Editor’s note: In March, the Walt Disney Company and President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger announced an important new initiative to recruit and hire military veterans across all segments of the company.
“Heroes Work Here. Employ excellence. Hire veterans” is Disney’s pledge to find career opportunities for 1,000 veterans over the next three years. The company has launched a national campaign to encourage all employers to hire veterans. Additionally, employees will be encouraged to serve veterans organizations through Disney’s VoluntEARS program.
As part of the Heroes Work Here initiative, ESPN has engaged in a series of presentations to familiarize staff with military culture and experiences. Led by Kevin Preston, Director of Human Resources, Veterans Initiative for Heroes Work Here, these presentations help hiring managers translate military tasks and responsibilities into corporate language and learn more about military values and behaviors.
Front Row sat in on a presentation and then asked Preston for some insight on the program, which will continue to be offered to the ESPN team throughout 2013.
What is the purpose of your presentations?
There are three different classes that we teach: one for leaders, one for recruiters and one for the college program around internships. But they all have the same purpose — to familiarize the non-military person with the offerings and potential of veterans.
What’s the most helpful thing managers take away from these sessions? continue reading…