Life After the Military: CAPT (Retired) Steve Jordon

Are you a military veteran or spouse who needs access to free legal services?

Are you fighting legal battles with the Department of Veteran Affairs to increase your benefits and compensation?

Are you interested in working for a non-profit organization that helps veterans and military spouses?

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Check out this week’s episode of Life After the Military with Captain (Retired) Steve Jordon – you will LOVE this episode!

Steve, a Navy veteran of 27 years shares:

  • invaluable advice and lessons learned from his transition to the non-profit sector
  • how he served transitioning veterans with the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Veteran Employment Initiative
  • how he supports the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program which provides a range of free legal services to veterans in need with a 90% success rate

Steve also describes the incredibly meaningful and valuable work he and his wife do with the Emma Jordon Kidz Fighting Cancer Foundation that raises money to help children and families battling pediatric cancer in memoriam to his 5 ½ year old daughter, Emma.

Emma Jordon Kidz Fighting Cancer Foundation: https://kidzfightingcancer.org/

 

Show notes

0:00 Lee opens the podcast

00:26 Lee introduces Steve

02:25 Steve talks about how his military service shaped him

10:53 Steve shares his advice and lessons learned from his military transition

17:10 Steve describes his failure and his lack of preparation for transition

19:21 Steve talks about how he had “100 cups of coffee” with others to network

22:50 Steve shares about filling the void of losing the military community

27:30 Steve describes the work he did with the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Veteran Employment Initiative (NVTC VEI)

32:57 Steve shares that the Veterans Employment Initiative also serves military spouses

34:40 Steve describes the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program that provides a range of free legal services to veterans in need with a 90% success rate

45:18 Steve talks about the Emma Jordon Kidz Fighting Cancer Foundation

53:40Steve shares how he managed the stress of military service, managing stress in life today, and how he strengthens his own mental fitness

1:04:35 Lee gives Steve his book titles

1:05:20 Steve reminds us of the value and strength of networking and community

1:06:42 Lee closes out the episode


Life After the Military: Captain (Retired) Ted Digges

In this week’s episode of Life After the Military, Lee and Howie interview Captain (Retired) Ted Digges. A GREAT listen for active duty military members, transitioning veterans and military spouses – ESPECIALLY if you are interested in a financial management/services career!

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Ted, a veteran of 27 years of military service as an officer in the United States Navy, shares invaluable advice and lessons learned from his transition to the private sector. He challenges transitioning veterans to think strategically, build out their professional network, find a mentor, and be OK with asking for help.

Ted talks about being OK with “not sticking the landing” on your first try and “opening up your aperture” to the potential opportunities that a military experience gives the men and women who serve.

Ted shares great insights on the value of the financial management scholarship program offered to active military, veterans, and military spouses by the American College of Financial Services.

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ted-digges-3059856/

American College of Financial Services on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/school/the-american-college-cp/

American College of Financial Services: https://www.theamericancollege.edu/

 

Show notes

0:00 Lee opens the podcast

00:26 Lee introduces Ted

01:47 Ted talks how his military service shaped him

05:04 Ted describes how he prepared for and executed his transition from the military and shares his advice and lessons learned

08:43 Ted reflects on the three important things to focus on: think strategically, find a mentor, and create and leverage your network

11:18 Ted dives more deeply into the value of mentorship and the need to OK with asking for help and “having a cup of coffee” with others

16:50 Ted advises transitioning veterans to “open their aperture” to opportunities and how they translate their skills and experience

20:03 Ted talks about why he chose to pursue the financial management field for post military employment

21:00 Ted describes the veteran scholarship opportunity with the American College of Financial Services and what he did to build up that program

23:38 Ted describes the American College of Financial Services and what the program offers to veterans and military spouses

27:40 Ted provides advice on how to apply for the scholarship

29:00 Lee gives Ted his book title

29:50 Lee, Howie and Ted talk about Ted’s positive spin on “not sticking the landing” if a veteran chooses to change jobs

31:50 Ted describes the transition he is going through now using the James Michener metaphor of “shocking the dying apple tree to bear fruit”

35:56 Ted talks about how managing the stresses of life today

40:19 Lee closes out the episode


Life After the Military: Sergeant Major (Ret) Michael Quinn

In this week’s episode of Life After the Military, Lee and Howie interview Sergeant Major (Retired) Michael Quinn. An absolute MUST listen for transitioning veterans and their family members.

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Michael is a 2X LinkedIn Top Voice who created HireMilitary, the Digital Networking Professional Program and Tenova, LLC to aid and bring value to transitioning military veterans and their families at no cost to the veterans they help.

