Second Lady Karen Pence Hosts Business Summit to Address Military Spouse Employment Solutions

Second Lady Karen Pence Hosts Business Summit to Address Military Spouse
Employment Solutions

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Office of the Second Lady
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2019
*Second Lady Karen Pence Hosts Business Summit to Address Military Spouse
Employment Solutions *

Washington, DC – Today, Second Lady Karen Pence, in partnership with
American Corporate Partners, hosted a meeting convening 46 businesses from
across the United States to discuss military spouse employment solutions.
The summit took place at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The
speaking program opened with Kellyanne Conway, Conselor to the President,
who delivered brief remarks and introduced the Second Lady. Mrs. Pence
addressed the business leaders and military service organizations for about
10 minutes, highlighting the importance of companies hiring and retaining
military spouses. She also encouraged business to collaborate with the
Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership, a targeted
recruitment and employment solution for spouses and companies.

“Military spouse employment is a very important aspect of a strong and
resilient military family,” said Mrs. Pence. “Military spouses are
well-educated, hardworking, flexible, reliable, and loyal. They are the
kind of workers you want in the workforce. Employers who hire these spouses
benefit from their tremendous talent and breadth of experience.”

“We are delighted to have brought together many of America’s top companies
to discuss one of our nation’s most important issues – assisting our
military spouses in finding meaningful employment opportunities,” said
Colleen Deere, Executive Director, American Corporate Partners (ACP). “ACP
is looking forward to continuing the discussion on this topic and working
together with our partners to identify creative solutions to support
military spouses in their careers.”

Following the speaking program, the meeting participants divided into small
working groups to have discussions and brainstorm ways companies can
potentially address military spouse employment challenges. Mrs. Pence will
convene the group again later this year to discuss progress to reduce
spouse unemployment numbers.

*About American Corporate Partners*
American Corporate Partners (ACP) developed a mentorship program for
military spouses modeled after the successful program they started for
veterans. The program helps military spouses with career development,
networking, and professional skills building. To learn more about ACP,
visit https://www.acp-usa.org <%3ehttps:/www.acp-usa.org/%3c>.

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