In these conversations we explore the military-to-civilian transition and job search process, speaking with veterans leaving a positive mark on society every day in the world around them. We hear the stories of honorably discharged men and women of the US Armed Forces about the good, the bad, the ugly they encountered while building civilian lives for themselves and their families. If you're looking for good advice during your daily commute, workout, or ‘me’ time, start planning for your transition today with the Veteran Influencer Podcast.
Ralph Kauzlarich - Army Infantry Colonel Transitions to Financial Advisory
Ralph graduated from West Point and served in the Army through the rank of Colonel, working in the education and energy sectors for several years after leaving active duty. He joined First Command as an advisor in the spring of 2019 to help veterans and military families accomplish their financial goals.
Josh Rojas - Navy Flag Aide Transitions to Facilities Management and Commercial Real Estate
Josh is a Facilities Manager with Jones Lang Lasalle. He describes his role as a great fit for the maintenance and operations leadership skills he developed serving as a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare officer for eight years following graduation from the Naval Academy in 2005. In today's conversation we discuss his path to this role as he went through his military-to-civilian transition seven years ago at the same time his wife was applying to medical school.
Stan Walz - Supporting the Coast Guard Mission From the Private Sector
Unlike many previous guests, Stan found a role after military service that allowed him to directly solve some of the problems he had experienced during his active duty time. This focus created a clear path for him to apply knowledge and expertise gained in the service and brought the government's investment in his military training and education full-circle, giving him a way to make meaningful improvements to the fleet from the private sector.
Ryan Sweeney - From Army Helicopter Pilot to GE Aviation
In this conversation we talk about how Ryan found a career after initially transitioning to a job he wasn't passionate about, and also how his organization has recently been impacted by the spread of Novel Coronavirus, and the changes to his manufacturing team and facility caused by this pandemic.
LTG (ret) Raymond Mason - Director at Army Emergency Relief
Serving as COO at a for-profit company for a little over two years, he felt the pull back to the Army and a desire to contribute to the mission. When a friend approached him about a potential role leading the team at Army Emergency Relief, he threw his hat in the ring.
Our soldiers, veterans, and military families are facing financial hardships, so Ray and his team at Army Emergency Relief are focused on keeping the distractions and challenges of this crisis from impacting Army readiness.
John O'Grady - Executive and Athlete Leader Development
In this conversation, we talk about how leading teams deployed around the world and his time at West Point as a Division 1 Athlete gave John a template for launching his own coaching and executive development practice after leaving uniformed service. John works with leaders in the athletic and executive spaces to refine their talent identification and mentoring, and provide intentional focus on leadership along with all the other disciplines necessary to organizational or team success.
One of my favorite podcasts on rotation.
All veterans should listen to this PODCAST. It’s not only insightful, it’s motivating. Tim Mossholder profiles veterans that everyone can relate to. Every episode is a 10-digit grid to a successful transition.
Must-listen for transitioning service members!
I believe every service member could benefit from listening to these incredible podcasts.
These podcasts provide a unique and valuable look into the various career paths other transitioning service members have taken. This insight can better-arm future transitioning personnel with the information they need to understand what really is out there and how to best prepare for it!
I wish these had been available decades ago; I can’t imagine how many transitions would have been positively impacted had information like this been available!