HireMilitary is a veteran staffing company that provides the direct placement of veterans and military spouses and heavily leverages the DoD SkillBridge Program. The Digital Networking Professional Program trains and certifies individuals to leverage LinkedIn in support of personal or corporate branding, growing a network, engaging with content and leveraging their free tools. Tenova LLC is a service-disabled veteran owned small business that brings the unique quals of HireMilitary and the Digital Networking Professional Program, couples them with training, communications, and change management, to support government and commercial clients of all sizes.

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/quinnmi/

HireMilitary: https://www.hiremilitary.us/

Tenova LLC: https://www.tenovallc.com/

 

Show notes

0:00 Lee opens the podcast

00:26 Lee introduces Michael

02:15 Michael talks how his military service shaped him

08:15 Michael describes how he prepared for and executed his transition from the military and the value of networking

11:10 Michael reflects on the three turning points in his transition that changed things significantly

12:15 Michael talks about the value of creating a profile on LinkedIn and connecting with others for advice, guidance, and mentoring

17:18 Michael describes the challenge of being comfortable with the uncomfortable and how he dealt with the discomfort of transition

20:15 Michael reinforces the importance and value of conducting informational interviews and connecting with people who are doing what you want to do

24:00 Michael talks candidly about what employers want to know about a veteran’s capabilities and experience and how it will drive business success

28:03 Michael implores transitioning veterans to figure out what they want to do and seek out mentors to help them

29:47 Michael describes how he created the vision for Tenova LLC and HireMilitary

44:00 Michael talks about entrepreneurship, the value of building trusted relationships, and the requirement for making tough business decisions

48:49 Michael provides invaluable advice about using LinkedIn to connect with others to grow and expand your professional network

54:14 Michael shares his perspective on the value of informational interviews, the need to ask questions, and the strength of building relationships

1:04:34 Lee gives Michael his book title

1:06:00 Michael talks about how he strengthens his mental fitness, candidly talks about his challenges with his transition to the private sector, and the need to stay connected

1:16:09 Lee closes out the episode


Life After the Military - Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE

In this episode of Life After the Military, Howie and Lee talk with Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE. Ash, a highly accomplished leader in the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, had a distinguished 21-year career that included special recognition with his appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

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Ash shares his insights about the value of developing and leveraging a strong personal and professional network, the importance of creating and sustaining highly trusted relationships with colleagues and clients, and his strong desire to give back to those who serve our communities. He describes the work he does as a leadership and management consultant and talks passionately about The Unsung Heroes Foundation which he helped to found to give back to veterans and first responders.

Ash also talks passionately about the need to develop resilience by overcoming life’s daily challenges and the need to stay connected to others to help them in their times of need.

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashalexcooper/

The Unsung Heroes Foundation: https://www.unsungheroes.org.au/

 

Show notes

0:00 Lee opens the podcast

00:26 Lee introduces Ash

01:37 Ash talks how his military service shaped him

05:30 Ash describes how he prepared for and executed his transition from the British military and the value of networking

12:30 Ash reflects on things he may do differently to prepare for transition knowing what he knows now

18:00 Lee and Ash discuss some differences between the US and the British military and their treatment by the government

22:03 Ash describes the work he did as a leadership and management consultant and how he leveraged his extensive military experience and the need to be adaptable

29:24 Ash shares how he leveraged his network connections, the value of developing trusted relationships and describes the work he did for Palantir Technologies

34:03 Ash passionately talks about his desire to give back, support charitable organizations and the work he does with The Unsung Heroes Foundation

41:22 Ash describes the efforts he took to help evacuate Afghan translators and families from Afghanistan

47:04 Lee gives Ash his book title

48:25 Ash tells the story how he ran the London Marathon in a dinosaur costume to raise money for an Afghan charity

51:57 Ash talks about how he developed his mental strength and resiliency throughout his life and his focus on helping others overcome their challenges

1:00:54 Lee closes out the episode


Life After The Military - Master Gunnery Sergeant (Ret) Vonzell Mattocks


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In this episode of Life After the Military, Master Gunnery Sergeant (Retired) Vonzell Mattocks describes his Big 3 E’s: Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment. Vonzell had a varied post-military career that included owning and managing an Express Employment Professional franchise; managing the execution of a Department of Labor hospitality industry grant for the Prince George’s Community College; and held several positions in support of active-duty military, veterans, and their families for the Northern Virginia Community College system. Vonzell most recently worked as the Executive Director of the Veterans Employment Initiative which is an integral part of the Northern Virginia Technology Council Foundation.

