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BestCompaniesAZ is hosting a free, virtual military veteran hiring event in partnership with Career Connectors on Thursday, March 11, for military members, veterans and their families. 

With the mission to connect Arizona veterans with award-winning companies, the virtual Vet Talks: Business Networking and Career Event for Veterans will feature more than 20 military-friendly employers who are hiring, such as GoDaddy, CarMax and Ring.

Modeled after “TED Talks,” BestCompaniesAZ’s seventh annual event will feature inspiring presentations called “Vet Talks” from military professionals who have transitioned into civilian life with some of Arizona’s top companies, including ADP, Axon, Farmers Insurance, Freedom Financial Network and GoDaddy. 

Designed to empower military members and promote military-friendly workplaces, Vet Talks will share stories of achievement and career success from veteran-committed employers and provide employment guidance, career advancement tips, and advice for transferring military skills to civilian employment.

Many of the companies participating in the virtual Vet Talks: Business Networking and Career Event for Veterans event are nationally recognized for their military-friendly company culture and veteran-committed hiring initiatives.

“Military men and women are often celebrated and recruited for their leadership, team building, organizational commitment, decision-making skills and advanced technical training skills,” said Denise Gredler, founder and CEO of BestCompaniesAZ. 

“Our goal is to bring together top hiring companies, veteran resource groups, and actively connect hundreds of qualified veterans with top-notch career opportunities.”

At the virtual event, attendees will have the opportunity to virtually meet with more than 20 Arizona-based, military-friendly companies that are currently hiring, including Axon, Deloitte, Freedom Financial Network, GoDaddy, Habitat for Humanity, Liberty Mutual, Ring, Spear Education, USAA and Voya Financial. 

Event attendees can also set up one-on-one virtual discussions with military recruiters, hiring managers, military-committed organizations and fellow business professionals to learn more about career opportunities available along with veteran-focused career advancement advice and employment guidance. 

Several veteran resource groups and military-focused community organizations will also be participating in the virtual event, including Recruit Military, Heal the Hero Foundation and Birdies for the Brave.

“Career Connectors is honored to provide the interactive virtual platform and facilitation for this year’s Vet Talks event,” said Jessica Pierce, CEO/founder of Career Connectors. 

“This event is another example of Arizona’s commitment to helping veterans and military spouses build a great civilian career with one of Arizona’s veteran-committed employers.”  

The virtual Vet Talks: Business Networking and Career Event for Veterans will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 11. It is free and open to the military, veteran community and their families. To register for the event and learn more about the hiring companies and job positions available, visit militaryaz.org. Registration for the event is required.

Companies interested in participating or sponsoring the event can contact Denise Gredler, CEO and founder of BestCompaniesAZ, to learn more about corporate participation at dgredler@bestcompaniesaz.com or 480-545-5151.