Veterans ASCEND Podcast

Episode 28: Psyched For Success Academy

Episode 28: Psyched For Success Academy

From The Founder: "Hi, I'm Sharon Olbeter.  I'm a retired Air Force colonel who had a very varied career.  I served about 11 years on active duty, first enlisted as a medical laboratory technician and then as a civil engineering office before I separated from the...

Episode 27: Submarine Way

Episode 27: Submarine Way

Inspiring inclusion that changes the world. Born out of Deb’s passion for inclusion and the prevention of bullying and harassment in all forms, The Submarine Way is the next generation of its parent company, The Genesis Group LLC, founded in 2008. The Genesis Group...

Episode 26: Liberty Source

Episode 26: Liberty Source

About Liberty Source "At Liberty Source, we believe there is a better way to deliver quality business process services. We also believe it is our responsibility to advance the well-being of military families by creating learning opportunities and sustainable careers....

Episode 25: K9 Salute

Episode 25: K9 Salute

About K9 Salute K9 Salute was founded in 2016 by Jessica Harris, a retired Combat Medic from the Washington Army National Guard, as a way to honor and remember our nation's K-9 heroes that serve in all capacities (military, law enforcement, fire, search & rescue,...

Episode 24: Military Mama Network

Episode 24: Military Mama Network

About Military Mama Network "Military Mama Network was founded with a group of five people in June, 2013. I had been sending boxes to my son while he was in Basic Training for the Army; after he graduated I learned of a soldier and his dog who needed help.  And...

Episode 23: Vet To CEO

Episode 23: Vet To CEO

Empowering Veterans VetToCEO, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports veterans and transitioning military members to succeed in business ownership. Our entrepreneurial community, with its training resources and guidance, assists veterans in leveraging...

Episode 22: At Ease Rentals

Episode 22: At Ease Rentals

From The Owner of AT EASE! "Fed up with options that don’t work for our military family, we created a better way, AT EASE! In May of 2018 the military issued me orders to move and I was determined not to cram our family of eight into yet another hotel room while we...

Episode 21: BI Sims

Episode 21: BI Sims

"Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is a global software company at the forefront of simulation training solutions for defense and civilian organizations. We use the latest game-based technology and a large, experienced in-house team of engineers to develop...

Episode 20: Microsoft

Episode 20: Microsoft

About Chris Cortez In this episode, we interviewed the vice president of Military Affairs at Microsoft, Chris Cortez. Chris leads the Microsoft’s engagement with veterans and military families as part of its focus on inspiring and developing former service members for...

Episode 19: Magellan Federal

Episode 19: Magellan Federal

In this episode we speak with Oscar Montes, CEO of Magellan Federal Group. He is a Navy Veteran, having flown many missions in over 2,000 hours in the F-18 hornet and focuses on helping the men and women in our nation's military.

Episode 17: Strategy & Management Services, Inc.

Episode 17: Strategy & Management Services, Inc.

In this episode we interview Stacy Redman, the CEO of SAMS, Inc., one of the fastest growing Veteran and woman-owned businesses in the U.S. We talk about her transition from the Army, why she started SAMS, and the programs available for Veterans and military spouses.

Episode 16: Perfect Technician Academy

Episode 16: Perfect Technician Academy

In this episode we speak with Sean Pasmore, whose passion is to coach transition Veterans and military spouses into great careers. He talks about the Veteran program at Perfect Technician Academy and advice for transition Veterans.

Episode 15: Cisco – Talent Acquisition

Episode 15: Cisco – Talent Acquisition

In this episode we speak with Gena Pertle, and how her company is helping Veterans find meaningful careers with Cisco. They manufacture and sell hardware, software, and other IT solutions to help connect communities and societies. She is part of the HR Talent...

Episode 14: Act NOW Education

Episode 14: Act NOW Education

In this episode we speak with Jay Salters, serving as an Active Duty Navy Lieutenant and has earned several awards and certifications during his time in the Navy. He has helped over 14,000 military members and Veterans across the nation, and helps to improve diversity...

Episode 13: Davis Investment Strategies

Episode 13: Davis Investment Strategies

In this episode we speak with Les Davis, the founder of Davis Investment Strategies and the host of Military Veteran Radio. We discuss his transition from the Army, and the path that led him to start his own investment company.

Episode 12: FISERV

Episode 12: FISERV

In this episode we talk with Dr. Vivian Greentree, with nearly 2 decades of leadership experience and is dedicated to creating powerful spaces for people to thrive. She is a proud Navy Veteran, and helps Veterans find careers with FISERV.

Episode 11: U.S. Bank

Episode 11: U.S. Bank

In this 9/11 anniversary episode, we are honored to interview two members of US Bank, Andrea Francen and Brian Hoops. We discuss their 9/11 memories, the impact on their lives, and how US Bank helps our Veterans find meaningful careers with US Bank.

Episode 10: Professional Network Connections

Episode 10: Professional Network Connections

In this interview, we talk with Hal Westmoreland, an Army Veteran and founder of Professional Network Connections. He talks about their connection to the Veteran community and how they help Veterans as much as they can.

Episode 9: GoodUnited

Episode 9: GoodUnited

In this episode we interview Nick Black, the founder and CEO of GoodUnited, which helps nonprofits connect with donors. They believe technology can help every donor have a good experience.

Episode 8: Wounded Warrior Project

Episode 8: Wounded Warrior Project

In this episode we interview Michael Livington, bringing 35+ years of military and leadership experience to WWP. We hear why their community programs are extremely important and how they help transitioning Veterans.

Episode 7: Operation Military Family Cares

Episode 7: Operation Military Family Cares

In this episode we interview Mike Schindler, Founder and CEO as well as a Navy Veteran. He is a subject expert and 20+ years of experience working with the government and military. We hear Mike's insights about Veteran transition and all about Operation Military...

Episode 6: Koch Industries

Episode 6: Koch Industries

This episode we interview Col. John Buckley, who has built a career on critical and creative thinking supported by agile thinking; we ask John about Koch Industries' program, based on the struggle of Veteran military transition into civilian life.

Episode 5: FDM Group

Episode 5: FDM Group

In this episode we interview John Tansel, head of Veteran Initiatives and recruits Veterans into the FDM Careers Program. The FDM Group helps young people get into the IT field across the world, originally based out of England.

Episode 4: Operation New Uniform

Episode 4: Operation New Uniform

In this episode, we interview Michelle McMannon (co-founder) and Shareta Jacobs (recent graduate of ONU), both who help Veterans transition out of the military into life-changing civilian careers.

Episode 3: Military Influencer Conference

Episode 3: Military Influencer Conference

In this episode we're joined by Curtez Riggs, creator of the Military Influencer Conference. He understands how to take military skills and experience into a language that recruiters understand, and he provides his transition from the military into civilian life.

Episode 2: Schlumberger

Episode 2: Schlumberger

Nick Tran joins us in Episode 2 and provides strategic leadership and Veteran outreach & recruitment strategies with Schlumberger, one of the world's largest oil field companies in the world. Schlumberger is dedicated to being a Veteran-ready company, and they...

Episode 1: Southern Company

Episode 1: Southern Company

Jamal Jesse joins us in our very first Veterans ASCEND podcast to hear his insights and Southern Company's connection with Veterans. Their mission is to provide safe and clean energy to their 10 million+ customers across the United States.

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