In celebration of Veteran’s Day, we are bringing together an all-star panel to discuss the value, experience and skills veterans bring to the workforce.
According to the U.S. Department for Veteran Affairs, more than 200,000 service members transition to civilian life every year, but many say they’ve faced challenges finding employment. So how can we help veterans and help the channel ecosystem gain the experience and talent these veterans bring?
You will learn:
- What attracted them to the military in the first place
- How has their military background helped them in their career
- What skills and training veterans bring to the table and why they should be a part of the DE&I conversation
- What supports can be put in place for new employees that are just transitioning to the civilian workforce
- Tips for other veterans looking to break into the tech industry
Nancy Ridge, Ginger Miller, Jo Peterson
About Nancy Ridge
Nancy Ridge is the president of Ridge Innovative; a trusted advisor to her clients. She brings a laser focus on enabling business outcomes through technology. In addition, Ridge offers programs for developing channel ecosystems through automated enablement, leadership coaching, team selling and one-on-one professional coaching. Previously, Nancy built the partner program for a leading national technology distributor. Ridge also led sales for a high-touch wholesale carrier where she created and managed the indirect sales channel. The company won #41 on the “Inc. 500” list of fastest-growing companies with over 2,000% growth. Before that, as vice president for a cost containment consulting firm, she helped pioneer telecom expense management and was a principal in a demand-side energy service company for 10 years. Ridge regularly speaks on panels, acts as a moderator and serves as a keynote on topics ranging from technology to mentoring and gender diversity. She is the co-founder and past president of the Alliance of Channel Women, a Silver Stevie recipient for Executive of the Year, a certified WBENC, sits of the Boards of 3 non-profits and is an enthusiastic mentor for women and girls in both the workplace and her community.
About Ginger Miller
Ginger Miller is a formerly homeless Navy veteran turned White House Champion of Change for Women Veterans and CEO of the national nonprofit organization Women Veterans Interactive Foundation. A true servant leader, in 2021, President Joe Biden appointed Ginger to the Board of Governors of the USO; during the same year, she was selected to be a part of Columbia University Obama’s Presidency Oral History Project and as an Honorary Commander on Joint Base Andrews. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member of Northwest Federal Credit Union. She holds a Master’s Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University, a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit and Association Management from the University Maryland Global Campus, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Hofstra University.
About Jo Peterson
Jo Peterson is the Vice President of Cloud and Security Services for Clarify360. An engineer by trade, Jo has been helping clients architect cloud solutions since 2009. She is followed by an audience of over 65,000 on Twitter and has over 12,000 followers on Linked In for her practical insights on cloud and security. Jo holds multiple AWS, Azure and Google certifications as well as CCNA and CCNP. She is currently in the process of her CCSP and CISSP. She has a Master’s Degree in Information Technology as well as an MBA, is an Air Force vet and the founding Co-Chair of cloudgirs.org. Jo is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and serves on CompTIA’s Infrastructure Advisory Board