Preparing military Veterans and their spouses for Agile careers through training, coaching, certification and practical experience using the Scrum framework
All graduates of the Agile for Patriots program are employed with fulfilling roles in Agile Value Delivery
Who We Are
Agile for Patriots is a Dallas-based non-profit that provides military veterans and their spouses with focused Agile training, practical experience, and Professional Scrum Master certification. Co-founders Greg Gomel of the Gomel Group and Ravi Verma, CEO of SmoothApps, are Agile professionals who recognized a need in the veteran community and created the program as a way to give back to those who served.
Who is ESGR
ESGR, a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 3,000 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education, and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, Service members, and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve.
ESGR has served our country for more than 45 years, fostering a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. These citizen warriors could not defend and protect us at home and abroad without the continued promise of meaningful civilian employment for themselves and their families. ESGR has continued to adapt to meet the needs of Reserve Component members, their families, and America’s employers by joining forces with a network of other national, state, and local government and professional trade organizations. Together, We All Serve!
Learn more about us here: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/766889/esgr-mission-video
Mission and End State
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. It also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between the Service members and their employers.
All employers support and value the employment of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States and Territories, thereby increasing the readiness of the Reserve Components.
All uniformed Service members
Families of affected Service members
State and Territory governors
Department of Defense
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Labor
Department of Veterans Affairs
ESGR volunteers and staff
1. Gain and maintain support from employers for National Guard and Reserve service
2. Increase attention/focus on employer outreach and military outreach missions, to support the readiness of the RC.
3. Improve ESGR brand awareness to inspire customer/stakeholder confidence and trust, and renew the relevancy of ESGR.
4. Streamline planning processes, increase state-wide collaboration/communication, and establish a consistent feedback loop on all ESGR plans and activities.
What Is FEW?
FEW is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 shortly after government issued Executive Order 11375 which added sex-discrimination to the list of prohibited discrimination within the Federal Government. Although E.O. 11375 was an important milestone, several women were concerned that the Civil Service Commission and individual agencies may not put forth the vigorous effort necessary to ensure compliance with E.O. 11375. Although the Federal Women’s Program (FWP) had been established, the early organizers of FEW realized that the government could dismantle FWP, and they wanted to ensure that there would always be an organization dedicated to promoting equality for women and addressing concerns of women in the Federal workforce. Additionally, because FWP is a government function, it is limited in its political scope, and cannot lobby Congress. As a private organization, FEW is not restricted in that area.
As a private organization, FEW works as an advocacy group to improve the status of women employed by the Federal government. This includes contact with Congress to encourage progressive legislation. FEW national officers meet with management officials at all levels of agencies to demonstrate support of the FWP, encourage officials to support the program and to obtain insight on the effectiveness of the FWP at agency and local levels
WHAT FEW IS NOT
FEW is not a labor organization, and therefore does not “represent” employees. However, FEW officers can meet with management officials to discuss matters that fall within their field of interest. Managers and EEO officials may join FEW, and hold local or national office. There is no conflict between being an employee of the FWP and joining FEW. In fact, persons officially charged with FWP responsibilities often work with FEW officers and members to develop goals and objectives for agency programs designed to meet the agency’s needs and to ensure the equality of opportunity for women in the Federal workforce.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
FEW is a three-tiered organization that consist of a National Board, Regions and Chapters. All three tiers work together to fulfill the mission and sets annual goals for FEW including FEW’s four major program areas.
FEW’s membership is open to those who subscribe to the purposes of the organization and carry out its mission. As a grassroots organization, FEW’s vitality and effectiveness are linked to membership. FEW has a specifically defined membership. Members must join, pay dues and support the governing policies and procedures. FEW has a National governing board, a regional governing board and local chapters all around the world. Participation in FEW is not limited to women. Anyone who is concerned about discrimination based on sex and employment opportunities for women in the Federal government is welcome to join FEW.
Texas Alliance of Military Women
Faith ~ Hope ~ Valor ~ Wisdom
Life Beyond Our Service
Texas Alliance of Military Women (TAMW)
is a program within the Worklife Institute’s Texas Veterans Program.
We are a community of woman veterans, spouses, caregivers, and survivors, united by the shared
experiences and challenges of military life.
In addition to the programs offered by the Institute, TAMW provides valuable ongoing resources, encouragement, and mentorship.
When you walk through our door we oﬀer you the hospitality of a caring, experienced staff, a full refrigerator, computers, office equipment, and the comfort of your own work environment. The Institute Resource Center is a woman-and family-friendly place.
Our staff is dedicated to a long-term partnership with veterans and their families.
We have 28 years of experience and a wide range of services at your disposal, including career transition, personal and family counseling, legal and financial advisement, training in mediation and
entrepreneurship, outreach events and more.
We welcome all women veterans, spouses, caregivers and survivors in the Southeast Texas (Houston) region to join our community. We will be hosting a variety of workshops and events in an effort to provide relevant bridges of support and encouragement. We are a community coordinated by a Leadership Circle of Women.
The VETS Beyond the Uniform program (see Resources below) has been developed by military veterans with the specific goal of helping veterans make a successful journey from the military into the civilian workforce. They also help employers that hire veterans become “Veteran Friendly”. VETS is an acronym representing Veterans Educational Transformation Solutions. As its name suggests, it’s about preparing veterans as they enter the workforce. It’s also about preparing employers for a veteran workforce, especially understanding how to welcome and integrate them.
Veteran Employee Retention Services
VETS – Beyond the Uniform’s mission is to build upon the veteran’s military skills and the skills taught by military transition programs. Their goal is to improve the veteran’s chances for successful long term careers. They provide veterans with one-on-one coaching & mentoring, and access to workshops & training that cover the skills-sets used in the civilian workforce.
VETS – BTU provides veterans transitioning from the military service over 200 free soft-skills training workshops, webinars, and self-paced online training. These programs empower them to successfully integrate and become effective in the business world and civilian workforce. They support each veteran’s transformation with workshops, webinars, group training, self-paced learning, and 1 on 1 mentoring and coaching.
Listen to the conversation I had with the Founders about helping veterans with disabilities thrive (see Resources below).
Employer Support Services
Their mission to support veterans doesn’t end with the veteran. They also support the long term success for employers that hire veterans. VETS – BTU coaches and mentors will work with your team to help you understand them all. They’ll work with you to strengthen your veteran hiring & retention programs as well.
Hiring a veteran brings you a candidate possessing natural leadership, strong work ethic, education & training, and tax credits. There are 6 retention-focused components to the support services:
- Defined Hiring
- Successful Integration
- Mentorship Programs
- Culture Training
- Skills Training & Utilization
- Retention Planning
We2AreVets 501(c)(3) purpose is to honor, empower, and recognize women veterans as they enter and reintegrate into the civilian workforce. Through our efforts, we will promote the merits of these female service members to civilian employers. To achieve our mission, We2AreVets will collaborate with coaches, mentors, leaders, organizations, and universities, to aid in the successful efforts of women veterans reentering the civilian workforce through inclusion and empowerment opportunities