September – Keep Texas Strong


One hundred eighty years ago, strong men like David Crockett, William B. Travis and Sam Houston built a new nation called Texas.

Texas is a special place known all across the world because its people are strong, innovative and determined to succeed in their endeavors. In the early years, the economy was based on cotton, then cattle and later oil. Today the strength of our state is the diverse workforce,ever growing industries and the boldness of its leaders.

If there is one thing we know by now, it’s that Texans take care of each other. They are strong. They are generous. And they will overcome this crisis. Texans truly do join together in times of need.

Its leaders strengthen the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of economic development. Texas boasts an incredibly skilled workforce ready to attract enterprise to the Lone Star State. Leaders focus on the needs of employers, giving Texas the competitive edge necessary to draw business here. Texas is a VETERAN friendly State which advocates for all Veterans, their families & survivors.

This event sponsored by the VETTED Foundation and Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty is perfect for innovators, transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses, college students, entrepreneurs, business, startups, and community leaders.

Bring plenty of business cards for networking and a raffle.

8:30 – 9:00am: Networking & Light Breakfast

9:00 – 9:45am: Panel Discussion followed by Q&A

9:45 – 10:00am: Continue the conversation…..and raffle prizes!

This is a live in-person event for our local Austin/Central Texas community AND a live-stream event for our national VETTED community.


Casey Wade. Veterans Resource and Referral Specialist, Texas Workforce Commission’s Texas Veterans Leadership Program

which is a resource and referral network connecting
returning Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan with the resources and tools they need to lead productive
lives and enjoy the full benefits of the society they have willingly served. Mr. Wade is a current Noncommissioned
Officer with the Texas Army National Guard. He previously served 15 years on Active Duty, deploying multiple times in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. 
Mr. Wade is a VFW and American Legion Post Commander, volunteers as a Cub Scout Den Leader, Mentor Coordinator with the Williamson County Veterans Treatment Court, and as a member of the Heart of Texas Workforce Board of Directors. 

Dale Yale, Veteran Career Advisor, Texas Workforce Commission

Air Force veteran and renaissance man.  Government contractor immediately upon separating followed by offshore oil exploration. After college, taught elementary school, then on to the Texas Workforce Commission administering the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA).  This DOL program funds retraining  for laid off workers, who were laid off because their job was relocated to another country and administering the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Since the fall of 2017, he has been a veteran career advisor assisting veterans find employment, provide career counseling, and locating resources to aid veterans improve their quality of life and overcome any employment barriers.

Dan Ireland, Global Product Marketing Program Manager, Dell Technologies

Dan Ireland is a global product marketing program manager in Dell Technologies Client Solutions Group and a community lead in Dell’s Veterans & Supporters Employee Resource Group (ERG). He has been with Dell for almost four years, prior to that he was an active duty US Army field artillery officer for seven years with functional experience as a cavalry scout, and more recently as a combat engineer company commander in the Army Reserves. He holds a master’s degree in the Human Dimensions of Organizations at the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. As a community lead with Dell’s Veterans & Supporters ERG, he and the team focus on delivering a vision of serving our Veterans and the community through engagement, development, and education, recruiting, and retention.

Kristen Rheinlander, Program Manager, USO Pathfinder Program

Kristen Rheinlander works on one of the nation’s largest Army installations, Fort Hood. At Fort Hood, Kristen manages the USO Pathfinder Program that supports one of the largest transition tempos across with country with 12,000 service members exiting annually. The Pathfinder Program uniquely focuses on a holistic approach to transition, supporting both military spouses and dependents as well as the service member, which is vital to a successful transition. Having grown up in an Army family, Kristen experienced the transition from active duty first hand and takes her passion to serve transitioning service members into work at the USO Fort Hood Pathfinder Program every day, ensuring they have a relentless, passionate, advocate for them as they enter unchartered territory, life after the military. Kristen is a graduate of Texas A&M University..

Roger Miranda-Senior Salesforce Recruitment Consultant at Computer Futures

Roger Miranda-Senior Salesforce Recruitment Consultant at Computer Futures. Roger recently retired after a 22-year career from the U.S. Army. He started his military career as a Field Artillery Officer and served in that capacity for 10 years. He then transferred into the Modeling & Simulations career field and worked to train Soldiers for the next 12 years. Roger was stationed at Fort Hood in 2012, and he has lived in Central Texas ever since. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Earth Science from Syracuse University. Roger works with Vetforce, the Merivis Foundation and Texas Dreamin’ to increase Veteran awareness of the opportunities available in the Salesforce ecosystem. Since he recently transitioned, he understands the challenges that transitioning service members currently face and that is one of the main reasons he became a Salesforce recruiter in Austin.

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