with Procter and Gamble, Frito Lay, and Colgate Palmolive. Carl will share with us the leadership principles that have served him through every walk of life—from within Fortune 500 companies to the USMC, and even in overcoming brain surgery and stage 4 Cancer.

12:00 p.m.
Lunch / Networking
1:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Gaps in the Hiring Process
2:30 p.m.
Session 3 Breakouts

The Business Case for Hiring Veterans (Hiring Track)

Resumes, Interviews & Networking Tips (Veteran Track)

3:15 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
Session 4 Breakouts

Navigating Transition without Getting Discouraged (Veteran Track)

Introducing the Veterans at Work Certificate (Hiring Track)

Translating Military Experience (Hiring Track)

4:30 p.m.
Networking / Event Close
Event FAQs
What is the goal of the VET Summit?
The goal of the VET Summit is pretty straightforward—to improve and positively impact companies across the state of South Carolina by addressing both sides of the Veteran Workforce Gap. At the summit, HR Professionals will learn more about the issues surrounding veteran employemnet, as well as how to better recruit and retain veterans for their companies. Also, in addition to hearing experts from across the state in employment and best practices in job search, veterans and military spouses will gain resources and access to companies and recruiters from across the state of South Carolina.
Who is the VET Summit for?
The VET Summit is for anyone who qualifies as one of the following: veterans, military spouses, HR professionals, staffing agencies, or recruiters.
Who is behind this event?
The VET Summit was born out of a partnership between two expert entities in employment and veteran employment: the South Carolina chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and The RECON Network, a SC-based company focused on purpose-focused veteran transition and employment. 
How can I be a sponsor of this event?
Just contact us! Send an email to Jordana at and we'll get you the info.
Registration Information
Free to attend for veterans and military spouses
  • Includes all-day registration
  • Lunch and Networking included
  • Only 75 spaces!
HR Professional
Early Bird pricing ended 10/31/19
  • Full-conference registration
  • Lunch and Networking included
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