The August 13 Networking Hour Group with women veterans welcomed special guest Elizabeth Yeo, who shared her experiences as a woman, woman of color, military veteran, and entrepreneur. She also offered her suggestions to assist our fellow veterans to transition into civilian work life after service.
Elizabeth shared her unique experience of growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio and then her time in the Navy, in the corporate world, and now as an experienced businesswoman and recently published author.
Elizabeth brought to light her understanding of the incongruence of the mindset of a veteran and the perceived stereotypes of those veterans among employers in the civilian working world. She furthered the discussion by highlighting the abundance of skills and strengths of veterans, especially women veterans, as assets that can be beneficial for inclusive and diversity-minded employers, given the right opportunities.
The hour ended with Elizabeth reviewing her recent book, which discusses her observations of veterans as high-value individuals because of their discipline, experiences, and training as individual leaders.
—Summary written by Michelle Gorin, WVoP Clinical Intern
About Elizabeth Yeo
Elizabeth Yeo is a 27-year Military Veteran in the corporate space, author, advocate, keynote speaker, board member, facilitator, moderator, entrepreneur, caregiver, and mom.
She has been personally recognized by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex and founder of the ArcheWell Foundation, for military service and strengthening communities every day; by the California Legislative Assembly for Valor and Dedication to the State of California; and by the City of Los Angeles for Value and Courageous Service to the City.
Her military training and professional experience has influenced a career spanning three decades and six industries, including information technology, accounting, bookkeeping, office management, executive support and administration, and business development.
Elizabeth is now founder of Veteran Charities Initiative, a boutique consulting, recruiting, and staffing firm providing high-level, women veteran talent for civilian corporations. She’s a certified Employee Benefit and Small Business Specialist providing 24/7 member access to a team of attorneys protection and support for individuals, families, and small businesses. She is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Orange County, CA supporting underserved and abandoned youth.
Elizabeth was awarded the 2019 Leadership award by Money Matters publishing house and received the P.O.W.E.R. 2019 Woman of Empowerment award.