How Female Veterans Decide When It’s Time to Leave the Military — and What They’ll Do Next — Fortune | NutSocia

Good morning broadsheet readers! Legal abortions fell 6% nationwide in the two months since roe v. Wade was knocked out, Taylor Swift breaks a Billboard record and female veterans plan their next path.

– Next chapter. A group of military veterans and military personnel transitioning into civilian life attended last month’s Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. After serving months to decades in the Army, Navy, and Marines, these women are deciding what to do next and figuring out which jobs will best transfer their military skills.

They met in Laguna Niguel, California to meet with Fortune 500 leaders from the Fortune Most Powerful Women community, who offered career advice, interview tips and professional connections. Alicia Boler Davis, former Amazon S-Team SVP and CEO of startup Alto Pharmacy, spoke to the group about her career path and how she knew she was destined to make the leap to Amazon after a 25-year career at General Motors.

Her experience resonated with female veterans who have recently made similar leaps. Kathryn Warren served in the Marine Corps for 26 years and now works for a non-profit organization that helps military veterans make the transition to civilian life. She has found that veterans find it easy to master the “soft skills” that others struggle with in the workplace. “It’s a cinch to be on time or to motivate a group,” she says.

Kassandra Harriott is the youngest of six children in a military family and will be the first to retire next summer. At 27, she spent five years in the Navy. But she knew it was time to move on when their “passions stopped matching.” She would rather use the skills she acquired as a training officer (organisation, small group leadership, responsibility and accountability) as a project manager. Eventually, she hopes to gain a foothold in interior design.

Kassandra Harriott at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit on October 10, 2022 in Laguna Niguel, CA.

Photo by Kristy Walker for Fortune

Nina Pinidi spent 17 years in the US Navy. As she rose in rank, her time in the military became more challenging—not because of the work required, but because of the way male colleagues in the military hierarchy treated her. “It was difficult to get respect,” she recalls. Her naval career ends at the end of this year. “I’m ready for something new,” she says, but the transition is still emotional.

She is looking for corporate positions in Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion that she believes would leverage her skills from her time as a Navy Drill Sergeant. Her long-term dream is to launch what she calls “Sephora for wigs” and bring Sephora’s retail style and customer experience to wig shopping.

She had hoped to reach 20 years of service but is being discharged on medical grounds, giving her perspective. “It can happen when it’s planned, or it can happen out of nowhere,” says Pinidi of the transition to civilian life. “The most important step is to be humble enough to ask for support.”

Emma Hinchliffe
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

– Perfect 10. Taylor Swift became the first artist to have all of the top 10 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 in a single week after the release of her album midnight on Oct 21 diversity

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– Invitation declined. Climate activist Greta Thunberg is canceling this year’s United Nations climate conference, the largest climate conference in the world. Thunberg slammed the event, due to be held in Egypt next week, as a forum for “greenwashing” that encourages incremental advances in radical change. wealth

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DEPARTURES

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