BANG Meeting 22 Feb 17



Business And Networking Group
22 February 2017
6:30 to 8:30 PM
The historic Clark House
6332 Barcroft Mews Drive
Falls Church, VA 22041
Our BANG meetings are open to all. Please feel free to bring friends. There will be a Spotlight Speaker presentation of general interest to the group and plenty of networking time with jobseekers, hiring managers and human resource professionals. See you at the BANG. Remember there always “jobs in the room.”
Spotlight Speaker for 22 February 2017 will feature a presentation by: Mike Bruni, Director of Talent Acquisition at SC3. SC3 is a leading provider of high-end mission support, consulting and technology solutions to the federal government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations and nonprofit organizations. ( ).
Mike possesses over 18 years of experience in the Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, and Sourcing functional areas supporting the National Security Industry. Mike joined SAIC (Now Leidos) in January of 2005 after spending 7 years in the staffing industry. Since entering the field in 1997 he has taken on roles leading many initiatives to include Talent Acquisition Management, Sourcing, Capture Staffing, Direct Recruiting, and Veteran Outreach. 
Mike has built and led staffing program with much success.  In 2012, he led the staffing effort for a major program in excess of $ 1 billion.  The effort resulted in the award of the program and the successful transition and staffing of this massive program.   Mike is heavily experienced in developing Talent Acquisition strategies tailored to each customer and skill set. 
As a Sourcing Manager, Mike designs and builds talent pipelines supporting diverse programs throughout the community. Provides staffing strategies in support of new business pursuits and proposals. Leads candidate outreach efforts to provide organizational and personal branding for SC3.
In December of 2009, Mike was instrumental in standing up a centralized Military Recruiting Program, Operation MVP. This program was designed to be a central point to recruit top talent from all Branches of the Military.  This program continues to train and recruit Service Members to this day.
Mike has been quoted in HR Magazine, The Military Times, and USAToday. He’s been a guest on Federal News Radio’s “FedAccess” Show. He has also been a guest on the radio program “The Workforce Show”. He’s been featured on the Pentagon Channel’s “Hiring America” television show. Mike sits on the AFCEA EPIC Committee as well as the INSA ICC Committee. Both committees are industry professional associations. He is a board member of recruitDC. He also the facilitator and leader for Project S.A.V.E. (Staffing Alliance of Virginia Employers) which is a networking organization for HR and recruiting professionals.

Directions to the Clark House ( ).  The historic Clark House is adjacent to the Barcroft Plaza Shopping Center on Columbia Pike at the intersection with Lincolnia Road and Old Columbia Pike. Look for Harris Teeter and Starbucks in the shopping center on the corner at the traffic light. Upon entering the Barcroft Plaza Shopping Center stay on service road to east end of parking area. The Clark House is located at the entrance to a townhouse complex. The Clark House is a restored, late 1800’s Victorian farm house. There will be a sign in front. For additional information contact: Frank Wickersham III
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Transition on the Go 3.7.2017 – Hampton, VA



“Transition on the Go” event

FREE EVENT and OPEN to Eligible Active Duty, National Guard and Reservists, Transitioning Military, ALL Veterans, Military Retirees and Spouses!
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 7:30 a.m.)
Location: Peninsula Workforce Development Center
Conference Center
600 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA 23666
·         Tips on Successful Networking
·         Been There/Done That
·         Federal Workshop
·         Interview Tips and Dress for Success
·         Social Media Workshop
·         Employer Panel
·         Resource Fair
TEAM partners include the Fleet and Family Support Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis (Army Community Service); Langley Airman & Family Readiness Center, Fort Eustis Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP), Coast Guard Work Life Program, Virginia Employment Commission, Peninsula Worklink, Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Newport News Shipbuilding

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ASSEMBLY ORDER – IWO JIMA DINNER – ROMEO UNIT#1 NYC – Long Island City, Queens, NY/February 23rd



Iwo Jima Dinner

Maximum participation requested. On behalf of Joe Lisi.

