The 2018 Veteran ERG Company of the Year
Award: AT&T and Hilton.
Panels of the day included: “Workforce of the
Future…Jobs in Today’s Economy.” This session
focused on the jobs and careers at the federal
government and the intelligence community.
The second panel of the day titled “Veteran
Employee Resource Group (V-ERG)...Understanding
the Cultural Differences,” focused on the integration
of returning military into the civilian workplace, the
importance of mentorship, sponsorship and retention
programs for Veterans.
The “Cybersecurity Threat Today” presentation
showcased by Laz Andino, Supervisory Special Agent,
FBI Cyber Division, Mission Critical Engagement Unit,
FBI focused on ways to prepare and protect yourself
from becoming a victim.
During the last panel of the day “Diversity in the
Military Today...Women Blazing the Trail for Future
Flag Officers,” military Latina leaders addressed
the work being accomplished to grow Latina
professionals in the military.
During the Distinguished Military Awards
Luncheon, Clarence “CJ” Johnson, Department of
Defense Director, Diversity Management Operations
Center, provided welcome remarks. The following
awards were presented during the luncheon:
President’s Award: Lieutenant General Jay
Silveria, USAF, Air Force Academy Superintendent.
Trailblazer Award: Lt. Col. Olga E. Custodio, USAF,
Retired (First Latina Military Pilot).
U.S. Joint Force Color Guard.
Keynote speaker Lieutenant General Jay
B. Silveria, Superintendent, Air Force
(L-R) James Schenck, PENFED CEO;
Ambassador Julieta V. Noyes; Lupita
Colmenero and Robert Bard, LATINA
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(L-R) Claudia Vivar, Melanie C. Meeks, Evangelina Torres,
Darrell C. Holloway, Veronica Vazquez, Jennifer Smith, and
Lupita Colmenero, founder of Parents Step Ahead.
Veteran ERG panel. (L-R) Marc Lopez, Nationwide; Alice
Garcia, USAA; Johanna Martinez, AT&T; Kevin Garvey, UPS;
Lauren Bacon, Hilton; and Keith Nattrass, GM.
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