By Derek Gean
Registration is now open for a USO Military Spouses Networking event scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18.
“This event is about bringing together spouses, community leaders and professionals to give everyone the chance to network from a different prospective,” said Kelly Brownfield, USO of Missouri, Inc. Fort Leonard Wood Director.
“(This event is) about sitting down one on one and getting to know those in our community, no matter who you may be.”
Facilitators will lead participants in learning more about networking and then once participants are ready, they will take part in a “Speed-networking” event designed to give everyone one-on-one time with everyone in the room.
“This event gives our military spouses the opportunity to learn about USO programs, discuss the art of networking, and network with other military spouses, hiring employers and community leaders. If they walk away from this event gaining one new friend or professional contact, our mission has been served,” Brownfield said.
The USO Spouse Networking event is a new program launched by the Fort Leonard Wood USO this year. The groups meet periodically.
“We want to give our spouses a platform to thrive and we hope programs like the USO Spouses Networking Event gives them the tools to do so,” Brownfield said.
Carrie Jacobs, a military spouse, is planning on taking part in the July 18 event. She has participated in previous networking events and said she has found them helpful.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for me to not only learn more about our community, but it’s also a way for me to meet other moms/wives in similar situations as myself. It’s nice to know you’re not alone out there.” Jacobs said. “I’ve made some amazing connections/friendships through the USO and will be forever grateful for that.”
Brownfield said all participants will walk away from the event with new friends, contacts and connections.
“In some cases, we hope that connections can be made which may lead towards opportunities for them, whether that be meeting a (friend), learning about a job opportunity, or just finding out about opportunities they didn’t know exist. It is about bringing everyone together.” Brownfield said.
Brownfield said organizers are hoping for 30 or more military spouses to participate, as well as up to 15 community supporters/leaders.