Inclusion and Diversity - Slalom Veterans program

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Slalom Veterans

Introducing the Slalom Veterans program and a new partnership with Salesforce VetForce

Slalom is committed to building a diverse, inclusive community that embraces different thoughts, opinions, and people.

In support of that commitment, we launched Slalom Veterans—an affinity group for Slalom employees who have served in the Armed Forces—along with a new partnership with Salesforce VetForce.

Each year, more than 240,000 veterans transition from active-duty service. Translating their military training and experience to the private sector is often difficult—and an area where Slalom Veterans plans to help.

Slalom Veterans

Slalom Veterans was created to foster and capitalize on the diverse experience and backgrounds of our veteran community.

This journey began on Veterans Day, two thousand and twelve, with a simple email from Tom Chew, Slalom Cross-Market general manager and an Army vet, thanking a handful of Slalom veterans for their service. That email sparked a chain of events that identified more than 60 veterans who were working across Slalom’s then 15 US markets, and ultimately, the launch of Slalom Veterans.

The mission of Slalom Veterans is two-fold:

  • Ensure that veterans at Slalom are recognized—and empowered—by a program that helps engage, educate, recruit, and retain veterans within the company
  • Extend that to our local markets by engaging with the veteran community in a meaningful way. Initially, we’ll focus on veterans’ transition from active-duty service to the private sector

Each year, more than 240,000 veterans transition from active-duty service. Translating their military training and experience to the private sector is often difficult—and an area where Slalom Veterans plans to help.

“We see a huge opportunity for veterans in the consulting industry and tech sector, given the skills and values learned during their military service,” says Jeff Northcutt, cross-market lead for Slalom Veterans.

“Veterans are entrepreneurial and find innovative ways to solve problems with limited resources,” adds Northcutt. “They’re leaders who are comfortable delivering in high-pressure, high-stress environments and working in teams. And they often have advanced technical training that, with a little re-tooling, can be translated quickly to the benefit of our clients, partners, and communities.”

Slalom Veterans also aspires to become a force multiplier for our partners and communities.

“In the military, it’s called a force multiplier—which refers to an ‘x-factor’ that dramatically increases, or multiplies, the effectiveness of an effort,” says Chew. “We want to be that force multiplier for our clients and partners as they build and deploy their own programs to help with veteran reintegration to the private sector.”

Salesforce VetForce partnership

We’re honored to partner with the Salesforce VetForce program.

We’ve committed to invest consulting services with VetForce to help advance its mission of connecting Salesforce-certified veterans and families with willing employers in the cloud.

“The VetForce mission is to impact the lives of 10,000 veterans by helping them gain Salesforce training, certification, and related employment,” says Dan Streetman, senior vice president for Salesforce. “Our partnership with Slalom will help us accelerate our progress against that goal, and we look forward to working with them to help veterans get valuable training and experience through this program, and ultimately employment in a related field.”

For Chew, Slalom’s commitment to VetForce is about completing the “virtuous cycle.”

“Not only do we intend to help VetForce with the technology that enables the program—we hope that Slalom will be a destination for these Salesforce-certified veterans to begin the next phase of their professional career,” says Chew.

“It’s about honoring the sacrifice this group of men and women have made on behalf of our country.”

-Jeff Northcutt, Slalom Veterans cross-market lead

Slalom core values in action

“At the end of the day, it’s about living the Slalom core value of Do what is right, always by honoring the sacrifice this group of men and women have made on behalf of our country,” says Northcutt.

And it’s not just right—it’s smart. Harnessing the incredible talent and experience of our veterans will benefit our clients, partners, employees, and our local communities.

            

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