Learn more as Vonzell describes opportunities for veterans to get free certification and training with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families Program and the Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses at Intellectual Point. See the links below.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vonzell-mattocks-77985414/

Northern Virginia Technology Council: https://www.nvtc.org/

Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/

Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses at Intellectual Point: https://info.intellectualpoint.com/en-us/en-us/veteran-programs?hsLang=en-us

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0:00 Lee opens the podcast

00:26 Lee introduces Vonzell

01:48 Vonzell describes how his military service shaped him

06:35 Vonzell describes some of the positions he held after he retired from the Marine Corps

10:08 Vonzell talks about his transition and focuses on The BIG 3 E’s: Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment

15:34 Vonzell shares more about why he chose to pursue his entrepreneurial spirit as a franchise owner early in his transition from the military

19:53 Lee and Vonzell discuss the existence of the team bond in the military and the lack of leadership and team bond in the private sector

27:21 Vonzell talks about how he managed a Department of Labor hospitality industry grant valued at over $2.4 million for the Prince George’s Community College

33:00 Vonzell describes his work with the Northern Virginia Community College System

41:30 Vonzell challenges veterans to envision where they see themselves in 1-3 years whether pursuing employment or educational opportunities

47:00 Vonzell provides great perspective about his role as Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Technology Council Veterans Employment Initiative

53:18 Vonzell reinforces that the Northern Virginia Technology Council Veterans Employment Initiative helps veterans worldwide find employment

56:04 Vonzell describes the value of the Vetworking Events that he hosts

1:00:32 Vonzell provides advice to veterans as they prepare for the Vetworking events

1:04:43 Lee gives Vonzell his book title

1:05:33 Vonzell transparently describes his challenges with mental fitness and what he does to strengthen it

1:15:40 Lee closes out the episode

 


Life After The Military - Colonel (Ret) Jeff Worthington


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“Use your last job in the military to prepare for your next job after you get out of the military” is one piece of advice Colonel (Retired) Jeff Worthington shares in this week’s episode of Life After the Military. Jeff, a 30-year Army veteran who recently retired in May of 2021, thoughtfully planned, prepared for and executed his transition which included use of the DoD SkillBridge Program.  Jeff also talks very powerfully, candidly and courageously about how he overcame suicidal thoughts, depression and how he now manages and strengthens his mental fitness by telling others about his story.  LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-worthingtonCrowdStrike: https://www.crowdstrike.com/
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0:00 Lee opens the podcast 00:26 Lee introduces Jeff Worthington 02:00 Jeff describes how his military service shaped him 06:02 Jeff shares great advice about how he thoughtfully prepared for and executed his transition to the private sector 21:31 Jeff talks about how he used the DoD SkillBridge Program to help him prepare for his successful transition  26:30 Howie reinforces some of the things that Jeff did to prepare for his transition like developing his network and profile on LinkedIn 29:01 Jeff describes the screening criteria and decision-making process he used to make his post military employment decision 34:28 Jeff shares the “dirty secret” about the DoD SkillBridge Program – he describes how he set up his own program with CrowdStrike  41:08 Jeff describes his role at CrowdStrike (formerly McAfee) 44:35 Jeff talks about the strategy behind setting up his own limited liability company (LLC) 48:00 Lee gives Jeff his book title 51:07 Jeff talks very candidly and transparently about how he overcame suicidal thoughts and how he now manages and strengthens his mental fitness 58:04 Lee and Howie thank Jeff for being so thoughtful and vulnerable by sharing his story 1:11:38 Lee closes out the episode

 


Life After The Military - Colonel (Ret) Fran Trentley


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In the latest episode of Life After the Military, COL (Ret) Fran Trentley provides spot-on guidance and advice for transitioning veterans. Listen to Fran describe his challenges with the transition process and upgrading the communications infrastructure at the White House Communications Agency in support of the President of the United States.

You’ll also learn about the techniques he used to decide to work for Akamai Technologies for over 15 years – he did his homework and made a great decision! Listen and learn from Fran.

Fran’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/frantrentley/

Show notes

0:00 Lee opens the podcast

00:31 Lee introduces Fran Trentley

02:51 Fran describes how his military service shaped him

26:35 Fran talks about upgrading the communications capabilities of the White House Communications Agency in support of the President of the United States

43:40 Fran shares his transition experience, creating evaluative criteria, gives examples of risk and reward, and provides great perspective for others going through the process

54:00 Fran reinforces the need to evaluate an organization’s leadership team and culture before you decide to join them

58:22 Fran describes why and how he worked for Akamai Technologies for 15 years

1:06:22 Fran shares how he applied the leadership and team building skills he honed while in the military to create success at Akamai

1:17:55 Fran provides insight into the corporate advisory work he does with Squirrel Compliancy Solutions

1:22:20 Lee gives Fran his book titles

1:24:10 Fran talks about how he manages and strengthen his mental fitness

1:32:00 Lee closes out the episode

 


