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Preparing for civilian sector challenges; Help is just around the corner

Members of Woman-to-Woman, Leader-to-Leader 2017, San Antonio Chamber Military Affairs Council group meeting in March at the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind to discuss job opportunities for senior military women leaders.  (Photos by Gloria Vasquez)

Members of Woman-to-Woman, Leader-to-Leader 2017, San Antonio Chamber Military Affairs Council group meeting in March at the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind to discuss job opportunities for senior military women leaders. (Photos by Gloria Vasquez)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – LACKLAND, Texas --

    The Twenty-fifth Air Force participated in the Woman-to-Woman, Leader-to-Leader, 2017 San Antonio Chamber Military Affairs Council, group meeting in March. There were over 30 women of industry leaders from San Antonio all in one room.

    The WWLL group’s goal is to connect senior military women leaders with key women industry leaders to encourage a collaborative sharing of cultures (business and military) and provide women transitioning out of military service the tools and connections essential to preparing for civilian sector challenges.  Their goals include mentorship, knowledge sharing, translating military skills to the civilian equivalents and building a strong community network to enhance the already established “military family” network.

    After many years of serving within the Military Affairs Council and advocating for military partners throughout San Antonio, Johnette Lee, San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, founded the group for the Chamber and has been working hard for the last six years to establish connections and help foster valuable mentorships.  She recently passed the baton to Jimmie Keenan, senior vice president, Enterprise Clinic Operations, and president, Greater Texas Region of WellMed, and to Diane Warren, CEO and Founder of Bounceology, who will serve as Co-Chairs for this year’s Committee.

    Keenan gave opening remarks and asked everyone to introduce themselves.  “We aim to keep the military talent and treasure here in San Antonio and help every veteran land in the right spot and make those important connections,” said Keenan. 

    The WWLL group has over 140 members from all walks-of-life.  Some of the companies represented at the meeting were Wellmed, STEMACCEL Connect, Bexar County, Bob Woodward Foundation, CPS Energy, Harland Clarke Holdings, LiftFund, SWBC, Children's Bereavement Center, Texas Creative, Army Residential Community, 502nd FSG, NMETC and BCI Home Mortgage to name a few.

 

    Several common recognitions throughout the discussions were the numerous organizations willing to help veterans, the available job opportunities in San Antonio and the importance of bringing more military women to the meetings. 

 

    “Please spread the word about our meetings to other senior military women veterans,” said Keenan.  “We have many positions available and are ready to hire,” said Carol Zernial, executive director, WellMed Charitable Foundation. “We just need those military women leaders to apply.”

 

    The WWLL committee meets four times a year.  If you are interested, please email Lori Stinson, Program Director at lstinson@sachamber.org.