Veterans... the workforce you cannot afford to ignore
This program will explain to Human Resource professionals how to attract, hire, and retain high performing military talent. We will review time tested strategies that your organization can implement immediately to increase the number of transitioning service members, guard and reservists, veterans, and military spouses in your company. We will also explain the importance of establishing and strengthening your organization’s Veteran Employee Resource Group. Our veterans are resilient, disciplined, and are technically proficient- this is a workforce you cannot afford to ignore.
NC4ME (North Carolina for Military Employment) leverages existing workforce development resources and technology to implement an employer-centric strategy that: Educates NC’s strategic business leaders on the value of hiring a military workforce, Shows human resource professionals how to hire transitioning service members, guard and reservists, veterans, and military spouses and connects military talent to open jobs and training opportunities in North Carolina.
Kimberly Lindsay Williams, SPHR, SHRM - SCP, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, NC4ME
Kimberly Williams has more than thirty years’ experience leading human resource professionals in the private sector, public sector and nonprofit environment. Her experience in the private sector includes several large organizations to include Burger King Corporation, where she directed the Human Resource function for the United States. Kimberly’s experience in the public sector and non-profit includes directing the Human Resource function for local government, school division, health care and workforce housing.
Kimberly is currently the Chief Human Resource Officer for the City of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Her passion for assisting military service members, began with serving as a volunteer with Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (VaESGR) as Regional Chair and later as State Director for their Employment Initiative Program (EIP). She also initiated the Virginia Values Veterans (V-3) program, a statewide initiative to ensure employment of our service men and women. Kimberly has twice been presented the Seven Seals Award for meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the Department of Defense. She founded and is currently leading the North Carolina statewide employment initiative NC4ME, North Carolina for Military Employment, a comprehensive public-private partnership.
Kimberly serves as a member of the Governors Working Group for Veterans and their Families. She is married to her husband Keith, who are the proud parents of two children, their son a Physician’s Assistant (PA) in Virginia and their daughter a Sergeant in the Marine Corps.
Sean Cox, Director of Operations, NC4ME
Sean Cox joined the Marine Corps in 1990 as a Private and retired in 2020 as a Sergeant Major. He served most of his career in infantry units as a Squad Leader through Company First Sergeant. He served overseas on numerous occasions in locations such as Afghanistan, Australia, Cuba, Iraq, Japan, and Luxembourg. Sean served two tours on recruiting duty, once as a recruiter in Chicago and several years later as the recruiting station Sergeant Major in Minneapolis. He also served as a Marine Security Guard Detachment Commander at the American Embassies in Cuba and Luxembourg. He is a combat veteran with three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. The last five years of Sean’s career was spent in the aviation arm of the Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force. He had the privilege of serving as both a squadron and Marine Aircraft Group Sergeant Major. Sean ended his career as the Sergeant Major of Marine Helicopter Squadron One in Quantico, Virginia.
Sean has a B.A. in Security Management and a M.A. in Executive Leadership. He is married, has three daughters, and lives in Jacksonville, N.C.