ROMEO (Retired Old Marines Eating Out) Unit #1 NYC will gather to celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of the invasion and battle of Iwo Jima. Come and enjoy a meal, grog, and sea stories as we remember our brother Marines from the “Greatest Generation.” Their courage and determination has been the standard by which our Corps has judged itself since February 1945.

Manducatis Restaurant 1327 Jackson Ave, Long Island City​​(718-729-4602) same location as last year.
​​Civilian Casual Jackets & ties NOT required. (EGA encouraged)
​​Enlisted Marines (active & reserve) $ 60.00​​Officers (active & reserve) $ 70.00​​Marine Veterans $ 80.00
The above prices include a complete meal (appetizers, entrees, and dessert) plus UNLIMITED beer and wine. ALL taxes and gratuities are also INCLUDED. There will be a separate CASH BAR for HARD DRINKS. Please bring enough CASH to cover your meal and drinks.

SEATING IS LIMITED – RESERVATIONS A MUST! – RSVP by February 13, 2017. First come, first served rule for reservations. ALL MARINES ARE WELCOME while seats last. Feel free to pass along this information/invitation.

Semper Fidelis,
Joe Lisi 
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The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) extended online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans.



Shop the largest military government ecommerce site with exclusive discounts, military clothing and tactical gear, tax free shopping and sales on name brands up to 50 …

Subject: RE: Veterans Online Shopping Benefit
After four years of coordination with the Departments of Defense, Army and Air Force as well as several other federal agencies, the Exchange will welcome home approximately 15 million veterans as we provide a lifetime online exchange benefit for all who served honorably beginning this Veterans Day.
Extending online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans will directly improve family and support programs for Soldiers, Airmen and their families. Consistent with each exchange’s dividend policy, increased earnings as a result of this new benefit is expected to generate tens of millions of dollars in increased annual dividends to Quality-of-Life programs for the military community including contingency operations, Army Child Development Centers, Youth Services and fitness centers, Air Force Outdoor Recreation, combat uniforms, overseas school lunches and more.
From technology upgrades to associate training to inventory planning, the Exchange has been working on implementation of the Veterans Online Shopping Benefit since it was first proposed in 2013. As a result, most of the required business capabilities are already in place, and the Exchange will be ready for a smooth rollout on Veterans Day.

The Exchange is honored to offer this well-deserved benefit to those who have served our country and we look forward to welcoming our veterans home this Veterans Day and every day thereafter.
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AbilityLinks Featured Job Seeker – Alyx Koch



Many of AbilityLinks’ candidates have a background in English and creative writing. To utilize the skills and passion they have with a pen or a keyboard, Alyx Koch has a strong background in social media, editing and marketing writing, as well as intangibles that make her a featured candidate for us.

Where and when did you start to develop an interest in writing and communications? 

I’ve been a storyteller by nature since I was five, but didn’t start to take writing itself very seriously until I was thirteen (I read a poem in front of my entire seventh grade class, and people kept telling me that I needed to have it published). I became interested in the communications aspect when I was a senior in college, during my second to last semester. I had originally thought I would work at a traditional publishing company, but at the urging of friends and colleagues, decided to see what social media and marketing was about. I’ve been fascinated by it ever since.  

How were you able to keep up with making your social media skills relevant?

A lot of it is paying attention; I keep up with the industry via email newsletters and Twitter accounts, and would adjust based on the trends I’d see emerging and fading. 

Tell us about your skills in content marketing.

I’m mostly on the creative side of things, specifically with editorial content calendars (social media posts), blog posts, press releases, website copy, etc. I love coming with ideas that address a top from a unique angle; not only does it pique the audience’s interest, but hopefully it gives them something to think about. I also enjoy partaking in conversation (engagement) on social media platforms. 

Where do you hope to be five years from now in your career?

If I’m not writing full-time by then, I’d like to be in a mid-level to senior level position, specifically when I can lead and mentor others. I know how difficult it is to get into marketing in itself, and I want to be able to offer guidance the way it was shown to me. .

How has AbilityLlinks helped your job search?

