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Yasmin Wilkinson is the Director of Strategic Relationships & Workforce DE&I at BP America.
“I am very honored to be recognized by this award. Veterans and military spouses have served their country in times of peace and war by protecting our safety. I admire their selflessness and am committed to ensuring those re-entering civilian life find meaningful careers, education and health-care services.”
Champion’s Job Responsibilities:
Responsible for developing and implementing the veteran strategy for bp America as it pertains to developing a talent pipeline as well as retention programs for existing veteran employees. As a federal contractor, responsible for ensuring leadership is aware of compliance guidelines and reporting against our veteran hiring numbers. Responsible for identifying and building strategic 3rd party relationships with veteran organizations to develop key strategies to support military families as it pertains to successful transition into civilian jobs. Develops mentoring-peer programs to support in career identification and progressive for our military
Why Wilkinson was nominated for the Veteran Champions of the Year in Corporate America Award:
Prior to this individual coming into the role, there was no central strategy to support the hiring and retention of veterans into the organization. The nominee developed a cohesive strategy with leadership support to fully integrate a veteran strategy for our U.S operations. This nominee, even though not a veteran, has engulfed herself in understanding the needs of the military family to help develop key programs to support transitioning service men and women to help find civilian roles. This includes developing military spouse mentoring and support. The nominee has also built key relationships and partnerships with many local and national organizations to support thought leadership in identifying how best to maximize and support our veterans. Some of these are with SVA, Hiring our Heroes, Combined Arms, amongst many others.