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November 2019 Chapter Meeting
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When: 11/7/2019
Registration at 7:30AM, Meeting at 8:00AM, Presentations at 8:30AM, Meeting ends 10:45AM
Where: Maggiano's Little Italy
10367 Midtown Parkway
Jacksonville, FL, Florida  32246
United States
Contact: Harrison Paciotti

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Topic(s): Leadership & Navigation, Relationship Management, HR Expertise (HR Knowledge), Communication


Presentation #1:


Presentation #2:

Hiring Military Veterans in Today’s Workplace

Learn how employers can get involved in hiring military veterans in their workforce and the benefits.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand skills learned in the military and how they transfer to civilian life
  • Learn what to expect from military veterans during the recruiting process
  • How to attract and retain military veterans in your workforce.






Four Steps to Talent Optimization

Most businesses have a business strategy that differentiates them in the marketplace. While many business owners and executives believe they have a good handle on their people processes, turnover, missed goals and opportunities, unsatisfactory performance, and low productivity all say otherwise. Too often, the problem is that business leaders think that their people are the sole responsibility of the human resource department.


Talent Optimization is owned by leaders who are responsible for their business strategy. This discipline teaches you how to create and implement a people strategy that drives your business results.


You will learn:

  • How to use data to create a people strategy
  • How to identify the profile of a top performer for your company
  • How to use analytics to improve business outcomes

Certification Information:

This activity has been submitted for two (2) Professional Development Credits (PDCs) by SHRM and two (2) HR (General) credits with the HR Certification Institute.

According to, "It is a good business decision to hire veterans as studies have shown that veterans are more productive and have higher retention rates." Supporting our veterans in the workplace takes the support of not only HR professionals but of our Senior Business Leaders. Bring your Boss to Breakfast event encourages leaders to see:

  1. The importance and needed support of hiring veterans,
  2. The importance of employer and military community support, and
  3. The educational opportunities that come with attending a SHRM Jacksonville event.

Invite and register your boss today!


About the Speaker(s)

Presentation #1

Lieutenant Steve Toomey, US Navy, Medical Service Corps (retired), was on active duty 23 years serving with both the Navy and Marine Corps. He retired in 2000. He was an enlisted Corpsman, Field Medic with the Fleet Marine Forces for 12 years and a Commissioned Medical Logistics and Administrative Officer for 11 years. His duty stations include Orlando, FL, San Diego, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Camp LeJeune, NC, Rota, Spain, New River, NC, Cherry Point, NC, Pensacola, FL, Trondheim Norway and Jacksonville FL. He has numerous military honors and awards including Sailor of the Year and Navy Medical Material Manager of the Year. read more


Penelope L. “Penny” Justice is a well-known and accomplished Military Employment Advocate/Coach in the Florida Region. With a strong background in creating successful recruiting and placement platforms throughout the eastern United States, she was recommended to the Florida National Guard to create the Florida Guard Family Career Connection from 2011 to 2014. During this timeframe, as the State Program Coordinator, Ms. Justice reduced the unemployment level for returning/deployed Guardsmen, from 17.1% to 3.3%. Due to this accomplishment; Adjutant General Emmett R. Titshaw, Jr. awarded Ms. Justice with The Governor’s Florida Commendation Medal October 5, 2014 in a special ceremony. read more

Lt. Steve Toomey, US Navy (retired)

Penelope "Penny" Justice

Presentation #2

Dolly Penland drives clients’ business results by working directly with them as an Executive Business Adviser, Human Capital Strategist and Certified Master Trainer working with companies creating best practices regarding running successful organizations.

Penland works directly with leadership teams to help them not only hire the right people for each job but to then manage their workforce most effectively.



Dolly Penland


Meeting Details



  7:30AM  Registration Maggiano's Little Italy
  8:00AM  Meeting/Breakfast/Networking St. Johns Town Center
  8:30AM  Presentations begin 10367 Midtown Parkway
10:45AM  Presentations End/Meeting Wrap-up Jacksonville, FL 32246
Parking note: St. Johns Town Center, in partnership with AmeriPark, offers valet parking. Payment can be made via credit card and customers can text ahead for vehicle retrieval. The cost is $6.00 Monday – Thursday. The valet stand is located at Maggiano's Little Italy.
** HRCI guidelines prohibit food service during the speaker’s presentation. Please arrive in time to enjoy the food prior to the presentation. **

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