VRG Forum Update

Last week we hosted another great lunch for the 60+ veteran employee resource groups at our VRG Forum event. Big thanks to the Tasting Room for hosting the lunch again. We were able to come together and hear from our committee leads on the progress made since December on our focus areas:

  1. Increasing Veteran Hiring
  2. Supporting Veteran Owned Businesses
  3. Organizing Group Volunteering

We'd like to share in this post some notes from the meeting as well as some helpful information and next steps before our next lunch.

See photos from our most recent lunch here

Best Practices

Committee Chair: Sharon Nitsche @ Baker Hughes (LSVA Vets in Energy Group Community Leader)

We are collecting best practices from our group members to help each other grow their groups and those companies trying to start a group on their launch. 



Committee Chair: Mia Garcia @ NextOp 

We shared the results of our committee survey about veteran hiring at their companies. Share your best practices and experiences so we can grow the best practices for veteran hiring by filling out the survey here

Click here to see the initial survey results

There were questions about the veteran hiring incentive that we wanted to share that NextOp has put together for employers.

Veteran Hiring Tax Incentive


We also wanted to share a few opportunities for folks to participate in:

Hire our Heroes - A Call to Lead, Empowering Houston's Employers

February 27, 2019, 1pm - 5pm, Networking Reception to follow

This half day event will highlight Houston's military community and its value in the region, provide best practices for businesses to engage the military community, empower employers to move from military-friendly to military-ready, and highlight pathways to career fields through education and innovative training programs to build the greater Houston workforce.


Houston Hiring Expo with the Houston Rockets

February 28, 2019, 12pm -3pm

Looking to hire some military talent? Hire Our Heroes, NextOp, and the Houston Rockets have partnered to host this event which is geared to connect recruiters and hiring managers with military talent. No cost for employers to attend.


DAV & RecruitMilitary Houston Veterans Job Fair

March 7, 2019, 11am -3pm

RecruitMilitary connected employers with high-quality connects employers with high-quality veteran talent.


Committee Chair: Kelley Simmons @ Amegy Bank of Texas

We have two ways that we are trying to support veteran owned businesses: Supplier Diversity and Cash Mob.

Supplier Diversity
Talking to committee members we've seen that there are three progressive hurdles for supplier diversity and getting companies to utilize veteran owned businesses.

  1. Track spend with veteran owned businesses
  2. Ability to report spend externally
  3. Have an official supplier diversity program 

In order to begin understanding where each company is in their development of utilizing veteran owned businesses we have created this short survey.

Take the Supplier Diversity Survey Here

Cash Mob
The concept is to build a list of veteran owned businesses that each company can promote one company a month within their VRG. This will allow us to reach hundreds of consumer facing businesses owned by veterans or their spouses that we can all patron or use. We are building a list of trusted veteran owned companies. We are not getting into the vetting or certification of these businesses as veteran owned, instead we ask that this is a company that you would recommend to a friend and owned by someone you would invite into your home for dinner.

Recommend a Veteran or MilSpouse Owned Business Here


Committee Chair: Beth Arlington @ AIG

We will be integrating with the Combined Arms Community Collaborative Committee in order to share volunteer opportunities and access volunteer needs from existing veteran service organizations that are Combined Arms members. We also want to share this resource for everyone to access:

Volunteer Houston, acts as a platform to find, search, and post volunteer opportunities. For more on that group you can contact Elanor Gates, egates@volunteerhouston.org