As many of you know, Tampa, FL is our headquarters and it was one of the early chapters we started in 2013. In case you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be involved with one of our chapters, here is a breakdown of what 2015 looked like for In Gear Career – Tampa!
Let me start first by saying a huge thank you to USAA for being the sponsor of our Tampa chapter! We were so grateful they came on board this year to support us! We’d also like to send a big congratulations to USAA for being recognized as a finalist for the Hiring our Heroes Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring Award!
Here are the highlights from sunny Tampa!
January – We kicked off the year with a great chat about personal branding from Adrianna Domingos-Lupher of MSB NewMedia.
February – This was the month we officially announced our fabulous partnership with USAA and we dove head first into our wonderful LeanIn curriculum!
March – We continued with great discussions using our LeanIn curriculum.
April – April was an informal networking social.
June – June was another great networking social giving military spouse professionals the chance to meet one another and support each other as we welcomed many new faces (and saw some great ones leave) through PCS season!
August – Keeping in mind the new folks in the area, August focused on maximizing the local resources available for your job search.
September – In September the chapter dug into the “Art of Networking” because everyone has heard that to find your next big position you should take advantage of networking, but not everyone knows how exactly to dig in! Talking about these topics was also a strategic prep for our October schedule!
October – This month the chapter had the pleasure of taking part in three great events: a full day of networking with MOAA’s Keeping a Career on the Move® followed immediately by a networking reception with Hiring our Heroes on the 15th and on the 29th The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce focused their Business After Hours networking event on Veterans and Military Spouses. All of the events were a great way to meet other military spouse professionals, veterans and great members of the Tampa Community.
Many of our chapters follow the great pattern you see here – a mixture of professional development discussions, networking socials and community events to help the military spouse professionals currently living in Tampa meet their peers, learn about their community, and hopefully make connections that will lead to their next great career opportunity!
If you’d like to learn more about where our chapters are located and how you can get in touch with the lead in your area, please visit our Find a Local Chapter page!
Thank you again to USAA for sponsoring our Tampa Chapter (and more)!