Life After The Military - Dr. Stacey Dixon


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In the latest episode of Life After the Military, Dr. Stacey Dixon talks about her service in the United States Marine Corps as a Meteorology and Oceanography Officer, her challenging transition after an unforeseen medical retirement, and the passionate and fulfilling work she does in the education field. As the Director, Veterans and Military Program with National Louis University, Dr. Dixon helps student veterans adjust to the campus environment to build and execute their plan for their future.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-stacey-dixon-6a097a156/

National Defense University Veteran and Military Program: https://nl.edu/student-services/veterans-and-military-support/

Student Veterans of America: https://studentveterans.org/

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0:00 Lee opens the podcast

00:50 Lee introduces Stacey Dixon

01:50 Stacey describes how her military service shaped her

09:32 Stacey talks about her transition experience and provides great perspective for others going through the process

20:11 Stacey shares her challenge with being medically discharged from the Marine Corps

25:35 Stacey talks about her decision to pursue a financial advisory career with Edward Jones

30:40 Stacey explains why she made a career change to go into the educational field with the Noble Network of Charter Schools and Junior ROTC in the greater Chicago area

36:58 Stacey describes why she pursued a career as a certified professional coach

47:00 Stacey shares some stories about young men and women that she coached and mentored

55:19 Stacey talks about her role and shares some stories as the Director, Veterans and Military Program with the National Louis University (NLU) system

1:04:50 Stacey describes how the NLU staff handles student veterans and their specific needs and challenges

1:12:02 Lee gives Stacey her book titles

1:14:00 Stacey talks about her challenges with mental fitness, being a woman in the Marine Corps, and how she handled them

1:27:34 Lee closes out the episode

 


Life After The Military - Retired Army CSM, Gerald Tyce


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Retired Army Signal Corps CSM, Gerald Tyce speaks candidly and transparently shares his challenges with transition to the private sector, overcoming the stress of multiple combat deployments, and how he sought help and mentorship consistently throughout his life to overcome obstacles and achieve success in his military and government contracting career. DoD SkillBridge Program: https://skillbridge.osd.mil/ Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families: https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/apply/our-programs/
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0:00 Lee opens the podcast 00:35 Lee introduces Gerald Tyce 01:46 Gerald describes how his military service shaped him 09:23 Gerald shares his challenges, advice and stories about transition from the military to defense contracting  16:02 Gerald describes how he was able to take two years to recharge himself and plan for his post military career after retiring from the Army 19:12 Gerald, Howie and Lee reinforce for veterans the need to plan for their transition at least 2 years out and never fear to ask for help 21:06 Gerald talks about his decision to join the Camber Corporation as a government contractor 23:37 Lee and Gerald explain the need to assess and interview the companies you are seeking employment with 28:13 Gerald shares how he prepared himself to succeed in a government contracting business development position and leveraged Camber’s training programs 34:15 Gerald describes how he leveraged free training and certifications with the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families  40:32 Howie encourages transitioning military members to take the time to plan for their transition and highlights the value of the DoD SkillBridge Program 44:05 Gerald describes his experience as a Program Director with IAP Worldwide Services 50:40 Gerald talks about his current responsibilities as the Operations Manager for the Enterprise IT as a Service Contract for the Peraton Corporation 55:37 Lee gives Gerald his book title 57:02 Gerald defines what mental fitness means to him, personal and professional challenges he had and what he does to strengthen his own mental fitness 1:05:35 Lee compares the need for mental fitness and recovery to physical fitness and recovery 1:10:29 Lee closes out the episode

 


Life After The Military: Mark Greene

Listen to retired Navy SEAL officer, Mark Greene talk candidly and transparently about his challenges with transition, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress, and how he sought help consistently throughout his life to overcome obstacles and achieve success in everything he did.

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-greene-mba-mpa-2aaa2a9/

Dominion Energy: https://www.dominionenergy.com/

 

Show Notes:

0:00 Lee opens the podcast

00:42 Lee introduces Mark Greene

01:54 Matt describes how his service as a Navy SEAL shaped him

10:26 Howie and Mark reinforce the value of military service and overcoming adversity

17:40 Mark shares his challenges and stories about transition from the military and his experience at the University of Southern California

40:40 Mark expands on his work at USC and helping their student veteran community and their families

47:40 Mark, Howie and Lee reinforce for veterans the need to plan for their transition at least 2 years out and never fear to ask for help

57:47 Mark describes his concept of being a life coach for student athletes

1:14:50 Mark explains how he learned about Dominion Energy and chose to work for their corporate security team

1:22:40 Lee gives Mark his book title

1:25:18 Mark shares a story about a public speaking engagement at the Smithsonian

1:30:15 Mark defines what mental fitness means to him, personal challenges he had and what he does to strengthen his own mental fitness

1:35:00 Lee and Mark discuss the difference between fearing failure and hating to fail

1:43:50 Lee closes out the episode