Free Webinar: Hiring Veterans – A Great Way to Grow Your Talent Pool

Recorded On: 02/03/2021

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Organizations struggle with the cost of hiring new staff combined with high rates of employee turnover. What if there was a talent pool that you could tap into that was educated, well-trained, disciplined, and experienced? And the best part is, this talent pool has a demonstrated heart for public service. These future public leaders are those who have served in the military. Veterans are a workforce that can help you to fill the ranks of your local government in a time when all organizations are struggling to find and maintain skilled and accomplished people.


  1. Less than 1% of Americans serve in the military which means that many talent managers and CEOs do not understand the strengths that military members bring to the table. Arizona State University in Partnership with the Alliance for Innovation has done a study on Veteran Hiring Preferences in Local Government and they are here today to tell us about the purpose of the study as well as an analysis of the results.
  2. Thankfully there has been a large and favorable cultural shift from our nation to those men and women who served in all five of the branches of armed services. This has been to the tireless efforts of many business, nonprofits, and elected officials. One such organization is Psych Armor Institute, who continues the tradition of education and the utilization of technology to empower organizations and communities to best engage with their military-connected friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues. They are here to provide further education and information regarding their innovative tools that inform, educate, and open dialogue with employers and their Veteran staff to ensure the healthiest and happiest workplace.
  3. One of our local government Talent Manager’s Demetrius Parker, will discuss the practices that they use to hire veterans and give us some tips and tools to build job descriptions to encourage veterans to apply.

David Swindell; PhD

Director & Associate Professor, Arizona State University | Center for Urban Innovation

David Swindell is the Director of the Center for Urban Innovation and an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. His work focuses primarily on community and economic development, especially public financing of sports facilities, and the contribution of sports facilities to the economic development of urban space. His most recent work examines collaborative arrangements with public, private, and nonprofit organizations for service delivery, and citizen satisfaction and performance measurement standards for public management and decision making. 

Ulrich Jensen

Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs

Arizona State University

Ulrich Jensen is an assistant professor in Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs and an affiliate of its Center for Organizational Research and Design. He is also a fellow at The Crown Prince Frederik Center for Public Leadership, Aarhus University. Ulrich’s research focuses on how to cultivate human resources in public service organizations, with a particular emphasis on leadership and leadership communication.

Matthew Feldhaus

PsychArmor Director of External Affairs and Innovation

Army Veteran, MBA 

Demetrius Parker

Talent Manager Jefferson County, CO

Demetrius “D” Parker is the Talent Management Manager for Jefferson County and current President for IPMA-HR CO. “D” has been in the Human Resources and organizational development area for over 17 years and considers himself an intrapreneur /internal entrepreneur. “D” successfully infuses a diverse and dynamic goal-oriented approach to Talent Acquisition, HR, & Organizational Development by getting it done with an emphasis on professionalism, coaching, innovation, and collaboration.


02/03/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
02/03/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
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1.00 ICMA CE credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 ICMA CE credit  |  Certificate available