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“When you have diverse candidates from varying backgrounds, that brings diversity of thought, and that diversity of thought spurs innovation. In order to continue to thrive as an organization, you need to be innovative.”
A U.S. Air Force Veteran with more than 20 years of military recruiting experience, Launia Terry, M.S., SHRM-SCP, has devoted her career both during and after military service to human resources, with a focus on diversity and inclusion. This week, Launia joins hosts Lindsey Pollak and Mike Abrams on the FourBlock Podcast to share some of the challenges she faced in her own transition and provide expert insights and actionable advice for organizations who want to take steps to go from being “military-friendly” to truly “military-ready” for veterans in their workforce. Launia discusses why diversity and inclusion in the workplace is so important and offers guidance for those interested in pursuing career pathways in the diversity and inclusion field.
As for why she continues to give back to the veteran community despite her busy schedule, Launia says, “I had such a difficult time with my transition, that if I can help one veteran to have a much smoother transition...I feel like I’m making a huge impact.”
In addition to serving as FourBlock’s Diversity and Inclusion Leader as well as a Career Readiness Instructor for the Philadelphia Career Readiness Program, Launia is the Director of Corporate Talent Acquisition for Day & Zimmermann, a century-old, family-owned company specializing in construction & engineering, operations & maintenance, staffing, security and defense for leading corporations and governments around the world.
Launia joined Day & Zimmermann in September 2016 and has held several progressive roles. In her current position, she leads the talent acquisition function by providing strategic insight into the full lifecycle of recruiting staff employees, diversity recruiting initiatives, and relationship building between hiring managers, HR business partners, and candidates.
Launia has a bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management from Park University and a master's degree in Human Resources Development from Villanova University. A recently retired U.S. Air Force Veteran, Launia has more than 20 years of recruiting experience.
Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace. General Charles Krulak coined the term “Three Block War” to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat. But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block.
FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers.
Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective. Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue.
Veterans, explore new industries and make the right connections. Find a career that fits your calling. Join us at fourblock.org. Sponsor our program or host a class to equip more of our veterans at fourblock.org/donate.