Admittedly this is the first time I’ve used AbilityLinks (when I first met Bill O’Connor I was in a difficult place in life and felt the need to be utterly stubborn at the time, but that’s a whole other story). What I hope to get out of it is to find a job where I can genuinely use my skills and talents, but to also go through the hiring process in a way that’s more humanizing then what I have experienced thus far. 

How easy or difficult is it to bring together diverse city and inclusion in to bridge connections between employee and employer?

With this question, are you asking about the level of ease/difficulty in terms of bringing employers and employees together for the sake of diversity and inclusion? If so, I think it ultimately depends on the situation and how both parties communicate with one another. If there’s an open line of communication, and the employee feels that he/she can be open about the challenges/limitations they face (along with how those things affect them in the workplace), then of course there’s opportunity for inclusion. 

Thanks Alyx! If you have interest in reaching Alyx or any other AbilityLinks featured candidates on our blog,  click here!

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Mar 11, 2017 | 9:30am – 10:30am, Austin, TX, Apprenticeships and Solving the IT Skills Gap



Apprenticeships and Solving the IT Skills Gap
Mar 11, 2017 | 9:30am – 10:30am
Charles Eaton
Creating IT Futures Foundation
Heather Terenzio
Techtonic Group
Orrin Hatch
US Senate
There are nearly one million open tech jobs in the US today. This gap will increase significantly in the coming years, as older workers retire and the expansion of cloud, cybersecurity, and big data devices require more people to create, manage and monitor technology. Sen. Orrin Hatch introduced the EARNS Act to expand apprenticeship in the U.S. Apprenticeship pairs on-the-job training with classroom instruction, and it’s one of the best ways to prepare workers to participate in the workforce, and to train loyal, skilled employees so businesses compete in today’s economy. This sentence will discuss apprenticeship programs and other creative ways employers are looking to fill open positions.
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Format: Panel
Event Type: Sessions
Track: Tech Industry
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JW Marriott
Salon AB

110 E 2nd St

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Orrin Hatch
U.S. Senator
US Senate

Orrin Grant Hatch was born on March 22, 1934, to Jesse and Helen Hatch. He married Elaine Hansen of Newton, Utah in 1957. Orrin and Elaine Hatch are the proud parents of six children, 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Now in his seventh term as Utah’s senator, Orrin Hatch is the most senior Republican in the Senate. Among his many initiatives are the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, the Strengthening Our Commitment to Legal Immigration and America’s Security Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, and the Utah School Trust Lands Exchange Act. Senator Hatch continues to lead in the fight to repeal Obamacare. He is on the front lines of legislative battles to secure the nation’s borders, stop the forced unionization of American workers, and to bring fiscal restraint back to Washington by ending the reckless spending that threatens to bankrupt the nation.
Charles Eaton
President & CEO
Creating IT Futures Foundation

Charles Eaton leads the philanthropic arm of CompTIA, the Creating IT Futures Foundation, which helps populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in information technology careers. Under Eaton’s direction, the foundation has expanded its scope to cultivate best practices in American workforce development and tech-related STEM education. Eaton is often invited to participate in White House Administration workforce development campaigns and is quoted frequently in the media as an authority on tech workforce development and STEM education. In the past few years, he’s been a speaker at the US News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference, the League for Innovation STEMtech Conference, the California Workforce Association Spring Conference, the Philly Emerging Tech Conference, the National Career Pathways Network’s Annual Conference, the National Association of Veterans Upward Bound Conference
Events featuring Charles Eaton
9:30am — 10:30am
Apprenticeships and Solving the IT Skills Gap at JW Marriott Salon AB

Heather Terenzio
Co-Founder, CEO & Pres
Techtonic Group

Heather has expertise in software, supply chain, telecommunications, engineering, and financial services industries. Years in the Field: 18+ years, including executive postions at venture-backed start-up companies as well as Fortune 1000 companies. Education: B.S. from Cornell University and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder Board Member: The Entrepreneur’s Organization, a global network of more than 10,000 business owners in 38 countries. Previous Roles: Co-Founder and CTO of Astoundry, Inc, IT management positions at Parsons Engineering and US West, IT consultant, developer, and project manager of commercial grade software.

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